When building a devops pipeline you can go two main directions: put logic into a text-based make-like tool such as Cake, or embed your logic exclusively in a Continuous Integration server like Team City or Visual Studio Team Services. The CI route provides an incredible amount of power quickly. It can distill a breathtaking range of devops complexity to a few checkboxes thanks to 3rd party plug-ins. But it comes at a cost. Here are the 4 main reasons I prefer to put my CI logic in make-like tools.