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Overview

Microsoft Azure is a cloud-computing platform that can be used to host various tools and applications. Azure provides a centralized tool for managing a software project. This means that the development of a software product can be tracked, tested, and managed from a single place. Teams can create branches of code that then undergo continuous integration testing. This all allows for faster testing and deployment of software projects. In addition, it includes other necessary features such as bug tracking, version control, release management, peer programming, continuous integration/delivery and project management.

Our verdict

It’s important for project management tools to be easy to use and integrate with other products. This is because you need to be able to manage the projects from one platform without having to switch between different platforms or keep track of which platforms are associated with which projects. Maintaining this flow is important for project success. In essence, maintaining a workflow is key – that’s what Azure DevOps does best, arguably better than any other tool that we’ve tried. The platform allows you to easily begin testing code in your production environment and continually keep track of all bugs and issues that occur. It provides in-depth reporting tools so you can get a better understanding of how your product is being used and where improvements can be made. 

Pros 

Developing products and services require a lot of security checks. This can be time-consuming and might increase the time it takes to deploy a product. With Azure DevOps, you can monitor and report on deployments, manage configurations, track release history, automate deployments, and log information for further development. This makes developing and deploying products and services easier, as well as having a record of the steps involved.

Cons

Microsoft makes many products and services, and some are more dominant than others. Azure DevOps is a recent entry into the Microsoft stable of products, so it can be a little confusing for new users. The disadvantages of using Microsoft Azure DevOps include the complexity of setup and management. Azure DevOps is complicated to set up due to the number of metrics it tracks about projects, builds, tests and deployment. Managing the monitoring of these metrics requires a good understanding of how Microsoft Azure DevOps works. 

Plans and pricing

There are two User licenses plans, Basic plan and Basic + Test plans. The Full functionality plan (Basic+Test plans) pricing might not be very attractive to small startups on a budget especially from territories like Nigeria as it costs $52 per user.

Features of the product

If you’re looking for a good project management software, Azure DevOps is a product that you should definitely look into. It’s very powerful and you can continuously build your applications with the help of their pipelines feature. This is great because what seems like small changes actually affect other parts of the application, and although you’ve tested all of it, no human being is capable of testing everything. That’s why continuous integration is so important in the software development world.

Azure DevOps offers a paid subscription that allows teams to build, release and monitor their software. Azure DevOps features include Boards, Test plans, Pipelines, Artifacts, Repos (source control) that allows you to create and store your source code in the cloud. Azure DevOps provides a CM process for software products. You can create a dashboard to track the progress of your tasks/projects involved in releasing new features. Microsoft Azure has a wiki feature for sharing information with your team.

You can easily manage all your source code, collaborate with other team members, and test your application using Test Plans. Test Plans allow you to write software that actually tests your code once it has been written so you don’t release any buggy product updates to your existing customers (more on testing in the next section). It’s not difficult to get started with Azure DevOps, because all of your information can be stored in repositories to share with other team members. You can build artefacts and even test code without leaving the Azure DevOps console.

Alternatives

There are several fantastic alternatives for Azure DevOps. Examples include:

  • Jira: This is more than just a bug tracker. It’s a project management tool that teams use to manage different projects and track progress, manage to-dos, and organize their workspaces. Jira is a fully integrated part of how teams now work. Teams use the agile boards to see what everyone is currently assigned to. Developers communicate via comments and mentions on workflow stages. Instead of reporting via email, they create tickets with additional context. 
  • Trello: This is a great tool for managing tasks and collaborating on projects. People can use Trello to share status updates, assign tasks, and keep up to date on project developments. Trello is a tip-top collaboration application that allows people to easily communicate and track projects that they are working on. It can even be used to plan out your day, your week, or even your month. You can create lists, add checklists, and organize everything you need to do into manageable chunks.
  • Asana: This is an excellent collaboration tool. It has a lot of features that make it a great product. It has deeper integration with Google Drive and Dropbox. It can even be used on mobile, and it lets you attach documents to tasks. It also makes your work with team members easier.

Conclusion

Microsoft Azure DevOps is an integrated suite of tools that helps you to automate testing, deploy and monitor your applications, as well as build, ship, and run the software. It is also an ideal choice for your next project.

Amaka Odozi

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