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Pros
"It's easy to use.""The tools for requirement capture we have found very useful.""You can customize the board according to your needs."

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"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.""I feel that the test plan and test tools are more manageable in TFS.""The interface is easy to navigate.""Basically, the capacity to construct various products is something I find handy.""The most valuable features are the dashboard and task-selection capability.""What I like the most is that you can set permissions on just one folder.""The solution is very much stable.""The most valuable features are test case writing and bug tracking."

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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 reporting functionality needs to be improved.""The stability of IBM Rational ALM could be improved."

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"The dashboard and the customization of dashboards is an area they have to work on.""The usability of TFS is not that great.""I would like to see the reporting features expanded so that I can see details on the users connected to all of the projects.""I'm looking for specific options that aren't currently available, such as active status, new status, or what's currently in progress.""The project management side should be addressed and the project and release planning should be somewhat extended.""The interface can be improved and made more user-friendly.""Integration from Visual Studio could be improved.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability."

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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."
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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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    Questions from the Community
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    The stability of IBM Rational ALM could be improved.
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    I use IBM Rational ALM in my daily work to verify the engineering tools to see the visibility aspects in different CLM facilities.
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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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    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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    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
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Government14%
    Transportation Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm34%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,322 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Rational ALM is ranked 17th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 3 reviews while TFS is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 17 reviews. IBM Rational ALM is rated 7.4, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Rational ALM writes "Customizable, the support is good, and the Kanban view is helpful". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Good traceability for managing workflows, but not flexible enough for agile environments". IBM Rational ALM is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, PTC Integrity, Atlassian ALM and codeBeamer ALM, whereas TFS is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Rally Software, Visual Studio Test Professional and PTC Integrity. See our IBM Rational ALM vs. TFS report.

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