MSDN Flash - June 29, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 12

June 29, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 12

Hansjörg Scherer

Dear readers,

Before I present you five highlights of the upcoming version of Visual Studio "vNext", I would like to introduce myself briefly. My name is Hansjörg Scherer and I have been working in the DPE team at Microsoft Switzerland as a technical specialist for developer tools since May 2011. In this role, I am responsible for advising customers who are already using the Application Lifecycle Management platform (ALM) from Microsoft or are planning to implement it. I am glad about my first "personal" contact with you today.

  In mid-May, the first version of Visual Studio vNext was presented at TechEd North America. In the keynote participants gained an initial impression of this new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform (as of minute 59:40).

While Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 were geared towards software architects, developers, test managers and testers, "vNext" welcomes stakeholders and IT operations departments on board to the "ALM boat".

Here are five highlights on the roadmap:

» Requirements: Story-boarding is a popular technique for describing requirements in a project. A PowerPoint plug-in supports the simple creation of storyboards.
» Agile processes: Agile processes will gain in importance in the future. Optimum support is provided for managing a backlog, as well as planning and executing a sprint.
» Feedback tool: This tool helps stakeholders enter feedback and enhances it with system information and video clips.
» Productivity: Thanks to the focus on context-based working, the productivity of individual employees is increased further with "vNext".
» Integration of IT operations departments: "Intellitrace in Production" makes it possible to analyze production system debug information directly on the developer's workstation.

The next version of Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server will further increase the productivity of your team. I am looking forward to this next big step with the Microsoft ALM platform. In the meantime, you can find everything on the subject in Jason Zander's and Brain Harry's blogs.


Best regards,

Hansjörg Scherer
Technical Solution Professional - Developer Platform, Microsoft Switzerland GmbH

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