TFS is an excellent tool to support the full ALM
Updated January 28, 2021

TFS is an excellent tool to support the full ALM

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Team Foundation Server

TFS is used for ALM of all in house supportive software, development of our flagship product and clinical studies for our latest version. TFS acts as a central hub for requirements, code, tests and reports. It links these facets of the product life cycle together.
  • Linking together all aspects of the application life cycle, from requirements to code to builds and test.
  • Trace-ability of all application life cycle via reports and queries.
  • Automated testing.
  • Flexibility of source code management. Centralized or distributed.
  • Upgrade paths could be handled better. Very difficult to upgrade with customization in place.
  • Capacity planning could be improved.
  • Dot Net framework 260 character path limit is ridiculous.
The other ALM tools I've used and administered are Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest, HP Quality Center and Microsoft Source Safe. While Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest are excellent tools in their own right. I find that TFS does the best with integrating all aspects of the ALM in one place.
Team Foundation Server (TFS) is best for large scale enterprise deployments. Not needed for a small company. With the infrastructure investment, TFS can aid large scale software development immensely. TFS is highly customizable, but if you go the route of heavy customization, don't upgrade to the latest version aggressively. Plan to invest in at least one full time TFS administrator. Make sure the users are properly trained.

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