TFS Review

Installation was very easy. We set up a multi-node installation.


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. Plugins 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 the delivery projects are clients for this TFS.
  • They are using it for code repository, ALMs, and for DevOps implementation.

What needs improvement?

  1. Customization of build templates - better tools
  2. Tracking
  3. More friendly on test lab setup (TFS 2013, I did not verify on TFS 2017).
  4. More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (TFS 2013, I did not verify on TFS 2017).

For how long have I used the solution?

We having been using this product for more than three years.

All for my entire development project, the major SCM tool has only been TFS.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Nope. Installation was very easy. We set up a '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 part when the service user password changes, otherwise until today have not faced issues on 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. I opted to choose TFS for incorporating DevOps with easy integration VS IDE as 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?

No idea on this one as it was done by 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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