Essential for the budget minded, Microsoft centric development environment
Updated August 07, 2016

Essential for the budget minded, Microsoft centric development environment

Jody Gitchel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Visual Studio IDE

Visual Studio is the default all-inclusive development IDE for the Microsoft stack including .Net application development and business intelligence development. The application development team uses it exclusively for in-house development and extension of our .Net applications, while the business intelligence team uses it for report development and deployment to SharePoint.


  • Cohesive development solution for the Microsoft stack
  • Deployment and code management
  • Enhanced functionality through the many community plug-ins and additional add-ons


  • Business Intelligence functions are a bit behind (still no bulk-update solution out-of-the-box without getting creative)
  • Rapid development and deployment of applications.
  • Cohesive development across application and business intelligence development
  • SAP Business Objects
If you plan on staying with the Microsoft stack (SQL Server, Windows Server with IIS, SharePoint) then there is no reason not to use Visual Studio. For mixed-mode environments or nearly anything else, there are better individual solutions (application development tools, report writers, BI platforms, data integration tools) if finances are more flexible.
Pentaho, SAP Business Objects
Well suited for Microsoft development environments (.Net application development, SSRS, SSIS, SSAS for Business Intelligence). Other web development outside of .Net is better suited in other IDEs.

Using Visual Studio IDE

12 - Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Application Development
12 - Integration Services (SSIS) for data integration, SSAS for OLAP cubes, and SSRS for standalone reporting.
  • Application Development
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Integration
  • Reporting
  • Extend Epic Clarity
  • Create Web Services
  • Web Development
  • Extend SharePoint
  • Develop new ODS
Visual Studio is a strong development tool that is essential to any Microsoft development environment.


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