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