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"The automation workflow in CircleCI related to third-party applications is very good and allows standardization of applications."

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"The most valuable features of Gitlab are integration with CIE and the ability to rapidly deploy solutions, projects, and applications. It is very easy to use, and there are no complaints.""Everything is easy to configure and easy to work with.""CI/CD is very good. The version control system is also good. These are the two features that we use.""I have had no problem with the stability of the solution.""It speeds up our development, it's faster, safer, and more convenient.""We like that we can create branches and then the branches can be reviewed and you can mesh those branches back. You can independently work with your own branch, you don't need to really control the core of other people.""GitLab is very useful for pipelines, continuous integration, and continuous deployment. It is also stable.""The stability is good."

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"There needs to be some improvement in the user interface of CircleCI."

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"It would be better if there weren't any outages. There are occasions where we usually see a lot of outages using GitLab. It happens at least once a week or something like that. Whatever pipelines you're running, to check the logs, you need to have a different set of tools like Argus or something like that. If you have pipelines running on GitLab, you need a separate service deployed to view the logs, which is kind of a pain. If the logs can be used conveniently on GitLab, that would be definitely helpful. I'm not talking about the CI/CD pipelines but the back-end services and microservices deployed over GitLab. To view the logs for those microservices, you need to have separate log viewers, which is kind of a pain.""I would like more Agile features in the Premium version. The Premium version should have all Agile features that exist in the Ultimate version. IBM AOM has a complete Agile implementation, but in GitLab, you only have these features if you buy the Ultimate version. It would be good if we can use these in the Premium version.""The solution could improve by providing more integration into the CI/CD pipeline, an autocomplete search tool, and more supporting documentation.""Reporting could be improved.""It can be free for commercial use.""I would like to see better integration with project management tools such as Jira.""I would like to see static analysis also embedded in GitLab. That would also help us. If there's something that it does internally by GitLab and then that is already tied up with your pipeline and then it can tell you that you're coding is good or your code is not great. Based on that, it would pass or fail. That should be streamlined. I would think that would help to a greater extent, in terms of having one solution rather than depending on multiple vendors.""In the free version, when a merge request is raised, there is no way to enforce certain rules. We can't enforce that this merge request must be reviewed or approved by two or three people in the team before it is pushed to the master branch. That's why we are exploring using some agents."

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  • "The price of CircleCI could be less expensive."
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  • "I think that we pay approximately $100 USD per month."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "It seems reasonable. Our IT team manages the licenses."
  • "Its price is fine. It is on the cheaper side and not expensive. You have to pay additionally for GitLab CI/CD minutes. Initially, we used the free version. When we ran out of GitLab minutes, we migrated to the paid version."
  • "It is very expensive. We can't bear it now, and we have to find another solution. We have a yearly subscription in which we can increase the number of licenses, but we have to pay at the end of the year."
  • "I don't mind the price because I use the free version."
  • "We are using its free version, and we are evaluating its Premium version. Its Ultimate version is very expensive."
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    Top Answer: 
    The automation workflow in CircleCI related to third-party applications is very good and allows standardization of applications.
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    The price of CircleCI could be less expensive.
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    There needs to be some improvement in the user interface of CircleCI.
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    I don't deal with any licensing aspects of the solution. I can't speak about the exact costs.
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    We'd like to see better integration with the Atlassian ecosystem. There needs to be better and native integration. That is really useful for us as Atlassian Jira has strong integration with Bitbucket… more »
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    Overview
    CircleCI's continuous integration and delivery platform helps software teams rapidly release code with confidence by automating the build, test, and deploy process. CircleCI offers a modern software development platform that lets teams ramp quickly, scale easily, and build confidently every day.

    GitLab is a single application with features for the whole software development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle.

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    Sample Customers
    Shopify, Zenefits, Concur Technologies, CyberAgent
    Siemens, University of Washington, Equinix, Paessler AG, CNCF, Ticketmaster, CERN, Vaadin
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Educational Organization5%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Mining And Metals Company14%
    Retailer14%
    Transportation Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    CircleCI is ranked 12th in Build Automation with 1 review while GitLab is ranked 1st in Build Automation with 18 reviews. CircleCI is rated 8.0, while GitLab is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of CircleCI writes "Beneficial automation workflow and valuable application standardization". On the other hand, the top reviewer of GitLab writes "Provides or mandates quantitative code into the Master". CircleCI is most compared with AWS CodePipeline, Tekton, GoCD, Harness and Oracle Hudson CI, whereas GitLab is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TeamCity, Tekton, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and AWS CodePipeline.

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