Microsoft Azure DevOps vs Rally Software comparison

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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure DevOps and Rally Software based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"It's a pretty problem-free solution.""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 most valuable aspect of Azure DevOps for me is its robust version control functionality, which is critical for our workflow.""Provides agile management of projects.""It is good for monitoring purposes. We are using the build pipelines of Microsoft Azure. They are also valuable.""Microsoft Azure DevOps has helped the developers a lot and we are deploying process changes very frequently and simultaneously. A lot of my team members that are developers are updating the code in parallel using Git. Additionally, Microsoft Azure DevOps is providing a very good approval mechanism. Overall it is benefiting by creating efficiency in production deployment and applications, our new releases are running well. The security of secured is good.""Some of the most valuable features are the ease of use and the ability to monitor a lot of things. It has a lot of applications and facilities that meet all the developers' requirements. For example, we can use application insights to get an idea of our application's performance. Since it's cloud-based, it's really good for collaboration and working as a team.""Our technical sales staff and business development people need to know how far the developers are on any product that we're developing. DevOps makes it easier for you to see how far along they are with the work because they have a repository where they store everything. There is a portal where you can see what has been done, what has been tested, what is working, and what isn't. I have a huge dashboard with an overview of what the development team is doing from an executive point of view."

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"When it comes to the valuable features of Rally Software, it excels at burn-down charts, burn-up charts, and road mapping once it's set up. I particularly appreciated the new feature for releases and road mapping, which worked exceptionally well.""Rally Software provides the capability to accurately estimate the time required for building large software projects, which can be challenging to predict...Rally Software enables us to schedule tasks better, allocate resources, and meet project deadlines.""It's very user-friendly.""The most valuable features of Rally Software are the executive dashboards, ease of use, and many other features. They have encapsulated everything that a GI can do, such as monitoring, maintaining, and then releasing. It's continuous integration and development.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the Kanban board.""What I like most about Rally Software, in terms of using it for the agile process, is that it's clear, useful, and user-friendly. I also like that it has every field you can use for the Scrum process."

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"I can't think of any specific things at the moment, but I've run into things that I didn't like. I came across something that I wanted to be changed in DevOps, but I can't remember what it was. It was a particular feature I was looking for that I couldn't find.""In comparison to JIRA, I believe DevOps has very poor reporting and metrics support.""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.""We are facing a lot of issues in the development of containerized solutions. We are facing a lot of challenges in this area. They could make the process simpler.""The optimization feature in Microsoft Azure DevOps needs improvement. Control over multiple projects could also be improved.""The portfolio is one area where DevOps has room for improvement. Built-in reporting and visualization also could be better. We're using Power BI and Tableau to compile more complex reports and dashboards. Azure DevOps has some out-of-the-box reporting capabilities, but they're very simple. It's usually okay on the team level, but if you have to run a complex report, it's difficult and insufficient, so we use Power BI as an extension.""Microsoft could focus on refining the reporting and dashboard elements of Azure DevOps to improve it.""Something that could be improved is the initial setup with the integration of ReadyAPI."

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"Customization features may not be exposed or unavailable, so people may be looking for them. So, customization is an area people have told me is more desirable.""In Rally Software, the connection with GitLab and GitHub needs improvement.""Rally Software is highly complex, and it takes some effort to get everything tied together. But once you do, it's a satisfying experience, and the result looks beautiful. Azure, ServiceNow, and Jira do not have all the features that Rally Software provides in one place, making it an exceptional tool for project management.""We want Rally to generate OKRs, to allow teams to record the OKRs, and then the OKRs can be mapped to the epics and there is organizational alignment.""We'd like better dashboards to make visibility better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This product could maybe be cheaper. My organization handled licensing, so I'm not aware of which subscription they have."
  • "I don't know the pricing of DevOps. It would be much cheaper than ALM because ALM came out as a software product initially. Now they are moving into a cloud and subscription model. In that case, Microsoft is coming from Azure and the cloud and DevOps and software as a service, so it would be much cheaper, but the catch would be that they are trying to get money on all the sides, like an operating system, Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Azure DevOps."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "The solution costs $5 or $10 per user, per month."
  • "We do not pay licenses for this solution."
  • "Microsoft Azure DevOps is an expensive solution."
  • "As the cost structure is per user, I would recommend paying the cost structure based on the amount of data you use rather than the number of users."
  • "The reason that customers are going to the cloud is that it provides the ability to reduce the license cost. For example, when purchasing Office 365 it is bundled with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and many other applications. In the past, purchasing a license was approximately $600. Today it's only $35 or $45 per customer, per client, or per user, plus the storage. It's less expensive for companies today, to use something, such as Microsoft Azure DevOps, and provide the software to all the employees needing a license. It's better to go with the cloud than just to buy the licenses by themselves."
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  • "We are always looking for a discount, if the solution was less expensive it would be a benefit."
  • "I understand it's a little more expensive. That is why many people prefer Jira."
  • "Rally Software costs $50 a month, and for a base account, that price is acceptable."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 aspect of Azure DevOps for me is its robust version control functionality, which is critical for our workflow.
    Top Answer:Rally Software provides the capability to accurately estimate the time required for building large software projects, which can be challenging to predict...Rally Software enables us to schedule tasks… more »
    Top Answer:Rally Software costs $50 a month, and for a base account, that price is acceptable.
    Top Answer:I don't have any specific suggestions for improvement regarding the solution because we are currently satisfied with all aspects. Our usage requirements are relatively straightforward, and we haven't… more »
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    Also Known As
    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
    CA Agile Central, Rally Enterprise, CA Agile Training, CA Agile Coaching, CA Agile Academy, CA Agile Management , CA ALM
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    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.”

    With Rally Software, you can plan, prioritize, manage, track, and continuously improve your work so that you can deliver the value that your customers need with speed, quality, and efficiency. Our enterprise-class Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) SaaS platform provides visibility into progress, roadblocks, and dependencies across multiple teams, projects, and programs. This allows you to align to your strategic goals and create better business results, and to do it all in a single system of record.

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    Sample Customers
    Alaska Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Columbia, Skype
    Physicians Mutual, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Editora Abril, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications, Seagate, TomTom, Philips, Hiscox, Physicians Mutual, MYOB
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Energy/Utilities Company12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Educational Organization77%
    Financial Services Firm3%
    Healthcare Company3%
    Manufacturing Company3%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise80%
    Small Business3%
    Midsize Enterprise79%
    Large Enterprise18%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. Rally Software
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. Rally Software and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 33 reviews while Rally Software is ranked 8th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 6 reviews. Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0, while Rally Software is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "High level protection, scales well, but more customer feedback updates needed". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Rally Software writes "Responsive support, useful charts, and road mapping". Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with GitLab, Jira, TFS, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management and OpenText ALM / Quality Center, whereas Rally Software is most compared with Jira, TFS, OpenText ALM / Quality Center, Jira Align and Agility. See our Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. Rally Software report.

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