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IrvingGreen
Real User
Senior Director at Cloud Technovation
Jun 04 2019

What is most valuable?

I would say that Pipelines is Azure's most valuable feature. Also generally, 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. It also has decent pull… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'm familiar with Azure DevOps in the sense that my group directive has based the administration, architecture, and development on Azure. So whichever hat that I need to wear at the time that's the one I can wear.

What needs improvement?

Azure DevOps is a very cross-platform product. One of the issues that I have currently with the company is that they are using two different parts of technology. They were using JIRA for their sprint work and they were also using… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have experience with Amazon Web Services. As the Azure product has matured a lot in the last two to three years, it deserves its market share at the moment. We were using other products, like Visual Studio, a web service which is an old… more»

What other advice do I have?

The first thing that I would suggest is to read the documentation for the platform. The online documentation changes pretty much every other week; there is always something new coming out. Practice, practice, and practice. Test, practice… more»
Ove Holmberg
Real User
Enterprise Agile Coach at Knowit Require
Jun 11 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us at this stage is the Azure Boards. I really like the user interface. For comparison, I have been using JIRA for several years now, and I am rather skilled at using that tool. The reason for my using Azure DevOps is because my client uses it. My first impression of… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a lack of integration and portability with other tools and products. I would like to see better interoperability with the agile scaling frameworks. When I first started using Azure it was impossible to figure out how to do the configuration correctly. Perhaps there should be a configuration… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used JIRA for several years, and although I am impressed with the interface in Azure DevOps, JIRA still has better integration with other tools.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anyone implementing this solution is to have an expert for every fifty users of the solution. This person is responsible for configurations and so forth. If you have a Microsoft environment then this is an easy choice for you, but if you don't then I think that JIRA would be a better… more»
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Vlad Glukhovskiy
Real User
Senior Project Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The two most valuable features are Azure Pipelines for DevOps automation, and Azure Test Plan for test management. It is quite easy to create a pipeline, from continuous integration to automated testing, to continuous delivery, performance… more»

What needs improvement?

Non-functional testing such as security testing, penetration testing, and performance testing could be improved.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to this, we used Team Foundation Server versions 2017 and 2018 on-premise, and it was a stable solution. We also used the Atlassian stack, including Jira, Bamboo, and Confluence, all on-premise. The problem is that the on-premise… more»

What other advice do I have?

Deployment of solutions on Azure DevOps is a perfect way to provide Disaster Recovery and High Availability. This is a straightforward solution, and I would suggest not wasting any time looking at others. Right now, this is the best… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have worked with other products, and this is the best solution in the market in 2019.
Consultant
Software Architect Consultant at a tech consulting company with self employed
Jun 07 2019

What is most valuable?

All of the features related to release management are very good. We use release management and dev management, and the dashboard is good. The ability to specify multiple platforms in release management, by using Docker, is valuable.

What needs improvement?

Better integration with the Linux operating system would be an improvement for this solution. I would like to see more third-party plugins; by comparison, the open source solution, Jenkins, has thousands of plugins available. The Wiki for this solution is not very good. There is a problem when you… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one. However, I use other tools in conjunction with Azure DevOps. One of these is Jenkins, for CICD, and I also use the Atlassian Suite.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I would recommend. Azure DevOps is a leading platform, but some things can be better. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Real User
User at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 08 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to interact with various other Azure services like for a deployment or using CICD was very helpful because when we leverage it for Azure IT helps. There's no CICD pipeline available. They provided us with some of the plugins to deploy that onto the Azure IOT edge.

What needs improvement?

They do very frequent releases, there's a complete change in UI kind of stuff. Sometimes it feels like they change it too often. They fix issues and add new features quite regularly which is good. They leverage a lot of new features, new features get released frequently, and sometimes the change… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I've been using Microsoft based solutions, like VST and then like before that DSS. It was a natural progression from VSTS into Azure DevOps.

What other advice do I have?

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. I would rate it a nine out of ten.
ITSysManageri867986
Real User
IT System Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The Repos, Wikis, and pipelines are all excellent features.

What needs improvement?

The solution could work to improve their reporting.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a licensing fee of $6/user per month. That's not too much money for us. There aren't really any additional costs beyond that.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

We are using the public cloud deployment model. Potential users should not hesitate to move to Azure DevOps. It keeps on progressing and keeps on adding new features all of the time, so it's a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered using Jenkins, but we decided to use Azure DevOps because we have an enterprise agreement with Microsoft. It was much easier.
NeerengSys44
Real User
System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 30 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the management features and the user interface is very friendly.

What needs improvement?

It is not clear what features have been added or enhanced since the last version. My customer used a previous version and it did not meet their expectations, so clarification with respect to the new version is needed on their website or other venues. I would like to see more customization available to the administrator. You need to change the workflow of the end result.

What other advice do I have?

I would advise someone considering this solution to use Microsoft because it is very user-friendly, it can run on small levels of applications, can be calibrated to the application, it can be scaled to a larger scale, from small scale to larger scale. It's very stable, you just need to increase the receptors if you need to scale to a larger scale. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
Mohamed Sadek
Real User
Lead DevOps and Release Engineer-L2 at ITWORX
Mar 05 2019

What is most valuable?

* Linking the project teamwork (bugs, tasks, user stories, test cases ) with the code, build, release, delivery * It's a matter of integration to have only one platform for all your software development life cycle.

How has it helped my organization?

Azure DevOps helps us to implement all our DevOps practices with a complete end-to-end cycle starting from code commit till the production deployment including continuous feedback. This enables us to release the silos between the teams and enhance collaboration. Also, it gives us more control on the project delivery lifecycle and to fix the issues more earlier than before as we are aligned and… more»

What needs improvement?

* Enable more control on Application Insights integration to open different types of work items as this is area still need more enhancements. * Test management extension is too high to be paid on a monthly basis. * Test and feedback chrome extension still need more development as they are not very stable.
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What is Microsoft Azure DevOps?

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.
Also known as
Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services
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