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Solution Management at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Apr 12 2017

What is most valuable?

We are very fond of the flexibility it offers in terms of setting up our builds. We have a wide variety of components we need to build which often require custom actions… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Thanks to Bamboo we are able to build changes made by development quite quickly and allow them to deploy to our internal environments when needed (as well as automated… more»

What needs improvement?

We are lacking proper support for branched builds using multiple source repositories. The current approach is quite clunky (or non-existent) but it seems there is… more»

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

We started out using only a number of agents and moved to a bigger setup using many remote agents over the years. The cost depends on the agents used and amount of boxes… more»

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

We came from Jenkins back in the day, I recall our most important reasons to switch where the enterprise readiness of Bamboo and its integration in the Atlassian stack… more»

What other advice do I have?

Plan before you start, Bamboo is 'only' that which automates. One should have a decent design of how the build needs to work internally and have that (scripts, servers… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Only Jenkins, see previous answer.
Vendor
Senior Build & Release Engineer at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 20 2015

What is most valuable?

The Deployment Project

How has it helped my organization?

Bamboo, along with its integrated deployment and release pipeline, enabled us to go from a monolithic, once a month release cycle, with many post-release incidents to an… more»

What needs improvement?

The REST API for our deployment project is still very basic and lacks the ability to provide a decent amount of custom automation. For many things, we had to resort to… more»

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

Keep in mind that Bamboo pricing is based on number of remote agents. Agents are what you used to load balance build and deployment tasks, so depending on how large your… more»

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

Bamboo was already being used.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you don't become dependent on the tool for basic delivery of software. And this goes for any tool you use for automating the building and deploying of your apps… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Jenkins and Thoughtworks Go. At the end of the day, Bamboo just integrated better with the other tools we were already using - JIRA, Stash, Confluence - and… more»
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Vendor
Software Development Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 29 2015

What is most valuable?

* Multiple build agents for both Windows and Linux * Automatic branch building - same build plan for trunk and branches * Connections with other Atlassian tools - JIRA and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have many developer teams building in Java, especially our Continuous Integration team. Bamboo has proven its value for the teams.

What needs improvement?

There are no areas that need improvement.

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

I see no problem in paying for support, especially because licensing is remote agent based.

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

We used CruiseControl, and we switched because of better functionality in Bamboo.

What other advice do I have?

It's dependent on how many build teams you have. For small development sites, Hudson or Jenkins will suffice, I think. Because we’re building our main applications… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* CruiseControl * Hudson
Vendor
Lead Release Engineer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Feb 24 2015

What is most valuable?

Ability to interface easily with other Atlassian applications.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows a controlled process in which to build software.

What needs improvement?

Version control for plans is currently not really possible. This is pretty much the deal breaker for me and why I'm moving away from Bamboo. The Upgrade process is also clumsy and requires manual steps. I'm not a fan of tarballs.

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

The license is the worst. It costs the most. In addition to that we run it on a very beefy server (HP DL360 G8 with 24G of ram). I would not run this software on subpar hardware.

What other advice do I have?

Pros: - Integrates well with Atlassian products - Nice Modern Interface Cons: - Agents are limited by the license - No method to provide version control for Build Plans - It's expensive - Most plugins cost $$$ Personally I'm in the process… more»
Real User
Software Configuration Manager at a marketing services firm
Feb 16 2015

What is most valuable?

The deployment mechanism was neat, and I liked how it allowed you deploy the same release to multiple environments. I also thought the ability to branch build and deployment jobs without needing to use templates or updating job… more»

What needs improvement?

* Logging, no integration with Octopus * Build time variables did not have ability to select from a list of value * No ability to customize Build version * TFS plugin had no local workspace editing of checked out files, as all files coming… more»

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

We were using TFS for build automation. TFS proved to administrative to maintain and customize build templates. Plus we were planning to move to Git and found Git's interface within TFS/Visual Studio lacking in comparison to other Git… more»

What other advice do I have?

While the community may grow over time, please ensure your current/future processes are not hindered by Bamboo's faults. Bamboo is likely to improve with time, it may be advisable to use a different solution until the product grows a bit… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated TeamCity and Octopus.
Vendor
Senior Software Architect with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 26 2015

What do you think of Bamboo?

This is the first article of the Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment series. We’ll start out journey with brief explanation of Continuous Delivery. After short exploration of some of the tools used today, we’ll move towards the flow (from setting up brand new environment and getting the code from the repository to the creation of fully tested and verified distribution). Each section will present different approaches, compare different tools and, finally, provide some hand-on examples. After the flow, we’ll explore changes required in the development life cycle. Finally, we’ll dive into last steps required for the transition from Continuous Integration towards Continuous Delivery and Deployment. “Legacy code is code without tests” – Michael Feathers According to Martin…
Vendor
Build and Release Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Jan 14 2015

What is most valuable?

* Integration with Atlassian products like Jira,Crowd, and Stash * Easy to setup * Price

How has it helped my organization?

* With Bamboo's integration with Jira, we were able to update build status and test reports to Jira bugs/tasks. * In Stash, we were able to improve the pull request review standards by being able to… more»

What needs improvement?

* Ease of use. * It needs "re-build/Trigger build" switch from Stash Pullrequest. * More 3rd party plugins to support IDEs. * Integration of older plugins with newer version of Bamboo. * More options… more»

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

We initially got 5 agents for around $2000 excluding infrastructure setup. Now we are using docker containers to maximize the mileage on them.

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

Yes. since we wanted to keep Atlassian suite all-around.

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for good integration with Atlassian products and then this is the tool.

What is Bamboo?

Bamboo is a continuous integration and delivery tool that ties automated builds, tests and releases together in a single workflow. It works great alongside JIRA and Stash providing a fully traceable deployment pipeline.
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