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GitLab Room for Improvement

System and Storage Engineer at Harsco Corporation

We do reviews as I also work with some of the leadership teams. Leadership teams generally focus on statistics, metrics, or some sort of dashboard. They would like to have the ability to categorize these things. They would like to have a very high-level view. That would help. Someone who is not really a developer, but a leadership team. They are always interested in statistics or metrics features. That is something I would see imbedded into GitLab. That would help someone who is from the outside take a view and understand how qualitative the code is, because they cannot definitely dive in and look at the code, and they will not be able to understand all the details. At a high level, if they want to see and understand, at least they will have some confidence about how the projects are going on.

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PO
Technical Lead at a mining and metals company with 51-200 employees

We are having a few problems integrating with Jira at the moment, which is something that our IT department is investigating. In general, integrating with third-party tools is easy for some but difficult for others. When I create a new project, I go through all of the settings, and then I can integrate that with other tools. However, with Jira, I have problems.

If we could have GitLab execute some of the system tests then it would be good because as it is now, we have to rely on another tool. Ideally, it would execute a system test, a unit test, and then create a report. It is possible to do it but requires a lot of scripting expertise. 

It should be easily available on their menu, similar to adding tests, configuring the tests you want to execute when you launch a build, so the build would be done then tests would be performed, and the report would be created.

This would allow us to know what went wrong during our systems test. If this aspect was more integrated into their interface, instead of relying on developers to script everything, it would be easier.

I would like to see better integration with third-party software.

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Partenaire, CEO at cyberdefense ai

I would like to see better integration with project management tools such as Jira. I know that integration does exist for some, but it can be better. In the future, I would like to be able to add what I want.

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PM
User at a real estate/law firm with 10,001+ employees

Its price should be improved. It is very expensive.

Based on what I know so far, its integration with Kubernetes is not so good. We have to develop many things to make it work. We have to acquire third-party components to work with Kubernetes. 

From the DevOps perspective, the way we deploy applications is too complicated. It needs to be simplified. It is very development-oriented, and it works very well for DevOps, but when you are at the group level, you want it to be simple and more oriented towards the process. The automation process to deploy is not a very good part of GitLab.

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MW
Head Of Software Engineering at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

I've looked at GitLab's roadmap. The only thing our company is really waiting on in terms of features is the development of metrics. We're looking forward to being able to take advantage of them.

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JR
Senior Solutions Architect at a tech company with 51-200 employees

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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Cloud Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

It can be free for commercial use of project management and code integrity features.

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DB
UAS Innovation Group Lead at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

It would be really good if they integrated more features in application security.

I would also like to see scanning for some vulnerabilities and allow people to have a one-stop glance at the state of the security application

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JC
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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.

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DJ
Software QA Test Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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. 

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AP
IT Software Architect at ANAC - Autorità Nazionale Anticorruzione

We would like to generate document pages from the sources. Right now, we can't do that.

The testing could be better in that, for the code quality, now we use an external product and maybe the internal product could be more efficient.

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ZR
Software Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

The documentation could be improved to help newcomers better understand things like creating new branches. 

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BS
Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

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 should not be overly complex.

It should be used by a larger number of people. They should raise awareness.

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VD
Lead Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution could improve by providing more integration into the CI/CD pipeline, an autocomplete search tool, and more supporting documentation.

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CR
Developer / Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The reporting could be improved and I'd like to see some testing or other deployment tools and integration with third parties. 

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VR
Cloud Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The solution could improve by having better integration.

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