About the Client
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
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.
TFS Upgrade Wizard, TFS 2013, SharePoint 2013
SQL Server 2012
Windows Server 2012
SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS)
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.
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.