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Microsoft Azure DevOps Room for Improvement

CR
Assurance Manager at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees

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.

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AC
Service Delivery Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Microsoft Azure DevOps needs to be updated in my time. In the application that I was managing myself in the deployment and support, it was updated every six weeks. The customer had new features or new batches. Batching is an update of the software. Unfortunately, some of the DevOps or some of the people that were working on that part, do not have the final experience from what customers have. This is something that I did with several teams in Microsoft. We told the product unit manager if you want to understand what is happening from a customer standpoint you need to start from the beginning. Having customers find a problem can not be the only way to find issues to resolve them. 

Testing is very important. Microsoft Azure DevOps tests very well. However,  DevOps teams need to be aware of what they are impacting when someone updates anything on the system.

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EC
IT Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

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.

One thing we had to customize ourselves was to create the critical path. You can't do your project dependencies within the tool. We tried using the tool for a Waterfall project, and we had to find a custom approach to do that because. There should be some functionality for the reporting and dependency tracking for the Waterfall projects.

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Mitch Tolson - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Robotics at Fresh Consulting

The UI, the user experience, is challenging for newcomers. Once you get it, you get it, and it's not too bad. However, it takes some effort to learn how to work with the system. There's a moderate learning curve. I've used both Jira and Azure DevOps, and I would have that same feedback for both tools.

The biggest challenge has been that both Azure DevOps and Jira tend to pivot more towards software development and the industry is going more towards full end-to-end product development - hardware and software. These platforms could do a lot more to help support the mechanical, electrical, controls, robotics, and more of the hardware side of things.

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CW
Software Engineering Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

This solution is not as good as Jira when it comes to project management and I think they know it, but it's good enough. I'm very used to it now, so I can work more quickly, but I've had colleagues who are very Jira-focused and they don't like Azure DevOps at all. When it comes to the handling of tickets or tasks or the product backlog, Jira is much more customizable and more intuitive. It's an area that Microsoft could improve. 

The instructions could be a little better. We are doing some weird stuff where we're building some things, including embedded firmware. It wasn't super intuitive to set that up which was an issue although it's something minor and we managed to solve it. I just expected it to be a little easier, although it's not what the solution is built for. We're going a little out of the normal use case. It is a little clunky compared to Jira and hosting your own builds could be a little easier.

I'm aware that they're putting money into GitHub to add more features around vulnerability scans and statical analysis and so on, basically taking on cloud and what have you, as well as Vericode that we are using. It would be great if it was built into the tool. I get things from other vendors that are provided out of the box, and it would be awesome for me to have that with DevOps. 

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KA
Chief Operating Officer Executive at a cloud provider with 11-50 employees

The optimization feature in Microsoft Azure DevOps needs improvement.

Sometimes, having control over multiple projects for a customer could be difficult. If you're a developer, you need to know if you still have time to work on more activities within the day. When you're working on one project for one customer, Microsoft Azure DevOps is great, but when your team is working on different projects for several clients, it may be too hard to handle, e.g. you really need to organize and plan the activities, so planning is another area for improvement in the solution.

Planning includes budgeting, e.g. creating a budget for each project, especially if the developer is working on multiple projects of customers. You need to have control and see to it that you are within budget, but it can be hard because you can't always see the daily, weekly, or monthly activities of the developer, particularly if the developer doesn't keep the calendar updated. We want to be able to view the complete list of activities of the developer, whether daily, weekly, or monthly, to make planning and budgeting easier.

I'd also like the Microsoft Azure DevOps Gantt chart to be improved. We need to see in the schedule how to plan the fields out. We have daily activities and we'd like to use the Gantt chart to make our work approach more successful.

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BG
Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

There are a lot of features that we could probably work with a bit differently as we learn more about the tool. Right now, we're just really using it from a task management perspective. We've only been using it a year. There may still be more to learn and unpack.

Some of the queries, the way they're built, need to be looked at. We need better query tools.

Being able to report back to boards, to regulators, and the activities and stuff would be helpful. The queries do require somebody else to actually write them. There should, however, be a way to make things a little simpler in that space. Right now it's on us to figure out how to get better at making queries effectively and in such a way we're just not reporting on tasks complete.  

We track the associated feature story. In many ways you can actually go back and see the story, and see the progress you've made on initiatives due to the fact that you can see all the decisions that have been made along the way. If there's a way that person could dig into that and pull more information or insights, that would be very helpful as it would assist us in improving future projects or even help us forecast on an existing project. 

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AndreasSemousu - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Sales Manager at Skhomo Technologies

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.

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Rodrigo Bassani - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Technology at Elogroup

I think the templates could be improved. It's not easy making the jump from one project to another so we're now integrating using a different partner. I believe the price could be improved when scaling. It's a simple calculation, the number of users times $11, which is approximately the cost. But if you have a large number of users you should be able to reduce the per user cost the more you scale. I think it's something Microsoft could do for us. 

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LO
Manager of Information Technology Services at a government with 501-1,000 employees

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. Depending on how big the sprints you're running are, once you hit that 1,000 limit, you now have to start grouping tasks together. It doesn't allow you to track granularly. When you go to the boards and you are rendering the task board, it gets slower to go over that 1,000 limit. If they could improve that to, maybe, 10,000 and still have good performance, that'd be great.

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TC
Senior .NET Engineer at Advance Storage Products

They should expand it from just a PC, software, or server development platform to other kinds of software or engineering systems so that it is not necessarily built around a normal PC with a server.

I would like to see the ability to write my own scripts in my own compiled program or online. Right now, there are things that you can do in the user interface, but you can't do them programmatically and vice versa. I want to see them both. If I can do it in a script, I should be able to do it from the user interface, and if I can do it in the user interface, I should be able to do it in a script.

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Wesley De John - PeerSpot reviewer
Group Product Manager – Billing and Payments at MultiChoice Group

There are a couple of things. The tool has a logical link between epic feature, user story, and task, but when you try to generate a report to show the delivery progress against a feature, it is not easy. To see the percentage completion for a feature or progress of any delivery, it is not easy to draw a report. 

It doesn't give you a high-level view of your roadmap for planning a roadmap for delivery and identifying how far you are on that delivery path. There should be the ability to create a product roadmap and then based on the delivery of the user stories, link to the features against that product. We should be able to roll up a view to see how have we progressed against our targets.

When you're accessing it via the web, it works nicely, but it doesn't work for a while if you're trying to access the board via a tablet or mobile device. A lot of the time, we just want to quickly update a task or check a delivery against a sprint by using an iPad or phone. It is not really user-friendly on those devices. It works very well on the laptop but not on other devices.

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WilsonJose - PeerSpot reviewer
Test Advisory, Management & Implementation at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees

There isn't a requirement traceability matrix format. In ALM, we have a centralized repository of all the requirements in one place. But in DevOps, it works like a product requirement. In ALM we have the centralized repository of requirements where you can go and see the requirement coverage and discovery and so forth. But in DevOps, it has stories and test cases. Once that project is over, nobody is going back into that requirement. It's a good tool for development activity, tracking and getting all those metrics. If they can build up a requirement traceability matrix, then it would be great.

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GP
Project Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees

In comparison to JIRA, I believe DevOps has very poor reporting and metrics support. They've done very little work, and they could benefit greatly from improved reporting and metrics.

Essentially, I would like to see more reporting support.

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KA
Chief Operating Officer Executive at a cloud provider with 11-50 employees

The communication could work better, especially for the development team. The important thing is that the tracker tools provide adequate communication, as do other tools. It seems to be lacking in DevOps and is an area which could be improved. We also need to improve publishing in production. In the future, we would like Azure DevOps to work with automated tasks regarding publishing. Better integration with existing source code is another area, which would benefit from improvement. The search repository could be more comprehensive, and visualisations could be optimised, further.

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

I'm not sure if "missing" is the right phrase, however, I am interested in, with all of these tools, if the connection to requirements management tools like DCRM, DOORS, et cetera, would be possible. That's a weak spot in most of the vendors.

We would like some bidirectional synchronization. It's the requirement if you want to analyze it to software requirements, et cetera. That's something that most of the tools aren't that good at.

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Carlos Hulot - PeerSpot reviewer
Product and Systems Director at SPCM

As for improvement, the first one is pricing. For us, luckily because we are partners, it's free. Microsoft gold partners do not have to pay, but if you're not a partner, the product is very expensive.

The second would be that the tool should integrate with some of the competitors. It doesn't matter if it's a big market; it's difficult when you have to integrate with other competitor's tools, like JIRA, for instance.

If you look at the competitor's tools, they integrate easily with Microsoft, but on Microsoft's side, it's not as easy. They have been changing, but still, there are a number of gaps there.

I've got teams that want to use Microsoft Project, not only to control the whole process of the development but also to control the whole project and software. I think Project should be integrated with DevOps.

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Carlos Hulot - PeerSpot reviewer
Product and Systems Director at SPCM

Despite the fact that you can automate most of the things, you still have to produce some scripts. There are things that are not very user-friendly. The tasks are achievable, however, it's not easy. You have a lot of steps until you can get the thing automated.

In the past, Microsoft DevOps was integrated with Microsoft Project. Out of the box. Right now, it's no longer that way. That would be interesting to have.

It would be great if I could integrate with a human resource type of software that could control timesheets.

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

Currently, if you would like to use the full-set of customization features, for example, the process templates, the HL process, or the Scrum process, if you start from scratch right now, you'll have these options. But if you've been working for several years in an established ecosystem, then you're based on an old-fashioned way of working and you won't be able to use the recent customization features.

There are options to get around this, especially if you move to the cloud or if you copy things and migrate them, but that's a huge amount of work. It's best if you start from scratch in a new project — in a new environment. With an ecosystem that has been up and running for some time, you won't have the full-flexibility that you would have with a new ecosystem.

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

I'd like to have something better for the test plan. The test plan seems to be really manual even now. There's a lot of stuff to do there, and it could be improved. 

Sometimes, it's also difficult for us to handle all the connections with iOS. iOS connections are really very difficult. We're using a different product, which is part of Microsoft, called App Center. But sharing from Azure DevOps to App Center has been difficult. They should try to improve things related to iOS development or iOS production.

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

Microsoft needs to consider ruggedization and addressing specific disciplines. Fundamentally what I mean by that is you cannot merge everything. It should be able to handle the different types. There is ecosystems engineering, and there is software applications engineering. There is a need to bring these teams together, but the disciplines don't integrate very well, and so it won't work. For example, there is expertise in an area, and they tend to view the project from their own perspective. 

For example, the software UI/ UX team needs to view it from the UX perspective. Application engineers need to view it from the application viewpoint and the engineering perspective is different again. Although we need to be cohesive in our approach, we need to keep some boundaries as well. The idea of containers arises, such as those provided by the open source software product Kubernetes. We need to containerize different disciplines and then merge them. As a manager, I should be able to ask the formative team to focus on their creative section, and that their task is completed. In the Application layer, you also focus on their requirements and you establish traceability. Other teams may also be involved in linking to the overall requirements.

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

The administrative capabilities of the tool need a huge improvement. Its Wiki and Reporting functions also need a lot of improvement. Their support can also be better.

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TM
CTO at Southernsoft Technologies

I’m not sure what needs improvement. I don't even think I'm using everything. There are still a lot of things on the testing side that I'm not using. That said, there's, there's a lot that it can do. I wouldn't even know where to get started on discussing what it needs or lacks.

We did have some brief performance issues, however, that was due to putting everything on one epic instead of breaking a project up.

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FC
Cloud Solution Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Some things, like project management, tasks, progress, and having work progress views, require us to use some external tools or to create our own internal tools. These are not native to DevOps. It would be ideal if, instead of searching for third-party solutions, they had these feature sets or capabilities included under DevOps. They need to expand the solution's offering.

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BJ
Program Test Manager at B and H Designs

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.

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Derek Smith - PeerSpot reviewer
Development and Release Compliance Officer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The interface is very bad. It's an aspect that really needs to be worked on. It is going to probably get the developers to start abandoning work items.

Our initial setup was quite complex. 

The presence of Microsoft in the country is limited.

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

I am not suggesting this solution should be cheaper. I would like to see a bucket of licenses. for example, 10 licenses or 100 licenses that could be monitored to know how many of those licenses have been used. The price would be deducted accordingly.

I should not have to contact Microsoft daily to request a license or two. There should be a mechanism in place where you are able to find out where you are out of 100 licenses, or that you have used 90 licenses in that year.

I should be given a credit line of 10 licenses at the end of the year or at the end of the month.

It should be easier to manage licenses, especially because it's in the cloud. You should know the usage and based on the usage, you should be able to make decisions.

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IK
Manager with 1-10 employees

The testing agents needs to be improved, they need to work on it.

They can enhance the areas related to continuous integration and build automation. They can add more technologies for the build.

The integration with the Azure infrastructure as a code and include more templates for infrastructure as a code in the continuous integration phase and the build phase.

They can add more flexibility to the continuous deployment.

Artifact management is also an area that needs some enhancements.

I think automation and integration with the CI/CD lifecycle it's good but it's using agents.

I am using a different tool for testing automation because I have not found any use cases on it. This feature is not covered. I'm using only testing and business management. I'm not using the testing automation feature that is provided by Azure DevOps.

I would like to see more integration with other platforms and more flexibility.

They have to add more features such as schedules and more flexibility in the platform. This will allow me to build my space and time based on the schedule and based on a calendar.

I would also like to see a release calendar so that I can plan my releases based on my sprints. 

This is required and it would give this solution more maturity. Between Scrum, Agile Planning, or Project planning with the build and deploy prophecies.

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SK
CTO at Cantier Inc

Its testing features are limited and can be improved a little more. They should provide more options from the testing and build perspective. Currently, we have to use a third-party product for testing. It would be great if it has more than one testing tool. 

They have brought a lot of new collaboration features in the latest version. We haven't used those features, but they should continue to expand it more on the collaboration front so that two developers can look at the code and work at the same time. It will be helpful for working from home.

Its UI can be easier and more customer-friendly. The UI can be improved from the project management and agile perspective.

Its price can also be reduced. It would be great if they are a little bit more competitive in terms of pricing because many open-source products are currently available in the market.

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SP
Senior Consultant at CMEx

I have not been able to use the integration with automation features, such as test management automation, with a framework that is written in Java. Currently, Azure offers frameworks that are written in C#. I have not found anything in the Microsoft documentation to say that it supports other languages.

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JP
DevOps Engineer at Babel Software

When we don't have some permissions, we have to research how to get them. It's not obvious. For example, deploying in order to do the connections, we need permissions for quotes or quotas. A specific quota might depend on an account. Sometimes we don't have the kind of support we need to work things out easily.

When you deploy in Yaml Pilot, for example, you need to note in Yaml how to associate the piling, the release with the word items. We need more information about how this is possible and more flexibility to make it happen. 

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SeniorOwnder67 - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner and Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

When you compare with Jira, there is a lack of progress features.

I would like to be able to customize the product using add-ons or a similar mechanism.

Scalability is an area where they could advance and make changes.

Unfortunately, managing users in Azure is a very complicated issue. We also have a problem with one of their other tools, which is Teams. The Team messaging has caused us some trouble because they have what is called organization, in addition to the users, but it doesn't work very well.

Technical support needs improvement.

I would like to see scalability, dashboards, KPIs, measurements, and some visual management assistance improved in the next release.

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AsifSharif - PeerSpot reviewer
President & CEO at Modern Requirements

Requirements management is an area that can be improved.

Integration with Microsoft teams would be a good idea.

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VaishnaviM - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Software Development Engineer at Publicis Sapient

I can't think of anything I would like to improve, since I don't have complete knowledge of the platform yet. I'm sure that as I gain more experience, I will understand it better. The price could maybe be cheaper, but I'm sure I'll have more ideas as to improvements and additional features once I've used it more. 

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

The solution needs to add the capability for building live documents. 

I would like to see a bit more project tracking. There should be more Kanban views. There maybe should be a few more reports. If the reporting was increased a bit, it would make it so that you can check a bit more information around the progress of the project. That would help with project management and progression. 

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PS
Application Architect at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

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. 

They could also make the implementation easier. The test plan also has basic features that are not user-friendly. It should also have integrations with test automation tools. We need a test plan, automation testing, and EA-based testing.

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CJ
National Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Individually, the components and not quite as good as others in the market. For example, the DevOps test plan isn't quite as good as a Micro Focus ALM QC. That said, when you integrate it into that entire pipeline, it's better.

Microsoft initiates changes so quickly, it's hard to keep up. It would be helpful if there was more documentation and more training to go with all of the changes. Chris:

With Microsoft, I would prefer to have more test plans. It's very difficult to find individual test plan module training.

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CK
Senior Software Engineer at Xylem

We haven't had too much time to really play with the solution and therefore it's difficult to really know if there's anything missing in terms of features. We need more time with it.

The price could be lowered. It would be nice if it was cheaper.

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DB
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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.

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reviewer1850940 - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelance at Self

It’s commonly observed that you cannot just change a company’s culture on command. You can influence the culture, shift it, and while it can evolve over time, it’s nearly impossible to just instruct all employees to simply change the way they think and act about specific things. 

The culture of any organization starts at the top of the leadership hierarchy and trickles down throughout, filling every empty space. It is essential that you get buy-in from the top management down to everyone in the pipeline. 

In order to do this, all involved need to understand the advantages the shift is going to have on the organization and on the team members.

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

I think that they have some menus there that are not very well placed. For example, I was searching for some extensions in the marketplace and I couldn't find my way back to the console. It's not very well designed.

The general user interface is nice. It's intuitive, but I had the luck to discover something that is not very well designed. The fact that I can't return back to the console is very strange. I couldn't find my way back. I had to log off and log on again and get back to the console in a very awkward way.

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Mohammad Ranjbar - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Owner at Day Insurance

Microsoft could focus on refining the reporting and dashboard elements of Azure DevOps to improve it.

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Sehrish Parvaiz - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Project Manager at Systems Limited

With the query feature, we have to group items, so it becomes difficult for everyone to understand it. It's easier in JIRA, which has filters and other query options. So, I think this query option should be there in the DevOps also. Also, I don't like the DevOps' boards at all. It's more complicated than JIRA, I think. So, DevOps can improve in terms of its boards, work items, and filters. 

Then there is also an issue with user access. We have about 10 to 15 users that we can add to DevOps. But only the first five users have basic level access, and the rest have stakeholder access. That means they can change the task status but not add or do anything. I think Microsoft should remove this restriction from DevOps. With the access restrictions, it's tough for us to add any status for our users or filter anything on the boards. So, Microsoft should add this functionality for the other roles as well.

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Carlos Arturo Quiroga Quiroga - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Architecture Corporate Leader at Banco Pichincha

I think Azure DevOps could improve the traceability or business intelligence about the execution of DevOps processes. 

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Zeeshan Arshad - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at Wiseman

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.

We would like to have templates for work items. They are available in the Azure DevOps services on the server, but they are not available in the on-prem solution. We are using an on-prem server, and we are using version 2020.1119.

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HS
Senior Soft Engineer at SECP

The testing environment and different pipelining concepts can be improved. It can also be more user-friendly. They can actually incorporate all those other features, current tools and have those mind maps.

They could add some good analytic features. I think they can be more enriched with some good reporting features. They can also improve the designing tools.

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RM
Release Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

The dashboards need bigger with better extensions and layouts. There isn't a workflow related to the statuses on the dashboard. It only lists the statuses. You can have one started, and once done, but everything in between is only in progress and could be in any order you want, it lacks flow.

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MarcinNowak - PeerSpot reviewer
Trainer at a training & coaching company with 51-200 employees

All of the tests of the applications are done on the mobile or web interface and it could be improved.

The connection to Power BI could improve. Power BI is a very good platform for reporting and presenting processes, but a good engine does not exist to present the process development in time in Power BI. It's a typical business reporting tool.

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RC
Vice President at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The solution should have fewer updates. We need the updates for July. Microsoft tools are sometimes too feature heavy and offer more features than the person actually needs to use. This is why I did not rate it as a ten out ten. 

While the installation did seem to be pretty straightforward, I believe it took awhile, even though I am not aware of the specifics involved. We initially found ourselves struggling with this process.

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JS
Practice Director, Global Infrastructure Services at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

Reporting could be better. We would like to see how many applications are onboarded in DevOps and in which phase they are. We would like to know for how many applications only the repository is done, but we have not yet done the build pipeline or deploy pipeline. Currently, there is no such report. We have to figure it out ourselves. There is no way to check how many applications are completing their build pipelines, how many applications are completing their deploy pipeline, how many are ready to use, and how many pipelines are working.

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

I would like to see better integration and collaboration between tools. There are different companies offering different tools, and how well something is integrated contributes to the completeness of the solution. 

The platform needs to be updated because things are still in the process of change.

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MikeFatino - PeerSpot reviewer
C# Developer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

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.

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Elber Aguilar - PeerSpot reviewer
CIO at i cloud seven

Microsoft Azure DevOps could improve by providing better integration with other tools. It is very easy to integrate with Azure, but when you need to integrate with other solutions, such as Amazon Web Services, is difficult.

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BB
Director of Strategy at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

When converting to DevOps, it was difficult to map.

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

The main issue that I have is the connection speed. Sometimes, the response is too slow. I am based in Taiwan, and I am not sure if it is because of broadband or something else.

Its initial configuration is also a little bit difficult.

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Rafael Cardoso - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Support Analyst at ONS

We are entry-level users when it comes to Azure DevOps. We haven't had to set up anything complex as of yet. So far, we are very satisfied with this service.

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MG
Partner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I have not come across information for integrating this solution with others, such as ServiceNow. I am not sure if the integration would be straightforward to implement. There should be readily available information to accomplish these integrations.

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KI
Consultant at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

I would like there to be more seamless integration with GitHub. 

Azure DevOps seems to be targeted towards enterprises and GitHub is the ugly sister, so to speak, that you come about in the enterprise. 

There is no real interaction between the products, which is a real shame since they are both developed by Microsoft. 

Definitely, there should be more integration between GitHub and Azure DevOps.

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CP
Agile Coach at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

The price could be reduced. It is expensive, especially when it comes to infrastructure.

The integration could be better. Being more technology-agnostic through ease of integration would be beneficial. Once you start working for Microsoft, you are frequently tied to Microsoft.

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Akhilendra Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Engagement Manager at Capgemini

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.

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Samer Ahmad - PeerSpot reviewer
Delivery Lead - Agile Coach at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The active directory password system needs some improvement because many times the password for the active directory expires before the set time. Additionally, in the beginning, when I get the repository and check in my code on the dashboard to see who made changes, it shows that another user made the change that did not. This could be fixed in a future release.

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PN
Devops Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We'd like to see an improvement in reporting across multiple projects. The same applies to improving program visibility so that project managers can get that pane of glass to assist with their work. It would be a big win for a lot of users as well as a good addition to the tool. 

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CC
Head of .NET Department at Evozon Systems

Microsoft Azure DevOps could improve by having better integration with other email servers.

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TA
Process Manager at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees

They could have more reporting features added to the dashboard. There are certain features, and reporting that can only be used in PowerBI, but not directly in DevOps. 

We would like to have the same calculated reports that can be accessed in PowerBI, available in Microsoft Azure DevOps. 

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Ibrahim Rasras - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead solution architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The ability to integrate Microsoft Azure DevOps with other platforms and Microsoft products can be improved. 

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Eman Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Tourism Development at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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.

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

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.

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SM
Managing Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The solution can be improved by having better integration with other cloud platforms.

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

As I'm in the very early stages of this story, this is a hard question for me to answer. However, I think that the integration is to some extent, immature.

Overall, so far we have no major issues to report. 

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

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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Eli Harush - PeerSpot reviewer
Customer Solution Manager at DXC

Compared to JIRA, I think Azure DevOps is missing some management elements, like some reporting features. It would be helpful if some things were clearer when we're adding attributes. For instance, sometimes we want to add some categories or attributes, and it's not so easy.

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NE
API | SOA | Integration | Application | Internet of Things Solution Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The only area that requires improvement is the interface. 

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Johan Bester - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Rand Merchant Bank

It is fairly new, so there are a lot of changes, and because it keeps on changing, you need to adapt to those changes.

Its setup is quite complex.

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SK
SDET at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees

Something that could be improved is the initial setup with the integration of ReadyAPI.

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MZ
System engineering project Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

I would like to see DevOps have the ability to give us something with a compatibility or traceability matrix.

I have never seen a table or a Matrix in DevOps for traceability for either software or hardware upgrades. I am not aware of whether the website has these capabilities.

I had planned to recommend this product to my current company but the traceability is missing and could not consider it.

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

There are some areas that need improvement such as tracking. There is not anything major that needs to be improved in the future, just minor adjustments are needed. The solution works well.

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HR
User at a tech services company

Not all companies use the same methodology which could limit the use of this solution.

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

I would like to see new features added.

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HG
Technical Content Writer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

There could more integration with other platforms.

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AT
Director of R&D and Testing at a recreational facilities/services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Its interface could be more user-friendly. It could be simplified for users with no prior knowledge. There should also be better tutorials.

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MM
Sr. Devops Architect Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

As for room for improvement, more features need to be added to the classic pipeline. The build and release pipelines are present, but there has not been much improvement there.

Apart from that, the reporting structure could be provided as well. Depending on how the company is using the technology, there may be other Microsoft tools that are better so that the integration and reporting will be easier.

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

The user management in the solution could improve.

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