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Ryan Abrahamson

I have a sales call today in which the person that I am talking to is interested in what TFS would give them over Star Team, The first thing I believe that I can say is that TFS is cheaper! Especially if you are doing MSFT development already and your team members have MSDN subscriptions as the CALs for TFS are covered in the MSDN subscription.

The other thing that I noticed about Star Team was all of the references to ‘readiness’ and ‘integration’. While that is great, that means that other tools will be needed to provide the features that are already bundled with TFS like, SharePoint integration, as well as Analysis Services and Reporting Services to provide visibility on the web with reports on project health, and team velocity.

Below is a quick table that I was able to throw together to answer some high level questions:

Feature

TFS

Star Team

Work Items

X

X

Work Item custom Queries

X

X

Customizable Work Items

X

Web Portal View

X

X

Reporting

X

Integration

Version Control

X

X

Build Management

X

Integration

Integrated Test Suite

X

Integration

Cost Free for first 5 / MSDN Sub covers others $7500 / seat
Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:31 PM | Back to top


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It's also worth considering what continuing support these platforms will have going forward. Microsoft are investing massively in building their ALM solution around TFS. StarTeam marketshare has been declining in recently years (based on a recent poll on SQL Server Central), and it's hard to see them remaining relevant in the face of stiff upcoming open source competition from GIT and Mercurial.
Left by David Atkinson on Apr 12, 2012 8:01 AM

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