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IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS
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Pros
"It's easy to use.""The tools for requirement capture we have found very useful.""The integration with Git works well.""You can customize the board according to your needs."

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"I have found almost all of the features valuable because it integrates well with your Microsoft products. If a client is using the entire Microsoft platform, then TFS would be definitely preferable. It integrates with the digital studio development environment as well.""The most valuable feature is integration, particularly if you have a .NET application.""User alerts are very helpful for knowing when work is required.""It's is a very stable solution.""The most valuable features of TFS are the test plans. We can reproduce reusable test plans in test automation. We have a lot of queries and this feature is very useful.""The most valuable feature of TFS is integration.""The traceability is valuable. While managing the workflows, it was always nice to have that traceability from requirements and all the way through design. It integrates with Microsoft Test Manager, and you can have everything that is related to a requirement attached to it.""What I like the most is that you can set permissions on just one folder."

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Cons
"I think nowadays people are getting into Jira and other tools. What is happening is, this solution is becoming more traditional, whereas Jira and other tools are more attractive for the new users to learn and start using because of the graphical interfaces.""The stability of IBM Rational ALM could be improved.""One of the complaints from users is that they have to click buttons too many times for just a simple task. Changing this would lead to a better user experience.""The reporting functionality needs to be improved."

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"It has been really dated. When you start to work more in an agile environment, it is not really that flexible. They tried to replicate the look and feel of Jira, but it is not quite there. It was nice to use in the past, but it is not as flexible now with the changing development environments and methodologies.""I'm looking for specific options that aren't currently available, such as active status, new status, or what's currently in progress.""Overall, I think it would be useful to have something similar where Microsoft comes up with supporting concepts of scaling Agile in TFS so that clients don't have to look for a separate tool.""I only use 1% of the functionality, so I am not familiar enough to know what needs to be improved.""The reporting functionality is something that they should work on.""The execution of test cases could stand improvement.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability.""There are many things that I cannot do, and I have a lot of bugs."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced. Many of our customers are not using all the features and this could be why our clients feel the price is too high."
  • "We have a contract, but I am not aware of the details."
  • "This product is a little expensive and we had to pay extra to have them set it up for us."
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  • "We pay subscription fees on a yearly basis and the price is reasonable."
  • "I wouldn't say that this tool is cheap or expensive but in the middle."
  • "We are using the open-source version."
  • "The price of the solution is cheaper than other competitors and it is a per-user license."
  • "We pay for the license yearly."
  • "I am not in a position to comment on the licensing terms, as we are talking about an enterprise arrangement."
  • "I was working with the engineering team, and that was not under my umbrella. From what I can remember, its license was yearly. They had the licenses on a per-user basis, and they included MTM."
  • "Microsoft products are always expensive. Obviously, they are quality products, but it would be helpful if there was a reduction in price. But compared to other vendors, I think the cost is high."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:You can customize the board according to your needs.
    Top Answer:The reporting functionality needs to be improved. They have developed a reporting model but it is not available out-of-the-box. It is especially important when we are talking about Kanban and KPIs. We… more »
    Top Answer:We began using this product in 2014 as a work management tool. After that, we gained knowledge of the Agile framework and implemented these features in Rational. We now have five scrum teams, all of… more »
    Top Answer:TFS and Azure DevOps are different in many ways. TFS was designed for admins, and only offers incremental improvements. In addition, TFS seems complicated to use and I don’t think it has a very… more »
    Top Answer:Team Foundation Server (TFS) is easy to use, and we have a complete trail and traceability. We also like the access control part.
    Top Answer:You will need to obtain server and account licenses.
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    Also Known As
    Rational ALM, MKS
    Team Foundation Server
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    Overview
    Lifecycle management capabilities built on the open, unifying IBM Rational Jazz platform can help agile and traditional teams: see at-a-glance status, access better data for decisions, manage costs, reuse the most efficient processes across the organization, manage cloud, web, SOA and mobile application design and development. Teams can also gain real-time traceability, manage work across vendors, unify across a diverse set of lifecyle tools, and provide collaborative development for continuous delivery as part of the IBM DevOps solution.
    Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the collaboration platform at the core of Microsoft's application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. TFS supports agile development practices, multiple IDEs and platforms locally or in the cloud and gives you the tools you need to effectively manage software development projects throughout the IT lifecycle.
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    Sample Customers
    Tennis Australia, WeCloud AB, Port Otago Limited, Logicalis US, Valmer, The Chevrolet Volt, Ashurst
    Vendex KBB IT Services, Info Support, Fujitsu Consulting, TCSC, Airways New Zealand, HP
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company38%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government13%
    Transportation Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Manufacturing Company20%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm28%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Energy/Utilities Company9%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Rational ALM is ranked 18th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 4 reviews while TFS is ranked 5th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 21 reviews. IBM Rational ALM is rated 7.2, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Rational ALM writes "Integrates well with Git and the technical support is helpful, but the interface should be more modern". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "It is helpful for scheduled releases and enforcing rules, but it should be better at merging changes for multiple developers and retaining the historical information". IBM Rational ALM is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, PTC Integrity, Polarion ALM and IBM Engineering Workflow Management, whereas TFS is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Rally Software, Visual Studio Test Professional and Micro Focus ALM Quality Center. See our IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS report.

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