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PauloBorges
Real User
Senior IT Professional at a software R&D company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 10 2019

What is most valuable?

I like the build management features, the integration with Jenkins and many other tools. The team rooms for team collaboration, and issuing the backtracking are very valuable features.

How has it helped my organization?

Better team collaboration and Issue tracking.

What needs improvement?

One of the areas that could be improved is to have an effective full life-cycle management. For example, when the developing team has an issue with a bug, they can relate and tag sources and builds to… more»

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

TFS licencing can be confusing, we have to read it well and have a good user management strategy and control.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously we used manily another solution (Serena Dimensions CM). But specially Java developers hated it, so we start to migrate to GIT and Jenkins for them, while .NET developers prefer to use TFS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated modern versions of Microfocus and SVN, we still have Dimensions CM but will be discontinuing it.
Real User
Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 09 2019

What is most valuable?

I really like the dashboards in this solution. They are good for the team, where you can provide announcements and you can organize it the way you want. I like the Kanban board. It is very useful in terms of seeing who is working on what… more»

What needs improvement?

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. If they could create a feature to allow us to see the dashboards with all of… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have not used any other solutions previously. This has been the first one with version control.

What other advice do I have?

This solution is simple to learn. It's straightforward and you don't need a lot of time to learn the functionalities. I would recommend this solution. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am currently evaluating JIRA. The management is considering moving everything to JIRA.
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Ramesh Karanam
Real User
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
Nov 02 2017

What is most valuable?

* SCM functionalities * ALM Features * Build capabilities * Deploy options * Web portal * Release management * Support for multiple languages * Plugins for open source tools, like Sonar and Jenkins *… more»

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?

* Customization of build templates - better tools * Tracking * More friendly on test lab setup (TFS 2013, I did not verify on TFS 2017). * More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (TFS 2013, I did… more»

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

No idea on this one as it was done by different team.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, VSS and Git.
Namitha BM
Real User
Sr. Quality Engineering Manager with 51-200 employees
Jul 31 2018

What is most valuable?

The biggest value-add is the solution integrates well with most Microsoft products.

How has it helped my organization?

It brings in collaboration between our teams.

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

It is pretty expensive compared to other project management tools.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have been with the company only for the last one and half years, and the TFS was already in place. In my previous job, I used a different solution.

What other advice do I have?

This product choice was influenced by the development team more than any other team due to the development around .NET and its accompanying technologies. The product works best for development teams… more»
SrPg82st
Real User
Senior programming analyst at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
May 30 2018

What is most valuable?

Build definitions and releases within the product. They allow us to put our latest applications in the field.

How has it helped my organization?

It is a big improvement because before we were using PBCS.

What needs improvement?

Right now they are up to standard. All the features that we needed are included currently in TFS, including Git repository which allows our developers to perform their code-testing without impacting… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The previous solution was PBCS which was obsolete for our team and that is why the company decided to invest in TFS. When selecting a vendor what's most important, speaking from a money point of view… more»

What other advice do I have?

It has great functionality: work items, backlogs, source code, build releases, and it's easy to use. TFS is very easy to integrate into your system. It's very easy to follow for any new developers… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The other vendor was HPE but we decided to go with Microsoft.
Hemkumar Thiruvarangam
Real User
Technology Expert at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 13 2018

What is most valuable?

This tool provides a complete solution for ALM. It is useful for every IT individual. Protfolio Management, Complete Build release management are the new key features… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have streamlined the Scrum process with TFS and the product maturity has increased a lot. The agility features which will help us to understand the project maturity and… more»

What needs improvement?

Every sprint Microsoft has planned for new releases includes fixing both the bugs and attuning the product to the customers' needs. If there is a need of new feature which… more»

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

There is no product costing if you have a Microsoft subscription.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

VSS, which has less features when compared to TFS.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good tool. Please make use of it and get more benefits.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

JIRA, Jama, etc.
Gireesh Subramonian
Vendor
Assistant Manager Business Analyst at Ernst & Young
Aug 14 2018

What is most valuable?

* Requirements * Backlog management * Project management Each tool has the option to prioritize requirements in a backlog pool, assigning them to particular teams and particular iterations. The system has also helped in managing requirements with options to attach supporting documents. From the project management perspective, the tool is efficiently managing teams by giving management information… more»

How has it helped my organization?

TFS was the first system of its type to be implemented in the organization, which helped in managing requirements and multiple teams effectively under a SAFe Agile environment.

What needs improvement?

More options could be provided from the perspective of requirements management, which would help product owners to use the tool effectively.
Mohamed Sadek
Real User
Lead DevOps and Release Engineer-L2 at ITWORX
Jan 17 2019

What do you think of TFS?

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

It's one continuous integrated solution that includes the code. We can put all of our work from tasks with cases and user tool requirements.

What needs improvement?

The dashboard needs more enhancements.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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What is TFS?

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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