Microsoft Azure DevOps Valuable Features

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

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 requests and things like that.

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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. That in itself has had a huge effort on the number of meetings. In the past, you would almost wait a month before you could get all the executive teams together. Now, we've got meetings daily. Due to the regular meetings, we're utilizing daily scrums and two-week sprints, and we've been able to move a lot faster than we've ever had before as far as initiatives. 

Frankly, throughout this whole COVID situation, being able to respond the way we have to some of the changes that were going on has been amazing. I don't think that would have happened if we weren't an Agile team.

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DevOps Engineer at Simprints

Currently, I do not know if there is really a single feature that stands out as the most valuable. If you consider our use case and that we were using Azure essentially as a teaching tool, it was the tool itself that was valuable.  

I do not have in-depth experience with Microsoft Azure, but it is like other services such as AWS. Currently, the number of services are increasing on Azure actually at a faster rate than with Google Cloud. If you are working with Microsoft products like Office 365 the best cloud solution would be on Azure services. The cost is also better than AWS.  

Microsoft has also built an association with other cloud products for helping to migrate your licenses to the cloud. This works out well if you have a substantial investment in licensing for Microsoft products on-premises. Being able to bring that license to the cloud is a good transitionary solution.  

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Director - Quality Management at a performing arts with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable aspect of the solution is the complete tool orchestration within the DevOps. It's great for operations, monitoring, and building tests for deployment.

I like the user interface. It's excellent.

The solution is easy to implement and easy to use.

We've been using their documentation seamlessly. It's been great.

I love it because we have Microsoft Exchange Office 365 and we have all those reports already in place (especially if you're using quality reporting). We get that as an add-on. It comes within the package, so everything is very compatible. The analytics on offer are also very good.

The solution offers great plugins and has great integration capabilities. It runs on configuration management tools like Ansible and Puppet. The monitoring they have for plugins is also excellent. 

Whatever you might need, they seem to have it.

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Rodrigo Bassani
Head Of Technology at Elogroup

We use Gitch as a version control and the integration is very good. We are also using the features for the product backlog that's released every day so we have the user histories. We can track it from the histories to the code. You can see all the steps in the life cycle we use with our clients. We also like to use the estimate integration feature where you have two or three developers that estimate different efforts for each history. I think Azure is easy to integrate with any other type of solution to improve your delivery.

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Thomas Clay
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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Kleber A
Chief Operating Officer at a tech company with 11-50 employees

We have a component server, which is basically a tracker. This is very useful for us to itemise the start and end of tasks to evaluate the resources required, based on price. So it's very valuable. It is important to be able to inspect the items required in a project.

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Software & Cyber Section Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The product has integrated all the relevant models of task management requirements, source control, back management, test management, et cetera. You have a full ALM suite.

The connection to Git, which was bought by Microsoft, is also good. We use Git as a version control tool. 

Microsoft has good integration with its other products, such as Office, Teams, et cetera. 

The solution has proven itself to be very mature and robust. It's quite stable.

The scalability potential is very good. 

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Carlos Hulot
Product and Systems Director at SPCM

The solution is very good at automating various aspects of the DevOps process. You can automate almost everything. You don't have any human intervention. It's almost automatic. As long as you finish your code and put it in, the software gets the code and tests it. If it is okay, it will go ahead and integrate it and put it in production without any human intervention. This is excellent.

The tool allows you to connect with many external tools. You can improve the whole process that way. We use a couple of things, however, there is a plethora of things you can put together in your solution.

The initial setup is very easy.

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Software Architect at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees

Mainly the source code solutions and the pipelines. Work item management and the manual test I/O. Test automation, end-to-end testing, and the manual test experience. It's got something that you won't find in other products. The work item management is good enough for small to medium-sized teams, and for large projects with plenty of teams collaborating with each other.

We can achieve the boundaries of the system. Potentially, we could do it with other tools like Jira. Still, with Microsoft Azure DevOps, we can manage everything.

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Wilson Gonzalez
DevOps Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Everything that's related to the pipeline has been very good. We're using this to promote our code and to secure it. The library and all the stuff that we can manage inside the pipeline is helping us a lot.

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Manager Systems Engineering at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We can eliminate some of the middleman processes. In the process, we are merging DevOps with development and operations. So developers act like our operation team as well. That concept is a great exchange. It brings a high level of visibility. It helps the team and department cohesion, which helps to improve productivity. 

It also includes a high level of traceability and elimination of some of the unwanted silos in productivity. Testing and transparency need to be defined within the boundaries. If a backlog occurs, you should be able to group them as a whole. This means there is a backlogging to the team, as opposed to individual areas. Each area needs to be visible to other areas, at all times.

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Anthony Gregg
Technical Engineer (Retail Group) at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

All features are good. Pipelines module is comprehensive, Boards and Artifacts modules are also really extensive.

It is really good at what it does. It is very comprehensive, and it has some really great aspects to it. It has a easy to use UI. It is probably one of the easiest to use DevOps tools in the industry, and it is well integrated.

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Director at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

What I like the most is that it is easy to comprehend, and it's easy to use.

The simplicity is very good and the customer experience is also great.

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Hamid Nia
Software Architect at EML

I like the CD pipeline. It's the most valuable feature for us. It's so easy to integrate into the CD/CI environment. I mostly love that one.

The initial setup is quick and easy.

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Manager with 1-10 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the CI/CD pipeline, and the testing automation.

It's good that they are bringing more options to this environment, and to deploy to virtual machines.

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Senior Business Analyst │ Microsoft Power BI & Power BI App Development at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What I like the most about this product is that it's free and it's secure.

You can easily assign it.

It integrates well with other Microsoft products, such as Outlook.

If we experience a login issue, it sends a notification to one of my developers and you also receive an email notification, ensuring that there is no way that a developer can miss working on it or miss seeing it in emails.

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Consulting services manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

Since it is a cloud product, it is constantly updated and not the responsibility of the user.

The quality of the user interface is very good.

It is a well-integrated product in terms of the development lifecycle. There are different functional areas from the requirements to finish including test management, product development, and deployment. I do not personally make use of all of these components together, but I understand from my colleagues that make wider use of it that everything integrates nicely.

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Shadab Pagadi
Senior Consultant at CMEx

I like a lot of the features in Azure DevOps.

The creation of test plans is valuable and I like the reporting features that it offers. For example, I like the charts, as well as reporting progress.

The interface is user-friendly.

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Ove Holmberg
Enterprise Agile Coach at Knowit Require

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 DevOps, after using JIRA, is that it has a much better, more intuitive, and more user-friendly interface. That first impression is still valid, today.

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President & CEO at Modern Requirements

The most valuable feature is that it's fully integrated, where we have a single place to do everything that we need.

Testing is really good, it has come a long way.

It is the single source of proof or the single system of record that does everything you need, you don't have to put the different pieces together to form the whole chain.

We can do everything in one single platform, which is why it does a good job.

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Project Manager at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

Overall, the solution is pretty good. It fulfills most of our requirements.

The stories and test cases on offer are great.

The initial setup was pretty self-explanatory. It was straightforward.

The pricing seems to be reasonable.

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Vlad Glukhovskiy
Senior Project Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

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 testing, and continuous deployment. It's graphical representation and tools are easy to use.

The automated testing in DevTest is the big advantage of Azure DevOps.

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Computer engineering student at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

It's a complete solution that has everything you need. 

It covers all of the development workflows to the initial planning, testing, coding, and even to launch the subsequent feedbacks.

Also, it has marketing reports.

It's very promising. They are very well positioned to take over some pretty heavy contestants in that area.

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Software Architect Consultant at a tech consulting company with self employed

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.

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User at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Hussain Sorosh
Assistant Director at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

It has a good GUI, and it's very user-friendly. It is also a familiar environment as we are used to it. All our users are very comfortable working with it. I think the Azure methodology and all those DevOps features in the dashboard are very effective in our environment. 

It's very implementable in our environment compared to the other DevOps environments which we experienced. I won't name them, but this one part of DevOps we have found very easy in our environment because the infrastructure there is fairly supportive and very integrable to the current DevOps environment we use.

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Software Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The CI/CD portal is very user-friendly.

The platform is very easy to manage. It is easy to manage repositories between the business users and corporate users.

Fields can be customized and the reporting is good. The APIs that are exposed can generate management reports.

The most valuable feature is the test manager. 

Integration is easy to do. The single-sign-on facility is there in every aspect including Azure DevOps, Active Directory, our portals, and all of our development sites.

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Cofounder & Senior Consultant at Thinknyx Technologies LLP

The most valuable feature is the complete integration between test cases, pipelines, and issue management.

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Senior Project Manager at a marketing services firm with 10,001+ employees

The key thing I find benefits me is the ability to track right from the feature and determine what has happened. I have a direct link to the test and the metrics that are available.

There are a lot of helpful features available for tracking dependencies.

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Tech Lead DevOps (Manager) at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

This platform provides a large span of tools and technologies.

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Lead Technical Consultant (Information Technology) at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I like the entire tool because it is a one-stop-solution for DevOps.

The Scrum functionality in project management is helpful, as are the code repositories. It has support for pipelines.

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IT System Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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

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Installation Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

Most of the features are very valuable for us, especially the source code control and task management.

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Project Manager at Shell Exploration & Production Co.

What I like the most is the DevOps Boards. It's easy to create a hierarchical project structure, assign tasks to people, and then track their tasks.

I also like the scheduling functionality.

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Rafael Cardoso
Senior Support Analyst at ONS

Microsoft Azure DevOps is a very useful system. Before using this solution, we had to deploy our applications, from pre-production to production, manually.

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System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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

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Especialista Devops at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Azure Pipeline and Azure Release are most valuable. I use Azure DevOps through pipeline and release.

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XBRL Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is easy to use. The shared repository is useful. Everything is in one environment.

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Technical Director at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

The most interesting subject for me is the deployment part where you build virtual machines and enable them to learn. That's interesting to me.

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Aurelio Palmer
Subdirector General at a tech company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is that it brings order to our projects, and we know the status of each one at every moment.

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Murat Gurkas
Product Owner at ZettaLABS
  • Dashboard
  • Query
  • Sub-tasks configuration
  • Extensions library
  • Visual Studio and other MS product integrations.
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System engineering project Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

I really like the Microsoft DevOps survey.

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Viral Panchal
Senior Project Manager at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

Some of the valuable features are the interface and the workflows are easy to learn and to manage. It has all the features that are required on each account.

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Héctor Ruvalcaba
User at a tech services company

Some of the valuable features are the functionality and the wide range of capabilities.

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Data Base Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I like the cloud infrastructure of Microsoft Azure DevOps.

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Luz Barrientos
Support Level 3 for the Finance systems at World Vision International

One of the main features is the user interface is very good.

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Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Azure DevOps. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2021.
502,104 professionals have used our research since 2012.