GoCD Review

Valuable: hackability, visual representation of build pipelines. Room for improvement: user management, documentation


What is most valuable?

Hackability, visual representation of build pipelines, open source Apache License 2.0

How has it helped my organization?

Before implementing Go we used librarian-puppet to deploy code to different Puppet master servers. With Go we were able to automate that process, implement extra code checking functionality and get a nice visual view of our environments state.

What needs improvement?

User management, Documentation, Advanced GUI functionality.

For how long have I used the solution?

6 months

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Nothing which was Go's fault.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have just one Go server and haven't looked into scalability yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

We used the online community only and hence cannot comment on this.

Technical Support:

We used the online community only and hence cannot comment on this.

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

We used librarian-puppet. We switched because of greater automation, transparency and manageability of deploying our Puppet code through our environments.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward because there are online resources on how to do it.

What about the implementation team?

In-house team.

What was our ROI?

The product is free to use. In terms of value added it has more than achieved everything we wanted from it and more.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost was 1 week's time of one of our team member.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Jenkins.

What other advice do I have?

Try out alternatives and pick the one which fits you the best.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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