Azure DevOps Services vs. MindManager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure DevOps Services
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS, Microsoft Visual Studio Team System) is an agile development product that is an extension of the Microsoft Visual Studio architecture. Azure DevOps includes software development, collaboration, and reporting capabilities.
$2
per GB (first 2GB free)
MindManager
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
MindManager is a mind mapping and project management tool that aims to boost users’ productivity. It is designed to facilitate a wide range of project types, and includes cross-platform functionality and 3rd party integrations.
$105
per year
Pricing
Azure DevOps ServicesMindManager
Editions & Modules
Azure Artifacts
$2
per GB (first 2GB free)
Basic Plan
$6
per user per month (first 5 users free)
Azure Pipelines - Self-Hosted
$15
per extra parallel job (1 free parallel job with unlimited minutes)
Azure Pipelines - Microsoft Hosted
$40
per parallel job (1,800 minutes free with 1 free parallel job)
Basic + Test Plan
$52
per user per month
MindManager for Microsoft Teams
$105
per year
Annual Subscription
$179
per year
Organizations
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure DevOps ServicesMindManager
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Azure DevOps ServicesMindManager
Considered Both Products
Azure DevOps Services
Chose Azure DevOps Services
Mind manager has additional components which allow you to not just map out process workflows but also project plan.
MindManager
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Azure DevOps ServicesMindManager
Mind Mapping
Comparison of Mind Mapping features of Product A and Product B
Azure DevOps Services
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Ratings
MindManager
7.6
5 Ratings
9% above category average
Cross-Platform Compatibility00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Customizable Templates00 Ratings8.34 Ratings
Import and Export Options00 Ratings6.75 Ratings
Real-time Collaboration Tools00 Ratings5.94 Ratings
Drag-and-Drop Capabilities00 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Notes and Attachments00 Ratings9.15 Ratings
Color and Style Customization00 Ratings7.15 Ratings
Presentation Mode00 Ratings6.95 Ratings
Integration with Task Management00 Ratings8.64 Ratings
Mind Map Revision History00 Ratings8.54 Ratings
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User Ratings
Azure DevOps ServicesMindManager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(66 ratings)
8.9
(199 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.7
(22 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(5 ratings)
7.6
(16 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(11 ratings)
4.4
(14 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
3.6
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure DevOps ServicesMindManager
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
ADO is well suited for the visibility of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities as well as things such as Features, user stories, etc. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any scenario where it might not be well suited, as you can customize ADO to your liking to a degree.
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Alludo
Convert meeting notes rapidly and move them around to create a good sequence of ideas. Then add documentation: tables, notes, hyperlinks to website. Playing around with concepts helps with better defining the problems. Once the parameters are found, solution is easier to figure.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Flexible Requirements Hierarchy Management: AZDO makes it easy to track items such as features or epics as a flat list, or as a hierarchy in which you can track the parent-child relationship.
  • Fast Data Entry: AZDO was designed to facilitate quick data entry to capture work items quickly, while still enabling detailed capture of acceptance criteria and item properties.
  • Excel Integration: AZDO stands out for its integration with MS Excel, which enables quick updates for bulk items.
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Alludo
  • Easy to use and understand
  • Allows me to open my laptop any time and immediately facilitate ad-hoc brainstorming , collect user and stakeholder requests, and attach documentation to the event.
  • Provides all the templates a project or program manager needs to manage end to end detail with the flexibility to add or change them on the fly
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Column sorting when in filtered states.
  • A way to show cross-team dependencies.
  • A customized "From" field for notifications. Sometimes when a mail comes from Azure DevOps the teams do not realize that I am sending it
  • A way to do online poker that doesn't require a plug-in.
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Alludo
  • It can be difficult to print your mind map in a font that is large enough to easily read.
  • Certain features for first-time users are a bit daunting and there is a slight learning curve.
  • The help options can be enhanced.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
I don't think our organization will stray from using VSTS/TFS as we are now looking to upgrade to the 2012 version. Since our business is software development and we want to meet the requirements of CMMI to deliver consistent and high quality software, this SDLC management tool is here to stay. In addition, our company uses a lot of Microsoft products, such as Office 365, Asp.net, etc, and since VSTS/TFS has proved itself invaluable to our own processes and is within the Microsoft family of products, we will continue to use VSTS/TFS for a long, long time.
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Alludo
I feel the main issues of the old Mindjet seem to be gone with the
Corel purchase. With the huge advance of sharing via browser HTML even 1
user can affect many. And, actually, using MM kind of forced my rigid
brain to rethink how I categorize and classify information/projects.
The
idea of paying $69USD for an annual cost is more than fair and a great
model for Corel/Mindjet to keep rolling out improvements!
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Usability
Microsoft
Azure DevOps is a powerful, complex cloud application. As such there are a number of things it does great and something where there is room for improvement. One of those areas would be in usability. In my opinion it relies too much on search. There is no easy way to view all projects or to group them in a logical way. You need to search for everything.
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Alludo
MindManager is very intuitive. The user interface is not cluttered and the ribbon icons are easy to understand. Several excellent "how-to" videos are available on the MindManager site as well as on YouTube. MindManager starts quickly and the user interface is very responsive. Launching other programs from MindManager such as Excel is very fast and issue free. The browsing feature is lightning fast. The drag-and-drop capability is also very fast and reliable.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alludo
Almost perfect.
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Performance
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alludo
The application is quick and responsive. We are able to produce mindmaps and reports with ease. The program is not complicated at all and integrates well with software and programs like Microsoft Outlook and Teams, which we truly appreciate.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
When we've had issues, both Microsoft support and the user community have been very responsive. DevOps has an active developer community and frankly, you can find most of your questions already asked and answered there. Microsoft also does a better job than most software vendors I've worked with creating detailed and frequently updated documentation.
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Alludo
I have called technical support a few times. During the COVID Crisis, I called a few times repeatedly due to a rush request. The technical support guy called me back in minutes. He somehow knew that I had called repeatedly and wanted to make sure my issue was resolved immediately
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Online Training
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alludo
The videos are not well categorized...I had to do a bit of digging to get what I wanted and many videos on older versions. If Mindjet was to improve the titles used that would help.
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
Was not part of the process.
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Alludo
Wasn't involved but works great for me.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Microsoft Planner is used by project managers and IT service managers across our organization for task tracking and running their team meetings. Azure DevOps works better than Planner for software development teams but might possibly be too complex for non-software teams or more business-focused projects. We also use ServiceNow for IT service management and this tool provides better analysis and tracking of IT incidents, as Azure DevOps is more suited to development and project work for dev teams.
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Alludo
As an individual author, I don't have a need for many of the team and other functions of MM. For my use, as much as I love it, the cost has become prohibitive. I plan to research cheaper alternatives if MM no longer supports my version (MM 2020).
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Scalability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Alludo
A team can collaborate on the same project but cannot create a shared project file. It would be helpful for that feature to be added.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It provides a great IDE to make things easier, clear, and compact. It has always been a positive ROI
  • It's worth the money. I don't think any other software could replace the VS. It has helped us a lot to making things ready on time
  • The only thing I dislike is that it takes a lot of memory space when in an idle state
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Alludo
  • When scope planning before I was introduced to this tool, I needed to make one master Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the entire project and move on. With MindMapper, I typically generate about 20 WBS-like charts throughout the project, which encouraged conversation with staff members. The major key in such ease of use has been some well thought out and very intuitive keystroke planning that allows me to keep up with the free flow of ideas.
  • This software's cross-functional capability allowed 10 engineers to create their projects directly within their own environment without use of a virtual machine.
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