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SystemsMicrosoft Project  Xexclude from comparisonRational Team Concert  Xexclude from comparisonTeam Foundation ServerinfoVisual Studio Team Foundation Server or TFS  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionProject planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.Rational Team Concert is the project management component of the IBM Jazz platform.The Team Foundation Server is a source code management system also offering project management features as part of Microsoft's application lifecycle management solutions. More project management features are accessible via synchronization with Microsoft Project.
CategoryProject PlanningProject Planning
Issue Management
Project Planning
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 2,082.99
Rank #2
Score 9.16
Rank #73
Score 52.60
Rank #23
DeveloperMicrosoftIBMMicrosoft
Websiteproducts.office.com/­en-us/­Projectjazz.net/­products/­rational-team-concertvisualstudio.microsoft.com/­tfs
Technical documentationjazz.net/­library/­#sort=pubDate&project=rational-team-concert
Social network pages
Facebook269,107likes
LinkedIn16,261followers
Twitter34,163followers
LinkedIn2,619followers
LinkedIn850followers
Initial release198420082005
LicenseCommercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Commercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service model
Commercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoas part of Visual Studio Online
Web-based architectureyesinfoProject Onlineyesinfoalso support for Eclipse and Visual Studio clientsyesinfoSaaS option
Programming languageJava
Operating systemsWindowsAIX
IBM i
IBM z/OS
Linux
Solaris
Windows
Windows
Mobile appsnoinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files existnoAndroidinfo3rd-party apps
iOSinfo3rd-party apps
Windows Phoneinfo3rd-party apps
APIinfoApplication Programming InterfaceyesyesinfoREST, Javayes
Multi-useryesinfoProject Onlineyesyes
Authentication mechanismActive DirectoryinfoProject OnlinePassword
LDAPinfoLightweight Directory Access Protocol
Client certificate authentication
SAMLinfoSecurity Assertion Markup Language
Active Directory
Password
HTTP authentication
Active Directory
NotificationsEmailinfoProject OnlineEmail
RSS feeds
Email
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlyyesnono
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksyesyesno
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesyesyes
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesyesyesno
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-onnono
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesyesno
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review Techniqueyesnono
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule yesyesno
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesyesyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesyesyesno
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesyesnoinfoavailable via 3rd-party tools
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesnono
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsyesnoinfocan be added via custom reportsno
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesyesyes
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsnoyesyes
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsnoyesyes
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsyesyesinfoScaled Agile Frameworkno
Issue Management Properties
Hierarchical issuesyes
Custom fieldsyes
Custom workflowsyes

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