[DevOps] Demo generator

Having completed tons of Azure DevOps (and VSTS) demonstrations, a key challenge is to always have fresh demo data without showing the production environment. With Visual Studio Team Services a “Sample Data Widget” could be added to the dashboard and load a blank project with data. But how to do it in Azure DevOps?

Microsoft has made it even more simple to spin up a complete project, loaded with quality demo data, and where dates are up to date (current date). The “demo generator” also allows you to pick between several templates, and creates the project in the desired organization. It can’t be more simple than this.

To start injecting sample data into DevOps, navigate to: https://azuredevopsdemogenerator.azurewebsites.net/environment/createproject

Now select the template you want for your demo project

…and just a minute after you should be good to go!

Microsoft really nailed it with this solution, which will be even more useful when building Power BI reports based on the just published “Analytics Odata 3.0 feed (in preview). With this feed you can pull almost any data and across all the projects within an organization.

I will write more about building reports with Power BI and Azure DevOps in my next post!

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