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4.0 out of 5.0 (10 ratings)

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  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Team Foundation Server

    TFS Product has matured very nicely as an ALM tool.

    Overall Comment

    Implementation and upgrades can be complicated with integrations with SharePoint, SQL Server, and SQL Server Reporting Services. Support from Microsoft was pretty good.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    This is a robust tool and with that comes complexity but it is very flexible and the user experience has improved greatly over the years.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Very flexible and easy to learn and use.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Better alignment between their own product teams on releases and versioning.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    They continue to add great features and the usability improves with every release.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Sometimes extensive work is required to prove it is a product bug vs. some configuration or implementation issue.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): MVC Framework,Microsoft Visual Studio

    design and development was easy but more can be done around MVC UI controls

    Overall Comment

    The overall experience was satisfactory. Microsoft could provide more UI controls for their MVC framework. Currently, it falls short of expectations relative to Web Forms framework and other technologies

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    MVC framework based web development is easy to develop, manage and re-use.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    MVC framework based web development is easy to develop, manage and re-use

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Absence of sufficient UI controls for the MVC framework.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    As mentioned above.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Evaluate other options.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    N/A

    Service & support - overall comment

    N/A


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): MVC Framework,Microsoft Visual Studio,Team Foundation Server

    Easy to setup and administrate. Great developer experience.

    Overall Comment

    Developer-friendly user experience. Fully integrated solution with strong 3rd party add-on community.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Great community support and online documentation.


  • 3 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio,Team Foundation Server

    Implementation was problematic and cause many issues.

    Overall Comment

    On strong recommendation from Microsoft, we decided to implement .Net Core version 1. This turned out to be a bad decision due to the obvious weaknesses of the technology. The move ultimately cost us about 3 months of lost development time and put the project behind schedule. We were disappointed with the reluctance of Microsoft to admit the deficiencies of the product (which they ultimately pulled).

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Trust but verify.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    The framework is still very solid.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    The roadmap of the product is murky and seems to shift depending on non-corrolated technologies.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Be more transparent.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Rethink our strategy of adopting technologies from a trusted partner.

    Service & support - overall comment

    The Core technology was oversold.


  • 5 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio

    Easy to install. Nice new features. Same visual studios feel.

    Overall Comment

    New features to reduce need for resharper.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Just do it.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Flexibility.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Free form structure.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Better shortkey education.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Stay up to date.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Team Foundation Server

    Implementation was relatively easy once we engaged a 3rd party.

    Overall Comment

    We adopted VSTS over a period of 4 months. We initially utilized a pilot area before implementing the enterprise instance. This gave us an opportunity to understand how we wanted to implement the product before conducting a conversion of our source code and test library.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Execute a pilot first before full implementation.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Ease of use.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Licensing structure is confusing and difficult to maintain.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Provide a full suite of services instead of requiring engagement with a 3rd party vendor.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Start earlier.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Developer Network

    Microsoft is among the Best

    Overall Comment

    CIO is extremely satisfied.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Microsoft consultants, engineers, and admins are among the best.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    It's efficiency.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Implementation and testing ongoing.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    Excellent

    Service & support - overall comment

    Always available and responsive, quick to provide solutions.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio

    Implementation was easy but needed to upgrade some components to work with legacy systems.

    Overall Comment

    The met my expectations on service.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Get complete review of products and other vendors before proceeding.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Customer service was good and they answered my questions.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Need to review components to make sure they still function as before.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Complete walk-thru of the product.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Review other vendors before making decisions.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    Performed as expected.

    Service & support - overall comment

    I was able to get support when needed and they answered my questions throughly.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    The deployment went smooth with no unforseen complications.


  • 4 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio

    The implementation was straighforward and the interfaces were familiar.

    Overall Comment

    The implementation was straighforward and the interfaces were familiar enough that development could be started immediately. The only drawback was that some classes and objects were deprecated without a lot of documentation on why or what to replace with.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Make sure that all legacy applications are converted unless you plan on maintaining previous versions of visual studios.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Overall great documentation and ease of upgrading.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Better documentation on deprecated classes.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Nothing, the implementation was done well.

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    Deployment was easy and bug free.


  • 3 out of 5.0, Reviewed

    Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio

    A Low Risk SDLC TOOL.

    Overall Comment

    Took some effort to understand licensing and capabilities.

    What one piece of advice would you give other prospective customers?

    Understand your workflows and how they relate to the needed license levels.

    What do you like most about the product or service?

    Low cost and easy implementation. Can easily walk away from.

    What do you dislike most about the product?

    Low cost and investment.

    What one thing do you wish the vendor did differently?

    Had a better matrix of licenses and the capabilities they offer within the an SDLC workflow.

    If you could start over, what would your organization do differently?

    Allow more time for evaluations.

    Product capabilities - overall comment

    Seems to meet our QA needs.

    Service & support - overall comment

    Within expectation for a cloud offering

    Integration & Deployment - Overall comment

    What was expected for a cloud offering.


Ratings Overview

1 2 3 4 5
Section
1

Evaluation & Contracting

Overall rating of product evaluation and contract negotiation

(8)
4.1

Ability to understand your organization's needs

(9)
3.9

Timely and complete response to product questions

(10)
3.8

Pricing and contract flexibility (pricing and terms)

(10)
4.1
1 2 3 4 5
Section
1

Integration & Deployment

Overall rating of integration and deployment

(10)
4.2

How long did your deployment take?

0 - 3 months (<3)

12 months or more

9 - 12 months (<12)


Availability of quality 3rd-party resources (integrators, service providers, etc.)

(9)
4.0

Ease of integration using standard APIs and tools

(10)
4.2

Quality and availability of end-user training

(10)
4.1

Ease of deployment

(10)
4.3
1 2 3 4 5
Section
1

Service & Support

Overall rating of service and support

(9)
3.9

Did you purchase a support package from vendor?

Yes

No


Timeliness of vendor's response

(8)
3.9

Quality of technical support

(10)
3.9

Quality of peer user community

(9)
4.4
1 2 3 4 5
Section
1

Product Capabilities

Overall rating of product capabilities

(10)
4.6
Section
1

Additional Context

What was the nature of your involvement?

Development/Integration

Application Lead

End User Computing Stakeholder

Functional Assessment

Implementation, Maintenance or other IT support

Vendor Management

Vendor/Product Selection

Business Analysts

Executive Sponsor

Technical Assessment

User Training

Other...


Why did you purchase the software or service?

Improve business process agility

Create internal/operational efficiencies

Improve business process outcomes

Reduce time to market

Cost management

Drive innovation

Improve compliance and risk management

Improve customer relations/service

Enhance decision making


What were the key factors that drove your decision?

Pre-existing relationships

Product functionality and performance

Overall cost

Product roadmap and future vision

Breadth of services

Strong user community

Financial/organizational viability

Strong consulting partnership

Strong customer focus

Strong services expertise


In which region(s) did your deployment take place? Multiple responses allowed.

North America