TFS Review

Numerous valuable features. Makes it possible for easy integration of VS IDE.


What is most valuable?

1. SCM functionalities

2. ALM features

3. Build capabilities

4. Deploy options

5. Web portal

6. Release management

7. Support for multiple languages

8. Plug-ins for open source tools, like Sonar and Jenkins

9. Very good, user-friendly UI

10. Test management: capturing/creating defects

11. Reports

12. TFS community, APIs, and support

How has it helped my organization?

We have set up a centralized TFS server.

All delivery projects are clients for this TFS.

They are using it for code-repository, ALM, and for DevOps implementation.

What needs improvement?

1. Customization of build templates - better tools.

2. Tracking

3. More friendly Test Lab setup (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017).

4. More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017).

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this for more than three years during all development projects. Major SCM and TFS only.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Nope. Installation is very easy. We have set up "Multi-node" installation:

  • Application tier
  • Build server
  • Database server
  • Reports server.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, stability is fine.

We encountered some issues with the report server when the service user password changed. Otherwise, until today, we haven't faced issues in the production environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Nope.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good.

Technical Support:

Very good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We used VSS and most of our projects are in Microsoft Stack. Opted to choose TFS for incorporating DevOps and easy integration of VS IDE. There are many advantages.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is straightforward. As I mentioned earlier, we did a multi-node installation.

What about the implementation team?

In-house.

What was our ROI?

Yes.

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

Not idea on this one as it was done by a different team.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. VSS and Git.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Manager, Live Production at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employeesReal User

yea

10 September 17
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