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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
TadashiTakahase
Real User
Senior Developer
Sep 27 2017

What is most valuable?

Integration with Visual Studio (VS): I have used other software management solutions with VS, but TFS is the best at the moment. It offers easy integration with servers… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Another very good feature of TFS is the build server. With it, I can quickly and easily generate binaries for testing and production environments.

What needs improvement?

* Local branching * Move folders using drag & drop * Better resolve for merging the conflicts tool.

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

This is the negative side of TFS; the price is expensive. Microsoft offers VSTS for free if you have a very small company and don't mind to keep your code in the cloud… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using Microsoft SourceSafe, but is unreliable and slow. These issues are enough for anyone decide to change to another software management tool. As we are a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Use the free version of VSTS first, to just to have an idea of what it is. It's even possible to build binaries online.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, because we are a Microsoft Partner.
Chaminda Chandrasekara
Real User
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 25 2017

What is most valuable?

* TFS is full software application lifecycle management tool, where you can use it to create DevOps enabled teams. * It has the capability to track requirements to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Test automation capabilities enhanced the testing processes in the software delivery, which allowed us to create more quality software in a shorter time. The capability to… more»

What needs improvement?

Third party integrations could be improved to make it more flexible and easy to use with other platforms.

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

If you do not want to have the burden of maintenance, go for Visual Studio Team Services (TFS in cloud) which is cheaper, flexible, and is always getting the latest… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, we didn't use a different solution. TFS has been the solution from the beginning.

What other advice do I have?

Just go for it. Whether you develop on Microsoft platforms or otherwise, you will find it useful and enhancing to the way you work.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

JIRA.
Vendor
IT
Sep 25 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to do everything outside of an IDE. I can do 99% of everything from a web browser.

How has it helped my organization?

* Cross platform support is great. * Developing build definitions from within a web browser is fantastic. * Installing build agents from a command line makes maintenance… more»

What needs improvement?

The security model could be more granular.

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

The pricing model has changed several times, even within the last several years, but, I believe, the model is cheaper than before.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Visual SourceSafe and it lacked the ability to branch code.

What other advice do I have?

Before purchasing any hardware, you should review all the hardware requirements. Also, plan to scale if growth is expected. Build servers with more than one CPU, if you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also use Bitbucket, but my focus is TFS, so I cannot comment on that. We also use StarTeam, but we are looking to sunset this product and focus on migrating all… more»
Vendor
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
RaviKumar3
Consultant
IT Manager 2, Data Mgmt Tools at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Sep 18 2017

What is most valuable?

* Version control * Project management * Test management * Release management

How has it helped my organization?

* Agile project management * Enterprise level development * Testing of large enterprise applications

What needs improvement?

Test case management could be improved.

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

Microsoft changes licensing and pricing every year. Best thing to do is reach out to their licensing/sales folks for the latest info.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used VSS earlier, then switched to the TFS product.

What other advice do I have?

It's an outstanding product, but needs technically qualified people to administer this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, Perforce and Git were evaluated, but we wanted a single solution for the entire SDLC. This product fit the bill.
Ramesh Karanam
Real User
Microsoft and Dev-ops Architect at Mphasis
Sep 05 2017

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. Plug-ins for open source tools, like Sonar and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have set up a centralized TFS server. All delivery projects are clients for this TFS. They are using it for code-repository, ALM, and for DevOps implementation.

What needs improvement?

1. Customization of build templates - better tools. 2. Tracking 3. More friendly Test Lab setup (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017). 4. More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (in TFS… more»

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

Not idea on this one as it was done by a different team.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used VSS and most of our projects are in Microsoft Stack. Opted to choose TFS for incorporating DevOps and easy integration of VS IDE. There are many advantages.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. VSS and Git.
Vendor
SVP Development Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Source Code Management: TFS has both Git repository management as well as a TSVS Repository. It is the only source code management tool which supports both repository… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Allowed project teams to communicate, collaborate and track tasks, stories, test cases, issues, and defects at a single location (using one tool).

What needs improvement?

Adding more canned reports to allow querying and reporting data export to Excel etc., which would help management with their reports.

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

Very straightforward pricing. We have an enterprise agreement with Microsoft, where the majority of the product is covered. One good thing is the stakeholder license… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Not applicable.

What other advice do I have?

I suggest giving the product a try first. Reading too much on paper does not tell you the entire story of the product. It is really good to use it if you want to combine… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There is no single product that has both SCM and ALM integrated which can enable us to quickly onboard projects. We use JIRA for certain areas in our business, with… more»
Vendor
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Vendor
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Vendor
DevOps Manager with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 20 2017

What is most valuable?

All TFS features are valuable. We used the full TFS switch.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization used to use Excel sheets to control the projects. We didn't have any indicator, workflows or rastreability.

What needs improvement?

For our activities, the product is very complete. Automatic tests may need some improvements.

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

The complete switch is very good. If you have the budget, choose TFS.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes. The company chose a different solution basically because of the higher cost.

What other advice do I have?

If you don't have any impediments, choose a Microsoft Solution. An MS solution is totally integrated.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. A lot of solutions (Jira, Redmine, SVN, SVS, Git, etc.).
Abhishek Ransingh
Real User
Senior Microservice/Cloud Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Aug 15 2017

What is most valuable?

TFS can support multiple code repositories (example: Git, TFS, CVS, etc.) via plugins, which is really a nice feature.

How has it helped my organization?

As I mentioned, it supports multiple code repositories. You can also build CI/CDs out of it. You can instruct TFS to build your .jar, .war, and .ear files and deploy them… more»

What needs improvement?

It needs huge improvement on its Agile functionality.

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

I wasn’t involved in discussions of pricing or licensing for TFS at Lennox.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, I used to use VersionOne, HP AGM, and JIRA to track and monitor Agile practice in my previous companies. At Lennox they had only one option, TFS.

What other advice do I have?

There are better tools for Agile and CI/CD in the market. TFS may be good for code repository purposes; however, it's not the best for Agile practice.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As far as I‘m aware, the company decided to use TFS without evaluating other options.
Consultant
Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 14 2017

What is most valuable?

I especially like the Build and Release features since I mainly work in that area with customers.

How has it helped my organization?

It has sped up the build and deployment process. We can now deploy the same application version to each environment in a repeatable and automated fashion.

What needs improvement?

I think the testing tools need some work.

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

I cannot advise as the costs and licensing vary by organization and the type of agreement that they have with Microsoft. I direct all those types of questions to… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No, I have used this solution for 12 years now.

What other advice do I have?

Don’t wait too long. If you can use the cloud version, it has so much less overhead and you also stay up-to-date on features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No other products were evaluated, but I have setup other solutions for customers.
Consultant
Software Test Consultant / Automation Test Architect at a tech services company
Aug 13 2017

What is most valuable?

The Test Management features.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made the management of test artifacts more effective, thus leading to the improvement in the quality of our products from a testing/quality perspective.

What needs improvement?

For VSTS, more flexibility around the customisation of test reports.

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

Microsoft has different licensing models. Each organisation would have to decide which is best for them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

As a Test Architect, I have used varying solutions. So, it depends on the direction that the company is taking from a tooling perspective.

What other advice do I have?

Do a proof of concept to ascertain that it fits with your organisation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was client specific. So in this instance, it was the chosen option.
Consultant
Sr Project Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 13 2017

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Reports for user stories statuses, hours logged, burn down charts, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to manage the work more effectively. Everyone has a current status at any given point of time.

What needs improvement?

Help on the site should be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

A year and half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Not as of now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Have not reached out to technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used HP QC, then we moved to TFS because of the client's affinity towards TFS.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward.

What's

Vendor
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 Automation Engineer
Jul 31 2017

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable and interesting features is Coded UI automation.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps with the structure of the tickets. It can be modified and configured for different flows.

What needs improvement?

The record and play functionality needs some improvement. The record and play is tricky. In order to make it work for you, you need to do some workarounds. For instance, I use the Run application of… more»

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

It is a really fair price for the functionality you get.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used JIRA, but the technology is different. If the developers don't use TFS, then the MTM is really hard to integrate to the process.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was using bug tracking systems. MTM is not only a bug tracking system, but you can also manage your tasks and test runs.
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Vendor
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Consultant
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Vendor
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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.
Vendor
Development Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Jul 24 2017

What is most valuable?

We use the source code repository technology of TFS, we have Git repository in TFS, and also, have TFVC. Git was introduced starting from TFS 2013. This allowed our team the flexibility on the source… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has allowed us to continually maintain our code repository.

What needs improvement?

The product is mature. We use it as our primary on-premise source control for both Git and TFVC allowing the flexibility for different delivery team to use different source control that best suits… more»

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

There is now cloud offering of the Team Foundation Server known as Team Foundation Services for smaller companies/individuals to use, starting out with the free version for five users. I would… more»

What other advice do I have?

Now, there is the cloud offering of Team Foundation Server which is known as Visual Studio Team Services which would suit those who do not want to maintain the on-premise version and is free for up to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As the variant of this product was already in use, we followed the upgrade path as we are Microsoft Gold Partners.
Vendor
Server Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Project Management: Agile and Code development can now work side-by-side in the same solution. This speeds up development, as developers do not need to be swapping… more»

How has it helped my organization?

TFS increased productivity and reduced our times to market by 60%.

What needs improvement?

The product needs to stay competitive with its peers like Github, and the adoption of other markup language renderings in the code section of TFS.

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

It's free with MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network).

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not use a different solution prior to using TFS.

What other advice do I have?

Team Foundation Server is an enterprise ALM tool, not just for developers. It’s come a long way in 10 years, it's worth a look.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have looked at Github, JIRA, and Rally.
Vendor
Senior Firmware Architect at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 28 2016

What is most valuable?

Code annotations and code review is the "most valuable" feature of this product platform.

How has it helped my organization?

RBAC management is too complicated for SCM and IT to manage, Windows Explorer integration of Power Tools is not reliable, Workspace synchronization is not reliable, does not support keyword expansion, does not support offline history and cannot even determine the current workspace version without being connected to TFS server, shelf sets cannot be versioned, shelf sets cannot be merged, and merges… more»

What needs improvement?

Throw a dart, you will hit something that needs improvement in TFS.
Consultant
Head of Department Projects at Pasiona
Feb 12 2016

What is most valuable?

In our company, we develop software applications. With TFS we can manage the whole application lifecycle with a single product, and it is visible for all the team members.

How has it helped my organization?

I can point to two basic improvements: * The project management. Before TFS, we used Microsoft Project and Excel to manage project tasks and release dates (only the Project Manager could do this). Since we adopted Scrum as a part of software development, we needed an agile tool to perform this task… more»

What needs improvement?

Continuous integration in most of .NET developments (web and desktop applications) is ease to configure. But in case of other kind of developments (SharePoint or Xamarin) is not so easy, you have to spend a lot of time making customizations. It would be nice to have some integrations tools for this… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used TFS 2010. We don’t evaluate any other product because we only use Microsoft products.
Vendor
Application Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 06 2015

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Application Lifecycle Management Team Build Definitions Kanban

How has it helped my organization?

Developers are able to download code at any point in time. Helped in DevOps responsibilities.

What needs improvement?

Team Build definitions Bug-tracking tools.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for around five years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: It's very good. Technical Support: It's very good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I

Vendor
Lead Developer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 06 2015

What is most valuable?

The full ALM experience that means you can have all your information in one place. For example having everything linked together – your build linked to changes in source control which link to the work items the prompted the changes in the first place, linked to the tests that were run. This is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

TFS replaced a number of separate source control, work item and build solutions that were stretched to their limits, since adopting TFS we have been able to scale the development department without any limits from our tooling. TFS has aided our agile transformation by providing digital Kanban boards… more»

What needs improvement?

I have a list things on the Visual Studio uservoice page, but none of them are major. I’m expecting most of the issues we have to the moment to be resolved in the 2015 lifecycle.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The decision was not mine, but it was based on having a complete ALM solution instead of just a bunch of systems thrown together.
Real User
Sr Software QA Engineer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 06 2015

What do you think of TFS?

Valuable Features

As a QA geek, MS Test is the most valuable component.

Improvements to My Organization

Being able to easily create new bugs during the execution of a testcase in MS Test, then resume testing is a time-saving feature.

Room for Improvement

It is very difficult to delete work items from the database. It would be helpful if MS provided a way to simplify that.

Use of Solution

I've used it for over three years at three different companies.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: I have never needed to contact Microsoft about this product. Technical Support: I have never needed to contact Microsoft about this…
Consultant
Software Development Leader at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
Sep 01 2015

What is most valuable?

TFS itself is a platform for collaborative development. All the features in it are essential for successful development projects, especially version control, defects tracking, SCRUM tools etc.

How has it helped my organization?

TFS SCRUM adoption in our organization was very smooth.

What needs improvement?

Scrum Board implementation and Backlog viewer require some improvements in order to make its usage simpler and interactive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Back in 2007 we used Source Safe Control. When we realized that we needed a generic platform which would combine task and defects tracking with version controlling, we moved to TFS.
Consultant
Programmer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 01 2015

What is most valuable?

The version control itself (version history, branching and merging), shelving change and build server.

How has it helped my organization?

With TFS online, now everything is in the cloud, it is tidy and easy to compare and restore, especially my unfinished work, where I use the shelving changes feature. It's very useful.

What needs improvement?

I can't see any major improvements for now. Maybe the comparing tool is too simple, but I'm using an alternative, so I have no problem at all.

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

if TFS was completely free (not limited to five members for online), I would suggest using it, but the price for extra members is too expensive in my opinion and is worth it only if you are using Visual Studio, otherwise other solutions can… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I had to use TFS because it was there in the companies where I worked, but I also used CVS and Git. I think that TFS is easier because it is already integrated with Visual Studio, if you are using Visual Studio.
Vendor
Senior Developer at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 26 2015

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Source control Work items Team build

How has it helped my organization?

It's easy to implement agile methodology, updated and uniform code on work spaces. Work items allows easier tracking for risks, bug and issues, and tasks.

What needs improvement?

As of now, TFS delivers what we need on the project/business.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for seven years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I haven't needed their help yet. Technical Support: I haven't…
Vendor
QA Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 25 2015

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Record and playback is a good feature.

What needs improvement?

Tech support needs a lot of improvement License is expensive

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support needs much improvement.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The company chose to switch from HP to Microsoft because of the expense of the licenses.

How was the initial setup?

It was complex.

What was our ROI?

I don't know the…
Vendor
Business Analyst Practice Lead at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 20 2015

What is most valuable?

* Product backlog * Work items (Features, User Stories, Bugs, Tasks)

How has it helped my organization?

We transitioned into an agile software development shop around 2010. Using TFS allowed us to document our requirements as Features and User Stories on a Product Backlog, which allows all team members to access them at the same time. They can see updates and changes to them in real-time. It also supports our iteration-based development approach effectively, by allowing us to group features, and… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously we primarily used a waterfall software development methodology, so our move to TFS coincided with a reorganization we went through into an agile shop.
Vendor
Sr. Director, Development at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 17 2015

What is most valuable?

* Source code management * Branch/merge tools * Build capabilities * Work item tracking * Scrum board management

How has it helped my organization?

We've reduced production deployment rollbacks 100%.

What needs improvement?

Build definition management - there needs to be change control for build definitions

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

Size accordingly. Not every shop needs every feature.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was used.

What other advice do I have?

Recognize the fact that TFS isn't just a source code management tool. It's an application lifecycle management tool that covers all facets of software project management… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Size accordingly. Not every shop needs every feature.
Vendor
Software Quality Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 14 2015

What is most valuable?

* project Life cycle * Bug tracking * * Creating test cases * Executing test cases

How has it helped my organization?

As i'm an Software Quality Engineer It's a helpful product because you can provide project analysis from scratch and create a requirements document for maintenance. Also, it creates a strong relation between developers and testers that allows communication between them through analysis, design… more»

What needs improvement?

I don't know of any areas that need improvement.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No previous solution was used.
Consultant
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 13 2015

What is most valuable?

* Source Controlling * Application Development * Project Life Cycle

How has it helped my organization?

When we applied the CMMI standards in our SDLC we used TFS to force some policies to control the project documentation and source controlling, and to manage the relationship between concerned parties.

What needs improvement?

TFS administration tools need to be more controlled and easier to use.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes in 2007 we used a different source controlling tool and we faced a lot of issues and with no GUI we had to deal with it using commands which made our life even harder.
Vendor
Lead SharePoint Developer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 11 2015

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Versioning and seamless integration with Visual Studio are the features I like most.

How has it helped my organization?

We have had to recall a prior “production-ready” version to provide as a temporary solution.

What needs improvement?

History view outlining edits by user would be a nice addition.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've not used it specifically for TFS.

Which solution

Consultant
VMware Engineering Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Aug 07 2015

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Change control Collaboration Change history

How has it helped my organization?

TFS has allowed our development team to function better as a group, by keeping code organized, and making it easier to prevent people from stepping on each other's code.

What needs improvement?

The interface needs work. As it is, it takes a few weeks to get new team members used to using it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

Which solution did I use previously and why did

Chaminda Chandrasekara
Real User
Software Architect with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 07 2015

What do you think of TFS?

Valuable Features

Agile project management Requirements management Team management Source code management Testing software Deployment and test automation

Improvements to My Organization

Reduced cost of software implementation and testing processes by automation Streamlined the software development process so that we could deliver high quality software in short time to the market

Use of Solution

I've been using it for five to six years.

Deployment Issues

Sometimes, but Microsoft support was always awesome.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service: It's superb. Technical Support: It's superb.

Initial Setup

It is simple and well documented.

Implementation Team

Vendor
Business Intelligence Developer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 31 2015

What do you think of TFS?

What is most valuable?

Version control Code backup

How has it helped my organization?

I have spent less time merging code from developers.

What needs improvement?

They can improve the stability and merging features, especially with SSIS.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used this version for four months, and previously I was using TFS2010 for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There were some minor issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: I have not needed to contact them. Technical Support: I have not needed to contact them. …
Vendor
Senior Developer at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Nov 29 2012

What is most valuable?

TFS is a very Easy to use product,, Scalable and Configurable. It is very well integrated into a native development environment , with massive reporting services. TFS helps not only to manage R&D groups but to easily create , change and implement work processes rapidly. TFS provides end to end Application Life Cycle management capabilities ,

What needs improvement?

It is windows only product

What other advice do I have?

We chose TFS because it was the native choice for .Net development. Although in the bank there are other ALM products (separated for bugs, demands, deployments), we insisted on using a complete one solution for our new development projects, and as for now, TFS is doing its way to become a mainstream product for .Net based develoment projects.

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.
Also known as
Team Foundation Server
TFS customers
Vendex KBB IT Services, Info Support, Fujitsu Consulting, TCSC, Airways New Zealand, HP
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