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Today all kinds of functional departments of any size use Confluence, from technical teams and project management groups, to marketing, HR, legal, and finance. All teams get work done with Confluence.

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Confluence is a team workspace where knowledge and collaboration meet. It's a central source of truth for fast-moving companies. Confluence keeps everyone organized and aligned with everything from meeting notes to strategy docs and IT documentation so they can make better decisions faster and be more responsive to change. Confluence integrates seamlessly with the Atlassian suite of products like Jira Software and Trello, and allows for endless customization with apps from our Marketplace.

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Value for Money 4,2

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Steve M.
Steve M.
Dir. of Dig. Marketing
Nonprofit Organization Management, 501-1 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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    10/10
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  • Reviewed on 2019/10/31

"The Collaboration Platform You've Waited For"

Comments: We document everything in Confluence. I run a digital marketing team of around 20 people and have a total of 40 users in the tool (a few other teams besides mine use it). It's been a fantastic tool to get everyone on the same page and keep track of our how-tos, meeting notes, plans, goals, features/specs, etc.

Pros: Real-time simultaneous editing
Ease of finding and organizing what I've written
Constantly adding new features
Integration with Jira and Trello is great, but also works as lightweight project management by itself

Cons: Honestly, they've fixed my biggest cons, like storage space (now you can buy a bigger plan) and they keep adding more things.
I think my colleagues would say there's still a learning curve, which is understandable, and I think Confluence has been changing the interface with more tips and features for new users (which is sometimes confusing for long-time users like me, LOL)
One big con is still the limited integration with MS Office. Confluence fully replaces the need for Word in most cases, so that's not a big deal, but I wish the Excel integration and/or the table functionality was better.
Also, printing is pretty tough when you have tables.

Alternatives Considered: Microsoft SharePoint

Reasons for Switching to Confluence: Confluence is quite inexpensive for what you get and it's super powerful. I really love the quick, accurate search results. The macro functionality and new "Slack" style slash commands are really cool. The notification system is very nice, especially the @mentions.

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  • Reviewed on 2019/10/31
Luke A.
Luke A.
Client Services
Marketing & Advertising, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
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    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 2020/11/20

"Best knowledge management and wiki out there"

Comments: If you use other Atlassian products, Confluence is the perfect complement. Because exporting documents is so bad, it works best if you, your colleagues and your stakeholders/clients all exist in the same Atlassian ecosystem.

Pros: Highly configurable and easy to use document templates, beautiful interface akin to using Medium, and deep integration with Jira Software and Jira Service Management are the features I find most useful. Recent changes to Templates to enable you to quickly search and preview available templates is incredibly helpful, as inline commenting while editing and being able to quickly convert anything into a Jira issue. Being able to use Confluence to defer service management requests by offering reporters the option of self serving an answer to their question/problem is a stroke of genius.

Cons: It's beyond irritating that exporting documents as a PDF is so horrendous out of the box. I also find the concept of Actions vs Jira issues confusing. I consistently find myself missing actions that have been buried in Confluence.

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  • Reviewed on 2020/11/20
Chris G.
Chris G.
Director of Product Marketing
Insurance, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
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  • Reviewed on 2021/08/31

"If your development teams are already using Jira, Confluence is a no brainer"

Comments: Overall my experience has been great. I enjoy it the more I use it.

Pros: Confluence has really helped us to streamline processes and write things down in a place where everyone has access all the time. It has become our source of truth for our content guidelines as well as for content related to new features or products.

Cons: As with any software, there is a slight learning curve. It can be complicated to set up workflows if you don't know what you're doing. We also struggled with being able to make our content accessible to people outside the organization but Confluence just released an update that we think will solve that for us.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/08/31
Verified Reviewer
Manager
Information Technology & Services, 1 001-5 000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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    Unrated
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    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
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  • Reviewed on 2021/08/12

"Great for users to collaborate on content, but not at the same time"

Comments: With the exception of the overwriting problem, Confluence is an excellent place to display content for future reference. Pages and content are easily created, maintained, and permissioned by users and it is a pleasant tool to use. As long as you don't have to do so at the same time as your coworker...

Pros: The software is very easy to use for its most basic features - as a place to create and store content. It is a solid tool for a knowledge base or even project management. Macros allow creatively in how content is displayed and linked or mirrored from other pages. Users can control permissions, visibility and see a clear history of changes - which can be easily reverted back to if necessary. Page trees make it simple to navigate complex "spaces" of information and the search functionality is robust. Overall, a great place to develop content for internal collaboration and future reference.

Cons: Although Confluence is a great place to create and collaborate on content, it has a few major downfalls that are a constant source of frustration. The biggest issue relates to users working on the same page at the same time. This is a horrible experience at best. Content between users is frequently lost or overwritten and you can never be confident in if your content will save successfully and not disappear. When Confluence tries to merge changes, it often will lose content or simply not work at all. The result is users ensuring that only one person is editing at a time, which is a terrible annoyance and slows teams down. It often causes teams to actively collaborate in another tool where this is not an issue and then simply link to it through Confluence.

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  • Reviewed on 2021/08/12
Brent w P.
Brent w P.
President
Computer Software, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
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  • Reviewed on 2021/05/19

"Great documentation tool in conjunction with JIRA"

Comments: I have had an overall good experience with Confluence and it is easy to create and share documents. If you are using JIRA already I would recommend this.

Pros: Confluence allows me to easily create documentation on projects that we also have in JIRA (And also content we want to collaborate on as a company)

Cons: It gets increasingly more expensive as you add more users. The learning curve to use is relatively high. The interface is not intuitive

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  • Reviewed on 2021/05/19