Turn Up Collaboration and Teamwork with Microsoft Azure DevOps and SharePoint

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The modern workplace may be divided, but it is critical to keep collaboration alive. Microsoft 365 SharePoint, including Microsoft Teams, is a cloud-based service that helps teams stay connected, collaborate, share information, and empower teamwork. On the software development side of your business, Microsoft Azure DevOps can offer modern dev services for every phase of the application lifecycle to help your software development teams plan, collaborate, test and deploy your applications and services. 

The common link here? Collaboration. By using SharePoint, specifically integrating Teams and Azure DevOps services together, your software development teams can access a hub for teamwork and a collaborative experience across the development lifecycle. Whether it’s staying informed on project activities, getting notifications on work items, or getting approval on deployments, your teams can benefit from a centralized location for all collaboration. 

Modern Dev Services That Help You Collaborate Better 

If your business develops and/or hosts web or mobile apps, Azure DevOps services can provide the full visibility across projects that your team needs. Connecting to SharePoint and Teams helps continuous delivery (CD) and continuous integration (CI) pipelines get a constant flow of new features, configurations, and bug fixes into production and deliver a final product to your customers. 

Azure DevOps services are designed to help you build, test, deploy and manage applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers. A description of the services can be found below. You can use all these DevOps services together, or mix and match to use only what you need as part of your workflow. 

Planning Tools

  • Azure Boards

Agile tools, Kanban boards, team dashboards, built-in scrum boards and more — Azure Boards is where your team will plan, track and discuss projects at every stage in the lifecycle. Backlog tracking and powerful analytics give insight into project status. With visualizations and tracking tools, your team can easily track any code changes that are linked directly to work items. 

Collaboration and Testing Tools

  • Azure Pipelines
  • Azure Repos
  • Azure Test Plans
  • Azure Artifacts

Azure Pipelines comprise the whole end-to-end story of how you write code and get it into production. An integrated set of features allow you to automatically build and test your web, desktop and mobile applications and deploy to any cloud or on-premises. It works with just about any language or project type including Node.js, Python, Java, PHP, Ruby, C/C++, .NET, Android and iOS apps, as well as support for YAML so you can have pipelines versioned with your code. 

Your source control is stored in Azure Repos that gets published to the artifacts. Unlimited, cloud-hosted Git repos allow developers to collaborate on code. 

A browser-based test management solution, Azure Test Plans provides all the capabilities to test with confidence before deployment. This includes planned manual testing, user acceptance testing, exploratory testing, and gathering feedback from stakeholders. You can test across desktop and web apps, as well as capture data as tests are executed.  

Package management with Azure Artifacts simplifies complex build jobs and allows your teams to create and share Maven, npm, NuGet, and Python package feeds. Artifacts provide a place to push your packages so that they can be consumed by the rest of the team or partners. Sources can be public and private. 

More on Microsoft Azure 

Azure is a flexible public cloud computing platform that provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). It supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks including Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Azure’s ever-expanding cloud-based computing services include analytics, virtual computing, storage, networking, and much more. As a cloud service, there is no need to manage hardware or server software. 

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