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Microsoft Azure DevOps Pros and Cons

Microsoft Azure DevOps Pros

CR
Assurance Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
They have been lately adding features to the services on a regular basis. Every two weeks, they are adding functionality to Azure DevOps Services to match it with what Azure DevOps Server or on-prem would offer. So, we continue to get more robust functionality. My favorite right now is that they are starting to open up the API availability within Azure DevOps Services. Another thing that I like about Azure DevOps is that you can use it with any of the products that are on the market. You can integrate it with Jenkins and other open-source products to complete that fully functional CI, CD, CT, CM, and CS pipeline. It continues to enhance.
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Senior Director at Cloud Technovation
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.
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EC
IT Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
I like the fact that there is built-in Power BI. Both are Microsoft tools. So, you can incorporate dashboard capabilities.
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CW
Software Engineering Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is an all-in-one, one-stop shop, nothing comes close.
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BG
Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Typically the sprints themselves and managing the tasks have essentially eliminated our need for reporting.
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DevOps Engineer at Simprints
Azure is an advantage when working with other Microsoft solutions.
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OB
Director - Quality Management at a performing arts with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is easy to implement and easy to use.
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Head Of Technology at Elogroup
Provides us with user histories.
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LO
Manager of Information Technology Services at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Most developers and project managers choose the Microsoft tools to begin with because of familiarity, and these new tools are almost an extension of the tools you're already familiar with. There's a lot of knowledge transfer, which helps, rather than bringing in a new product line.
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TC
Senior .NET Engineer at Advance Storage Products
The automated bill feature is most valuable. As with most software developers, I can build code on my machine, but if one of my coworkers can't build the same code on theirs, there are always issues in trying to track it down. The automated bill process makes it a lot easier to track down where the issues are and find out what bugs aren't being included for whatever reason.
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Microsoft Azure DevOps Cons

CR
Assurance Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are currently in the process of moving all of our on-prem to the cloud platform. We are trying to make that move and host the majority of our DevOps services in the cloud because the cloud is where most of the things are going nowadays. However, the process of this transfer is not straightforward, and it could be a lot easier. Microsoft hasn't provided the maturity for migration tools. It could be a lot easier in that respect. I want to see them continue to advance the API capabilities. They could add some more robust functionality to the administrative layer within ADO services. There are a lot of configuration elements that you need to take care of at the organization level and the project configuration level from an administrative capacity. When you're dealing with process templates and things of that nature, you have to do them all manually. Being able to automate some of that using scripts or API functionality would be really nice.
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EC
IT Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
The tool was developed for Agile project methodology, but I've noticed that there has also been a try to incorporate what is typically done in MS Project, which is for more sequential Waterfall projects. The problem with that is that it is half-baked for Waterfall projects. If you're going to do it, then either go all the way and allow us to use the tool for both or don't do it at all.
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CW
Software Engineering Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Project management could be improved.
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BG
Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Some of the queries, the way they're built, need to be looked at. We need better query tools.
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DevOps Engineer at Simprints
Azure has not yet advanced to the performance level of the other major competitors and is missing integration with important technologies.
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OB
Director - Quality Management at a performing arts with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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Head Of Technology at Elogroup
Templates could be improved.
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LO
Manager of Information Technology Services at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Right now, they tend to have a limit of 1,000 tasks per sprint, and some of their web-based boards, such as the Kanban boards, no longer display tasks. Once you hit over a certain number of task limits, you need to increase those limits.
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TC
Senior .NET Engineer at Advance Storage Products
They should expand it from just a PC, software, or server development platform to other kinds of software or engineering systems so that it is not necessarily built around a normal PC with a server. I would like to see the ability to write my own scripts in my own compiled program or online. Right now, there are things that you can do in the user interface, but you can't do them programmatically and vice versa. I want to see them both. If I can do it in a script, I should be able to do it from the user interface, and if I can do it in the user interface, I should be able to do it in a script.
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Group Product Manager – Billing and Payments at MultiChoice Group
The tool has a logical link between epic feature, user story, and task, but when you try to generate a report to show the delivery progress against a feature, it is not easy. To see the percentage completion for a feature or progress of any delivery, it is not easy to draw a report.
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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Azure DevOps. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
540,984 professionals have used our research since 2012.