Microsoft DTDPS Engagement Defined:
What is Microsoft DTDPS?
"Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS) is a Software Assurance benefit
designed to help organizations plan effective Visual Studio deployments. As a DTDPS
provider, Software Assurance customers can request our expertise in developing a
comprehensive deployment plan, and Microsoft will pay us to deliver your pre-defined
Deepen your relationshipDeepen your relationships by using structured DTDPS engagements
to reduce the perceived risk and cost of deploying Visual Studio Team Foundation
Server, migrating from Visual SourceSafe or implementing a new test management solution."
If you have signed an Enterprise agreement with Microsoft you are eligible for Software
Assurance Planning Days which can be redeemed for one of three DTDPS offerings:
Team Foundation Server Deployment Assessment
Develop a deployment plan to help customers get up and running on Team Foundation
Server. As part of this five-day engagement, we will perform a targeted assessment of the customer’s Application Lifecycle management maturity. The final deliverable includes a deployment plan that shows customers how they can improve team collaboration and development processes with Team Foundation Server.
Visual SourceSafe Migration Assessment
Help customers understand what it will take to migrate from Visual SourceSafe to
Team Foundation Server. During this three-day engagement, we will conduct a
targeted assessment of the customer’s Application Lifecycle Management maturity,
perform a proof of concept sample migration and develop a detailed migration plan
to help ensure customers feel comfortable taking the leap to a modern platform.
Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Assessment
Build a plan for customers to adopt a modern quality assurance and testing platform. This five-day engagement results in a plan that includes recommendations for deploying Test Professional and related testing infrastructure that will help improve
current testing processes and accelerate customer’s time-to-market.
Check the number of days that you have earned in terms of your agreement with Microsoft
and then use them to redeem one of these services which Team Foundation Consulting
proudly delivers on-site at no cost to you.
Find more information about
DTDPS or contact us
Find us on the partner site here
and book your FREE
(T&E FREE through Team Foundation Consulting wherever
you are in SA)
As a small company, can TFS benefit my bottom line?
As a management tool, TFS increases end-to-end visibility, giving greater insight
into problem areas and actual speed of delivery. This "stream lining" of the development
processes is especially a requirement for smaller companies that cannot afford to
lose money in rework and misalignment.
Why pay for TFS when I can use something like Subversion for free?
TFS has source control as a component of the complete suite. In addition to source
control you get Work item management, Continuous integration and build management,
reporting, native integration into the development platforms (Visual Studio) and
MS Excel, MS Project and you get team collaboration with the integration into SharePoint.
In the open source market you would have to build up a suite of separate applications
performing each of these tasks and then try and get them to work together for the
simplest of reporting. In addition to this, you would need staff to administer and
configure all the separate tools. TFS comes as a complete, extendable package.
What is the difference between VSS (Visual Source Safe) and Team Foundation Server?
VSS is an early application that is purely geared towards source control. VSS has
limitations and is often difficult to maintain. Microsoft's mainstream support for
VSS is ending in April 2011. TFS is an Application Lifecycle Management suite which,
in addition to Source Control , includes work item management and tracking, build
automation, extensive reporting and team collaboration using SharePoint, just to
mention a few.
How well does TFS cope with volume and load?
Microsoft(R) has taken the concept of "dog fooding" to a new level. Currently one
of the largest known TFS installations is the Developer division with a database
size in excess of 16 TB. Go
here to see some of the volumes that TFS is currently handling.
Why a better utilisation of TFS?
When utilised incorrectly or partially, as is often the case, TFS becomes a stumbling
block, offering little insight into improving the way you currently do business
and manage your organisation. TFS was intended by Microsoft to be a tool which effortlessly
controls the entire Application Lifecycle, allowing developers, managers and analysts
to improve all aspects of the process, through the insight provided by TFS. When
utilised correctly and to its full capacity, TFS will do all of the above while
forming an integral part of your team's foundation.
For more information and insight
about VS & TFS visit our BLOG