A few weeks ago Gartner published their 2009 Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms (what a mouthful!) and in their evaluation has ranked Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation Server as a leader in the space.  This is Microsoft’s first time ranking as a leader which is defined as having a “broad solution with significant support for ALM deployment.”  From my perspective, it was merely a matter of time before we were recognized in this way but it’s still an exciting milestone for us. 

Some of the strengths that are called out in this evaluation include:

The product has a flexible process model implemented in a single integrated metadata repository.

  • Basing change, versioning and configuration around the concept of work items, rather than physical code changes, reduces programmer overhead for change management.
  • Distributed support within a team system project is well-supported with Web proxies.
  • Team System has demonstrated scalability.

You can read the full reports here:

Congrats to the Team System team for receiving this important recognition. 

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