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You can customize the board according to your needs.The most valuable feature is the reporting of the CPU usage on the dashboard.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.It helped us contain critical things, like source code and several documents, which is very important to us.It is relatively easy to use and user-friendly once the setup is complete.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.

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What I like the most is the DevOps Boards. It's easy to create a hierarchical project structure, assign tasks to people, and to track their tasks.What I like the most about this product is that it's free and it's secure.It is a well-integrated product in terms of the development lifecycle.The most valuable feature is the complete integration between test cases, pipelines, and issue management.The most valuable feature is that it brings order to our projects, and we know the status of each one at every moment.The initial setup is quick and easy.Azure is an advantage when working with other Microsoft solutions.Fields can be customized and the reporting is good.

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The reporting functionality needs to be improved.The stability of this solution can be improved.The directory designer manager is uncivil. The design manager is clearly really unstable.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.There is not enough beginner support material in the form of FAQs or simple training to help you get started.The features should be more intuitive. If I'm looking for something, its location should be easy to locate.

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I would like to automate notifications on sprint planning. When we are getting to the end of sprint planning, we would be automatically notified.The user interface could be improved.It would be very useful if it had better integration with Microsoft Word because we would like to be able to define the priority requirement document and add it to different stages of the backlog.The test management section needs to be improved.This product would be improved if the helpdesk were included.The functions have too much dependency right now, so it makes it really, really hard to upgrade and make a change in the code.Azure has not yet advanced to the performance level of the other major competitors and is missing integration with important technologies.Proper Gantt charting should be a feature that is included because as it is now, we have to create it ourselves.

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Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects.I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market.It is the least expensive product in this class.The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools.There is a licensing fee of $6/user per month.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.

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the reporting of the CPU usage on the dashboard.
Top Answer: The stability of this solution can be improved.
Top Answer: We are a central, systems integration team that provides different solutions to vendors and business partners. We have a lab available on-premises and we work with all of the latest tools available in… more »
Top Answer: Azure DevOps is well suited if you have a big team that is collaborating their codes and need to have devops pipeline for all build and release work. Also since this tool provides bug management… more »
Top Answer: I like the entire tool because it is a one-stop-solution for DevOps.
Top Answer: Integration with MS word is lacking. It would be useful to be able to import/export word document parts from/to requirements related work items. Or to build a report from text fields (e.g description… more »
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Also Known As
Rational ALM, MKSAzure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services
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
Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, AshurstAlaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
Top Industries
Computer Software Company36%
Manufacturing Company12%
Comms Service Provider9%
Energy/Utilities Company33%
Financial Services Firm25%
Computer Software Company17%
Construction Company8%
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company6%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
Small Business33%
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Large Enterprise54%
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Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise76%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational ALM vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
437,557 professionals have used our research since 2012.
IBM Rational ALM is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 6 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 21 reviews. IBM Rational ALM is rated 7.2, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.4. 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 "Good for the staging environment through to the production environment". IBM Rational ALM is most compared with Jira, TFS, PTC Integrity, codeBeamer ALM and Polarion ALM, whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, TFS, Ansible, GitLab and VersionOne. See our IBM Rational ALM vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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