Collecting and analyzing data is an imperative part of developing a successful application. You need to be able to determine if the needs of your end user are being met. But with the sheer volume of data points available, it can be difficult to understand what needs to be improved. Power BI is a tool that helps convert your data into easily readable insights. Power BI and Azure DevOps can work together to provide reports and analytics to fit your needs.

Azure DevOps Analytics

Analytics is the reporting platform for Azure DevOps. It provides data from Azure DevOps you can use to improve your application. For instance, you can access Azure Pipelines analytics with metrics like run failures to improve your code, pipeline, or tests. You can also create Widgets for Azure Boards to track things like Burndown, Cycle Time, and Velocity.

Power BI Integration

Analytics is great for collecting data from within Azure DevOps, but what if you need to pull in data from other sources? This is where Power BI comes in. Power BI allows you to pull in data from any source with a connector. You can even pull Azure DevOps Analytics data into it, allowing you to get a fuller picture of all your data points in one place.

You can pull data from Analytics into Power BI in three ways, but the recommended way is to connect using the OData queries. The advantage of these queries is that they are powerful and very specific, which means only the data you want is returned to you. You can also pre-aggregate data server-side, which means data is collected and analyzed then presented to you as summarized findings in Power BI. There is no need to pull all the detailed data down, saving you valuable time.

With Power BI, you can create organization-level metrics for high-level information, or you can drill down into specifics that allow you to address problem areas. You can also create project health reports to look at bug trends, build success rates, and other specific metrics at the organization level. These types of data points are critical when it comes to the success of your application.

As of this writing, Power BI integration with Analytics is currently in Preview. For more information on Power BI, or to get started today, contact our team of experts at PRAKTIK.