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Pros
"It is very useful for reviews. We are using branch merging operations and full reset operations. It is also very useful for merging our code and tracking another branch. The graph diagrams of Git are very useful. Its interface is straightforward and not too complex for us.""The best thing is that as the developers work on separate tasks, all of the code goes there and the other team members don't have to wait on each other to finish.""GitLab offers a good interface for doing code reviews between two colleagues.""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.""I like that it's easy to deploy our services over GitLab. The customer support is also good with a really active community. You have a lot of support that you can get online with your stack. That is probably one of the benefits of using GitLab. It's also really fast.""We like that we can have an all-encompassing product and don't have to implement different solutions.""I like GitLab from the CI/CD perspective. It is much easier to set up CI/CD and then integrate with other tools.""This product is always evolving, and they listen to the customers."

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"Very good reporting features.""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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"We would like to generate document pages from the sources.""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.""Reporting could be improved.""It would be really good if they integrated more features in application security.""We are having a few problems integrating with Jira at the moment, which is something that our IT department is investigating.""It could have more security integrations and the ability to check the vulnerability of the code. I don't think it is a responsibility of Gitlab, but it would be nice to have more options to integrate with.""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.""It can be free for commercial use."

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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.""Not user friendly for the layman."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
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    GitLab integrates well with other platforms.
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    I don't mind the price because I use the free version. The licensing fee could be less expensive.
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    While I don't have any specific complaints about GitLab, there are always things that could be better. Better support, for example, could be provided. The technology could be made simpler to use, it… more »
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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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    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 »
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    Our customer uses this solution for building some of their applications in CI/CD. They are using its latest version.
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    Overview

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

    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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    Mining And Metals Company18%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Transportation Company9%
    Financial Services Firm9%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    GitLab is ranked 1st in Build Automation with 16 reviews while IBM Rational Build Forge is ranked 9th in Build Automation with 2 reviews. GitLab is rated 8.2, while IBM Rational Build Forge is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of GitLab writes "Provides or mandates quantitative code into the Master". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Build Forge writes "Great reporting features and very functional". GitLab is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TeamCity, Tekton, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and GoCD, whereas IBM Rational Build Forge is most compared with Jenkins and Bamboo. See our GitLab vs. IBM Rational Build Forge report.

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