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"It makes work visible, so everybody knows where everything is. It uses Kanban, and that makes work visible.""We use the board and card hierarchies in terms of sprints so that we can see if we have cross-functional teams that are working on the same projects together, especially when projects have dependencies. The parent-child relationship within cards is really nice so that we can see what kind of dependencies there are when we're trying to get projects finished.""My team specifically uses our board for all of our Remedy tickets that come in. We had a card for every ticket that we get, and we're able to add the link to that specific ticket there.If I'm out of office, for example, and someone else needs to work a ticket or someone is being contacted to work on a ticket, I don't have to sign on it. Someone else can easily access that ticket because I put the link in there. It's nice. It has a lot of great functionality in there.""Using the tool seems to save time versus trying to do things in a regular manner. It is highly collaborative; everybody can see things in one place. It is a highly functional, but pretty simple tool. That is hard to find: A tool that has a lot of functions, but is also simple."

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"The cataloging is a very valuable feature. For a lot of enterprises, they end up not knowing which applications do specific features. The cataloging helps with this. It's not that verbose, but it still gives you allowances to put in more detail.""It is relatively easy to use and user-friendly once the setup is complete.""It helped us contain critical things, like source code and several documents, which is very important to us.""At the same time, if you're working from the architect or the designing team you, it's quite easy to manage the resources online.""The most valuable feature is the reporting of the CPU usage on the dashboard.""You can customize the board according to your needs."

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"Technical support has been excellent. On that side, Microsoft is very good. The customer support of Microsoft has really improved this past year. On the cloud side also we are very satisfied because it offers very good support.""Azure enables us to create a staging environment through to a production environment in an easier way and then get the code and run that.""I like the entire tool because it is a one-stop-solution for DevOps.""The solution is easy to implement and easy to use.""There are a lot of helpful features available for tracking dependencies.""Fields can be customized and the reporting is good.""Azure is an advantage when working with other Microsoft solutions.""The initial setup is quick and easy."

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Cons
"I do not know what it can do in the area of scrum. Maybe it has that functionality. I have never tried to set it up. You think of LeanKit from the perspective of Kanban. I don't know if there is a template for scrum, a scaled agile framework, or any of those scaling frameworks.""Being able to track actual time on cards or sprints, instead of using just the planned start and stop date, would also be useful. I would like to see something like JIRA has with actual sprint starts and stops.""The ability to report on customizable fields and third-party extensions needs improvement. I'd like to see more of those being able to be used. I don't know how that works for Planview, but just getting a little bit more added there would be nice.""The integration with the Enterprise One product is probably an area for improvement. It's not really broken. It's just that it is such a handy tool and a great way to visually manage things. There is a very limited hookup/integration between Enterprise One, which is the master Planview tool, and LeanKit. While they are looking at this on their roadmap, it definitely needs to happen. There is a lot of opportunity there."

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"The features should be more intuitive. If I'm looking for something, its location should be easy to locate.""There is not enough beginner support material in the form of FAQs or simple training to help you get started.""Of course it would be related to customer experience. The solution is not user friendly at all. It needs an expert to use it, although the reporting feature was okay.""The directory designer manager is uncivil. The design manager is clearly really unstable.""The stability of this solution can be improved.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved."

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"They do very frequent releases, there's a complete change in UI kind of stuff. Sometimes it feels like they change it too often.""The solution could work to improve their reporting.""There are certain areas in Azure DevOps that are better in other products.""One thing I would note is that it's hard to know what is included or not in the product. Especially when you begin to try and compare it to other solutions. When you go to a site like VersionOne, they tell you Azure DevOps doesn't have this or that, and when you go to Microsoft, it says VersionOne doesn't have this or that. They could do a better job of laying out exactly what is on offer so customers know going in exactly what they'll get.""Improving the metrics that are readily available on the dashboard would be very helpful.""Proper Gantt charting should be a feature that is included because as it is now, we have to create it ourselves.""Azure has not yet advanced to the performance level of the other major competitors and is missing integration with important technologies.""The functions have too much dependency right now, so it makes it really, really hard to upgrade and make a change in the code."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"In general, Planview's cost structure is reasonable. You get quite a lot of functionality for the license cost that you get."

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"It's a good tool, quite rich, it has a lot of features, and quite a lot of analytical capabilities which are built on top of it so that you can see how your projects are going and all that stuff. It's a good tool.""There is a licensing fee of $6/user per month.""The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools.""It is the least expensive product in this class.""I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market.""Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects.""It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use.""The price of this solution is fair."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Using the tool seems to save time versus trying to do things in a regular manner. It is highly collaborative; everybody… more »
Top Answer: The integration with the Enterprise One product is probably an area for improvement. It's not really broken. It's just… more »
Top Answer: We have a unique use case. Normally, people use LeanKit to track agile development in IT. However, we use the product to… more »
Top Answer: You can customize the board according to your needs.
Top Answer: The reporting functionality needs to be improved. They have developed a reporting model but it is not available… more »
Top Answer: We began using this product in 2014 as a work management tool. After that, we gained knowledge of the Agile framework… more »
Top Answer: It's very user-friendly, and the documentation is good. The most valuable feature is backlog item creation, where we… more »
Top Answer: Licensing cost per user is approximately $11 to $15. We have about 400 users, but not all are active. We have around 200… more »
Top Answer: Integration and plugins for other tools could better. Like if you want to integrate the DevOps with other tools that are… more »
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Also Known As
LeanKit
Rational ALM, MKS
Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps, MS Azure DevOps, MS Azure DevOps
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Overview

Planview LeanKit enables engineering teams across all levels of the organization with a visual work delivery tool to apply Lean management principles to their work, helping them work smarter and deliver faster.

Lifecycle management capabilities built on the open, unifying IBM Rational Jazz platform can help agile and traditional teams: see at-a-glance status, access better data for decisions, manage costs, reuse the most efficient processes across the organization, manage cloud, web, SOA and mobile application design and development. Teams can also gain real-time traceability, manage work across vendors, unify across a diverse set of lifecyle tools, and provide collaborative development for continuous delivery as part of the IBM DevOps solution.

Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service for collaborating on code development. It provides an integrated set of features that you access through your web browser or IDE client, including the following:

  • Git repositories for source control of your code.
  • Build and release management to support continuous integration and delivery of your apps.
  • Agile tools to support planning and tracking your work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods.
  • A variety of tools to test your apps, including manual/exploratory testing, load testing, and continuous testing.
  • Highly customizable dashboards for sharing progress and trends.
  • Built-in wiki for sharing information with your team.
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Sample Customers
REA Group, Thompson Reuters
Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, Ashurst
Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Manufacturing Company17%
Comms Service Provider14%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
REVIEWERS
Energy/Utilities Company18%
Financial Services Firm18%
Computer Software Company15%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise52%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational ALM vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
509,641 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Rational ALM is ranked 7th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 53 reviews. IBM Rational ALM is rated 7.2, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Rational ALM writes "Helped with time management, improved our resource utility, and helped assure on-time completion". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". IBM Rational ALM is most compared with Jira, PTC Integrity, TFS, Atlassian ALM and Polarion ALM, whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, TFS, GitLab, Ansible and Polarion ALM. See our IBM Rational ALM vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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