Microsoft Azure DevOps vs Polarion ALM comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Microsoft Azure DevOps
Ranking in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites
2nd
Ranking in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools
1st
Average Rating
8.2
Number of Reviews
128
Ranking in other categories
Release Automation (1st)
Polarion ALM
Ranking in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites
6th
Ranking in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools
7th
Average Rating
7.8
Number of Reviews
19
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
 

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites category, the mindshare of Microsoft Azure DevOps is 19.4%, down from 24.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Polarion ALM is 7.8%, up from 5.5% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites
Unique Categories:
Release Automation
37.7%
Enterprise Agile Planning Tools
41.5%
 

Featured Reviews

Vignesh Kumar Sekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 17, 2024
Has a simple setup process and efficient project management features
Previously, our DevOps operations relied on TFS and Visual Studio systems. However, with the rise of cloud computing, Microsoft introduced Azure DevOps, a comprehensive solution encompassing version control, reporting, requirements management, project management, and automation tools, including…
Michael Hengst - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 31, 2023
Good test and quality management and helps with resource management
We use the solution for managing the requirements for a development project for a new type of transportation system. The challenge was to create a common basis for a multi-functional DevOps team working on a big program with different connected projects and to improve the development processes with…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It is easy to use. The shared repository is useful. Everything is in one environment."
"The user interface is very friendly."
"Azure DevOps is complete and meets all of your expectations. You can develop your own plugins to customize it however you want, so it's highly flexible. We develop personalized plugins or use ones that other programmers create for the Azure Marketplace."
"It is good for monitoring purposes. We are using the build pipelines of Microsoft Azure. They are also valuable."
"What I like the most about this product is that it's free and it's secure."
"The solution is easy to implement and easy to use."
"We can track everything from the requirements stage to the production stage."
"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."
"Polarion ALM helps us better structure our customer requirements, and we can also validate the specs of our products against those. If anything changes on our side, we see the impact, and we can see the effect If a customer changes requirements."
"The tool's most valuable feature is its browser experience. I rate its traceability feature a ten out of ten. From the initial stage to the release, you can manage everything through a single point."
"Polarion ALM's integration is very good and easy to use."
"You can see the work ticket and you can circulate that within the teams. You can define your flows, customize according to your needs, and you can create dashboards and create the reports according to your needs."
"The technical support is quite good."
"The most valuable feature is the function of the ALM system."
"The software is stable."
"The solution offers good integration."
 

Cons

"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."
"Templates could be improved."
"The solution is generally stable but not entirely issue-free."
"Its setup is quite complex."
"It should have security features for scanning the code and checking it for vulnerability and security. Currently, I am using other tools for this. It should also have integration with other tools to improve security."
"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."
"Its UI can be easier and more customer-friendly. The UI can be improved from the project management and agile perspective."
"It would be great if I could integrate with a human resource type of software that could control timesheets."
"The configuration aspect of the solution is not easy. A person needs a lot of programming knowledge in order to successfully handle the job."
"Technical support needs some improvement."
"The interface for this solution needs to be made more user-friendly to provide a better user experience."
"The planning and task management aspects of the solution were not that easy."
"The solution's editing capabilities need improvement."
"We use PTC Windchill, and Polarion ALM doesn't have native integration, so we had to purchase the connector to integrate it with Polarion ALM. We still haven't implemented it."
"Nowadays, the dashboard is too complex to be created."
"Integration requires a lot of effort. You typically need to work with an implementation partner to get it done. Most connectors available for Polarion ALM are paid. Unlike other vendors offering several standard connectors for free, integrating third-party software with Polarion ALM involves discussing and coordinating with the third-party software providers, which requires effort."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"I am not aware of any licensing subscriptions for the solution."
"The price is reasonable, but of course, you can find others that are cheaper such as Atlassian."
"There is a licensing fee of $6/user per month."
"This product could maybe be cheaper. My organization handled licensing, so I'm not aware of which subscription they have."
"The licensing structure is good."
"It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use."
"Its pricing is reasonable for the number of features that you get and the functionality that you can utilize for the agile delivery, which is what we are using it for. I found it extremely cost-effective."
"The price of this solution is fair."
"The license model is okay for large companies but would be quite expensive for smaller enterprises."
"The solution is expensive."
"Our license for Polarion ALM is yearly. And it's not the cheapest tool that we've looked at. So if we had made our decision purely based on the licensing cost, we wouldn't have selected Polarion."
"It is an expensive product."
"If the pricing would come down and it was more affordable then we wouldn't have to switch."
"Software for medical devices is always expensive."
"You have to pay around 50-60 euros per user."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
13%
Manufacturing Company
12%
Financial Services Firm
12%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
25%
Computer Software Company
14%
Healthcare Company
10%
Financial Services Firm
4%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

Which is better - Jira or Microsoft Azure DevOps?
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 scalabl...
Which is better - TFS or Azure DevOps?
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 fri...
What do you like most about Microsoft Azure DevOps?
Valuable features for project management and tracking in Azure DevOps include a portal displaying test results, check-in/check-out activity, and developer/tester productivity.
What needs improvement with Polarion ALM?
Some parts related to the dashboard need improvement. Nowadays, the dashboard is too complex to be created.
What is your primary use case for Polarion ALM?
I use the solution in my company for STLC. We use the tool for testing processes, from test management to dashboard creation.
 

Comparisons

 

Also Known As

Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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Sample Customers

Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, IBS AG, Zumtobel Group
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. Polarion ALM and other solutions. Updated: June 2024.
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