IBM Engineering Workflow Management vs Microsoft Azure DevOps comparison

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We performed a comparison between IBM Engineering Workflow Management and Microsoft Azure DevOps based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Enterprise Agile Planning Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed IBM Engineering Workflow Management vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"Work distribution among team members and accountability for completion with a clearer picture.""Traceability reporting is inbuilt and includes all your requirements.""Good for managing stories, sprints, hydration and releases."

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"We use all the DevOps features and services, like reports, Boards, Pipelines, Artifactory, etc. The interface is interactive and intuitive. The platform visuals and workflow are straightforward in Azure DevOps.""I like the tracking and that we can monitor our velocity.""My team likes the integration that Microsoft Azure DevOps has with GitHub and Microsoft Teams. The solution is well integrated with other Microsoft tools in one place, it is very good.""Azure DevOps' collaborative features are good, and it integrates well with other tools in the software development process, like quality testing, documentation, and agile development.""The initial setup is very easy.""The extensibility of the work item forms and customizations as well as the backend API to query the data, et cetera, and manipulate the data programmatically are all very valuable aspects of the product.""It's a pretty problem-free solution.""This platform provides a large span of tools and technologies."

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"Teams need clearer pictures of resource availability in charts and dashboards along with plans.""The solution is very heavily vendor dependent.""Lacks ability to customize and reporting can be slow."

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"We are facing some problems because the capacity can only be measured within a project. It cannot be measured across multiple projects. So, the reporting needs to be enhanced, and there should be more graphs to be able to easily give the upper management insights about all the employees from different departments. It will be helpful for employee management. Currently, the managers over here are using Power BI for insights because the functionality of Azure DevOps Boards is not enough. So, we have to export the data into another visualization tool and get the results.""Requirements management is an area that can be improved.""I want DevOps to have more automated reminders about tasks that don't need management. We don't have reminders, so a project manager must track the tasks. It's not automatic.""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.""Microsoft could improve Visual Studio by making it easier to find the plugins you need to get your job done. Maybe they could implement an AI search instead of a simple tech search. Sometimes, people come up with a catchy name for something, and you don't know how it's spelled. For example, a developer might come up with a packet wizard and spell weird, like P-A-K-I-T.""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.""The optimization feature in Microsoft Azure DevOps needs improvement. Control over multiple projects could also be improved.""Integration and plugins for other tools could better. Like if you want to integrate the DevOps with other tools that are in the market. This could be for the engineering tools to check code quality, application security tools, and DevOps dashboard tools."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing: The solution cost is high and should be brought down to increase competition."
  • "It's an expensive investment to make, so the decision should be driven on individual requirements."
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  • "It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use."
  • "The price of this solution is fair."
  • "With Azure, you have to pay for every user."
  • "As a Microsoft Partner, you get a discount on the pricing. Licensing costs are around $80 a month for DevOps, but for Azure, it is about $200 a month."
  • "The price is reasonable, but of course, you can find others that are cheaper such as Atlassian."
  • "The main agile features are very expensive."
  • "Most of the things that we need and use are incorporated in the corporate solution — there are no additional costs."
  • "I don't know what we pay, but I do know what I've seen online. If we switched to JIRA, we will basically have to double our costs because we still have to pay for the DevOps licensing. We're probably spending $100 a month on it. It has only standard licensing fees."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Good for managing stories, sprints, hydration and releases.
    Top Answer:This is not a cheap solution but it does include the standard support that IBM offers through their portal, and the support is good. IBM has multiple licensing models, and there is a floating license… more »
    Top Answer:One of the downfalls of this product is that we are not able to customize it for our specific requirements. I'm not sure whether that's an issue with the product or with the company's implementation.
    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:The most valuable feature is automation with version control.
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    Also Known As
    IBM Rational Team Concert (IBM ALM), IBM RTC
    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    IBM Engineering Workflow Management manages plans, tasks, the project status and acts as the critical link between required and delivered work. It provides flexibility to adapt to any process, which enables companies to adopt faster release cycles and manage dependencies across both small and complex development projects. This solution offers no-charge server software and flexible pricing models. It becomes a complete IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management solution—when purchased as a set of seamlessly integrated tools: IBM Engineering Workflow Management, IBM Engineering Test Management, and IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Telstra Corporation, Visteon, Atos SE, Panasonic Automotive Systems, IBM Global Technology Services, CareCore National, JTEKT Corp., ItaÒ BBA, Avea, CACEIS, Danske Bank Group, APIS IT
    Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm43%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Engineering Workflow Management vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Engineering Workflow Management vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM Engineering Workflow Management is ranked 11th in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 3 reviews while Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 1st in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools with 83 reviews. IBM Engineering Workflow Management is rated 5.6, while Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Engineering Workflow Management writes "Great inbuilt traceability reporting; unfortunately, the solution is heavily vendor dependent". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". IBM Engineering Workflow Management is most compared with Jira, codeBeamer ALM, CA Endevor Software Change Manager, IBM Rational ClearCase and BMC Compuware ISPW, whereas Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, GitLab, TFS, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. See our IBM Engineering Workflow Management vs. Microsoft Azure DevOps report.

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