Jenkins Review

Open source community with many plugins although stability for all but the most popular plugins needs to be improved.


Valuable Features

Open source community with many plugins & flexibility as an automation platform.

Improvements to My Organization

Rather than send emails and tickets around we can hand out "buttons" to teams so they can do self-service for actions that used to involve manual effort from the Operations group.

Room for Improvement

Polish for the user interface, stability of plugins beyond the very most commonly used ones.

Use of Solution

Over seven years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No, although in some scenarios memory use can bloat over time.

Scalability Issues

Not directly, but because of our overcomplicated networking setup we had to spread over multiple Jenkins masters each with a set of nodes.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

Open source version, but have occasionally asked a quick question in the IRC channel and sometimes get a clue or two.

Technical Support:

Open source version, but have occasionally asked a quick question in the IRC channel and sometimes get a clue or two.

Previous Solutions

We started with Bamboo, but it wasn't flexible enough (at the time) to also be used for general automation (code deployments, application restarts, etc). Really we might have just expected too much of it.

Initial Setup

Easy. Drop in .war file, and restart the Tomcat server.

Implementation Team

In-house.

ROI

Hard to say. Although it was free, so infinite.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Free. Takes some work hours of course, but those come back many fold in improved productivity through automation.

Other Solutions Considered

No, we picked a long time ago before there were a lot of alternative options on the market. The few others available were expensive. Jenkins (well, Hudson at the time) was free!

Other Advice

Do it! There's really no way you can lose. Even if you decide Jenkins isn't for you then you only spent work hours that helped train your staff and create reusable scripts that can be applied in other tools just as well.

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