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Derek Deida Evermore
Real User
AVP, DevOps Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 20 2017

What is most valuable?

Version Control: TFS offers both the centralized “TFVC” version control technology as well as the distributed “Git” version control technology. TFVC is a file and folder… more»

How has it helped my organization?

TFS sits at the core of our entire software delivery strategy. Implemented and used properly, it provides a centralized place to store all source code and build… more»

What needs improvement?

Not all of the functionality, which is exposed by the command line interface (tf.exe) is available in the Visual Studio GUI. New files/folders added to a branch are not… more»

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

Use the Microsoft recommended “seat-based” licensing model. This allows a single developer with multiple machines to consume only one client license.

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

Hire a TFS expert or bring on a consultant. Nothing will ruin your development shop quicker than a poorly implemented version control/build system. Microsoft premier… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We recently looked at moving to GitLab. We chose not to do this because we already have millions of lines of code hosted in TFVC and migrating all of that to Git would be… more»
Real User
QA IV with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 20 2017

What is most valuable?

I like its MTM (Microsoft Test Manager) section which gives us options to create various test plans and add test cases into it. Once the tests are run or tested, testers… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This really helps in planning our Regression and Functional tests as we create plan and test cases in it. It is easy for higher officials to get an overview of the testing… more»

What needs improvement?

It is completely different than other test management tools. I would highly recommend giving training and brainstorming sessions for the employees before anybody starts to… more»

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

I am not sure about pricing. I never got a chance to purchase it.

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

I have worked with Jira and TestRail as part of a different project. They are simpler than TFS. It is really easy to follow these other tools, but TFS has more features… more»

What other advice do I have?

Since I have worked with Jira and TestRail as part of test management, I would strongly suggest giving training to your employees before implementing them. TFS is way… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I never purchased it. No comments on this.
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Real User
Automation Specialist Team Lead at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Microsoft Test Manager with Enterprise Licensing. TFS’s test management capability without the expensive licensing has large gaps. Users will be unable to access… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Any improvements would have come on the development side as the organization already had a more mature test management application.

What needs improvement?

Basic, manual testing should not be only available at the most expensive pricing level. We use many different resources during the testing process, some users only create… more»

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

It's just as expensive as HPE ALM, without many of the features, best used for development tool only to avoid higher costs.

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

Yes we are using HPE ALM for Test Management, TFS was purchased to help support the development team

What other advice do I have?

Test Management is immature for an application lifecycle management tool and it might take a couple more releases and pricing/functionality restructuring.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not involved in this aspect of TFS’ evaluation.
Real User
Senior System Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Complete integration with VS IDE and Office tools: This give us a possibility of high-level automation, thus minimizing human error.

How has it helped my organization?

The TFS is not just a source code repository, but a real and complete ALM solution. Among other things, we use it as a ticketing tool. It is a building mechanism, which is… more»

What needs improvement?

TFS on-premise does not support integration with SharePoint Online. If you integrate it with the SharePoint on-premise upgrade, it can be quite challenging.

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

We use a Visual Studio subscription for every team member and the TFS licenses are included. If running TFS on-premise is expensive, maybe you could consider moving to the… more»

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

Previously, we used VSS, which was nothing but a repository, so TFS was the logical step up. Since we develop almost exclusively on MS stack, TFS as a comprehensive ALM… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are on MS stack, I can only recommend TFS since it’s much more than just a source code repository. High level of out of box automation, integration with Visual… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were using VSS, and partially SVN, but both of the tools were just repository. We needed the ALM solution, which integrated into VS IDE, and TFS was the logical choice.
Consultant
TFS Admin, Configuration Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Work item management integration with source control. I value it as the most valuable feature since it provides seamless integration with your TFS source control which… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved a lot over the years with newer versions, Build is one such area which has been significantly simplified, making it very easy for the users to use than the… more»

What needs improvement?

I think the integration with SharePoint. Microsoft should discontinue the use of SharePoint as I don’t really see any value add to TFS, document management features can be… more»

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

Yes, the pricing and licensing for TFS is on the higher side, but if you intend to use the tool as a complete ALM tool, it will reduce your costs in the long run.

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

Yes, I previously used VSS, but since it was just a source control solution, I moved to TFS, which offered much more features in one package.

What other advice do I have?

If you need a complete ALM tool for Microsoft applications and have the budget, please go ahead with TFS.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As of now, there are no products in market which you can compare with TFS which provides you complete integration with different components required in ALM hemisphere, I… more»
WaelAbdullah
Real User
Senior Technical Lead
Jul 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Source control, and work item tracking, from user experience, it is very easy to relate code versions with work items, and to track your changes easily from multiple interfaces "Visual Studio, TFS web… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We implemented the scrum process in our company, and we used TFS as the main tool to manage that process. We upgraded to TFS 2017, which has a lot of features for SCRUM process that can be managed… more»

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

Excellent, especially if you have an enterprise license agreement with Microsoft.

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

I used before IBM Clear Quest, which had a very bad interface, was very expensive as they price per user, was very hard to modify screens, no flexibility to extend, and by the way it can only be… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to bring the latest version, TFS 2017.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

See my prior answer about previous solutions used.
Real User
QA Manager, Automation Testing Architect at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Valuable features include total traceability, test management, source control, and extensibility.

How has it helped my organization?

The solution gives us support for Agile processes, including usage of board and burndown charts. It provides us with an estimation process to move to formal and test… more»

What needs improvement?

* Test automation: There is only integration with the MS framework which requires us to use only a certain configured infrastructure. Even MS is changing this approach as… more»

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

If you have an MSDN license for using TFS, it is a good tool to start from. Later on, you may prefer to select another suite. However, you need to be sure about change… more»

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

Previously, we were using HPE ALM, QA Manager, Atlassian Stack, and small, customized ALM products. The change was made at the corporate level.

What other advice do I have?

Look for the cloud version. It will give you an understanding of further development of the product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated HPE ALM, JIRA, and VersionOne.
Real User
Software Development Manager at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The scrum template to manage our development process, as well as the continuous build and release functionality.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us to manage our Scrum process, as well as continuous integration, but not much more than the previous product we used (JIRA).

What needs improvement?

Agile metrics/reporting (if you compare it to JIRA's functionality), as well as more/better customizable widgets to create richer dashboards. I would really like to be… more»

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

Pricing and licensing model is still quite complex, as are all of Microsoft's products.

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

Yes, we used JIRA. Since we have to pay for Visual Studio, licenses for coding purposes (and these licenses included TFS) it did not make sense to continue paying for… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure that you understand Microsoft's licensing model and that you select the process templates that are most suitable to you when setting up the product for the first… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options, but like I mentioned, we were using the Atlassian suite of products.
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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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