Which platform is right for your team?
Now that you know how the two platforms stack up against each other, let’s discuss how to pick which one is best for your team. Unfortunately, as with most things in the field of technology, the best answer here is: “it depends” (helpful, right?).
As I’ve mentioned a few times over the course of this blog, Azure DevOps is geared more towards project management, collaboration, builds, and releases than anything else; it doesn’t have the facilities that App Center has that allows you to drill deep into your app’s diagnostics and analytics to monitor the app throughout its lifecycle.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one package to configure complex build and release pipelines for any manner of application, host your code repositories, and empower your team with a robust set of collaboration tools to tackle their responsibilities, then look no further than Azure DevOps because it can do all of that and more.
However, if your primary focus is streamlining your build, release, testing processes for your client applications, and you wish to continue monitoring your app as it leaves the nest and goes out into the wild, then App Center has some of the best tools out there for this job.
But it doesn’t have to be as cut-throat as choosing just one of these platforms for your next project – perhaps a combination of both might be a better fit. After all, there is quite a bit of “overlap” between both platforms. There are still some key features of each platform that can be used in tandem while still getting the most out of App Center and Azure DevOps.
For example, Azure DevOps could be used primarily as a project management and code repository tool while App Center would be used for the release management, application monitoring, and testing. Though configuring build and release pipelines is a feature that both platforms share, you could configure a set of pipelines for your client application using App Center and use DevOps specifically for the backend components. Taking this approach, you still manage to get some of the best features out of both platforms by focusing on using each platform to its strengths.