GoCD Review

We have a completely automated product delivery process but it needs better statistic and report options.​


What is most valuable?

The Pipeline concept, Fan-in Fan-out, and Compare build are the most valuable to me.

How has it helped my organization?

We used to run our complex build process on TFS build and release manager, but its complicated license issue restricted us to roll it out to every team, and we always found a limited configuration for it to work as expected. After we switched to GO, each team can set-up their own delivery pipeline and run it themselves. Now, we have a completely automated product delivery process.

What needs improvement?

GO statistic and report options.

For how long have I used the solution?

6 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No major issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

So far so good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, we don't have any problem scaling our GO implementation from either infrastructure or team points of view.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Haven't had a need to call them.

Technical Support:

Good documentation but not much community support compare to other CI/ CD tools

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

I used TFS build, Jenkins and TeamCity previously. We switched to GO because the pipeline concept promoted by GO is a good match with our process.

How was the initial setup?

It's pretty easy, I got it done without any problems.

What about the implementation team?

In-house, and all our developers take part in keeping their GO server running.

What was our ROI?

GO is open source, our initial cost is zero but it comes with a bit of learning curve so if your delivery process isn't that complex, I think other tools might give you better ROI.

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

Zero initial cost, and we host them on Azure, 8-9 VMs, at approximately $14 per day.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Go was our winner when evaluated, along with Jenkins, TFS build, Atlassian Bamboo and Team City.

What other advice do I have?

GO doesn't come with a lot of out of the box features like other tools, don't expect that you can get it to work by clicking the NEXT button.

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