TFS 2010 to 2013 Migration for Logistics Solutions Company

Success Story.

TFS 2010 to 2013 Migration for Logistics Solutions Company

About the Client

With the annual revenues exceeding $600 M, the Client is a leading US based provider of intelligent material handling systems. With 200+ in-house engineers, the client designs, manufacturers, integrates and installs the full spectrum of intralogistics solutions. These include leading-edge conveyor and sortation systems, voice and light-directed order fulfillment equipment, PLC controls and robotics, mezzanines and structures, backed by critical round-the-clock service and support.

Business Challenge

The Client used Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 as a SDLC tool to maintain their code base. The Client was struggling with being on the antiquated TFS 2010 as it was hindering their ability to efficiently deliver quality software in a timely manner. The Client lacked an expert resource to effectively manage their project and work activities using TFS 2010. They also wanted to get benefits from the latest version of TFS i.e.  TFS 2013 such as:

  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Utilize your choice of source control providers
  • Cloud-Based Load Testing
  • Team Rooms for collaboration
  • Web Test Case Management
  • Heads up Display

Silicus Solution

The client approached Silicus for the migration. Silicus consultants evaluated the technical & functional dependencies in the code base, and came up with a migration plan designed to minimize the impact on business activities.

Silicus provided the client consultation on TFS 2013 features and it’s usage - code base maintenance and work management using custom reports, TFS queries and work progress.  The next step was to migrate the clients TFS 2010 evironment into TFS 2013 using SQL Server Data Migration and TFS Upgrade Wizard.

Post migration, customization of Task Templates, Role & Access Control, Query Management, Task Tracking Rules was done with the required Sharepoint interfaces also customised. Silicus helped the client implement a Continuous Integration Plan. The team also generated reports using SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS).

Silicus also migrated the client’s existing WSS (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0) implementation to SharePoint 2013 using Metalogix and configured TFS project SharePoint  sites as per client’s need. The entire migration process was completed within the scheduled application maintenance hours with minimal system downtime.

Technologies Used

Migration Tool
Migration Tool

Metalogix

IDE
IDE

TFS Upgrade Wizard, TFS 2013, SharePoint 2013

Database
Database

SQL Server 2012

Platform
Platform

Windows Server 2012

Reporting Tool
Reporting Tool

SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS)

Client Benefits

Effective Project Tracking

Client had a multitenant application, so it was very difficult to track work progress on different tenant applications. TFS 2013’s centralized project tracking features helped the client reduce the cost of project tracking with clear visibility of project progress to senior management as well.

Reduced Manual Efforts

The Team Foundation Server (TFS) alerts and customized query features helped the client significantly reduce manual effort to track work and resolve dependency. Continuous Integration (CI) helped reduce manual effort and deployment errors on the development and production environments as the entire software package is built and deployed (to a CI environment) and then tested.

Better Collaboration

Customized SharePoint interfaces helped individual team members visualize work progress, and issues reported into their respective tenant projects. The TFS 2013 allows the employees to collaborate together on their work, share updates with PM’s and team members, thus eliminating the need for status update meetings and emails.

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