While Azure DevOps does offer a dashboard, it is limited in the options users are allowed to query – e.g. each tile on the native dashboard must be set for a specific pipeline. Our DevOps Team needed a solution that would easily display data on our builds, release pipelines and agent usage.
Because we use many release pipeline stages across several different pipeline types, we needed a way to aggregate metrics across them. We also wanted to make the automation tests in our pipelines as efficient as possible, which meant we needed to gather metrics on problem tests and the length of time tests take to execute. Finally, we wanted to spend as little as possible on our pool of MS hosted agents – and to do this we needed to see how often all the agents in the pool are being utilized.
Using the WebAPI tile alone, we are now able to easily query the data we need from Azure DevOps with a dashboard. As the Azure DevOps results data can be accessed via https://analytics.dev.azure.com, all we have to do is use the Azure Analytics API to pull the data on our builds, release pipelines and agent usage – all into a single Azure DevOps metrics dashboard.
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