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Graduating from Version Control: Strategies for Effective Change Management

Just Using Version Control? You May Be Hurting Yourself.

Successful companies understand that evolution and adaptation of business processes are essential for survival. It's a reality facing nearly every segment of business every single day -- and IT, controlling many of the core processes that run today's enterprises, is the central driver for change. Faced with ever-growing, market-wide pressures, IT teams are seeking solutions from software configuration and change management vendors to meet the rapidly evolving needs of their businesses. Graduating from simple versioning tools to an enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solution could mean the difference between success and failure.

Surviving the Market

According to IDC, IT development teams must meet the following requirements to survive the next five years:

1. Deliver quality, bug-free code

2. Reduce complexity around integration

3. Take the costs out of security

4. Make innovations more timely, compelling and less costly

5. Offer software at costs commensurate with the benefits received and measured by relevant metrics

Quality software delivered on time and that works as intended is an absolute expectation, not a nebulous goal. To meet this demand, IT must commit to every stage of the design, development and deployment lifecycle of their products. So what can IT do to survive in this complex and demanding marketplace? Ever-improving SCM products are addressing critical development needs of developers, IT managers and CIOs by:

1. Helping IT organizations reduce spending and improve service

2. Addressing the demand to more tightly align IT with business needs that are often driven by internal governance issues and external regulatory and standards compliance

3. Reducing the complexity of integrating the work of geographically distributed development teams who are working in multi-platform development environments

4. Simplifying the development process associated with complicated applications

5. Providing a better methodology for reusing artifacts; meeting shorter development cycles; and controlling and securing fast, reliable and remote access

6. Meeting the increased demand for greater administrative visibility into IT by providing a system of actionable metrics, offering role-based views of all application development and maintenance projects and enhancing accountability standards

Savvy, forward-looking IT organizations have already adopted and are benefiting from the use of robust, integrated SCM products to meet this ever-increasing demand to adapt, control, streamline, monitor and improve IT business processes.


Daniel Magid President and CEO
24 Apr 2008
24 Apr 2008
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