Visual Studio and the overall Team Foundation Server ecosystem provide a lot of options for extensibility. These are widely used to close gaps or address customer specific scenarios. Hence, a a lot of partner solutions have been growing over the last years, including our latest one TFS ASAP Online.
Since we have been working in hundreds of customer projects, we have been seeing a lot of those scenarios. By abstracting customer specific requirements, we have shipped many tools and extensions that mostly address productivity improvements when using Microsoft’s ALM platform Team Foundation Server. Figure 1 gives an overview about some of our solutions (see also AIT tools website).
Figure 1: Overview AIT Tools
Almost all of the tools and extensions shown in figure 1 are available for free. One of our latest announcements is TFS ASAP Online, which is the Visual Studio Online pendant to TFS ASAP (Automated Servicing and Administration Platform), a platform that enables Team Foundation Server to support more business rule automation than provided out-of-the-box.
In November 2014 we announced the public preview of TFS ASAP Online. Now we can announce that TFS ASAP has been adopted as an official Visual Studio Online Integration. Amid other useful integrations (see figure 2), TFS ASAP extends Visual Studio Online by automating manual and error-prone work. For example certain information on task level like the blocked field (MSF for CMMI Process Template) or state values can be aggregated to parent work items like Requirements, User Stories, or Product Backlog Items.
While TFS ASAP Online integrates with Visual Studio Online, the product TFS ASAP extends your on-premise Team Foundation Server. Hence, if you are using Visual Studio Online, TFS ASAP Online is the perfect partner to automate some stuff. Otherwise, if you are using an on-premise Team Foundation Server, the locally installable version TFS ASAP is the right choice to get rid of some tasks you could automate.
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