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We performed a comparison between Bamboo and IBM Rational Build Forge based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Build Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Bamboo vs. IBM Rational Build Forge report (Updated: September 2022).
635,162 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"In my experience Bamboo is scalable.""It can do the CI pipeline well.""In Bamboo, build and deployment have been segregated. The build plan and deployment plan are different. When comparing Bamboo to other solutions, the native feature you will not find in another tool, such as Jenkins. They have segregated the build and deployment plan. This means, building the application and deploying it are two separate parts in Bamboo, they have segregated it apart from the UI. This makes the tool a bit better compared to other tools.""The most useful feature of Bamboo is its integration with other solutions such as Jira and BitBucket, also offered by Atlassian. It is easier to use tools all provided by one vendor."

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"All features are useful. Our customer doesn't have any complaints about the tool. It works pretty well for what they want and what they need to do."

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Cons
"Scalability depends on the use case. If it is really a big customer with a lot of tests, it might not be a scalable option for them.""Bamboo can improve by providing more with scripting, such as they have with Jenkins. Bamboo is more UI-driven at this time, Jenkins is going in that direction too.""It should be much easier to use. It shouldn't require a lot of reading to be able to use it. It should have just two or three screens rather than hundreds of screens requiring a lot of clicking. It also requires a lot of integration. It has a steep learning curve. It takes a lot of time to understand and put in the data. There is also no proper training.""Bamboo is a bit complicated to use compared to other solutions, such as GitLab. You have to integrate different actions that are difficult that could be made easier."

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"Its logging can be improved. When something goes wrong, it is not always very easy to find the problem. It is hard to identify whether the problem is because of low memory in the server or some configuration in Rational Build Forge. The error logs are not very detailed, and they should provide more information. It should also have more integration with third-party tools. It would be great to have more integration with third-party tools."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There is a subscription required to use Bamboo."
  • "If Bamboo could provide more flexibility on pricing, that would help. On the agent side, if you want to increase the number of agents it should be less expensive. If they can provide some better pricing model, it will help, whether we are going to use it or are already using it."
  • "The server products for small teams used to offer excellent pricing. However, Atlassian has since changed the offering and the pricing is more expensive. I do still think the solution offers good value for money."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It can do the CI pipeline well.
    Top Answer:It should be much easier to use. It shouldn't require a lot of reading to be able to use it. It should have just two or three screens rather than hundreds of screens requiring a lot of clicking. It… more »
    Top Answer:We are using it to push and pull containers and other data via CI/CD pipeline.
    Top Answer:All features are useful. Our customer doesn't have any complaints about the tool. It works pretty well for what they want and what they need to do.
    Top Answer:Its logging can be improved. When something goes wrong, it is not always very easy to find the problem. It is hard to identify whether the problem is because of low memory in the server or some… more »
    Top Answer:Our customer uses this solution for building some of their applications in CI/CD. They are using its latest version.
    Ranking
    8th
    out of 35 in Build Automation
    Views
    2,567
    Comparisons
    1,984
    Reviews
    4
    Average Words per Review
    366
    Rating
    7.5
    12th
    out of 35 in Build Automation
    Views
    652
    Comparisons
    561
    Reviews
    1
    Average Words per Review
    369
    Rating
    8.0
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Rational Build Forge
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    Overview
    Bamboo is a continuous integration and delivery tool that ties automated builds, tests and releases together in a single workflow. It works great alongside JIRA and Stash providing a fully traceable deployment pipeline.

    IBM Rational Build Forge is an adaptive execution framework that helps automate and standardize the software assembly process. Rational Build Forge helps teams standardize repetitive tasks, improve software quality and manage compliance mandates. This software scales to 25 seats. Rational Build Forge delivers:
    Flexibility - gives developers self-service access to preconfigured build processes from within their integrated development environment (IDE). You can add IBM Rational software products to further enhance automation, reporting and integration.
    Productivity - accelerates build and release cycles through iterative development, parallel processes and efficient use of hardware.
    Compliance - simplifies compliance management with self-documenting audit trails and role-based security.
    Compatibility - increases team efficiency with centralized build and release management using the tools you have today.

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    Sample Customers
    Neocleus, MuleSoft, Interspire
    Cars.com
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company43%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Non Tech Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Insurance Company10%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise79%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Bamboo is ranked 8th in Build Automation with 4 reviews while IBM Rational Build Forge is ranked 12th in Build Automation with 1 review. Bamboo is rated 7.6, while IBM Rational Build Forge is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Bamboo writes "Data solution that integrates with Jira and Bitbucket for the convenient deployment of apps". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Build Forge writes "Useful features, stable, easy to deploy, and works well". Bamboo is most compared with GitLab, Jenkins, Harness, Tekton and Digital.ai Release , whereas IBM Rational Build Forge is most compared with Jenkins and CircleCI.

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