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Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - license & software assuran

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Product Overview
Main Features
  • License & software assurance
  • 1 user CAL
  • Open Value Subscription
  • level E
  • additional product
  • annual fee
  • Win
  • All Languages
Please note: Minimum of 5 license purchase required Team Foundation Server enables great teams to do great work by recognizing that all of the work involved in a software project - source code, issues, and requirements to name a few - is symbiotically related, no matter what form it happens to take.

Team Foundation Server is a workflow collaboration engine that enables the use of a team's customized process, as well as a centralized data warehouse that collects real-time intelligence on project history.

Team Foundation Server, along with the rest of Visual Studio Team System, brings together the core roles that are part of the software development process.

MICROSOFT OPEN VALUE SUBSCRIPTION OPTION

With the Subscription option, you pay a single price per desktop (five desktop minimum) to deploy Microsoft technology as the standard across your organization, just as with the Company-wide option. However, the Subscription option provides you with rights to run the software only during the term of the agreement with Microsoft (nonperpetual).

SOFTWARE ASSURANCE

Microsoft's Software Assurance gives you automatic access to new technology and provides productivity benefits, support, tools, and training to help deploy and use software efficiently.

With Software Assurance, you receive access to new versions of licensed software released during the term of your agreement to deploy at your own pace. New Version Rights simplifies the procurement process and shortens the business process cycle, allowing you to reduce the costs associated with acquiring new version releases and immediately take advantage of the latest technology.
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System Requirements
Platform: Windows

Software
License Category: License
License Qty: 1 user CAL
License Type: License & software assurance
Licensing Program: Microsoft Open Value Subscription

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: Full-term

Header
Brand: Microsoft
Compatibility: PC
Localization (Vendor Specific): Microsoft All Languages
Manufacturer: Microsoft Open Value Education
Model: Team Foundation Server
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Microsoft Visual Studio

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update

Software Family
Microsoft Edition: Team
Microsoft Family: MS Visual Studio
Microsoft Version: Non-Specific

General
Category: Development tools
Subcategory: Development tools - RAD suites , Development tools - team tools

Licensing
License Pricing: Volume
Licensing Details: Additional product , Annual fee
Pricing Level: Level E

Product Reviews
Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server - license & software assuran is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not just a source code repository, but a real and complete ALM solution Valuable FeaturesComplete integration with VS IDE and Office tools: This give us a possibility of high-level automation, thus minimizing human error.Improvements to My OrganizationThe TFS is not just a source code repository, but a real and complete ALM solution. Among other things, we use it as a ticketing tool. It is a building mechanism, which is really polished and easy to use.Room for ImprovementTFS on-premise does not support integration with SharePoint Online. If you integrate it with the SharePoint on-premise upgrade, it can be quite challenging.Use of SolutionWe have been using this product more than 11 years, started with TFS 2005.Stability IssuesFortunately, we did not have any stability problems. In some versions, we sometimes noticed missed alerts on some work items, but nothing else. Eventually those bugs were fixed.Scalability IssuesWe are using a single server deployment with more than 150 projects and never had any issues. Of course, some pre- and post-installation optimization has to be done like SQL Server, etc.Technical SupportSince we never had any real issues, we did not need technical support. For advice how to “squeeze” as much as possible from TFS and how to optimize it, there are numerous forums, blogs, etc. The community contribution is very valuable.Previous SolutionsPreviously, we used VSS, which was nothing but a repository, so TFS was the logical step up. Since we develop almost exclusively on MS stack, TFS as a comprehensive ALM solution fitted perfectly.Initial SetupWe started with TFS 2005 beta and the setup was quite complex, especially because of all the requirements which had to be met. If you used integrated the SharePoint Services upgrade, it was a small nightmare. Along the way, the setup has become less complex and is now quite simplified .Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingWe use a Visual Studio subscription for every team member and the TFS licenses are included. If running TFS on-premise is expensive, maybe you could consider moving to the Cloud and use the Visual Studio Team Services.Other Solutions ConsideredWe were using VSS, and partially SVN, but both of the tools were just repository. We needed the ALM solution, which integrated into VS IDE, and TFS was the logical choice.Other AdviceIf you are on MS stack, I can only recommend TFS since it’s much more than just a source code repository. High level of out of box automation, integration with Visual Studio, and other tools will make your life much easier.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Numerous valuable features. Makes it possible for easy integration of VS IDE. Valuable Features:1. SCM functionalities2. ALM features3. Build capabilities4. Deploy options5. Web portal6. Release management7. Support for multiple languages8. Plug-ins for open source tools, like Sonar and Jenkins9. Very good, user-friendly UI10. Test management: capturing/creating defects11. Reports12. TFS community, APIs, and supportImprovements to My Organization:We have set up a centralized TFS server.All delivery projects are clients for this TFS.They are using it for code-repository, ALM, and for DevOps implementation.Room for Improvement:1. Customization of build templates - better tools.2. Tracking3. More friendly Test Lab setup (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017).4. More user-friendly on SharePoint integration (in TFS 2013; I didn't verify in TFS 2017).Use of Solution:We have been using this for more than three years during all development projects. Major SCM and TFS only.Deployment Issues:Nope. Installation is very easy. We have set up "Multi-node" installation:* Application tier* Build server* Database server* Reports server.Stability Issues:No, stability is fine.We encountered some issues with the report server when the service user password changed. Otherwise, until today, we haven't faced issues in the production environment.Scalability Issues:Nope.Customer Service:Very good.Technical Support:Very good.Previous Solutions:We used VSS and most of our projects are in Microsoft Stack. Opted to choose TFS for incorporating DevOps and easy integration of VS IDE. There are many advantages.Initial Setup:Setup is straightforward. As I mentioned earlier, we did a multi-node installation.Implementation Team:In-house.ROI:Yes.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:Not idea on this one as it was done by a different team.Other Solutions Considered:Yes. VSS and Git.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has allowed us to continually maintain our code repository Valuable Features:We use the source code repository technology of TFS, we have Git repository in TFS and also, have TFVC.Git was introduced starting from TFS 2013. This allowed our team the flexibility on the source control preference.Improvements to My Organization:This product has allowed us to continually maintain our code repository.Room for Improvement:The product is mature, we use it as our primary on-premise source control for both Git and TFVC allowing the flexibility for different delivery team to use different source control that best suits them.Use of Solution:We have just recently upgraded to this version of TFS, but have been using Microsoft Team Foundation Server for the last six years.Stability Issues:If your plan on using on-premise, we would recommend you would resource your hardware/VM requirements appropriately to host Team Foundation Server.Scalability Issues:There were no scalability issues.Technical Support:The product is mature, as we’ve upgraded our on-premise Team Foundation we’ve never had to engage technical support, as the upgrade process was seamless barring some minor issues here and there.Initial Setup:There was no issue with the setup or upgrade path as both are well documented.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:There is now cloud offering of the Team Foundation Server known as Team Foundation Services for smaller companies/individuals to use, starting out with the free version for five users. I would recommend people review their requirements based on the size and resources; review them with the different offering that is now available from Microsoft.Other Solutions Considered:As the variant of this product was already in use, we followed the upgrade path as we are Microsoft Gold Partners.Other Advice:Now, there is the cloud offering of Team Foundation Server which is known as Visual Studio Team Services which would suit those who do not want to maintain the on-premise version and is free for up to five users.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are Microsoft Gold Partners.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Increased productivity and reduced our times to market by 60%.​ Valuable Features:Project Management. Agile and Code development can now work side by side in the same solution.This speeds up development, as developers do not need to be swapping applications to update and develop at the same time.Improvements to My Organization:TFS increased productivity and reduced our times to market by 60%.Room for Improvement:The product needs to stay competitive with its peers like Github, and the adoption of other markup language renderings in the code section of TFS ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/tfs ).Use of Solution:10 years.Stability Issues:I didn't encounter any issues with stability.Scalability Issues:I didn't encounter issues with scalability.Technical Support:If you have premier support, then the support is excellent. We get a response within four hours of placing a ticket.Previous Solutions:I did not use a different solution prior to using TFS.Initial Setup:Simple, out of the box.The only area that takes time is creating builds and release pipelines.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:It's free with MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network).Other Solutions Considered:We have looked at Github, JIRA ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/jira ), and RallyOther Advice:Team Foundation Server is an enterprise ALM tool ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/application-lifecycle-management-alm-suites ) , not just for developers.It’s come a long way in 10 years and Gartner recently rated it higher than any other product in its category, so it's worth a look.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it to perform Continuous Integration, making build operations each night and increasing quality process to prevent code regressions. Valuable Features:In our company, we develop software applications. With TFS we can manage the whole application lifecycle with a single product, and it is visible for all the team members.Improvements to My Organization:I can point to two basic improvements:* The project management. Before TFS, we used Microsoft Project and Excel to manage project tasks and release dates (only the Project Manager could do this). Since we adopted Scrum as a part of software development, we needed an agile tool to perform this task. TFS it is a great tool to manage Agile projects because the whole team is kept up to date with TFS burn down charts, release dates and so on, so we eliminated the need for Project.* We can use TFS to perform Continuous Integration, making build operations each night. This increases quality process and prevents code regressions.Room for Improvement:Continuous integration in most of .NET developments (web and desktop applications) is ease to configure. But in case of other kind of developments (SharePoint or Xamarin) is not so easy, you have to spend a lot of time making customizations. It would be nice to have some integrations tools for this kind of projects.Use of Solution:I've used it for one year.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:We could find all the required information in Microsoft’s online support (websites, blogs etc.), so I can’t rate the customer service for this product.Previous Solutions:We used TFS 2010. We don’t evaluate any other product because we only use Microsoft products.Initial Setup:For our needs, we choose a basic configuration, one single server. In our case it was easy to set up the whole system.Implementation Team:In-house. We have the required people to set up the product on our own, in some cases, it is better to call a vendor team.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Microsoft Partners
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We use it to perform Continuous Integration, making build operations each night and increasing quality process to prevent code regressions. Valuable Features:In our company, we develop software applications. With TFS we can manage the whole application lifecycle with a single product, and it is visible for all the team members.Improvements to My Organization:I can point to two basic improvements:* The project management. Before TFS, we used Microsoft Project and Excel to manage project tasks and release dates (only the Project Manager could do this). Since we adopted Scrum as a part of software development, we needed an agile tool to perform this task. TFS it is a great tool to manage Agile projects because the whole team is kept up to date with TFS burn down charts, release dates and so on, so we eliminated the need for Project.* We can use TFS to perform Continuous Integration, making build operations each night. This increases quality process and prevents code regressions.Room for Improvement:Continuous integration in most of .NET developments (web and desktop applications) is ease to configure. But in case of other kind of developments (SharePoint or Xamarin) is not so easy, you have to spend a lot of time making customizations. It would be nice to have some integrations tools for this kind of projects.Use of Solution:I've used it for one year.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:We could find all the required information in Microsoft’s online support (websites, blogs etc.), so I can’t rate the customer service for this product.Previous Solutions:We used TFS 2010. We don’t evaluate any other product because we only use Microsoft products.Initial Setup:For our needs, we choose a basic configuration, one single server. In our case it was easy to set up the whole system.Implementation Team:In-house. We have the required people to set up the product on our own, in some cases, it is better to call a vendor team.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Microsoft Partners
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has built-in validation for most implementation steps, however it needs change control for build definitions. Valuable Features:* Source code management* Branch/merge tools* Build capabilities* Work item tracking* Scrum board managementImprovements to My Organization:We've reduced production deployment rollbacks 100%.Room for Improvement:Build definition management - there needs to be change control for build definitionsUse of Solution:I've used it for 10 years.Deployment Issues:It's a long upgrade process, but works fine.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Customer Service:8/10Technical Support:8/10Previous Solutions:No previous solution was used.Initial Setup:It was straightforward. It's mostly wizard-driven, with plenty of built-in validation for most steps.ROI:Virtually immeasurable. The low cost of the product is nothing compared to the productivity improvements it brings.Cost and Licensing Advice:Size accordingly. Not every shop needs every feature.Other Solutions Considered:Size accordingly. Not every shop needs every feature.Other Advice:Recognize the fact that TFS isn't just a source code management tool. It's an application lifecycle management tool that covers all facets of software project management as well as development, deployment, and production support.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It provides us with project analysis from scratch and enables us to create a requirements document for maintenance. Valuable Features:* project Life cycle* Bug tracking** Creating test cases* Executing test casesImprovements to My Organization:As i'm an Software Quality Engineer It's a helpful product because you can provide project analysis from scratch and create a requirements document for maintenance. Also, it creates a strong relation between developers and testers that allows communication between them through analysis, design, implementation and testing, tracking bugs, bugs report, sitting severity and priority and discuss each issue with developer acc. to requirement document.Room for Improvement:I don't know of any areas that need improvement.Use of Solution:I've used it for over a year.Deployment Issues:No issues encountered.Stability Issues:No issues encountered.Scalability Issues:No issues encountered.Previous Solutions:No previous solution was used.Initial Setup:It was straightforward. You can learn how to do it through self-study.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2015-08-14
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