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"The cataloging is a very valuable feature. For a lot of enterprises, they end up not knowing which applications do specific features. The cataloging helps with this. It's not that verbose, but it still gives you allowances to put in more detail.""It is relatively easy to use and user-friendly once the setup is complete.""It helped us contain critical things, like source code and several documents, which is very important to us.""At the same time, if you're working from the architect or the designing team you, it's quite easy to manage the resources online.""The most valuable feature is the reporting of the CPU usage on the dashboard.""You can customize the board according to your needs."

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"I like the Kanban board. It is very useful in terms of seeing who is working on what and what the current status of work is.""I like the build management features and the integration with Jenkins and many other tools.""This solution enables us to link all items usefully, in the way we use Agile.""The most valuable features are the dashboard and task-selection capability.""The interface is easy to navigate.""The most valuable feature is the backlog.""Good branching and labelling features.""The most valuable feature is simplicity."

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"The features should be more intuitive. If I'm looking for something, its location should be easy to locate.""There is not enough beginner support material in the form of FAQs or simple training to help you get started.""Of course it would be related to customer experience. The solution is not user friendly at all. It needs an expert to use it, although the reporting feature was okay.""The directory designer manager is uncivil. The design manager is clearly really unstable.""The stability of this solution can be improved.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved."

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"In the next release, I would like them to include integration for various projects, similar to what JIRA has, and they could create this feature on the dashboard.""One of the areas that could be improved is to have an effective full lifecycle management.""The test management interface is not very handy.""The interface can be improved and made more user-friendly.""I would like to see the reporting features expanded so that I can see details on the users connected to all of the projects.""The program and portfolio planning facility can be improved.""Integration from Visual Studio could be improved.""They should have design patterns in TFS for the development team, and design patterns for the QA."

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"The pricing is reasonable at this time.""TFS is more competitively priced than some other solutions.""We pay subscription fees on a yearly basis and the price is reasonable.""I wouldn't say that this tool is cheap or expensive but in the middle.""We are using the open-source version."

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Also Known As
Rational ALM, MKS
Team Foundation Server
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Overview
Lifecycle management capabilities built on the open, unifying IBM Rational Jazz platform can help agile and traditional teams: see at-a-glance status, access better data for decisions, manage costs, reuse the most efficient processes across the organization, manage cloud, web, SOA and mobile application design and development. Teams can also gain real-time traceability, manage work across vendors, unify across a diverse set of lifecyle tools, and provide collaborative development for continuous delivery as part of the IBM DevOps solution.
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft's application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. TFS supports agile development practices, multiple IDEs and platforms locally or in the cloud and gives you the tools you need to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT lifecycle.
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Sample Customers
Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, Ashurst
Vendex KBB IT Services, Info Support, Fujitsu Consulting, TCSC, Airways New Zealand, HP
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Manufacturing Company16%
Comms Service Provider12%
Energy/Utilities Company6%
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Financial Services Firm38%
Manufacturing Company15%
Computer Software Company15%
Insurance Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm7%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise65%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise85%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
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IBM Rational ALM is ranked 7th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 6 reviews while TFS is ranked 4th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 14 reviews. IBM Rational ALM is rated 7.2, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Rational ALM writes "Helped with time management, improved our resource utility, and helped assure on-time completion". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Good project management features improve discipline and productivity in our application development lifecycle". IBM Rational ALM is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, PTC Integrity, Atlassian ALM and codeBeamer ALM, whereas TFS is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Rally Software and Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. See our IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS report.

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