What is Azure DevOps?

Azure DevOps is a (SaaS) software as a service platform that provides teams with end-to-end development capabilities.

Azure DevOps provides a wide range of tools to facilitate DevOps, including monitoring, artifact repositories, CI/CD tools, and more. Azure DevOps provides an environment that combines a wide range of services designed to streamline DevOps within an organization.

Azure DevOps is scalable, reliable, and provides fast delivery. It helps on-premise developers upgrade their business in all dimensions. All the functionalities needed to develop software are available, from automation and test execution to release management.

What can Azure DevOps Do?

Azure DevOps is a revolutionary cloud service that streamlines how teams can create software. The top functions of Azure DevOps include:

Continuous Integration and Delivery

Software-driven companies require a robust platform to deploy their solutions in a pipeline that allows continuous integration and deployment. To facilitate that, the Azure DevOps CI/CD pipeline takes your solution from deployment to delivery.

Besides, there is an extensive marketplace for integrations and plugins where you can source infrastructure as a code and incorporate it into the pipeline. As a result, the administrators can automate stellar changes to their environments.

Open Platform

Azure DevOps provides seamless integration with community and industry tools. In case Azure DevOps cannot do something out of the box, you can source a tool from the marketplace and get the job done. Microsoft promotes cooperation even with its competitors. You can find integration ranging from ServiceNow to Slack to AWS. These integrations help customers develop cutting-edge applications.

 Collaboration

One of the main hindrances to faster time-to-market is the lack of seamless collaboration among teams. Azure DevOps allows team members to host and manage code centrally, eliminating any collaboration challenges. You can store code in Azure DevOps and manage it as well.

In case you don’t manage any service, you can use work items to coordinate the management of your systems. A work item can be anything like a project or server you can model around an Agile Framework.

Azure DevOps Services

Azure DevOps provides a wide range of integrated features that you can use depending on your business needs. These services include:

Azure Repos

Azure Repos are git code repositories that enable users to manage code. They are a set of version control tools designed to help manage code. Version control is a set of software that helps you track changes in your code over time. It takes snapshots of your files as you edit code. The snapshots are stored permanently so you can recall them later.

Version control is desirable regardless of the resize of your application as they allow collaboration across teams working on the same project.

Azure Artifacts

Azure Artifacts is a library service that you can use to create, store, and share packages development artifacts. It allows you to share code easily with different teams. It provides support for NuGet, Maven, Python, and NPM package deeds from private and public sources.

Azure Artifacts used in conjunction with Azure Pipelines helps to build, test, or deploy your application.

Azure Boards

Azure Boards is a suite of agile tools that help development teams to manage projects and track work progress. It allows you to detect issues and code effects using Scrum and Kanban. Other capabilities include configurable dashboards, integrated reporting, calendar views, and more. You can use Azure Boards to monitor and discuss the team’s activities and plan for work.

Azure Test Plans

Azure Test Plans is a suite of tools designed to help drive quality and collaboration throughout the development cycle. It’s an easy-to-use management solution that gives you all capabilities for manual testing, automated testing, traceability, and reporting and analysis.

With Azure Test Plans, you can test any platform, collect data from tests, and track your equipment. The integrated analytics service uses Power BI to produce customizable reports.

Azure Pipelines

Azure Pipelines combines CI/CD to help you automatically build and test code and make it available to others. Its CI (continuous integration) capabilities allow you to catch bugs early enough and fix issues with code. The CD (Continuous Delivery) capabilities allow you to deploy code in more than one test and production environment.

Azure Pipelines also has CT (Continuous Testing) capabilities for automated build-deploy-test workflows, all these in a fast, scalable, and efficient manner.

Benefits of Azure DevOps

Besides collaboration and faster time to market, Azure DevOps provides lots of benefits to users. These include:

  • Building reliable software
  • Managing quick feature upgrades
  • Performing timely patching and upgrades

The Bottom Line

Overall, Azure DevOps is a revolutionary technology that takes out the hassle of building, testing, and deploying applications. The above services make Azure DevOps a thought leader in software development.

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