The software development world is evolving continually. The advent of new technologies has radically impacted the world of software development. Among the various technologies, cloud-based services have had a tremendous impact on the software development process.
Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 are dominating the news as they are bringing about a change in the way software companies are operating. The latest offerings from Microsoft are gaining acceptance across the board, and more and more companies are opting to use them.
How can they help you speed up your development? They help developers spend less time setting up environments, configuring systems, and dealing with underlying infrastructure so that they can spend more time coding and building solutions.
Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is a cloud service that provides access to all Office applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. along with some other business services. It allows a user to access the applications from multiple devices and makes it easier for users to collaborate and share their work on these applications.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud platform that you can use to build, manage, and deploy applications and services. It can either be used as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS). When used as IaaS, Azure takes care of your complete network as well as computational needs.
However, if you are apprehensive about shifting your complete operations to Azure, you can try Azure as PaaS. When used as PaaS, Azure lets you bring in cloud capabilities to your existing system. It is a great way to try out Azure before shifting to it completely. Azure offers customized solutions that can fit your specific needs.
How Azure and Microsoft 365 Speed Up Development
As the volume of data that companies have to deal with daily is increasingly exponential, it is becoming challenging for firms to maintain and manage on-site data storage and processing. The situation has made cloud-based services a necessity instead of a luxury. These services come with the added advantage of adding speed to your development process. Cloud platform technologies will help you code, collaborate, and ship your apps from anywhere, so you can support the changing needs of your business and continue to deliver the quality experiences that your customers expect.
Developers often spend endless hours configuring dev machines for new projects: cloning source code, installing runtimes, setting up linters and debuggers, configuring extensions. Then repeat the steps all over again for the next project, the next bug, or the next code review. The challenge is even more prevalent in times of remote work, where you might not have access to your preferred development machine.
Visual Studio Codespaces, enables you to create a cloud-hosted development environment that’s ready to code, in seconds. You can access it from Visual Studio Code or Visual Studio, and it also includes a full web-based editor you can use to edit, run, and debug your applications from any device.
A development process typically involves many handovers between the developers and the operations team. These handovers are time-consuming and increase the time taken to complete a project.
With Azure DevOps, the development, testing, and deployment can be done on a single platform. It enables continuous integration and lets the testers, IT operations, and developers work synchronously like a well-oiled machine. DevOps not only ensures that the development speeds up but also ensures that the errors are kept to a minimum.
When multiple people are working with different documents that serve the same purpose, errors are bound to happen. However, cloud-based services such as Azure, store all the information at a single location. There is no duplication of data. The data can be accessed from anywhere by anyone. Similarly, Office 365 enables all the employees to view the same document. Any change made on the document is visible to everyone. It removes the need to send out emails, updating everyone about the changes continually.
With Visual Studio Live Share, you can create shared coding sessions and co-edit, co-debug applications with your peers securely—no matter where you are. With these additions, your team can collaborate more effectively from the comfort of your own dev tools, without the need for additional apps.
Better Data Storage
Businesses are dealing with an increasing amount of data that demands more storage space and computing power. When servers are offline and on-location, the management should constantly monitor whether the existing computing power and storage capacity is enough to meet the demands of the firm. If it isn't, then the management has to make arrangements to increase both of them.
All of this is distracting from the real purpose of the organization. With Azure and Office 365, you get a cloud-based solution that is tailor-made to meet your needs. Increasing the storage and computational power is much easier for a cloud-based system. It is also less time-consuming. By letting the team focus on areas that are more important to the development process, Azure solutions enable the organization to perform at its optimum level, thereby increasing productivity and decreasing development time.
Are You On The Cloud Yet?
As you can see clearly, the benefits of shifting to Azure and Office 365 far outweigh the costs. If you haven't shifted to Azure yet, you are missing out on all its benefits. Since the competition in the software industry is high, your business needs every advantage it can get, and faster development is a tremendous one at that. Azure and Office 365 can guarantee a faster development cycle and better productivity.