Gartner Recognizes Microsoft as an ALM Leader

Gartner recently issued its 2012 Magic Quadrant report for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Gartner, one of the world’s top IT research and advising companies, positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the ALM space. You can read more about the Magic Quadrant methodology here.


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We’re very excited to share this report, and for the industry recognition of our ALM tools!

Please note that the 2012 Magic Quadrant report is based on an evaluation of Visual Studio 2010. We believe Microsoft’s position as a leader will continue to grow in Visual Studio 2012, where we’re enabling stronger collaboration and reducing waste at each stage of the product delivery. You can find more information on Visual Studio 2012’s features for continuous value delivery in an earlier post.

In the 2012 Magic Quadrant report, Gartner mentions some trends driving companies that demand an integrated team approach, including enterprise agile and cloud computing . Both of these are core aspects of continuous value delivery, mentioned above. These trends are also present in how we’re building software ourselves in Visual Studio, which you can see with Team Foundation Service, the cloud component of TFS.

Success Stories

Beyond the feature lists and analyst reports, when I meet with customers and partners, I often find that people are interested to hear stories about how others have integrated our tools into their software lifecycle. In case you’re interested in the same, below are some recent case studies we’ve compiled with examples from a few companies who have realized the benefits of emerging ALM practices through adopting our ALM solutions:


I hope you find this information helpful as you evaluate our ALM solutions. For further reading, you can find the full independent report, “Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Application Life-cycle Management” at the following link:

I also encourage you to visit our new ALM page with further product details at



Comments (4)
  1. Mr. Wharty says:

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Allen Feinberg says:

    If only we could get your damn product installed. Installing TFS 2010 was a beeze. Installing SCVMM/test controllers/etc for lab management and getting everything hooked up has been a nightmare that's lasted over 6 months and multiple PSS calls. Where is the 1 click installation/configuration for lab management?

  3. Wallis Berkley says:

    Absolutely awesome Microsoft !!! I have been running a POC on TFS 2010 for 8 months now and am currently finalising my findings – I was going to have a tough time convincing management why I chose TFS without going through a proper RFP process… not anymore 🙂

  4. Hi Allen,

    I recently started at Microsoft as the new Program Manager for Lab Management scenarios for Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.  Before, I was a Microsoft MVP with the Visual Studio ALM tools and pretty familiar with the Lab Management product through several implementations over the years at customer sites as a consultant.  I’d love to understand some more about the particular pain points that you ran into.  The team has invested a lot over the past couple of years for the Visual Studio 2012 and Team Foundation Server 2012 releases to make it simpler.  Have you tried out those improvements in the 2012 release?

    It’s definitely our team’s goal to make it even simpler as we continue to invest & innovate in Lab Management scenarios.  Lab Management is an interesting part of the ALM products because it ties into so many of the other places.  It needs to be seamless & easy to configure though so I definitely hear you.

    Feel free to get in touch with me a let me know what your pain points were.  I would like for us to be improve the experience soon to reduce as much friction as quickly as possible.  (My contact information is at the bottom of this ALM blog post:…/ed-blankenship-joins-the-alm-team-focusing-on-lab-management-at-microsoft.aspx)

    Take care!

    Ed Blankenship

    Program Manager, Visual Studio ALM – Lab Management

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