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"One of the big things that made us choose Bamboo, is it seamlessly integrates its APIs into NetSuite, which is our main ELP system.""It's one of the best solutions in this line of work. We have many Atlassian products. We use Bamboo, JIRA, Service Desk, and some other Atlassian plugins. We like that it's easy to integrate into each other. It's a suite of services.""The most valuable features are compiling and deployment.""It can do the CI pipeline well."

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"Very good reporting features.""All features are useful. Our customer doesn't have any complaints about the tool. It works pretty well for what they want and what they need to do."

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"The solution needs to support more customization in the training. What's offered is pretty generic. They need better training and should offer more guidance.""It's a little outdated. It's three years old.""The performance around the deployment feature could be improved.""It should be much easier to use. It shouldn't require a lot of reading to be able to use it. It should have just two or three screens rather than hundreds of screens requiring a lot of clicking. It also requires a lot of integration. It has a steep learning curve. It takes a lot of time to understand and put in the data. There is also no proper training."

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"Not user friendly for the layman.""Its logging can be improved. When something goes wrong, it is not always very easy to find the problem. It is hard to identify whether the problem is because of low memory in the server or some configuration in Rational Build Forge. The error logs are not very detailed, and they should provide more information. It should also have more integration with third-party tools. It would be great to have more integration with third-party tools."

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Top Answer: Very good reporting features.
Top Answer: The solution could be more user friendly. Trying to train somebody on it can be difficult. If you're in this field, you kind of learn the tools, but trying to show a PM how to find report sheets to… more »
Top Answer: We use the execution records and the execution of the build for the source. I use Eclipse to build it out and tie into the execution. I'm a CRM program release manager and we are customers of IBM.
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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.

IBM Rational Build Forge is an adaptive execution framework that helps automate and standardize the software assembly process. Rational Build Forge helps teams standardize repetitive tasks, improve software quality and manage compliance mandates. This software scales to 25 seats. Rational Build Forge delivers:
Flexibility - gives developers self-service access to preconfigured build processes from within their integrated development environment (IDE). You can add IBM Rational software products to further enhance automation, reporting and integration.
Productivity - accelerates build and release cycles through iterative development, parallel processes and efficient use of hardware.
Compliance - simplifies compliance management with self-documenting audit trails and role-based security.
Compatibility - increases team efficiency with centralized build and release management using the tools you have today.

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Sample Customers
Neocleus, MuleSoft, Interspire
Top Industries
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm15%
Media Company7%
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider21%
Financial Services Firm13%
Company Size
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise50%
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Bamboo is ranked 4th in Build Automation with 4 reviews while IBM Rational Build Forge is ranked 8th in Build Automation with 2 reviews. Bamboo is rated 7.6, while IBM Rational Build Forge is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Bamboo writes "Good compiling and deployment features that are ideal for open-source development". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Rational Build Forge writes "Great reporting features and very functional". Bamboo is most compared with GitLab, Harness, Jenkins, Tekton and CircleCI, whereas IBM Rational Build Forge is most compared with Jenkins and CircleCI.

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