Tasktop Sync 4.0 Delivers Expanded Enterprise-grade Integration for Microsoft Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server

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Leading integration solution enables simultaneous Microsoft Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server use, easing the adoption of cloud-based application development

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Tasktop and Microsoft have had a long-standing collaboration aimed at improving the cross-platform and cross-tool experience of developers working in the Microsoft ecosystem.

Tasktop (http://www.tasktop.com), the leader in DevOps Integration and the creators of the Eclipse Mylyn open source tool, today announces expanded support for Microsoft Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS).

Using Tasktop Sync, Visual Studio Online and TFS customers have the ability to integrate these products with each other, and with a wide range of third-party tools. These integrations enable easy adoption of Visual Studio Online for TFS users, and support fluid collaboration and visibility across the disparate teams and tools used in the software delivery process.

Specifically, Tasktop Sync provides fully-automated, enterprise-scale synchronization between work items in Visual Studio Online and TFS, to epics, stories, defects, tests, problems, incidents and more in systems such as HP ALM/Quality Center, IBM Rational Team Concert, Atlassian JIRA, ServiceNow, Bugzilla, CA Clarity, VersionOne, Rally, Zendesk and many others. Changes in one system are immediately reflected in the other. With the friction that impedes the flow of information between teams removed, testers, developers, business analysts, project managers, service desk agents and the project management office can collaborate across tool boundaries, in real time. In addition, managers and executives gain unified visibility and reporting across diverse tools and teams - all from within Visual Studio Online or TFS.

“Tasktop and Microsoft have had a long-standing collaboration aimed at improving the cross-platform and cross-tool experience of developers working in the Microsoft ecosystem,” stated Mik Kersten, Tasktop CEO. “We are now taking this innovation to the next level by connecting Visual Studio Online to our entire catalog of Agile/ALM/DevOps integrations. This will enable seamless coordination and planning for teams working with heterogeneous tool environments, all without leaving the Visual Studio Online environment.”

Tasktop has created two “Get Started” packages as a special offer for MSDN subscribers. One package is designed for organizations that use TFS and would like to ease into their adoption of Visual Studio Online by establishing interoperability between the two systems. The second package integration between Visual Studio Online or TFS and one of the third-party tools supported by Tasktop Sync. Both packages will be offered at a reduced price, for a limited time.

“In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world developers are increasingly working with both multiple tools and multiple stakeholders,” said Mitra Azizirad, General Manger, Developer Platform & Sales at Microsoft Corp. “Building on the power of Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Tasktop gives developers a familiar and productive ALM environment to work across teams, while using their favorite tools.”

For more information about Tasktop Sync, visit Tasktop.com or contact Tasktop at Info@Tasktop.com. Tasktop representatives will also be available to discuss the Tasktop Visual Studio Online and TFS integrations at the Microsoft Connect event in New York on November 12 and 13, 2014.

About Tasktop
Over one million users employ Tasktop’s ALM and DevOps integration technology to transform the productivity of software delivery, by connecting the development, testing, Agile planning, PMO and operations functions into a unified software development and delivery team. Tasktop customers are the global leaders in financial services, insurance, government and manufacturing, and include 15 of the Fortune 100, six of the top 25 banks in the world and three of the top seven US insurance companies. Partners, including CA, HP, IBM and Serena, rely on our independent, vendor-neutral role to connect their customers’ software delivery disciplines via OEM distributions of our products. Tasktop has defined the Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) category to fulfill our mission to “connect the world of software delivery.” For more information about Tasktop and SLI, please visit: http://tasktop.com

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