[Guest Bloggers] Visual Studio Team System

My name is Mirunan Gunarajah and I am a student at the University of Waterloo.  I am currently finishing up my second year in Systems Design Engineering. 

My major project this term at Microsoft was to create an end-to-end scenario based demo of Visual Studio Team System.  For those of you that don’t know what that is, Visual Studio Team System is the latest version of Visual Studio that comes in five different versions:

1.       Database Professional

2.       Software Architect

3.       Software Developer

4.       Software Tester

5.       Project Manager

Each of these versions have specific tools and settings that are specified for the user.  This way software testers will not have the same tools (which would not be necessary for them) as software architects would have.

Link to Visual Studio Team Systems’ website:

The main purpose of this demo was to show customers how VSTS allows any size team to have more communication amongst team members, which in turn leads to greater productivity.

The demo shows an end-to-end view of the software life cycle from getting business requirements to breaking down and assigning tasks to architecting a solution to  actually implementing the solution to testing the solution and to finally getting reports on how the overall project went.

One of the major features that we wanted to portray to the customers was the fact that a lot of the grueling tasks that were done before through emails and team meetings have now become a lot easier, faster and a lot more automated.

Overall the demo was a great success, it is currently being used worldwide by Microsoft Evangelists all over the world.

To find out more information about Visual Studio Team System and the demonstration please contact :

Mohammad Akif: Mohammad.Akif@microsoft.com

Or myself: mgunaraj@uwaterloo.ca

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