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We performed a comparison between Automic Continuous Delivery Director and Microsoft Azure DevOps based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Release Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"Its ability to automate release deployments, streamline release scope, and reduce the cost of and time for deployment.""Its extensive range of available connectors eliminates the need for manual code writing when implementing solutions, thus reducing coding efforts.""CDD is primarily used for showing end users (managers, business teams, project managers, and release managers) what is happening with each release. The status and reporting features are very important. Automation reduces time to deploy. It also allows us to do more with releases and testing prior to production, better guaranteeing a smooth deployment.""The most valuable feature for me is the fact that you can easily design a pipeline to promote applications from a development environment up to a production environment, and the team can become autonomous in designing those pipelines.""The most valuable features of Automic Continuous Delivery Director are the UI, release planning, and tracking, and you can do your soft and hard freeze through CDP.""The second valuable aspect is its capability to drive external systems like deployment automation engines or to integrate with Agile Central."

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"The build and release management features are valuable.""I like the cloud infrastructure of Microsoft Azure DevOps.""What I like most about Azure DevOps is how easy it is to manage projects and control deployments.""I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.""The features of Azure Repos that we find most impactful are those related to source control management within our DevOps code management processes.""The most valuable feature of this solution is that it saves time.""The reports have been most valuable. We have created some dashboards allowing us to be able to check our teams, their progress, and mission plans.""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."

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Cons
"CDD and RA should be two modules in the same product. They do not automatically “talk” to each other. and they require endpoint definition.""We have rolled out the SAFe model, but what we would like to have is better integration with Agile Central, for instance, or at least at the plugin level, where we would select only certain stories instead of many stories in the sprint.""Automic Continuous Delivery Director can improve the integrations. We have 25 but would like more.""Reporting and dashboarding could be improved. Release pipelines should be creatable via templates as well as easily integrable/chained together. Visual navigation could also be improved when the pipelines become too large.""The product's development has been stopped. It focuses on maintaining existing products.""We would like to have a more user-friendly interface. It is already very friendly, but as soon as you start to have many applications with many tasks, the applications should be easier to manipulate on the screen."

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"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.""Azure DevOps is set up more for development and less for testing. If it is set up correctly, everyone can use it better, but it was set up from a development point of view, which means it is lacking in what I need from a testing perspective. Just like any other tool, it depends on how it is configured. I am not happy with the way it is set up. It is configured more from a development side, and it doesn't necessarily cater to all the other areas that probably need to use it, such as testing data, etc.""I think that they have some menus there that are not very well placed.""The test management section needs to be improved.""It should be easier to manage Licenses especially because it's in the cloud.""The optimization feature in Microsoft Azure DevOps needs improvement. Control over multiple projects could also be improved.""I think Azure DevOps could improve the traceability or business intelligence about the execution of DevOps processes.""It is not that intuitive. Sometimes, it is hard to find some of the functions. I would like to have an old-fashioned menu structure to be able to easily find things. Its environment setup is not very good. They should improve the way it is set up for different screens and make it easier to find functionalities and maintain team members."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There is a free trial available that people can try. The solution has a subscription and it is based on the users that use the solution."
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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:Its extensive range of available connectors eliminates the need for manual code writing when implementing solutions, thus reducing coding efforts.
    Top Answer:The product has easy licensing, which depends on the number being installed.
    Top Answer:The product's development has been stopped. It focuses on maintaining existing products.
    Top Answer:Jira is a great centralized tool for just about everything, from local team management to keeping track of products and work logs. It is easy to implement and navigate, and it is stable and scalable… more »
    Top Answer:TFS and Azure DevOps are different in many ways. TFS was designed for admins, and only offers incremental improvements. In addition, TFS seems complicated to use and I don’t think it has a very… more »
    Top Answer:We can track everything from the requirements stage to the production stage.
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    Also Known As
    CA CDD, CA Continuous Delivery Director
    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    Overview

    CA Continuous Delivery Director is a powerful pipeline planning, orchestration and analytics solution that enables teams to eliminate spreadsheets, automate test processes and continually improve the delivery of revenue-generating features to end customers. The solution works with the most popular commercial and open source DevOps solutions to orchestrate the pipeline from planning through production. It is also the core of the continuous delivery ecosystem from CA, which includes development, testing and deployment solutions. CA Continuous Delivery Director enables effortless continuous delivery of high-quality, innovative applications from high-performance, collaborative teams.

    Microsoft Azure DevOps is a cloud service that enables developers to collaborate on code development projects and create and deploy applications quicker than ever before. The service helps unite developers, project managers, and software development experts through a collaborative experience while using the application. For the users' convenience, Azure DevOps offers the user cloud services through Azure DevOps Services or an on-premises service using Azure DevOps Server. In addition, it supports integration with additional services and adding extensions, including the ability for the user to create their own custom extensions. 

    Azure DevOps provides a variety of unified features that can be accessed through their web browser or IDE client, such as:

    • Azure Pipelines - Develop and deploy services to support ongoing application integration and delivery. Azure pipelines, which work with almost every project type and most languages, will automatically test code projects in order to make them available to others.

    • Azure Artifacts - Share packages and integrate package sharing between teams. Packages include NuGet, npm, and Maven, in addition to other private and public sources. Developers can now share and consume packages with other developers from different public registries.

    • Azure Repos - Offers source control of your code through Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) or Git repositories. Developers can now keep track of any changes that are made in their code over the course of their project.

    • Azure Test Plans - Offers continuous and manual/exploratory app testing through several tools. Test Suites, or a collection of Test Cases, are grouped together in a container called a Test Plan.

    • Azure Boards - Provides a suite of Agile tools to track work, support planning, code defects, and general issues while using Kanban and Scrum software. Teams are in need of tools that are flexible and will help them grow. Azure Boards is a service that helps developers manage their software projects. 

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure DevOps

    Microsoft Azure DevOps offers many benefits, including:

    • A quick setup and easy deployment
    • An elastic scale
    • Exceptional security
    • No-maintenance operations
    • Effortless collaboration through domains
    • The ability to create and deploy products faster than traditional software

    Reviews from Real Users

    Microsoft Azure DevOps stands out among its competitors for a variety of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to forecast how long each task will take and the ability for users to follow the entire development process.

    PeerSpot viewers note the effectiveness of this solution. An executive chief operating officer for a cloud provider notes, “We can forecast tasks and the number of hours a task will take and can compare it with how long a task actually takes.” 

    Carlos H., a product and system director at SPCM, writes, “I think the most usable thing is that you can follow the whole progress of the development process. This makes it very useful for us.”

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    Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Energy/Utilities Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government9%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Automic Continuous Delivery Director is ranked 14th in Release Automation with 5 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 1st in Release Automation with 127 reviews. Automic Continuous Delivery Director is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Automic Continuous Delivery Director writes "An automation solution to automate the entire release process but lacks development". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Allows us to deploy code to production without releasing certain features immediately and agile project management capabilities offer resource-leveling". Automic Continuous Delivery Director is most compared with , whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with GitLab, Jira, TFS, Rally Software and ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management. See our Automic Continuous Delivery Director vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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