TFS Review

It has built-in validation for most implementation steps, however it needs change control for build definitions.


What is most valuable?

  • Source code management
  • Branch/merge tools
  • Build capabilities
  • Work item tracking
  • Scrum board management

How has it helped my organization?

We've reduced production deployment rollbacks 100%.

What needs improvement?

Build definition management - there needs to be change control for build definitions

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for 10 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

It's a long upgrade process, but works fine.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

8/10

Technical Support:

8/10

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was used.

How was the initial setup?

It was straightforward. It's mostly wizard-driven, with plenty of built-in validation for most steps.

What was our ROI?

Virtually immeasurable. The low cost of the product is nothing compared to the productivity improvements it brings.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Size accordingly. Not every shop needs every feature.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Size accordingly. Not every shop needs every feature.

What other advice do I have?

Recognize the fact that TFS isn't just a source code management tool. It's an application lifecycle management tool that covers all facets of software project management as well as development, deployment, and production support.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarChaminda Chandrasekara
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vNext Builds with TFS 2015 you can view the build definition change history. Even compare versions is possible. Rollback to previous version will be available in near future it seems (https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2037625-provide-a-way-to-version-control-build-definitions).