Likelihood to Recommend
Crucible is well suited for situations where development teams follow a branch-based merge process, where new features or automation stories are introduced. It allows more seasoned team members to check newer team members' code to ensure standards are followed. It is probably less appropriate for smaller development teams or smaller projects, where code reviews can be less formal.
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While Perforce Helix is the best version control software out there, it can also be used to track your documentation, training videos and materials, and requirements. If you have strict compliance requirements, it can be used to ensure that those requirements are satisfied. Perforce Helix is incredibly flexible and can meet the needs of individual users as well as companies with thousands of users.
Read full review Pros Supports all major source control systems such as SVN and Git. Integration with Jira, Bamboo, Bitbucket, to have a complete end to end development experience. Easy to use UI/UX for reviewing code changes amongst different team members. Read full review The branching mechanisms in Perforce allow for an enormous codebase to be duplicated into release versions weekly with little impact upon things such as the speed of queries against the version control. Action triggers permit such things as automated builds of software versions, dynamic messaging when issues are identified either within or prior to a build process, and much more. Locking provides the ability to prevent modifications of stable, tested versions in order to ensure validity when they are released. Read full review Cons Crucible notifications of changes or updates to the code review are delayed as well as loading more source code is slow. Crucible is formatting could use improvements for viewing customization features. For instance, allowing the user to create a new tab per file to be reviewed would be nice to have. Read full review Perforce tends to feel backwards in how it approaches certain tasks, like branching and integrating - even once you figure out how it wants you to perform these tasks, you will likely forget when it comes around to the next time you need to do them again. Perforce has a higher price tag, comparatively. Perforce make some tasks very easy, and yet other tasks very difficult - it doesn't always seem to have found its target user's proficiency. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
We are fully committed to our use of Perforce. It works well within our organization and our desire to share our code base with our customers. Their support staff are responsive, inquisitive, and eager to improve their software. I feel like we have a direct line to their design/feature team as they often solicit our feedback.
Read full review Usability
With Perforce Helix, you can use it via the command line, via P4V, or any of the other APIs included with the product. It is extremely easy for new users to get up and running. Users of Perforce Helix only have to pull in the files of interest to them. Also, Perforce is very easy to script and integrate into your CI/CD pipeline. Streams allows you to have pinpoint control of your workflow, and P4Search is the absolute best--I wish Perforce (the company) would talk more about this. It is absolutely fabulous!
Read full review Reliability and Availability
In our large environment, Perforce is rarely "down". We have regular maintenance windows and from time to time Perforce can feel a little slow, but its always available. Tech support has always worked with our engineers and IT department to make sure that any real performance or stability issues are addressed quickly.
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Good support overall being an Atlassian product, with options including free/paid official support and community provided help.
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I had two representatives from Perforce contact me after downloading it but never responded when I had questions. I also had a difficult time finding good training material for getting started. There is a lot of available support material when running into issues, though, because of how many large companies use it.
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This rating is related to setting up an environment from an existing Perforce repository. Initial setup of Perforce as the repository for the company was done by a separate team long prior to my inception.
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Crucible was first on the market and the price is inexpensive. Crucible integrates with Jira Software and Atlassian Fisheye, providing the ability to track defects efficiently.
compares code to 'best standards' but not 'internal standards' and does not integrate to issue tracking.
offers effective peer review, and has some integration with
issues but costs more.
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is great, I love
. But it's not great for dealing with binary assets, even when using
LFS. Locking is not as simple as on perforce.
presents some problems on using for non-tech people it can get overwhelming and tech people have to come by and help.
Read full review Return on Investment It has had a large ROI for our team, as it has helped us find issues sooner than we would have had we not reviewed things properly. Read full review Decreased our implementation costs by allowing versioning and back out of customizations made in the field. saves developers time through automation of changes between branches - they think less of the plumbing and have more time to write code. Downside is training/managing expectations of new developers who come in assuming they will use Git. Read full review ScreenShots