Visual Studio Team System Overview

What is Visual Studio Team System?

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is a platform for productive, integrated, and extensible software development life-cycle tools that helps software teams by improving communication and collaboration throughout the software development process.

Visual Studio Team System Buyer's Guide

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Visual Studio Team System Customers

Bluegarden A/S, Tracasa, Rabobank Group, Borusan Otomotiv, Arelik, Alfa Bank

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Fad Mohi
Head of Software Development Department at ACT
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 4, 2020
Good code management and sharing capability, but needs better integration with the documentation

What is our primary use case?

We use Visual Studio Team System as part of our development environment. This is the core system to manage our code and our development life cycle.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the code management, where there is sharing of code for developers and it is distributed within the organization."
  • "The user experience for the task assignment functionality, and more generally the software lifecycle development, needs to be improved."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is to first decide what they need out of it. The benefit of each solution is becoming multidimensional. For example, TFS can be used for managing code, managing software, and lifecycle development. People have to decide which dimension they need to use and then focus on it. Later, they can go to explore and use other dimensions. Otherwise, they will lose a lot of time trying to learn and to adapt to the solution. This is the biggest lesson that we learned from our implementation. Once we mastered its use in one area, we moved on to the…
NetMESarch67
.Net and MES Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 10, 2019
It helps us to develop internal products for internal use and is complete solution with a complete set of features in one box

What is our primary use case?

We are an industrial company so we use this program to develop internal products for internal use. We have a complete panel that develops it, and then we test and deploy.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very stable."
  • "I would say compared to some more modern tools which are made to work offline, with this solution you have to be connected all of the time and with a central server. In our case, it's not a big problem because we all work on-premises, but it can be an issue if you have teams in different locations."

What other advice do I have?

I like the performance management of this solution and my rating would be eight out of ten. The solution works for us but nowadays I would perhaps adviser others to use a cloud-based version like Microsoft DevOps. The biggest lesson I've learned is you can have all the tools but you still have to manage the communication between developers. Even with the tools you can easily run into some issues with several people who work on the same parts of the projects. So it is very important to organize your sources the best you can. But keep the communication channels open.
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Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Feb 13, 2020
Fast and responsive with a comprehensive functionality that is good for writing and debugging code

What is our primary use case?

I used this solution for software development, writing and debugging code.

Pros and Cons

  • "IntelliSense and CodeLens are helpful because they can show you details about your function, such as how many times it is called from other places within the code."
  • "I would like to see the inclusion of more programming languages, especially better support for Java."

What other advice do I have?

The 2017 version is similar to 2015, they have added a few things. One difference is the setup experience, although it is not a groundbreaking change. I know that they have released a new version, 2019, that allows for sharing of what you see also remotely. You can work on code with your colleague who is developing somewhere else, remotely. When it comes to this solution, I am not really missing anything I needed from an IDE. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Jan Meeremans
Owner at Myriade
Real User
Top 20
Nov 28, 2019
It is stable and scalable and the setup is really straightforward

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution is to search for smugglers and for people who have open files. So we integrate everything with GDPR and then we distribute this in most parts of Europe. We have some interests in the United States too.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is pretty stable."
  • "The technical support could be better."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others would be to go all the way with this solution. Don't try to find a cheaper solution. On a scale from one to ten, I rate Visual Studio Team System an eight and I'm looking forward to the new Blazers system.
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