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We performed a comparison between IBM Rational Build Forge and Jenkins 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 IBM Rational Build Forge vs. Jenkins report (Updated: September 2022).
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"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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"The most valuable feature of Jenkins is its continuous deployment. We can deploy to multi-cluster and multi-regions in the cloud.""Has enabled full automation of the company.""Jenkins has excellent task planning features.""Has a good interface, is reliable and saves time.""Jenkins is very stable.""The most valuable features of Jenkins are the ease of use and the information about how to use the features is readily available on the internet. Additionally, with the solution, I can use other reporting tools, such as Flow.""The solution is scalable and concurrent users have access to the platform.""Jenkins has built good plugins and has a good security platform."

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Cons
"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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"It could be cheaper.""UI is quite outdated.""I would like to see even more integrations included in the next release.""And I don't care too much for the Jenkins user interface. It's not that user-friendly compared to other solutions available right now. It's not a great user experience. You can do just fine if you are a techie, but it would take a novice some time to learn it and get things done.""Jenkins could improve the integration with other platforms.""Some kind of SaaS product would be helpful in providing organizational structure.""Its schedule builds need improvement. It should have scheduling features in the platform rather than using external plug-ins.""I would like to have an integrated dashboard on top of it and a better UX to look at. The dashboard could be better in terms of integration with other tools. We should be able to have a single pane of glass across all the tools that we use where Jenkins is the pipeline. This can be a very good upgrade to it."

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  • "There is no cost. It is open source."
  • "The solution is one of the lowest costs compared to competitors."
  • "It could be cheaper because there are many solutions available in the market. We are paying yearly."
  • "Jenkins is a free open-source server."
  • "We are using the free version of Jenkins. There is not a license required to use the solution because it is open-source."
  • "We are using the freeware version of Jenkins."
  • "We are using the free version of Jenkins. There are no costs or licensing."
  • "Jenkins is a free solution, it is open source."
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    Questions from the Community
    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.
    Top Answer:When you are evaluating tools for automating your own GitOps-based CI/CD workflow, it is important to keep your requirements and use cases in mind. Tekton deployment is complex and it is not very easy… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is scalable and concurrent users have access to the platform.
    Ranking
    12th
    out of 35 in Build Automation
    Views
    644
    Comparisons
    553
    Reviews
    1
    Average Words per Review
    369
    Rating
    8.0
    2nd
    out of 35 in Build Automation
    Views
    10,156
    Comparisons
    8,702
    Reviews
    30
    Average Words per Review
    492
    Rating
    7.9
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    Also Known As
    Rational Build Forge
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    Overview

    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.

    Jenkins is an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron.

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    Sample Customers
    Cars.com
    Airial, Clarus Financial Technology, cubetutor, Metawidget, mysocio, namma, silverpeas, Sokkva, So Rave, tagzbox
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Insurance Company10%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm34%
    Computer Software Company28%
    Media Company14%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise78%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise59%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    IBM Rational Build Forge is ranked 12th in Build Automation with 1 review while Jenkins is ranked 2nd in Build Automation with 33 reviews. IBM Rational Build Forge is rated 8.0, while Jenkins is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Rational Build Forge writes "Useful features, stable, easy to deploy, and works well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Jenkins writes "We can do whatever we want and customize as much as we wish to in any programming language". IBM Rational Build Forge is most compared with Bamboo and CircleCI, whereas Jenkins is most compared with Tekton, Bamboo, AWS CodePipeline, GitLab and Harness.

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