GForge as a GitHub Alternative

You can outgrow GitHub's geek-centric approach

Enterprise software delivery is all about IT supporting business - not the other way around:

  • Presidents, CEOs and founders drive the overall vision and strategy
  • Product and Program Managers lead specific initiatives to support the vision and strategy
  • Project Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations within a project which includes managing Developers, Engineers, QA staff, Support, etc.

GitHub only aims to scratch the developer's itch, and even so it leaves a lot to be desired.

Have a look at this comparison to see why GForge is not just a replacement for Github - it's a huge improvement.

GForge Next GitHub  
Workflow
YES YES, BUT...

GitHub does have a feature that they call workflow. It does not provide the same automation features as GForge.

Full Agile Support
YES NO  
REST API
YES YES  
Internal & External Collaboration
YES NO  
Managed Hosting
YES NO  
Cloud & Server-based Deployment
YES YES, BUT...

Requires GitHub Enterprise

Offline Installation & Upgrades
YES YES, BUT...

Requires GitHub Enterprise

Customized Tickets
YES NO  
Pull Requests
YES YES  
Document Management
YES NO  
Chat
YES NO  
Continuous Integration
YES NO  
Knowledge Management
YES YES  
Centralized Search
YES NO  
Service Desk
YES NO
Single Sign-on (SSO)
YES YES, BUT...

Requires GitHub Enterprise

Pricing Comparison: GForge vs GitHub

On the surface, GForge might appear to be quite a bit more expensive: GitHub (SaaS) is $9/user/month whereas GForge is $12.50/user/month. But when you add all of the 3rd party tools needed to match GForge features (like chat, kanban, document management and more), the overall pricing far exceeds what you'd pay for GForge.

For enterprise features, like on-premise installations or SSO login, GitHub Enterprise is even more expensive - ($20/user/month or more), and you'll still need all of those 3rd-party tools.

Outgrowing GitHub

As you consider a collaboration solution for Building Better Software, a feature comparison is only the beginning. Just because a feature is "there" doesn't mean it can meet your needs, or grow with your team. GForge CTO Michael Tutty took the time to write a 3-part series on "Signs You’ve Outgrown GitHub". Follow along as he expands on GitHub’s limitations around tags, task management and pull requests:

Posted on Mar 21, 2017

Signs That You’ve Outgrown Github

Github is WONDERFUL. I have used it for a long time now, and it’s great. It’s easy to get started, and especially for one-person projects, it really helps keep things organized.

But as you start to add team members, competing priorities, and overall complexity, something changes. In lots of little ways, Github starts to show that it just wasn’t designed for long-haul software projects, with many team members and a non-trivial workflow.

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Posted on May 08, 2017

Signs That You’ve Outgrown GitHub, Part 2: Task Management

In my last post, I introduced a set of features (and failings) that might have you wondering if Github can grow with your team. In this post, I’m talking about tasks, workflow and keeping things moving. Github’s Workflow Is Simple And Cool When you’re starting out, Github’s approach is really helpful. You can create a task …

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Posted on May 18, 2017

Signs That You’ve Outgrown GitHub, Part 3: Pull Requests

This is part 3 in a series about the limitations of Github, and how they might be holding your team back from its full potential. If you want to go back and catch up, here’s Part 1 and Part 2. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here. Done? Okay, let’s move on. Today’s discussion is about …



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