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RE: VSS and Sharepoint

From: Trent Nelson <tnelson_at_onresolve.com>
Date: 2006-07-26 21:55:57 CEST

> While going through our latest round of questions with the group,
> a question came up about replacing Sharepoint with SVN. The
> reason this question was asked was because we only use sharepoint
> for its file mgmt abilities and the versioning. Most of the docs
> in sharepoint are word, excel, ppt and pdf files. The problem
> with sharepoint is that we have a large number of Mac users here
> who cannot access sharepoint. That, and we figure if svn is so go
> at managing files, why not see if we can replace sharepoint.

> So my question is, are there any GUI's designed with a business
> user in mind? Sure, we could use tortise, but i think that's a
> bit to technical for the group of people we are trying to help.
> Seems like a simple enough app to write over SVN, so i'm guessing
> there may be some options out there.

Actually, FWIW, I had a great experience with getting
business/non-technical users using TortoiseSVN last year at a client's
site. It wasn't a conscious decision to move them onto it, it just sort
of "happened", but they were essentially using it for the same purpose;
Excel/Word files (normal stuff you'd put in SharePoint), etc.

I was concerned about non-technical people being able to work with it,
but to be honest, the majority of them often coped better than the
technical people; mainly because they followed the instructions step by
step without ever deviating (i.e. "Ok, I want to see Trent's changes,
therefore I need to SVN Update." -- "I want Trent to see my changes,
right, SVN Commit!").

Introduce it at that level and it goes down quite well. Start talking
about revision numbers, repositories, https, merging, conflicts, etc and
you get a lot of blank faces ;-)


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