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Visual Studio Team System is #7 ranked solution in top Software Configuration Management tools. PeerSpot users give Visual Studio Team System an average rating of 8.4 out of 10. Visual Studio Team System is most commonly compared to IBM Rational ClearCase: Visual Studio Team System vs IBM Rational ClearCase.
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What is Visual Studio Team System?

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System is a platform for productive, integrated, and extensible software development life-cycle tools that helps software teams by improving communication and collaboration throughout the software development process.

Visual Studio Team System Customers

Bluegarden A/S, Tracasa, Rabobank Group, Borusan Otomotiv, Arelik, Alfa Bank

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TelgePeiris - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead / Project Manager at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Scalable, flexible, and easy to set up
Pros and Cons
  • "Microsoft makes great products. They are quite robust."
  • "When you go into the front-end, the web portal, if, for example, you pick up an issue, it would be ideal if the branch was automatically created in the repository. Right now, this isn't the case."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for remote repository and management and source control.

What is most valuable?

The analyst feature is very useful to us.

We like that it's quite flexible and you can make a variety of changes using it. There are all kinds of different tasks you can leverage.

The initial setup was straightforward. 

Microsoft makes great products. They are quite robust.

The solution can scale.

The stability is good.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes it gets tough when you're dealing with a larger process if you're accessing it through the VPN. If you're not on the local network, you're accessing through the VPN, which already makes it slower in general, and then on top of that, if you're accessing a really large process, you're going to feel it slow down even more. The product sort of gets stuck when you're trying to connect and operate for the first time. 

When you go into the front-end, the web portal, if, for example, you pick up an issue, it would be ideal if the branch was automatically created in the repository. Right now, this isn't the case.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution over the last 12 months. I've used it for a while.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is pretty stable. I used it on an earlier job and it was fine. There were no bugs or glitches. It doesn't seem to crash or freeze. It's good overall. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution scales quite well. I've used it in larger companies and it was great. At my previous employer, I had 100 or more programmers and the product handled everything like a charm, no problem.

How are customer service and support?

I've never had to contact technical support. I guess that says something about the quality of their service that I've never had to call them up. However, since I have never spoken with them, I can't directly speak to how helpful or responsive they are.

How was the initial setup?

We found the initial setup to be pretty simple and straightforward. It was not very complex or difficult. An organization shouldn't have too much trouble with the initial setup.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We have an enterprise license. That's an aspect that the company handles. I don't directly deal with sales or licensing.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users. We don't have a business relationship with Microsoft.

I've been using the latest version of the solution.

For those considering the solution, I would advise that they decide between a centralized or distributed repository - and then choose VSTS. For a more centralized repository, VSTS is the nicest I've used so far.

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've largely been happy with the solution overall.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Dynamics 365/Ax Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Easy to use, straightforward to set up, stable, and scalable
Pros and Cons
  • "I am not familiar with any issues with respect to stability, and I have never seen Team System crash."
  • "I have seen customizations with Team System that allowed it to integrate into other ticketing systems like Jira, which would be a really nice feature to see."

What is our primary use case?

Visual Studio Team System is kind of ubiquitous in programming because it's also what a lot of systems use for their source control. It is generally used for source control and deployment, and I have a couple of clients that use it as their ticketing system. In this capacity, it is used for setting up features to be developed in running through their development processes.

What is most valuable?

This product is easy to use compared to Git, which is the alternative source control system that Microsoft is trying to push these days. Git is very difficult to use properly and it is not as feature-friendly as Team System used to be.

What needs improvement?

I have seen customizations with Team System that allowed it to integrate into other ticketing systems like Jira, which would be a really nice feature to see.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Visual Studio Team System for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I am not familiar with any issues with respect to stability, and I have never seen Team System crash.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have never had any problems with scaling. My clients generally work on projects that have anywhere between one person and 80 people working on them.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never spoken with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did use alternatives, but it was going back to 2005 or 2006 and I don't remember what it was that we used back then. These days, it is so ubiquitous for Visual Studio development that I would not even think about it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. If it's in-house then you just deploy it to a server. I think that it comes with its own SQL database, as well. Then, you just link Visual Studio to the implementation and start adding files.

The installation is seamless as to what I usually do.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house team for deployment and maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

The features are fine for what it is. It works very well. It's designed for a specific niche, which is a very big niche. In summary, this is a good product that is straightforward, easy to use, and manages well.

It's a fine product.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Process Manager at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
An easy to install solution which is scalable and stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution is scalable, stable and has allowed us to upgrade our frameworks."
  • "Support response time could stand improvement."

What is our primary use case?

The solution helps the project teams to take care of all aspects of the processes for software development.

What is most valuable?

All is fine with the solution. It is scalable, stable and has allowed us to upgrade our frameworks.

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to see some of the authentications compacted to the solution which are done with Nudi.

Support response time could stand improvement.

The price could be better. 

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Visual Studio Team System for the last five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Response time could be faster. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use other solutions prior to the current one. 

How was the initial setup?

Installation is easy. 

While I do not recall its exact duration, this should be around four hours. 

What about the implementation team?

Installation can be done with the help of the technical team.

The size of the team should be the same as that which we used, three to four people, consisting of managers. We have one IT manager. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The solution could be more cost-effective. 

There is an annual licensing fee. 

What other advice do I have?

If price is not a consideration, then my recommendation to others is that they go with the solution. 

The solution is cloud-based.

I rate Visual Studio Team System as a seven or eight out of ten. 

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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