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March 12, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Azure DevOps Server is being used across the organization as a defect/bug tracking system for IT projects similar to Jira. The business problems it addresses are mainly related to issue tracking and traceability. There is a multitude of IT deployments at our company, and hence, lots of QA/UAT testing. When defects are captured during these phases, they are logged in Azure DevOps Server and tracked.
  • Organization
  • Defect tracking
  • Severity
  • Escalation
  • Issue/user traceability
  • Easier interface.
  • Less drop downs and tabs.
  • Email notifications.
The best use for Azure DevOps Server is for issue tracking and reconciliation for defects during the QA process.
The support for Azure usually responds in a timely manner and the technicians seem well-versed.
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December 03, 2019
Kellie Crawford | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I am currently using Azure DevOps Server with a client on a scrum project to build a business application. In the company, Azure DevOps Server is mostly used by our specific project but does have other users and different projects. It helps manage the scrum process and provides organization and clarity to a project with many moving parts and members.
  • Organization of tasks per team member
  • Statistics provider for data related to capacity and output
  • Good UX/UI experience for clarity
  • Copy/Paste functionality could be improved
  • Ability to see all team members more clear visually
  • Sort feature on columns could be better
Azure DevOps Server is a great tool for keeping large projects organized. It is well suited for building large, business applications that require a lot of organization and history of the project that is accessible.
It would be less appropriate for small projects that do not need maintained history or have a very small group of people working on them.
I have not had to use the support for Azure DevOps Server. There have never been any issues where I was not able to figure it out or quickly resolve. Our Scrum Master has used support before though, and the service has always been prompt and clear with a customer-focus.
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October 15, 2019
F A | TrustRadius Reviewer
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It was used as an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) system that takes care of all aspects of software development from planning, requirements gathering to coding, testing, deployment, and maintenance. Also as a Source Code Control(SCC), Bug Tracking, Project Management, and Team Collaboration platform.
SDLC Management (SDLC – Software Development Life Cycle):
  • Software Team Collaboration
  • Source Code Management
  • Supports Agile, Scrum, CMMI
  • Bug Tracking
  • Integrated Test Tools
  • Automated Builds
  • SDLC Management (SDLC – Software Development Life Cycle).
  • Software Team Collaboration.
  • Supports Agile, Scrum, CMMI.
  • Bug Tracking.
  • Reporting
  • Code integration
  • Project Management integrations
Team Foundation Server (TFS), provided by Microsoft, provides you a wide array of collaborative software development tools that integrate with your IDE providing secure version control, extensible integrations, agile tooling among many others. You can set up an on-premise version of TFS or you can sign up for Visual Studio Team Services which is backed by Microsoft Azure if you don’t want the hassle of managing the infrastructure.
The best support that i have everr used
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October 07, 2019
Mark Orlando | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Azure DevOps to manage and store all our corporate source code and deploy our applications to a string of various environments from development to production. In addition, we use Azure DevOps on a daily basis to manage our agile-based projects. Azure DevOps is used to track and follow the progress of customer support tickets as well. Our business analysts use the Agile Project Management feature to log user stories.
  • Azure DevOps easily handles our source code and works seamlessly with Visual Studio (our main development environment).
  • Our business analysts use its features to document and assign user stories for Agile-based projects.
  • Our deployment team uses Azure DevOps to push code from development to main to user acceptance and finally production.
  • For managing Agile projects, web-based navigation is terrible. There's no easy drop-down menu system you have to hunt and peck around to try and find pages to manage your hours.
  • Our management needs the ability to predict when development may finish a project. Azure DevOps fails here because it doesn't easily provide a feature to let you predict an end date and it doesn't easily provide you with a feature to export the data to Excel so you could plug-in a formula to calculate an end date.
  • The menu options for code management are sparse. It would be great if they had a feature to let you simply drag and drop folder structures.
Azure DevOps works great if you spend most of your day in Visual Studio. If you plan on using VS Code, then skip it because Azure DevOps doesn't really work with VS Code. VS Code works with Git. For project management, Azure Dev Ops is okay, but project managers need to provide their team with links to where things are. Additionally, you might be better off using OneNote to document requirements and simply add links to your user stories where developers and testers can read the stories. The Word-like editor in Azure DevOps is extremely primitive.
Microsoft supports its products well. Considering the complexity of managing all the software built by a corporation, DevOps is perfect. It never messes up code merges - an incredible feat by itself. There is certainly room for improvement in the product, but considering it brings agile project management features, software deployment and source code management in one package it really can't be beaten.
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October 04, 2019
Brendan McKenna | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use the Azure Dev Ops server throughout the IT department of our organization. It is utilized by Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, Developers, and QA. We have Git integration enabled and it has been an awesome experience with its integration to our source code. I especially love the built-in ability in the latest version to perform source code wide string searches. This makes it exceptionally easy to find code references and delve into new areas quickly. Aside from source control, it is our UI interface for all of our SCRUM project management needs. We create all of our tasks on the work items board and it makes it easy to see the progress of the overall team. Overall it's just been a great experience and I can't think of any complaints.
  • Git integration has been fantastic.
  • Provides a convenient UI for managing the SCRUM process.
  • Built-in Code Review feature and completion policies.
  • I wish I could default to a specific dashboard on load.
Great for source control, project management, and code reviews. It is really critical to put in place code review policies with required reviewers before a pull request can ever be merged into a target branch. As a senior developer sometimes I feel this can be cumbersome but there have been a few instances where I have caught a major error in a pull request and was able to prevent the code from being merged.
There is a large community of users and a lot of questions/answers on StackOverflow.
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August 01, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Azure DevOps server is being utilized as a centralized tool for our organization's code & release management. All departments in the organization have their own repositories where they check-in their codes. Azure DevOps server along with GIT integration is serving as a central code repository for our organization. Also its widget integration and inbuilt templates to automate code build and release from almost any tech stack is worthy to have it as a DevOps tool.
  • Vast range of Template for Automated Build and Release Pipeline with option to have conditional triggers
  • Code repository mechanism is aligned with GIT which is a well known public repository system
  • Bug Management is also an integral feature of this tool
  • Dashboard creation option of Build and Release pipeline is also available
  • Can add more build templates for specific technology requirements
  • Can have more features in dashboards which can help dev teams stream line their tasks and priorities
  • Can have raise alarm feature in case of any sort of failure in devops pipeline execution
Azure DevOps is well suited if you have a big team that is collaborating their codes and need to have devops pipeline for all build and release work. Also since this tool provides bug management facility, you don't need to purchase any other tool for that purpose. Moreover if you have your infrastructure built over Azure cloud then this is a best match for your requirements as it integrates well with it.
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November 23, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Source control for application code, for the most part. For database code, it integrates well with Red Gate software. Besides scripting out database schema, Red Gate will even script out static data so it can be source controlled as well within TFS/ADS. My previous employer used TFS/ADS to automate builds and as a ticketing system.
  • It allows you to view the history of any piece of code. Shows the differences. If you are a good 'code archaeologist' you can figure out why things were changed and when.
  • It provides a repository of your code so you can reconstruct it in case of a catastrophe. With code history, you can restore the code as it was before some change that didn't work, was made.
  • The tickets it creates can be linked to the changes in the code. This adds an important element showing causation. This code change resolves or is associated with this ticket which includes the purpose of the change.
  • The way it uses workspaces is non-intuitive. I required help from our resident expert to get TFS set up initially.
  • Don't forget to refresh again and again. Yes, of course, you want the latest changes - you shouldn't have to remember to keep hitting that button.
  • Even though it uses a Microsoft SQL Server database to store its data, it uses the database in a non-standard way. Don't try to do the usual MS SQL backups - let TFS handle the backups.
Git is very popular right now and can be used instead of TFS for source control, but TFS can integrate with Git. Git has more of a learning curve than TFS, IMO.
There is quite a bit of info about it on the web.
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October 05, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Azure DevOps is being used by the entire company. We use that to build our build and release pipeline to continually release our deployment.
For our department, we build infrastructure with Terraform and deploy it to the Google Cloud Platform. It solves our problem of not having a CI/CD pipeline. It makes our development cycle much faster.
  • It is compatible with so many services. You can deploy to GCP, AWS, and with any kind of developing language.
  • It has a clear developing logic. You build first and then deploy things to the destination you want.
  • When you develop with Microsoft products, you can do a lot more.
  • There is a little window tells you small jokes and information. It just annoys me.
  • The UI might use more careful design. it can be confusing when you want to find the thing you want.
  • There are small things can be added to improve productivity, such as cloning the whole agent job.
For companies, especially big companies, when they adopt the way of CI/CD, they need a build pipeline to realize all these. Either they develop websites with languages like Python, Ruby, or C#, or they set up infrastructure with Terraform, Ansible, or Puppet. Azure DevOps integrates everything together and provides a solution that works with all the technologies you use.
I give it this rating mainly because there are a lot of documents you can read and find the solution for your problem. Whether you are developing pipelines or designing the workflow, you will always find someone who has done it and can give you the right insights. I have not used their customer support yet.
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October 03, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We have been using Azure as one of our cloud providers for a few months. Not all departments in my company are using it but a few of the critical applications that need multi-cloud for managing resilience are using it. How these departments use it is for an end to end infrastructure on the cloud and set up and launch an app in Azure.
  • Not only does it provide a way to manage your code, but you can also do most of the other activities such as planning for a release, planning test cycles and, in a sense, true product management
  • The reporting is great out of the gate. They will enable you to draw insights into how the teams are managing and pushing the changes to production.
  • It integrates pipeline and DevOps, making it true life cycle management.
  • Most of the companies use AWS, GitHub, etc. and generally the support on the internet is relatively less.
  • Being a Microsoft service, it works very well with Microsoft apps.
If you are using Azure as a cloud provider and want to build solid code management and overall software life cycle management, then azure DevOpsSserver is a great fit and should generally work. Also, the reporting features out of the box are really helpful and the higher management can get great visibility on how the code and product are being managed.
This is a less popular option in the market and the overall support you get on the internet is less.
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October 03, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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The Azure DevOps server is used within our IT department. We use it to have simplified server management and improved connectivity with remote sites. It also allows us to save money, as we may have options to pay per use or month-to-month. It is also hosted on-prem, which is beneficial.
  • The Azure DevOps server integrates well with the IDE we currently use -- Visual Studio
  • Azure DevOps server is hosted on-premises.
  • The Azure DevOps server fosters innovation in our company.
  • Since we are new to using Azure DevOps since this year, we are trying to find areas that could be improved.
  • Azure DevOps server would be beneficial if it could be used with all technologies/programming languages.
  • Having a way to use Azure DevOps server with Oracle or Stored Procedure packages would be beneficial.
Our dev team is able to use Azure DevOps to do cross development or paired programming. The ease of deployment is wonderful. The integration with the current IDE and ways to track or monitor changes is also great. I would love to see it expand outside of only IT within our company.
The Azure DevOps server is helping our team to transform and stay relevant. It is helping us to deliver on time while saving the company money. It is efficient and meets our needs for being innovative. It is one of our best decisions made. It is truly an upgraded version of what the previous TFS once was.
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December 03, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Our IT department uses Azure DevOps Server to manage all our projects and for software development.
  • Ease to manage code.
  • Compatible with several services.
  • Version control.
  • Need more templates.
  • Can be confusing to use at first.
  • Reporting could be better.
It is well suited for any IT team, provides a great way to manage and track projects. Great for code reviews and bug management.
The support so far has been really good, no complaints.
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June 05, 2019
Vaibhav Choksi | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Dell Technologies uses Team Foundation Server for managing multiple projects across the North America region and rolling out in all other regions. If you use Visual Studio for development, TFS, or its online equivalent VSTS, you can have a fairly seamless end-to-end integration. Out of the box, it provides code management, testing, work hierarchy in agile formats, automated build, and deployment.

Dell manages source code, project reporting, engineering progress tracking and release management for agile software development. Microsoft TFS is also leveraged by the Product Management group to define and manage product requirements and managing the technical backlog. TFS really makes it easier to perform an end-to-end integration, reporting, tracking, code management, automated build, and deployment, etc.
  • TFS makes it easier to build technical features and acceptance criteria that different team members of Product Manager, Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Release Management.
  • It enables the product managers to review technical backlog, prioritize features and go to market that helps improve key performance indicators.
  • It provides seamless integration with Microsoft products like SharePoint, IIS, Visual Studio that helps integrate and exchange data.
  • TFS UI could improve like some of its major competitors with fewer options on the same UI page. TFS tries to offer too many options on the same UI.
  • Development in branches is hard to achieve and TFS has a room for improvement.
  • Integration with non-Microsoft is difficult. TFS could provide easier integration with other product lines to improve acceptability.
Team Foundation Server is well suited in product management
  • Easier to build a technical backlog.
  • Create user stories, features, EPICs, assign tasks and acceptance criteria, etc.
  • Make a Product Manger's and engineering teams' life easier in meeting and tracking.
  • Project managers can easily track the work and create reporting.
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December 03, 2018
Michael Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are currently managing a large project and we use TFS to manage bugs, code and releases. It is only being used by the technical team but others are coordinating with us to make sure their bugs make it into the system. As well, we are using data from the system to routinely give updates to management on the status of the project as well as any concerns or risks.
  • The consolidation of issues is extremely useful for us. Having one place where all bugs are entered has helped our business process immensely.
  • Being able to query data regarding user stories, bugs and code is extremely helpful. As well, using the visual tools built into the system can help with messaging regarding the status of a project.
  • Being able to monitor code deployments is extremely helpful. Since we are managing multiple environments, this tool makes it easy to see what is happening where.
  • Searching through code can be somewhat cumbersome. It would be nice if there was a way to do general searches in certain areas of the system.
  • Without proper training, the system can be confusing to navigate. This issue can be prevented with good training but it is something to be aware of.
  • Navigation can be clunky at times depending on where you are in the system. For power users, this is not a huge deal but it is a tad bit annoying.
TFS is very good when working on a large project with a lot of moving pieces. When you have many BAs involved and a lot of user stories, it can be extremely useful to consolidate information. If you are not working on a large project with many users and developers, it may be excessive. However, in general, the tool is extremely helpful when implemented correctly.
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December 17, 2018
Vinicius Lima | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Team Foundation Server in the Information Systems Department in our company. All developers have access to Team Foundation Server to do code versioning. We use it integrated with Visual Studio to check-in and check-out our projects' code. We also use the web interface to navigate between code versions and to manually download code when necessary.
  • Integration with Microsoft products, like SharePoint, IIS, Visual Studio
  • Users are able to access via desktop client, web browser and through Visual Studio
  • Code version control
  • Bad UX and UI in the web interface
  • Merging code is a very hard task
  • Development in branches is also hard to achieve
  • Not so easy to upgrade server version
TFS is well suited to developers and teams that work with Microsoft technologies and products. For other scenarios, alternatives like Git can deliver more powerful and reliable features. Also, developing software in branches is very difficult, as well as merging code. These tasks needs to be carefully planned to avoid broken code and headaches in your company.
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April 16, 2018
Markus Hopfenspirger | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Team Foundation Server as Source Control Managment System and for automated Builds and Tests. We don't use the WorkItem System of Team Foundation Server. We Used it a couple of years ago, but it was to complicated. Right now we just use Trello with a Scrum AddOn for Task and Backlog Planning. Right now only our Developers are using Team Foundation Server.
  • I like the Team Foundation Source Control Management much more compared to other Systems like GIT, because:
  • - Perfect Integration into Visual Studio
  • - Easy and direct checkout/check-in
  • - Perfect branching and merging
  • - Workflow Support with autmated Reminders
  • The Build System is just great. Since Version 2017 its very easy to integrate self made tools into the build process.
  • Easy Managament of Users and User Rights.
  • Team Foundation Server could be improved in the Task and Backlog Managment for smaller Teams. E.G.: It's hard to quickly write down Tasks during a meeting because you have to fill in lots of Fields per WorkItem. It is hard to push the Items around.
Well, as said before. I like TFS for Source Control and automated Builds and Testing, but it could be improved in the area of Task Management.
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July 23, 2018
Lavanya Elluri | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Team Foundation Server is used for version control of Microsoft .net applications, SSIS, SSRS. Also, TFS is used for tracking tasks, bugs and change requests.
  • Version Control
  • Track Bugs, Change Requests, Tasks
  • Compare versions of SSIS can be improved
  • Merging of the SSIS Code can also be improved
Team Foundation Server is a very a very good tool when you are using with Visual Studio. It's very easy to check in/check out the code to the Team Foundation Server.
One can easily check the Task, Bugs and any change request items very easily from the Visual Studio. One can also check this items directly on the web browser as well.
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February 05, 2018
Luca Campanelli | TrustRadius Reviewer
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In my organization Team Foundation Server is used to better manage all projects and application packages. Having several developers in place and having to work on multiple projects Team Foundation Server allows you to have complete control of all developments and to manage independently and with order every release and every package developed without loss of data or misalignments.
  • No data loss
  • Multiple deployments
  • Deployment without problems of versions
  • You must avoid getting stuck with check-in
  • Developers must avoid overwriting
  • The developers must be at minimum coordinated among themselves during the developments
if you are a development company or you work in a company with continuous developments it is certainly advisable to create a server dedicated to Team Foundation Server, surely you will have fewer problems in the deployment phase and you can always keep all the versioning of your software or your objects under control. Also, rollback in emergencies can be easily managed without losing too much time.
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February 02, 2018
Brian Willis | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use it for our software development team. Team size is 8. It is being used as source control for .NET applications and as a continuous integration server. It is being used on site and also by our offshore partner developer team in Mexico. It helps us track versioning and collaborate with the peace of mind that we control the code.
  • Continuous integration when the team is using azure is really easy.
  • It's fairly intuitive to use.
  • Azure or IIS deployment is very easy.
  • The project management/scrum piece is hard to learn.
  • The Wikipedia functionality it provides isn't very useful for lack of features.
  • It takes a REALLY long time to check in a large number of newly added files.
  • If your file paths get too long, TFS gives you errors.
Team Foundation Server (TFS) is suited for anyone working in .NET. It's not appropriate otherwise. It's really as simple as that I think.

You could use some other source control with .NET but it integrates so well with the rest of the Microsoft family and is so reasonably priced, there'd be no need to.
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December 01, 2017
Rich Mephan | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Team Foundation Server (TFS) is used by the development and test teams at Peppermint Technology. It is used for management of our source code and we also take advantage of the automated build functionality. We also use it for storing all of our release user stories, tracking enhancements and bugs as well as taking advantage of the project management tools to support our agile development process.
  • Work Item tracking - The ability to define the flow of your work items to match your development/test process is really valuable
  • Version Control - The ability to easily track changes between every checked in version of source code can be a life saver
  • Project Management - The project management dashboards showing things like burndown enables us to easily track whether we are on target for a release
  • Integration between our help desk system and TFS was possible but not as easy as I would expect considering both are Microsoft products
  • Advanced reporting for dashboards could be made easier
TFS is a really good tool for managing small to medium-sized development teams. The ability to customize it to suit your own processes means it should be suitable for any business, though I have to confess I do not have any experience of using it within a large enterprise sized development team split across disparate locations.That said we do have developers spread across the UK and they manage to work remotely with no problems at all.
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October 27, 2017
Peter Anderson BEng MCSA | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Team Foundation Server as a hub for our in-house software development. It allows the development team to centralise software issues, feature requests and testing.

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  • Source code management - Team Foundation Server handles our source code and makes examining check-ins and changes nice and easy.
  • Project Management - Keeping the thousands of feature requests and bug submissions under control and in the right place is simple enough in TFS.
  • Administration - As with most Microsoft products, administration is not a difficult affair. Familiar interfaces and tight integration with other Microsoft products make most tasks intuitive.
  • Web interface - While the web interface is certainly very feature rich, there's just no substitute for a good desktop interface sometimes. The test side has Microsoft Test Manager as a desktop application counterpart, but almost everything else is done via the website. Some project management tasks could be simpler in a desktop environment.
For a software development team, Team Foundation Server definitely ticks a lot of boxes. We use the Scrum methodology and Team Foundation Server enables us to manage current sprints and plan for future sprints. Even for 'pet projects' that some developers have, Team Foundation Server is a useful tool to submit their code for archiving and creating tasks to work on those projects.
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October 26, 2017
Erik Sheafer | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We are using TFS in our software division as a source control for code and DB objects. It allows us most importantly to keep a history of our code. Secondly, we can do deploys from this environment out to our many environments.
  • TFS has an excellent interactive UI for all users to make source control easy to use.
  • TFS has the backing of a major company, Microsoft. Updates and the way it is used gets regular updates.
  • TFS integrates into Visual Studio.
  • TFS has many tools for many different areas in the development life cycle.
  • There is no real ability to work offline. You need to be actively connected to it in order to see history.
  • Having many hands in the same project/file can cause conflicts that can be hard to resolve.
  • having a "master" branch is difficult in TFS, it can be done but it is slow and cumbersome and not an intuitive process.
I think if you work in a Microsoft exclusive environment, this is the tool for you. If you are in an arena where you might have C#, Java, or Python other tools might be better suited to your needs. TFS can be very costly but if it is instituted correctly with RM tools, it can be a wonderful thing. If you are a small shop use a free source control.
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April 04, 2017
Roxanna Aramjoo | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use it across the organization. We use TFS to manage projects beginning with the Business recording requirements, rating them by Priority and approving. IT utilizes TFS for managing Projects, versioning of code, Management of Test scripts. Utilizing the tool allows us full traceability.
  • Tractability, Code to defects, Test cases to Requirements
  • Metrics - Reworks on development, test cases to change, Defect by root cause
  • Single source for all to pull data, business and IT
  • Simplify automation testing, too much repetitive code with recording
  • Easier access to Code reviews - our development team struggles with this
  • Shelving and un-shelving details - development struggles in this area
[Team Foundation Server is well suited for] Agile - Kanban boards [make it] simple and easy to see progress. Shared queries allow for all to see information, centralizing communication. [It is also well suited for] Managing projects to preventing scope creep. Provides full tractability to ensure testing covers requirements, tree queries allow export of test coverage or lack there off. The tool provides collaboration between Development and QA with the trace data and log files gathered as a test case is being executed.
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March 13, 2017
Erin Hinnen | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Team Foundation Server (TFS) is being utilized by many different departments within our organization. We personally use it to track tasks, user stories, bugs, releases, and test cases. Developers associate specific check-ins with bugs/user stories within TFS which, when pushed to our staging environments, are then assigned to QA/UAT for review. User stories and bugs are tracked as release scope for regular releases. The ability to associate releases/user stories/bugs in many different scenarios is priceless. It allows us to create different metrics/queries to measure success and potential failure, as well as to analyze what went well or what went wrong. TFS can be confusing for those new to the field or those who are older and used to other programs, but once the learning curve is achieved, the user tends to take well to the program.
  • Field customization is a feature TFS has that I particularly like. We have a very specialized customization of TFS running so that I can query for specific iteration/release paths that are relevant to our metrics. We also utilize a unique workflow structure for bugs and user stories as the process from creation to close is unique within our company.
  • TFS does their web view really well, especially with newer versions of the product. Often times, I feel that very little is lacking when I am logged into the web view of TFS. I am able to bulk edit items in the newer version of TFS, and at my old job we even set up the ability for QA to push checked in code to stage environments through TFS.
  • Finally, I feel TFS does a very good job of keeping historical track of actions performed to tickets. If someone has edited a ticket in any way, I can review and identify who made the change and when. This helps give me context when a developer contacts me to ask me a question related to the wording of a ticket. This also helps hold people accountable if tickets are written incorrectly or incompletely and prevents people from passing blame to others.
  • The older versions of TFS are more lacking in the web version-- if you aren't updated to 2015 or above I believe, a lot of the web features are not available (like bulk update). You really have to keep up to date with TFS for the best features, and it's no simple task to migrate your entire instance of TFS from an older version to a newer version.
  • VSTS is supposed to be a virtual version of TFS that we've been looking into, but it severely limits customization options for ticket templates and workflows. It would be nice for VSTS to eventually carry that customization over so we could feel more comfortable switching to "the cloud" so to speak.
  • Queries are a very powerful tool, but normal business users struggle to understand how they can best utilize this tool to analyze tickets. Because of the permissions structure in all companies I have been a part of, I've never been able to save my custom queries to a public folder in TFS for business/project users. Instead, I have to take time to train these users and give them guidance on how to best create queries for their needs. This is admittedly a business process issue, but it could potentially also be resolved with some good training/guidance around queries provided by TFS themselves.
TFS is well suited for a team looking for structured requirements, projects, test cases, bugs, user stories, etc. It works well for planning things out and coordinating with others to see the "bigger view". TFS is great in scenarios where paper trails and other auditable data is needed to keep people in check and accountable. The search and query functionality allows users to search for past issues that may have been resolved previously and have crept back, and can provide history and context surrounding project functionality/decisions.

TFS might not work as well for a team truly looking for a scrum experience. Although my companies have both claimed scrum, they both planned out releases at least a few weeks in advance. If you're changing things on a daily basis it might not be as great of a tool.
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April 04, 2017
Marcus Felling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Team Foundation Server (TFS) is used as an Application Management Lifecycle suite by PMO, Software Development, and Information Technology. TFS ensures that software initiatives drive overall business value.
  • Work Item management.
  • Build automation - enables Continuous Integration out of the box, cross-platform, easy to use.
  • Code repositories - Hosts Git and TFVC repositories, provides excellent pull request experience for Git users.
  • RESTful API - Provides the ability to script/automate just about anything.
  • Visual Studio Team Services just about solves all of the criticisms I had of TFS.
  • Release Management is overly complicated and changes constantly, hard to keep up. I use Octopus Deploy as an alternative.
TFS is especially well suited for .Net shops if they already have MSDN subscriptions; in that case it's pretty much free and a great all in one ALM suite. TFS now supports development of any tech stack, so it should also be evaluated by teams doing more than just .Net development.
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June 10, 2016
Tiffany Seeman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Team Foundation Server was being used as the central repository for all organization application assets (Requirements, Code, and Test Suites). Each application is used by different users depending on job title and role but only within the IT departments. It addresses the issue of having multiple repositories for each kind of asset needed to develop projects and applications. The organization can now link together requirements to code pieces, stored queries to code, and test cases to code and requirements to makes sure all pieces of the project have been fulfilled before go-live.
  • Team Foundation Server makes it easy to develop and debug code. While coding, if a variable is missing or comma or something is misspelled team foundation server uses Microsoft visual studio to develop code which helps find where the line of code is with the issue.
  • Test Manager makes it easy to link test cases with pieces of code for developers or test cases for front to end testing for QC analysts. Linking test cases to pieces of code and requirements is super simple.
  • Test Manager makes test automation easy to re-run test cases in the event the same steps will be taken multiple time for a particular test suite. I had one test suite with over 100 test cases and the first 10 test steps were the same for each test case. I set up automation testing using test manager and was able to skip the consistent clicking on the first 10 steps for the 100 test cases.
  • I think if old coding languages were easier to migrate and keep in TFS as a archive and easy to access then that would be a huge improvement.
  • Easier to create dashboards within TFS of the approvals for projects.
I think Team Foundation Server is well suited for companies looking to do web-based status reports for projects and I think it works for organizations looking to implement Agile Methodologies. It makes implementing SCRUM techniques into a project very easy as well as being user friendly. Accessing and shelving code is easy for coders to understand and use so that others can not make any changes to a piece of code unless it is checked in. It makes a whole project run smoother knowing what stage it is in and seeing where the issues are occurring by being able to access the status of each project over the web if you don't have the software downloaded to your PC.
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What is Azure DevOps Server (formerly TMS)?

AzureDevOps Server (formerly Team Foundation Server, or TFS) is a test management and application lifecycle management tool, from Microsoft's Visual Studio offerings. To license Azure DevOps Server an Azure DevOps license and a Windows operating system license (e.g. Windows Server) for each machine running Azure DevOps Server.

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