Pega 7.4 versus Pega 8.1. Which one to choose and why?


Is there any documentation or feature guide as to why I should use Pega7.4 versus Pega8.1?

Architecture is pushing for 8.1. However, we need to convince management why we should go to 8.1 vs. 7.4. Is there a side-by-side comparison as to why we would choose 8.1 over 7.4?

I haven't been able to find such a document on the PDN.




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October 24, 2018 - 9:02pm

Please check the below Pega Platform pdn link. 

You can click on "Explorer What's New in 8.1" yellow button to learn the new features in 8.1.

October 25, 2018 - 8:22am

Thank you Susan. I've seen the information on the PDN.

My question is what features are new in 8.1 vs. 7.4?  Is there a feature comparison guide between both versions? For example, you need to buy a new TV. You can compare TV's and get a list of features.  I'd like to see a list of features between Pega versions.  


June 17, 2019 - 6:57am
Response to fredgoldbach

I have the same question - please could someone let me know if there is a list of difference between the versions?

June 18, 2019 - 4:50pm

You can view the details that are in the release notes for just the 8.1 version to see what capabilities are there:  I am not aware of a 7.4 to 8.1 comparison document.

June 18, 2019 - 5:48pm


We don't have any comparison document. If you want to artifact any, we would suggest you to make your own. You can use below links to do so.

New features added in 8x :-

New features added in 7x :-

It is always advisable to go for latest versions, as they are built with latest technologies.



July 19, 2019 - 1:59pm
Response to agarp3

So I'm here looking for a comparison of Pega 8.1, 8.2 and the new FNX, seeking justifications on which version to upgrade to.  History has shown from a risk perspective it's better to deploy more seasoned versions rather than the latest and greatest.   What really is not at all helpful is being told, here's a few links, "feel free to figure it out for yourself"

Perhaps my recommendation should be, "none of the above?"  We'll see.

July 21, 2019 - 3:02am


Starting with Pega Platform version 8.1, Job Scheduler and Queue Processor rules replace Agents and improve background processing. More to the point, Job Scheduler rules replace Advanced Agents for recurring or scheduled tasks, and Queue Processor rules replace Standard Agents for queue management and asynchronous processing.Queue processors are faster than agents.