What Is Azure DevOps?

Introduction To DevOps

DevOps is an information technology management philosophy that seeks to improve and speed up the delivery of software and services to users.

Developers have adopted frameworks such as Agile to enable rapid "sprints" of software development, and information technology operations have typically lagged in their ability to safely deploy the results of these "sprints".

DevOps proposes to improve the situation by removing the silos between IT teams, and adopting a product-centric approach that emphasizes automation and tooling to speed up, and make safer, the mechanical tasks of testing and deploying software.

DevOps often necessitates serious cultural changes in an organization and benefits from the use of specialized tools that help to implement its many techniques and approaches. DevOps seeks to reduce time to delivery, enabling IT teams to rapidly evolve their software in short bursts, and quickly deploy those into production.

7 Key Principles For A Successful DevOps Culture:

  1. Foster a collaborative environment
  2. Unite teams - and thus expertise
  3. Focus on the customer’s needs
  4. Impose end-to-end responsibility
  5. Automate everything
  6. Embrace failure and learn from it
  7. Encourage continuous improvement

Here are some of the features of DevOps:

DevOps flow chart showing how they integrate.

Azure Boards

With the Azure Boards, you can deliver value faster using proven agile tools to plan, track, and discuss work across your teams. Utilize tools like Kanban boards, backlogs, team dashboards, and custom reporting. You can combine drag and drop sprint planning and flexible work item tracking with traceability.

Azure Pipelines

Automate builds and deployments with Pipelines. It works with any language, platform, and cloud. Fast and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines for every open source project.

Azure Repos

Free private Git repositories, pull requests, and code search.

Azure Test Plans

Test and ship with manual and exploratory testing tools.

Azure Artifacts

Create, host, and share packages with your team and add artifacts to your CI/CD pipelines.

DevOps lets you plan and collaborate better. DevOps is easily adaptable for a Sitecore implementation or upgrade project.

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