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"The most valuable feature is the complete integration between test cases, pipelines, and issue management.""The initial setup is quick and easy.""It's got something that you won't find in other products.""The most valuable feature is that it brings order to our projects, and we know the status of each one at every moment.""The installation is straightforward. We can create a whole new organization in less than a day.""The initial setup is very easy.""It is a well-integrated product in terms of the development lifecycle.""I really like the Microsoft DevOps survey."

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"The work item feature is most valuable. It allows us to store all product requirements. We can also link the test cases to those requirements so that we know which feature has already been tested, and which one is waiting for testing. We can also couple the code reviews, unit tests, and automated tests into these requirements. It is reliable. It has all the features and good performance. It also has reporting tools or analysis tools.""The interface is easy to navigate.""Good branching and labelling features.""Basically, the capacity to construct various products is something I find handy.""Some of the valuable features are version control and the ability to create different collections in terms of segregating the authorization for teams who connect to small projects.""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.""The most valuable feature is the backlog.""It's is a very stable solution."

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"I have not been able to use the integration with automation features, such as test management automation, with a framework that is written in Java.""The solution can improve by adding integration with on-premise tools. The only built-in repository options are GitHub and DevOps.""The testing environment and different pipelining concepts can be improved.""Some of the queries, the way they're built, need to be looked at. We need better query tools.""The dashboards need bigger with better extensions and layouts. There isn't a workflow related to the statuses on the dashboard. It only lists the statuses. You can have one started, and once done, but everything in between is only in progress and could be in any order you want, it lacks flow.""The functions have too much dependency right now, so it makes it really, really hard to upgrade and make a change in the code.""The price could be lowered. It would be nice if it was cheaper.""With the query feature, we have to group items, so it becomes difficult for everyone to understand it. It's easier in JIRA, which has filters and other query options."

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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.""The execution of test cases could stand improvement.""There are many things that I cannot do, and I have a lot of bugs.""The dashboard and the customization of dashboards is an area they have to work on.""The interface can be improved and made more user-friendly.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability.""The usability of TFS is not that great."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is cheaper than Jira and some of the other competing tools."
  • "It is the least expensive product in this class."
  • "I find that the pricing is good, and it is competitive with the other vendors in the market."
  • "Microsoft Azure DevOps is free for up to five users and allows you to track a maximum of three projects."
  • "It is a subscription model and I only pay for what I use."
  • "The price of this solution is fair."
  • "With Azure, you have to pay for every user."
  • "As a Microsoft Partner, you get a discount on the pricing. Licensing costs are around $80 a month for DevOps, but for Azure, it is about $200 a month."
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  • "The pricing is reasonable at this time."
  • "TFS is more competitively priced than some other solutions."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
    Netanya Carmi
    author avatarKulbhushanMayer
    Real User

    Hi @Netanya Carmi

    Both are good and in fact, TFS is now rebranded as Azure DevOps server.

    Now the point is about your requirement, if your requirement is to work closely with Cloud Services Cloud Application and you are Ok to manage your code and CI/CD plans over the cloud platform then go for Azure DevOps whereas if you can't move the data to cloud use Azure DevOps Server. 

    But for such tools my first choice is Gitlab.

    Rest you can call me at 9717996125 or drop me at kulbhushan.mayer@thinknyx.com to discuss further.

    author avatarSameh-Hablas
    Real User

    Both, it depends on what you want to do with it and what is your technical environment. 

    Questions from the Community
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    Jira is a great centralized tool for just about everything, from local team management to keeping track of products and work logs. It is easy to implement and navigate, and it is stable and scalable… more »
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    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 »
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    I found the Kanban board to be the most useful for my needs.
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    The solution is very much stable.
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    I am not in a position to comment on the licensing terms, as we are talking about an enterprise arrangement. I am not part of that.
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    The project management side should be addressed and the project and release planning should be somewhat extended. The solution cannot be used as a project management tool on its own. Although clear… more »
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    Azure DevOps, VSTS, Visual Studio Team Services, MS Azure DevOps
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    Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service for collaborating on code development. It provides an integrated set of features that you access through your web browser or IDE client, including the following:

    • Git repositories for source control of your code.
    • Build and release management to support continuous integration and delivery of your apps.
    • Agile tools to support planning and tracking your work, code defects, and issues using Kanban and Scrum methods.
    • A variety of tools to test your apps, including manual/exploratory testing, load testing, and continuous testing.
    • Highly customizable dashboards for sharing progress and trends.
    • Built-in wiki for sharing information with your team.
    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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    Microsoft Azure DevOps is ranked 2nd in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 77 reviews while TFS is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 17 reviews. Microsoft Azure DevOps is rated 8.0, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure DevOps writes "Robust functionality, good integration, continually enhanced, and easy to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Good traceability for managing workflows, but not flexible enough for agile environments". Microsoft Azure DevOps is most compared with Jira, GitLab, ServiceNow IT Business Management, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, whereas TFS is most compared with Jira, Rally Software, Visual Studio Test Professional, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Zephyr Enterprise. See our Microsoft Azure DevOps vs. TFS report.

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