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Find out what your peers are saying about Polarion ALM vs. TFS and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"Polarion ALM has some valuable tools for managing our targets and requirements. I think that's its best feature.""The technical support is quite good.""It meets with everybody's needs without having to grab plugins.""We had a nice experience with technical support."

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"As far as queries are concerned, creating, grading, or customizing the queries as a primary requirement is very easy to do.""What I like the most is that you can set permissions on just one folder.""The solution is very much stable.""Basically, the capacity to construct various products is something I find handy.""The most valuable feature from my point of view is project management, which includes user stories as well as task management.""I feel that the test plan and test tools are more manageable in TFS.""The initial setup is fairly easy.""The most valuable feature is simplicity."

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Cons
"Technical support needs some improvement.""One of Polarion's shortcomings would be planning. It can handle plans, but the planning feature is very basic.""The configuration aspect of the solution is not easy. A person needs a lot of programming knowledge in order to successfully handle the job.""The ease-of-use could be improved a little."

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"The interface can be improved and made more user-friendly.""They should have design patterns in TFS for the development team, and design patterns for the QA.""Currently, we are looking for a solution with which we can incorporate third-party development sites or third-party project teams into the system. Because it is on-premise, it is a bit problematic because we need to have a VPN or something else in the system. A cloud-based solution would be better for us, and that's what we are looking for. Our biggest problem is the external connection, which, of course, is limited by our own IT. It would be good to have some kind of publishing service for this external connection. It might be there, and it might be that our IT is making it impossible for us. Its template editor could be easier to use. Currently, customizing the project templates according to your needs requires some work.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability.""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.""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 usability of TFS is not that great."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The license model is okay for large companies but would be quite expensive for smaller enterprises."
  • "If the pricing would come down and it was more affordable then we wouldn't have to switch."
  • "Our license for Polarion ALM is yearly. And it's not the cheapest tool that we've looked at. So if we had made our decision purely based on the licensing cost, we wouldn't have selected Polarion."
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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
    Top Answer: 
    Polarion ALM has some valuable tools for managing our targets and requirements. I think that's its best feature.
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    Our license for Polarion ALM is yearly. And it's not the cheapest tool that we've looked at. So if we had made our decision purely based on the licensing cost, we wouldn't have selected Polarion. Like… more »
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    One of Polarion's shortcomings would be planning. It can handle plans, but the planning feature is very basic. There are third-party solutions that could be easily incorporated or built into the… 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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    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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    Overview

    The world’s first 100% browser-based ALM enterprise solution, which enables seamless collaboration across disparate teams, multi-directionally linked work items, full traceability, accelerated productivity and automated proof of compliance.

    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
    Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, IBS AG, Zumtobel Group
    Vendex KBB IT Services, Info Support, Fujitsu Consulting, TCSC, Airways New Zealand, HP
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government5%
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    Financial Services Firm34%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Polarion ALM vs. TFS and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,599 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Polarion ALM is ranked 9th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 4 reviews while TFS is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 17 reviews. Polarion ALM is rated 8.2, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Polarion ALM writes "It incorporates almost all engineering tasks we need to do for one project". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Good traceability for managing workflows, but not flexible enough for agile environments". Polarion ALM is most compared with Jira, Microsoft Azure DevOps, PTC Integrity, codeBeamer ALM and IBM Rational ALM, whereas TFS is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Rally Software, Visual Studio Test Professional and Adaptavist Test Management for Jira. See our Polarion ALM vs. TFS report.

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