Subversion Sole Leader for Standalone SCM in SCM Forrester Wave™ report

June 7, 2007 CollabNet VersionOne

I often talk to developers at large companies that are on a version control system dictated from the top but disliked by developers and administrators. The legacy system is too hard to use, not a good fit for distributed development and often too difficult and expensive to deploy. What happens is that developers start to implement their own Subversion servers for their teams or departments. CIOs and VPs of development see this happen all over the company and wonder what to do: continue to enforce a system that does not work for the company or jump on the Subversion train? Before that can happen, they need to be convinced that Subversion is scalable, secure and ready for the enterprise and they want to be convinced by more than their own people; they look at what other companies do, where the industry as a whole is moving and what external experts have to say.

If you are one of those people working for a company that uses a legacy system that you would like to see replaced with Subversion, here is some good help for you: Forrester just released the report “The Forrester Wave™: Software Change and Configuration Management, Q2 2007”, which cites Subversion as the sole leader in standalone SCM.

The way these things work, I am actually not allowed to quote much of the report in this blog. I guess Forrester wants you to read the actual report and ensure that nobody places things out of context. Fair enough, they did the hard work and objectivity is important. If you want to read this independent report, you can get a copy from our web site.

There are a couple of things I can share in this blog. For instance: “The Forrester Wave™, which is a graphical representation of Forrester’s call on the market. As you can see, for standalone SCM Subversion is indeed the sole leader:

I can also share what Carey Schwaber wrote about Subversion. Ms. Schwaber is Senior Analyst at Forrester Research and her research area is Application Development with a special focus on SCM tools:

Subversion’s strengths are scalability, administration, and geographical distribution. Subversion’s ability to scale to meet enterprise needs is well established, with single instances managing 7,500 users… Subversion is also easy to implement and administer: Subversion customer references reported initial implementation times of less than a month and administrator-to-user ratios of better than 1:1,000″.

So, if you need help convincing your management that Subversion is ready for your company, send them to

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