Compare Rally Software vs. TFS

Rally Software is ranked 3rd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 24 reviews while TFS is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 8 reviews. Rally Software is rated 8.2, while TFS is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Rally Software writes "Streamlines defining user stories and tracking sprints, but dependency flagging should be easier". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Facilitates team collaboration and integrates well with other tools". Rally Software is most compared with JIRA, TFS and Microsoft Azure DevOps, whereas TFS is most compared with JIRA, Microsoft Azure DevOps and Micro Focus ALM. See our Rally Software vs. TFS report.
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Pros
Reporting is much easier and faster than Micro Focus ALM, with CA AC built on web services... Also, the data is more granular when it comes to tasks, iterations, sprints, and releases.I was able to create epics for our budgeting concerns and it helped me link everything together.Having that view into features and roadmap from product to delivery teams, and where they are going, then execute on.Its ability to scale.Tech support is very responsive, helpful, and available.It helps with getting the alignment between strategy and execution for the product teams, all the way down to the delivery teams.CA Agile Central provides visibility into how teams are meeting business objectives.CA Agile Central helps the entire organization run like one powerful team.

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This solution enables us to link all items usefully, in the way we use Agile.I like the build management features and the integration with Jenkins and many other tools.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.It's an integrated system that includes all the information that we need to deliver our products smoothly and to track the progress of each piece of code.From the project management perspective, the tool is efficiently managing teams by giving management information, such as reports, graphs, velocity, capacity, etc.The biggest value-add is the solution integrates well with most Microsoft products.Build definitions and releases within the product. allow us to put our latest applications in the field.It has great functionality: work items, backlogs, source code, build releases, and it's easy to use.

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One problem I see is that if there is a dependent user story - for example, if my team is working on one thing and there is a dependent user story from another team - we can have a dependency created but we don't know if there is a change of status from the other team. That is something which is very important for Agile Central to look into so that if the other team makes any changes we will be notified as well.I think there is a missing link with the development activity. Some developers are pushing in new versions of the code, but you cannot make the link from the user story to a specific application version.A lot of the features that we would be looking to add, I am learning may not be within Agile Central, but part of another CA tool set.CA Agile Central does not have a workflow tool included.I think there needs to be some simplification. The team-level side can be challenging and complicated.It could improve by being self-organizing: user stories, different hierarchies, and different perspectives. Not just as a single hierarchical structure, but something that can be multidimensional.I would like to see more Kanban support. As it stands, it doesn't seem to have the features or the layouts that the teams really need to be able to execute their tasks. It almost tries to force you into more of a Scrum style.More customization capabilities would be helpful. Providing a little bit more structure around how the system should be set up in terms of the hierarchy structure might be helpful as well.

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The test management interface is not very handy.One of the areas that could be improved is to have an effective full lifecycle management.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.The dashboard needs more enhancements.More options could be provided from the perspective of requirements management, which would help product owners to use the tool effectively.Since it is Microsoft, it is technology agnostic, thus it does not really fit into various different technologies in the organization.We are also using Microsoft Teams. The two products function separately. There is not enough collaboration between Microsoft Teams and TFS.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
It is expensive and may not be worthwhile for a small company.From a price point, it's a cost effective solution for our needs.

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It is pretty expensive compared to other project management tools.

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Also Known As
CA Agile Central, Rally Enterprise, CA Agile Training, CA Agile Coaching, CA Agile Academy, CA Agile Management , CA ALMTeam Foundation Server
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Overview

With Rally Software, you can plan, prioritize, manage, track, and continuously improve your work so that you can deliver the value that your customers need with speed, quality, and efficiency. Our enterprise-class Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) SaaS platform provides visibility into progress, roadblocks, and dependencies across multiple teams, projects, and programs. This allows you to align to your strategic goals and create better business results, and to do it all in a single system of record.

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
Physicians Mutual, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Editora Abril, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications, Seagate, TomTom, Philips, Hiscox, Physicians Mutual, MYOBVendex KBB IT Services, Info Support, Fujitsu Consulting, TCSC, Airways New Zealand, HP
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company16%
Comms Service Provider15%
Transportation Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company30%
Manufacturing Company11%
Insurance Company10%
Financial Services Firm9%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm43%
Manufacturing Company13%
Software R&D Company13%
Retailer9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Financial Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Company Size
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Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise81%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business4%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise94%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise66%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise87%
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