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Likelihood to Recommend

Asana

Asana functions particularly well in scenarios with well-established teams with well-established processes and a mature SDLC. The reason is that Asana can be configured to do many, many different things, and be used in many, many different ways, and with that power comes a lot of responsibility to figure out your process before you try and automate it. It's software, not magic.
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

It has been a great tool when comes to code compilation. As a developer, it helps a lot for us to find issues in the code, as Microsoft Visual Studio Team System has the best debugging tools. We can also check the code line by line to find the exact line where the error is. Developers can also place their important code at their shelveset and can easily get it from there when they need to. As for integration, it helps us to compile large code and deploy the changes with a single GO.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.8
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Task Management
Asana
9.0
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Resource Management
Asana
8.2
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Scheduling
Asana
8.5
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.7
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Team Collaboration
Asana
8.8
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Document Management
Asana
6.8
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Email integration
Asana
7.1
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Mobile Access
Asana
8.0
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
7.2
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

Pros

  • Simplicity of user interface without neglecting functionality
  • Timeline and calendar views are extremely useful
  • Templates for repeatable projects
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  • Visual Studio supports many languages like C#,HTML.C++ and many others. We can also make Visual Studio to support other different languages with the help of plugins, like for Java, Python, etc.
  • We are using TFS with the VS, so it makes it easy to track the code and project changes, and if required we can also track the code of every single line to see what it means, by whom this code is written, and for which problem.
  • A unique work item change order number is assigned to the changes that you are making, apart from your shelveset creation
  • We can create the build definition through which we can automate the deployment and upgrade processes.
  • It provides a lot of menus and options/templates through which we can make our computer application for enterprise or for non-enterprise
  • We can easily integrate our customized/required menu in the VS through registry files or through deployment of the code
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Cons

  • I personally have not found anything that I would recommend at this time. However, I have noticed that the older generation of employees struggle with its style where the computer savvy and younger generation thrive. I have no idea how Asana could overcome that obstacle.
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  • VSTS is very Microsoft centric. If the application you want to build is not based on Microsoft items such as C#, or Visual Basic it is very difficult to use.
  • If you are using the latest version of VSTS then you will find a documentation problem. It can be very hard to find methods and help trying to get something running.
  • Passing data between VSTS build steps is not easy. It can be done, but it is not a normal thing that you would Microsoft would have put into their product.
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
I just can't see us getting it off of Asana any time soon, despite the many headaches it has caused us. We have too much data in there, too much time & training invested into it, too much at stake to move. If we were just starting out today, fresh, I don't know for certain that I would absolutely go the same direction, but I *think* I still would. I just haven't seen anything better yet. Maybe if Podio's support staff hadn't treated me like a worthless nuisance to them, I might feel differently, but the fact is that their task management is simply inferior to Asana's. That can't be denied, and in fact Podio said it themselves: "Tasks are a simple function. They cannot be customized. Tasks in Podio can be used for quick to-do's for you and your team members." In our operation, however, prompt task completion is a big deal; one task can't be completed until another one is done first, and closing the gaps between those tasks is critical in meeting deadlines and servicing our customers. Asana gets us there, the others don't.
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System10.0
Based on 1 answer
I don't think our organization will stray from using VSTS/TFS as we are now looking to upgrade to the 2012 version. Since our business is software development and we want to meet the requirements of CMMI to deliver consistent and high quality software, this SDLC management tool is here to stay. In addition, our company uses a lot of Microsoft products, such as Office 365, Asp.net, etc, and since VSTS/TFS has proved itself invaluable to our own processes and is within the Microsoft family of products, we will continue to use VSTS/TFS for a long, long time.
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Usability

Asana6.0
Based on 5 answers
This is the best task management App for teams I have used
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Microsoft Visual Studio Team System9.0
Based on 1 answer
Apart from the time zone issue mentioned in a previous step, everything else works great for our project. We have started using the auto build functionality after checking in the source code which has saved us a lot of time. The iterations help us manage work efficiently. We are very happy with the way we are able to manage the project using VSTS.
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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Support

Asana8.3
Based on 2 answers
They don't fix everything, but they have certainly gone the extra mile for us. When we were frustrated with a recent change that altered our default view of every project, changing it from all projects being visible to just incomplete projects being visible, they wrote a custom script to change all of our default views back for us, so we didn't have to manually click 3,000 times (we have over a thousand projects).
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Alternatives Considered

Asana lets you view things in tasks. Trello is more geared toward projects with their board layout. I find Asana to have the best user interface of all project management softwares. It may be missing some functionality (like budgeting and time tracking -- which you can add on with integrations), but I feel that I can actually use it. With the other project management tools I get frustrated by trying to figure them out that I don't use them at all
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VSTS is great if you final source system is Microsoft based. Everything work well together and once you learned how use VSTS it isn't difficult to build more build systems. If your staff are used to the methods Microsoft uses, their time learning VSTS won't be as difficult as staff that do not know the Microsoft way of doing things. If, however, you are going to build non-Microsoft bases applications, such as Java, Ruby or even Python, Jenkins is probably a better choice.
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Scalability

Asana8.2
Based on 1 answer
I used this tool on a daily basis at work and it runs as a solid rock
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Return on Investment

  • ROI is through the roof. No WAY could we have accomplished the record-breaking production year we have had without Asana. And at just a few hundred a month it's a total bargain. While I will probably always remain on the lookout for something that does what Asana does but also features detailed reporting, I can't complain too much. Asana delivered what I needed it to: much faster completion of individual tasks leading to exponentially increased output across the team (and therefore higher potential sales volume). Fewer hours wasted on work "meta" like sending e-mails back & forth, tracking progress on spreadsheets and so forth means less $$$ spent on wages to achieve greater results. That, in turn, allows for better hourly wages for team members and a much happier team overall.
  • The negative impact of Asana is that our development team is often tied up supporting our essential integrations when they could be building new things instead. Asana is great, but it isn't a total solution and doesn't pretend to be. The cost of making up the difference for a larger, more complex operation like ours is substantial, but it is still more cost-effective than trying to develop a proprietary solution that probably would not be as polished anyway.
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  • For us, as a software development company, MS VSTS has served us well by providing the ability to plan and execute that plan with more efficiency and less risk.
  • VSTS provides a central point of communication for Team members with the use of Work Items, Reports, Document Storage, the Team Portal/Dashboard, which has aided us greatly during scrum.
  • We can also provide better information and status to our customers on whether we will meet our agreed-upon milestone dates for code freeze, testing, and delivery. Using the burn-down reports (based on the hours within Tasks and Bugs that are assigned to a particular iteration), we can look at the burn-down trend and know well in advance whether we will meet that deadline or not.
  • VSTS/TFS provides a good way tracking and monitoring risks and issues within a project and capturing mitigation and contingency plans related to those risks and issues. As a former PJM who used risk and issue work items quite a lot, I found that using the right field settings and queries, I could determine just how many risks have high impact to a plan or what work items were being blocked and preventing the plan from moving forward.
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Pricing Details

Asana

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
8.33*
1.  per user per month
Additional Pricing Details
Asana is always free for teams of up to 15 people.

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details