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What needs improvement with GitLab?

Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with GitLab.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

PeerSpot user
2121 Answers

Srashti Saraf - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

It is a little complex to set up the pipelines within the solution.

Petronela Ghergulov - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

I'm not sure of the complete capabilities of the tool as I don't use it that much. Perhaps the integration could be better.

Boulat_Ashimov - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

The solution should be more cloud-native and have more cloud-native capabilities and features. It should be more GitOps-ready.

Javier Orellana - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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, and Bitbucket is a computation of GitLab.

reviewer1251984 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

Its security features are very expensive. The Ultimate version is very expensive. 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.

BalakrishnanS - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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.

Andrea PICCININI - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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.

reviewer1652133 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution could improve by having better integration.

reviewer1270920 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardConsultant

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.

reviewer1564743 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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.

reviewer1540521 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

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

reviewer1531026 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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.

Gizem Mercan - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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

reviewer1500300 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User

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

reviewer1322850 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

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.

Zeeshan Rauf - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Real User

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

reviewer1295343 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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.

reviewer1393092 - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

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

reviewer1417221 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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.

RameshP - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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.

Cldengin57 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

GitLab doesn't have AWS integration. It would be better to have integration with other container management environments beyond Kubernetes. It has very good integration with Kubernetes, but it doesn't have good integration with, for example, AWS, ETS, etc.

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