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Case Study

  • Client: State Government Agency
  • Project: Team Foundation Server Audit and Implementation
  • Country/Region: United States

Providing essential services to the state’s most vulnerable residents. This State Government Agency ensures that seniors, people with disabilities, children, and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Intertech supported a number of branches that were responsible for custom applications that support different state programs. Many of the teams were utilizing different tools & technologies for their day-to-day development tasks, and where common tools were used, such as the Team Foundation Server, many installations, versions, and configurations needed to be supported. The group director determined the need to standardize his teams on the toolset utilized to manage their source control and broader Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) needs. This was necessary to consolidate their environments into one best-practice installation and to configure for support going forward.

Technologies Used

  • Team Foundation Server
  • SharePoint
  • Visual Studio

Challenge

The branches within the State Government Agency were utilizing different tools & technologies for their day-to-day development tasks and three separate installations of Team Foundation Server and multiple instances of SourceSafe were being used by various development teams. The group director determined the need to standardize his teams on the toolset utilized to manage their source control and broader Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) needs.

Process

Intertech worked closely with the State Government Agency Branches to audit their current Application Lifecycle Management processes to identify areas where they would like to increase their process maturity. Based on these findings Intertech was able to put together a practical project plan that outlined each aspect of Team Foundation Server to be implemented and the best strategy for migrating existing installations into one best-practice configuration. In addition, Intertech helped to identify which feature would need to be customized to meet their organizational needs. Once the work was completed the migrations were repeatedly tested until our developers were confident to commence with the final migration. 

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Result

Intertech, over the course of a few months, was able to accomplish the following deliverables for the State Government Agency: • Configured and tested the TFS 2013 multi-tier environment (Application Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server 2013, and Build Machines). • Planned, organized, tested, and executed migration of the existing projects from TFS 2010, 2012 to the new 2013 environment. • Worked with IT Services at State Government Agency staff on scenarios for the source control and work item migration configuration. • Reviewed process organization with various .NET areas and Intertech provided training on how to get the most value from TFS in the various .NET development shops within IT Services at the State Government Agency. • Fully documented the install and configuration for confidence that they can consistently administer the process themselves going forward. Intertech delivered the project on-schedule. The State Government Agency now has a common toolset and process for how they deliver applications to their stakeholders using Team Foundation Server. Their management has increased visibility and accountability for each project within their group and can quickly identify barriers impeding their productivity. 

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