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"The product has excellent customizable reports.""We use the roadmap features, and we're getting better at using dates to use the roadmap so that we can see if we're on target for work."

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"What I like the most is that you can set permissions on just one folder.""The most valuable features are the dashboard and task-selection capability.""The most valuable feature is simplicity.""The most valuable feature is the backlog.""The most valuable feature from my point of view is project management, which includes user stories as well as task management.""Good branching and labelling features.""The initial setup is fairly easy.""It's is a very stable solution."

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Cons
"The product needs to have more integration capabilities.""What I don't like about it is that it is really hard to find old work to reference information and use the reporting section of the application in terms of trying to analyze trends. If I am trying to find out which interfaces took this long and I want to compare and measure improvement from one quarter to another quarter, the reporting mechanism within Rally is very troublesome. They have an Excel plugin that you're supposed to use, but you literally have to pull the raw data out before you can do the analysis. You can't do it within Rally, and if you can, it is a secret, and I don't know how to do it. It should have better, easier, and user-friendly reporting without having to use the Excel add-in. It is very clunky. There is a lot of data in there, but it is not organized in such a way that makes it intuitive. You really have to kind of look for where do you put your documentation or dates. Some customization is available, but it is not plug-and-play like Jira. When I switched from TFS to Jira, I just went and started using Jira, whereas with Rally, you kind of have to really get in and figure out what you need to do before you set stuff up, or you're going to get yourself stuck. You can just start using Jira and be successful."

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"They should have design patterns in TFS for the development team, and design patterns for the QA.""There should be management of the project built-in.""The user interface could be improved to make it simpler and increase usability.""The interface can be improved and made more user-friendly.""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.""The dashboard and the customization of dashboards is an area they have to work on.""There are many things that I cannot do, and I have a lot of bugs.""I'm looking for specific options that aren't currently available, such as active status, new status, or what's currently in progress."

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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: 
    We use the roadmap features, and we're getting better at using dates to use the roadmap so that we can see if we're on target for work.
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    The pricing of the solution is okay. It's reasonable. However, the licensing does increase according to the number of modules. Therefore, it can get expensive.
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    What I don't like about it is that it is really hard to find old work to reference information and use the reporting section of the application in terms of trying to analyze trends. If I am trying to… 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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    CA Agile Central, Rally Enterprise, CA Agile Training, CA Agile Coaching, CA Agile Academy, CA Agile Management , CA ALM
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    Overview

    With Rally Software, you can plan, prioritize, manage, track, and continuously improve your work so that you can deliver the value that your customers need with speed, quality, and efficiency. Our enterprise-class Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) SaaS platform provides visibility into progress, roadblocks, and dependencies across multiple teams, projects, and programs. This allows you to align to your strategic goals and create better business results, and to do it all in a single system of record.

    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
    Physicians Mutual, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, Editora Abril, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications, Seagate, TomTom, Philips, Hiscox, Physicians Mutual, MYOB
    Vendex KBB IT Services, Info Support, Fujitsu Consulting, TCSC, Airways New Zealand, HP
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm20%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
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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 Business9%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise81%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Rally Software vs. TFS and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Rally Software is ranked 10th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 2 reviews while TFS is ranked 6th in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites with 17 reviews. Rally Software is rated 8.0, while TFS is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Rally Software writes "Useful for seeing if we are on target for work, but it is not intuitive and should have easier and user-friendly reporting without having to use the Excel add-in". On the other hand, the top reviewer of TFS writes "Good traceability for managing workflows, but not flexible enough for agile environments". Rally Software is most compared with Jira, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center, Digital.ai Agility and Micro Focus ALM Octane, whereas TFS is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, Jira, Visual Studio Test Professional, Micro Focus ALM Quality Center and Zephyr Enterprise. See our Rally Software vs. TFS report.

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