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Microsoft Azure DevOps Valuable Features

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

They have been lately adding features to the services on a regular basis. Every two weeks, they are adding functionality to Azure DevOps Services to match it with what Azure DevOps Server or on-prem would offer. So, we continue to get more robust functionality.

My favorite right now is that they are starting to open up the API availability within Azure DevOps Services. 

Another thing that I like about Azure DevOps is that you can use it with any of the products that are on the market. You can integrate it with Jenkins and other open-source products to complete that fully functional CI, CD, CT, CM, and CS pipeline. It continues to enhance. 

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

The most valuable features of Microsoft Azure DevOps are high-level protection. The protection is very important to the customers to prevent eavesdropping. eavesdropping is when a hacker tries to get into the solution. With this solution is it difficult for them to do it.

In the hybrid deployment, you can test everything. The customer was perfectly happy that developed the code, and when they put it in the hybrid Microsoft Azure DevOps and tested it as if it were in real production. That's the part that I've really enjoyed the most, is seeing how a product that was developed by the customer was tested perfectly. If something is wrong, we come back to Microsoft Azure DevOps for whatever they need to do. If they need to go deeper, they can use TFS which is part of DevOps and show it to the program manager or developer.

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

I like the fact that there is built-in Power BI. Both are Microsoft tools. So, you can incorporate dashboard capabilities. 

I also like the integration with the other toolsets, such as Outlook and GitHub. You can do your testing and check your source code within the same tool. That's definitely something really good.

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Mitch Tolson - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Robotics at Fresh Consulting

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.

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

I like that this solution is all-in-one, a one-stop-shop, it's the killer feature. I haven't seen anything that comes close. I guess GitHub will be close soon, but that's it, there's really nothing right now for that full integration. Other solutions require three tools so this is really a great feature. The solution has a better user interface and better CICD tools compared to what we used previously when we ran TeamCity. I think it scores higher on most things, including better developer ergonomics. Since it's Git-based, there's no training because everyone uses Git. I've found it to also be very customizable so that on all points it's better. This is an important tool for us. 

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

One of the features I found most useful in Microsoft Azure DevOps is that we can use it to plan activities. We use the dashboard to work on the tasks we have, and also use it to find out what could be better. It's also useful when you have many customers and many people working together on different projects.

In our case, we have one developer working on more than one project within the same day, week, or month, and Microsoft Azure DevOps helps give better control of his schedule, making it easier to find out if the developer still has availability to take on new work. The solution helps us see the work status and availability of team members, making work management and task management better.

The validation and quality offered by Microsoft Azure DevOps are very good. The user experience is good. The speed of the solution is also good, e.g. the pages load fast.

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

Typically the sprints themselves and managing the tasks have essentially eliminated our need for reporting. That in itself has had a huge effort on the number of meetings. In the past, you would almost wait a month before you could get all the executive teams together. Now, we've got meetings daily. Due to the regular meetings, we're utilizing daily scrums and two-week sprints, and we've been able to move a lot faster than we've ever had before as far as initiatives. 

Frankly, throughout this whole COVID situation, being able to respond the way we have to some of the changes that were going on has been amazing. I don't think that would have happened if we weren't an Agile team.

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Rodrigo Bassani - PeerSpot reviewer
Head Of Technology at Elogroup

We use Gitch as a version control and the integration is very good. We are also using the features for the product backlog that's released every day so we have the user histories. We can track it from the histories to the code. You can see all the steps in the life cycle we use with our clients. We also like to use the estimate integration feature where you have two or three developers that estimate different efforts for each history. I think Azure is easy to integrate with any other type of solution to improve your delivery.

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

Most developers and project managers choose the Microsoft tools to begin with because of familiarity, and these new tools are almost an extension of the tools you're already familiar with. There's a lot of knowledge transfer, which helps, rather than bringing in a new product line.

Also, with Azure DevOps there is tight integration to Excel and Office tools so that you can actually even use Excel to do Azure DevOps type tasks. Excel will automatically update the Azure board, your tasks, your company boards, etc. So, there is that condition and familiarity for users.

What I like about it mostly is the tools. You don't need a degree to use them. Also, there's not too heavy a reliance on the CLI.

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Senior .NET Engineer at Advance Storage Products

The automated bill feature is most valuable. As with most software developers, I can build code on my machine, but if one of my coworkers can't build the same code on theirs, there are always issues in trying to track it down. The automated bill process makes it a lot easier to track down where the issues are and find out what bugs aren't being included for whatever reason.

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

It is a really easy way to define all of the features that you need to deliver. You can link those features to epics and break them down into user stories. You can also assign the user stories into sprints for doing your product improvement planning.

It is a really simple tool for prioritizing a backlog, assigning that backlog into sprints, and then tracking the delivery by using sprint capacity, points of time, the velocity of the sprint, etc. It is really useful for agile delivery.

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

The best tool would be Azure DevOps. There are other tools with AWS and Google, but since Microsoft has solutions for everything, it's easier because it's all their tools. We may be using different tools in order to achieve all those things because they may not have an operating system or a pipeline, so maybe we are using some of the bill tools. In order to achieve DevOps, you may be using a set of different tools and connecting it. In Microsoft Azure DevOps, you have a one shop to get everything.

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Project Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees

I found the Kanban board to be the most useful for my needs.

I'm a project manager. I've been working with non-technical teams and training them on agile methodologies. Using a Kanban board is usually the most straightforward way to get a non-technical team started with an online task tracking tool.

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

We have a component server, which is basically a tracker. This is very useful for us to itemise the start and end of tasks to evaluate the resources required, based on price. So it's very valuable. It is important to be able to inspect the items required in a project.

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

The product has integrated all the relevant models of task management requirements, source control, back management, test management, et cetera. You have a full ALM suite.

The connection to Git, which was bought by Microsoft, is also good. We use Git as a version control tool. 

Microsoft has good integration with its other products, such as Office, Teams, et cetera. 

The solution has proven itself to be very mature and robust. It's quite stable.

The scalability potential is very good. 

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Carlos Hulot - PeerSpot reviewer
Product and Systems Director at SPCM

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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Carlos Hulot - PeerSpot reviewer
Product and Systems Director at SPCM

The solution is very good at automating various aspects of the DevOps process. You can automate almost everything. You don't have any human intervention. It's almost automatic. As long as you finish your code and put it in, the software gets the code and tests it. If it is okay, it will go ahead and integrate it and put it in production without any human intervention. This is excellent.

The tool allows you to connect with many external tools. You can improve the whole process that way. We use a couple of things, however, there is a plethora of things you can put together in your solution.

The initial setup is very easy.

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

Mainly the source code solutions and the pipelines. Work item management and the manual test I/O. Test automation, end-to-end testing, and the manual test experience. It's got something that you won't find in other products. The work item management is good enough for small to medium-sized teams, and for large projects with plenty of teams collaborating with each other.

We can achieve the boundaries of the system. Potentially, we could do it with other tools like Jira. Still, with Microsoft Azure DevOps, we can manage everything.

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

Everything that's related to the pipeline has been very good. We're using this to promote our code and to secure it. The library and all the stuff that we can manage inside the pipeline is helping us a lot.

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

We can eliminate some of the middleman processes. In the process, we are merging DevOps with development and operations. So developers act like our operation team as well. That concept is a great exchange. It brings a high level of visibility. It helps the team and department cohesion, which helps to improve productivity. 

It also includes a high level of traceability and elimination of some of the unwanted silos in productivity. Testing and transparency need to be defined within the boundaries. If a backlog occurs, you should be able to group them as a whole. This means there is a backlogging to the team, as opposed to individual areas. Each area needs to be visible to other areas, at all times.

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

All features are good. Pipelines module is comprehensive, Boards and Artifacts modules are also really extensive.

It is really good at what it does. It is very comprehensive, and it has some really great aspects to it. It has a easy to use UI. It is probably one of the easiest to use DevOps tools in the industry, and it is well integrated.

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CTO at Southernsoft Technologies

I love how easy the solution is to use. It’s intuitive. I don’t need to reference a manual. Everything is just very naturally laid out.

You can link your tasks and assign people. To me, it just makes sense. The user experience is excellent.

I like the Kanban tasks and their various features. It’s all very straightforward.

The one thing that really stands out to me is how you can filter and how you can do your reporting and filter the tasks and everything by user. Every time I try to do that in Jira, for example, it's a pain.

The stability of the product is quite good.

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

The test plan is one feature that we are exploring more right now. This is a great feature that we want to deeper into.

We have a solid base. We can do everything with DevOps.

It is possible to add third-party extensions to increase the usability of the product.

The initial setup is very simple. 

We have found the solution to be scalable.

The solution, for the most part, is stable. 

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Program Test Manager at B and H Designs

It is a cloud-based system. So, it is stable and scalable.

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

What I like the most is that it is easy to comprehend, and it's easy to use.

The simplicity is very good and the customer experience is also great.

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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 solution is great due to the fact that it's kind of an entire ecosystem. I'd say the work items are probably the most valuable aspect.

The stability has been great.

The solution is scalable. 

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Manager with 1-10 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the CI/CD pipeline, and the testing automation.

It's good that they are bringing more options to this environment, and to deploy to virtual machines.

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CTO at Cantier Inc

You get a complete solution with Azure DevOps. You can do everything in one place, starting from requirement gathering until you release the product. It is a reliable, scalable, and handy product.

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Senior Consultant at CMEx

I like a lot of the features in Azure DevOps.

The creation of test plans is valuable and I like the reporting features that it offers. For example, I like the charts, as well as reporting progress.

The interface is user-friendly.

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DevOps Engineer at Babel Software

Azure services like serverless technology make it quicker and faster to deploy .NET applications, for example. Similarly, the Azure Portal is faster to put in services, for example, with specific functionality. These kinds of features are faster to deploy and to put in functionalities that are specific, which is great.

I like the Azure keyboard. Keyboard permits use, for example, connection streams in secret, in a safe manner. 

Sometimes I use also Azure SQL Database cloud, the serverless functionality. It's also very attractive because you can use something like a GP, like the protection of the data on the cloud. You can put a lot of information there, maybe not with banks, however, with other kinds of clients. 

The ability to have cognitive services is good. For example, I use a lot of Azure DevOps, for example, Cloud, Azure DevOps Cloud, and analytics views with, for example, Power BI on-premise if you have Power BI as a service. There is a lot of pipeline potential with Azure DevOps deploying, for example, Containers, to Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Service, and also a lot of Azure Container repositories and Azure Container instances. This is great for quickly deploying SonarQube in a container. These kinds of things are very attractive.

It's a pretty problem-free solution.

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

The work items option is incredibly flexible.

There are multiple add-ons available.

It is easy to use.

The entry point is adequate.

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AsifSharif - PeerSpot reviewer
President & CEO at Modern Requirements

The most valuable feature is that it's fully integrated, where we have a single place to do everything that we need.

Testing is really good, it has come a long way.

It is the single source of proof or the single system of record that does everything you need, you don't have to put the different pieces together to form the whole chain.

We can do everything in one single platform, which is why it does a good job.

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VaishnaviM - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Software Development Engineer at Publicis Sapient

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. 

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

Overall, the solution is pretty good. It fulfills most of our requirements.

The stories and test cases on offer are great.

The initial setup was pretty self-explanatory. It was straightforward.

The pricing seems to be reasonable.

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

It's very user-friendly, and the documentation is good. The most valuable feature is backlog item creation, where we pick features and other things. The burndown chart created for projects to be maintained by the development teams is also useful. 

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

The integration with the full end-to-end suite is great. The integration between the Kanban all the way through, including the traceability all the way through to the other end is very useful. You're able to test and you have your repositories and the ability to integrate with pipelines. 

There are great automation tools. 

The solution is very stable.

The scalability is quite good.

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Senior Software Engineer at Xylem

The solution is very useful.

It's very easy to use and easy to navigate. It's a simple product to navigate.

The product is very stable; it's being used by quite a few organizations. We find it quite reliable.

The scalability, for now, is good for what we need. 

The installation is very straightforward.

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reviewer1850940 - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelance at Self

The most valuable feature is automation with version control. 

DevOps initiatives can create cultural changes in companies by transforming the way operations, developers, and testers collaborate during the development and delivery processes. We can release new features continuously into large-scale high-availability systems while maintaining a high-quality end-user experience. 

Adopting DevOps will also help eliminate the old and monotonous way of agile activity among big IT teams like network, Storage Team, Linux/Unix, Windows, etc.

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

It's a complete solution that has everything you need. 

It covers all of the development workflows to the initial planning, testing, coding, and even to launch the subsequent feedbacks.

Also, it has marketing reports.

It's very promising. They are very well positioned to take over some pretty heavy contestants in that area.

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Mohammad Ranjbar - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Owner at Day Insurance

Azure DevOps is user-friendly. The UI and the UX are perfect. Their software covers the whole development cycle, from requirements analysis to deployment. In particular, it's helpful in the requirements analysis phase. You can apply your methodology or Agile framework from the beginning. After choosing the framework, like Agile or Scrum, Azure DevOps provides many features, like user stories, tasks, managing boards, and those kinds of things.

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. 

This makes up for any possible deficiency in Azure DevOps features. If you want some capability that Azure DevOps doesn't provide, you can develop your plugin or customize any part of it. The options for customization make it worthwhile for any software development.

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

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. 

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Zeeshan Arshad - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at Wiseman

It is good for monitoring purposes. We are using the build pipelines of Microsoft Azure. They are also valuable. 

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Senior Soft Engineer at SECP

It has a good GUI, and it's very user-friendly. It is also a familiar environment as we are used to it. All our users are very comfortable working with it. I think the Azure methodology and all those DevOps features in the dashboard are very effective in our environment. 

It's very implementable in our environment compared to the other DevOps environments which we experienced. I won't name them, but this one part of DevOps we have found very easy in our environment because the infrastructure there is fairly supportive and very integrable to the current DevOps environment we use.

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

Microsoft Azure DevOps has been very good for creating pipelines, and all the solutions for creating task management for developers and for the business. 

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

I like that the solution is stable and that all ends of the process are integrated seamlessly into the tool. These are the solution's greatest strengths. 

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

It is good for the purpose it is designed for. It is good for maintaining a repository of application code, creating pipelines for deploying the code, building the code, and deploying the code. It can be easily used by developers. There are no issues.

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

This platform provides a large span of tools and technologies.

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

The plugins are the biggest thing. I like how Visual Studio is designed as a shell application, and then the plugins make it do what you want it to do.

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Elber Aguilar - PeerSpot reviewer
CIO at i cloud seven

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.

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Humberto Matoso - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Development and Support at MEDICARE Planos de Saúde

We use the functionality of Git for our development. We do not use the other tools that are integrated into the DevOps. We use it because we have an enterprise agreement with Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure DevOps integrates well with other components, such as Synapse, which is a data warehouse tool of Azure. It is a framework platform for BI and integrated with other tools, such as Power BI.

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

We are still getting used to it and there is a lot that I haven't looked at yet. For me, at this early stage, the most valuable features are the basic functionality. This includes the ability to build and customize sprints.

I like the tracking and that we can monitor our velocity.

It took a bit longer to figure out, but now that we have, it's easy to use.

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

Most of the features are very valuable for us, especially the source code control and task management.

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Rafael Cardoso - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Support Analyst at ONS

Microsoft Azure DevOps is a very useful system. Before using this solution, we had to deploy our applications, from pre-production to production, manually.

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Partner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

This solution works with other Microsoft solutions pretty easily. It was easy to integrate everything into all the other tools that we were using. It integrates very seamlessly.

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Consultant at a computer software company with 11-50 employees

I definitely like the pipelines and the ease of management once you're in an enterprise. 

The controlling security, the ease of access, the free plans, and the developer plans.

I also like the licensing structure in general.

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

It allows you to save time while also providing a governance visualization of ongoing activities and transparency.

The most valuable feature of this solution is that it saves time.

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Akhilendra Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Engagement Manager at Capgemini

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.

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

The most valuable features are continuous integration and deployment, and simplicity.

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

I like the agile management of projects, running stand-ups and the like. The pipeline management feature is great.  

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Head of .NET Department at Evozon Systems

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.

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

It is easy to use.

We are able to generate many different types of reports from Azure. It connects well to PowerBI. 

The performance is good.

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

DevOps is easy to use because we can arrange each task in a project and follow up with the testing, development, and business teams. We manage everything through this.

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

Azure Pipeline and Azure Release are most valuable. I use Azure DevOps through pipeline and release.

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

The simplicity and ease of use are two features that we have found to be most valuable.

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

It is easy to use. The shared repository is useful. Everything is in one environment.

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

The most interesting subject for me is the deployment part where you build virtual machines and enable them to learn. That's interesting to me.

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

The solution offers great features including the project management feature and the Git-based repository. There is also the Azure pipelines and release artifact so you have all the functionality in one tool. It's also a relatively cheap solution.  

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Johan Bester - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Rand Merchant Bank

It is stable. I like Azure a lot. All our guys are Microsoft certified. 

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

The most valuable feature is that we can run integrations with DevOps. From a QA perspective and a testing perspective, we can run those tests and integrate automation tools. Then we can run those tests as part of the deployment process. Every time we are deploying something, it automatically runs all the tests.

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

I really like the Microsoft DevOps survey.

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

Some of the valuable features are the interface and the workflows are easy to learn and to manage. It has all the features that are required on each account.

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User at a tech services company

Some of the valuable features are the functionality and the wide range of capabilities.

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

I like the cloud infrastructure of Microsoft Azure DevOps.

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

The most valuable feature is the ease of use and performance.

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

Monitoring is most valuable.

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Chief Technical Officer

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.

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

One of the main features is the user interface is very good.

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Buyer's Guide
Microsoft Azure DevOps
September 2022
Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Azure DevOps. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: September 2022.
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.