GitHub Review

Very good solution for process automation and team collaboration

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case for GitHub is for my private projects that I'm developing for my customers. Some customers have their own developers and I sometimes support them to achieve their goals. So we share everything. We're also using GitHub for the documentation for the teams. I also give lectures for the organizations because sometimes they have development teams but they are not qualified enough, so I have to give them some training on it.

What is most valuable?

The features that I have found most valuable are that it can support you for most of the road map and it can automate some tasks which works really well with collaboration with the teams. They are really interested in how they organize the history of the code itself which is good.

What needs improvement?

In terms of what could be improved, I would say the security. I didn't try the two-factor authentication so I don't know if they have it already or not.

I sometimes found it very difficult to connect it with other tools, such as Jenkins or others. For the testing for example, I have to go between both sides. I don't know if I am using it right, but I don't know if they have these features or not. So I have to find other tools to support it because I couldn't really rely on GitHub for the steps that I needed.

Additionally, we are facing really big issues with the Arabic language in GitHub and I don't know if they are focusing on some improvement in the language capabilities. This is one of the things we're facing. 

As I mentioned, for the management we need some improvement in GitHub. It's not built for that. We really need some improvement for the project. It made it tough.

But overall I didn't find anything really urgent needed to improve.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using GitHub for about eight years now.

I'm always using the latest update. In my service behavior I always update all the solutions.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

GitHub is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Since I am working as a contractor in our organization and I'm doing the development work as a site project manager, I don't have a fixed team. But we can say that for each project it's about 10 to 20 people using GitHub most of the time.

It is used on a daily basis.

It is easy to add new users.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was previously using Jira and Bitbucket but now I'm 100% in GitHub. I switched because of my team - they didn't work on Bitbucket. This is the reason I left Bitbucket even though GitHub is more costly.

I was looking for a management tool. Of course, Jira is the first try. When I looked at it for the cloud there were two options - GitHub and Bitbucket. But when comparing Jira's license to the licenses for Bitbucket or comparing the price between Bitbucket and GitHub, I found it's really cheaper for me to have Bitbucket. But because my team was most familiar with GitHub I decided I had to go with it.

The project management sector really needs some improvement for GitHub. I don't know if GitHub made sense for me as a project manager. But for what it was, it's a really good tool.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was okay. It is not really difficult from my perspective.

It is so easy. It took about five minutes maximum. It was really easy to configure. But, as I told you, I couldn't figure out how I can use it with my local IDE or development IDE like VSCode or something like that. That's why I'm using Jira. If I use Jira I couldn't change the issue from GitHub to task. In GitHub I found it to be difficult with this.

What about the implementation team?

I did the installation myself.

What other advice do I have?

My recommendation for anyone thinking about GitHub is that it is the best solution - except for the price.

On a scale of one to ten, I would give GitHub a nine.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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