As an IT decision maker, project manager, developer, or operations manager in your organisation, you’re likely to be dealing with several IT Software Projects. Software project planning, deployment and ongoing operations need the right processes and tools to deliver successfully. Moreover, ensuring a culture where everyone follows standard procedures and processes can be a challenge across development, operations and project management teams.
There are many industry-wide tools, but often they only address a specific task within your end-to-end processes. Azure DevOps, however, amalgamates all the DevOps practises and tools required to provide an efficient, high-quality, one-stop solution for the entire software life cycle to enable continuous delivery to your end users or customers.
If you’d like to discuss Azure DevOps, its tools, features and licensing, please contact us for a free discussion with one of our Certified Azure technical consultants.
We’ll be able to tell you what options are available in Azure DevOps, such as source code version control and code repository; how agile and scrum project planning work and how to carry out Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and Continuous Monitoring.
Azure DevOps is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that provides DevOps practises and tools for the end-to-end software life cycle. Azure DevOps is not limited to internal tools but is able to integrate with most other industry leading Dev Ops tools. Below are the various services provided by Azure DevOps:
Azure DevOps can be integrated with a wide variety of existing work management tools:
Organisation users who need access to Azure DevOps need to be assigned an access-level license:
Note: Azure DevOps can be configured for single or multi-organisation user billing under Organisation settings > Billing. Setting up as multi-organisation, ensures that users are billed at Azure subscription level and avoids multiple billing for the same user.
You can opt for the Azure DevOps Server instead of Azure DevOps services. This means you run it on your own server. You have the option to opt for an Azure DevOps Server license or per user CAL, either directly through Azure (month-on-month billing) or by buying the classic software license. Buying through Azure has the bonus of entitling you to use Cloud Services, so you can move to the cloud at your own pace.
Azure Repos is a set of version control tools that you can use to manage your code. Azure Repos provides two types of version control:
Note: Git is the default version control provider for new projects. You should use Git for version control in your projects and begin to move your existing TFVC projects to Git. TFVC is considered to be feature complete. Azure DevOps will maintain compatibility with TFVC, but Git will receive all future investment.
Jobs within Pipeline will need an Agent (Server) for Compute resources to Run
There are two types of agents: Microsoft-hosted agents and self-hosted agents
Does not require target compute to run
Azure Boards is an interactive and customisable tool to plan and manage projects. It supports agile, scrum and Kanban processes as well as dashboards and reporting.
Why use Azure Boards:
For all the above, you can start using Azure Boards for FREE with up to five users and unlimited stakeholders
Azure Artifacts enable developers and teams to share code packages from different feeds and public registries. Azure Artifacts support multiple package types:
Note: Azure Artifacts storage is charged on consumption basis and is free up to 2GB
Azure Test Plans are a browser-based test management solution providing all the capabilities required for planned manual testing, user acceptance testing, exploratory testing and gathering feedback from stakeholders.
Security is everyone’s responsibility and a continuous process which should include:
What needs to be scanned?
What to assess?
What languages and platforms are supported?
Below are a few third-party tools integrated with Azure DevOps to assist in overall application and infrastructure security compliance:
Application Code Analysis
Infrastructure Code Analysis
Container Security Tools
Azure DevOps has paved the way for faster and more agile software development processes by unifying teams, processes, and technologies to create an ever-evolving software development lifecycle (SDLC).
Feature-rich and flexible, with its supported languages, platforms and cloud vendors, Azure DevOps is a great option for a wide range of organisations.
To discuss Azure DevOps in more depth including the tools and features that will benefit your business the most, please contact us for a free discussion with one of our certified Azure technical consultants. We are a trusted Microsoft Gold partner and we will be happy to help.
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