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Re: Testimonials++

From: Lieven Govaerts <svnlgo_at_mobsol.be>
Date: 2006-10-20 01:17:24 CEST

Mike Cepek wrote:
> The current SVN testimonials page is nice, but it doesn't give any sense
> at all to the NUMBER of developers using Subversion at various sites.
> While evaluating various source control products for use by my employer,
> I had a sales person for a commercial SCM product make this statement
> recently (copied verbatim):
> "In regards to 100 devs using SVN, there is no such data
> that I have ever seen nor that any other customer, partner
> or consulting firm could find. In a respect, you guys are
> blazing the trail. All the shops I have dealt with have
> migrated off once they get to about 15-20 users [...]"
LOL, which company did that guy represent? With great tools like
Subversion, TortoiseSVN and Subclipse freely available those sales guys
from commercial SCM's are right to get very nervous ;)
> Try to push for Subversion after Management has heard that... :-(
> Now I'm positive that there are many corporate sites with MANY more
> developers per SVN server than that. My request is to beef up the
> Testimonials page with some information about real companies* using
> Subversion to build real products. Any brave souls willing to put their
> company name out there? (ask first where necessary, offer void where
> prohibited)
The problem is that larger companies typically don't want one of their
IT guys put internal information on some website, and that's typically a
global policy for which they don't accept any exceptions.

Without telling you the name of that customer, I've just finished a
migration project to Subversion for approximately 100 applications with
some 400 developers working on them. The technologies used in this
applications include Java/J2EE, VB6, .NET, Oracle (forms, sql, ...),
Business Objects etc. Our setup of Subversion is a mix of Linux on the
server and Windows on the client, with integration to Active Directory
for authorization.
The developers previously used PVCS so they were mostly not used to the
Copy-Modify-Merge model of Subversion. After basic training they all
switched without much of a problem. In fact, their evaluation of our
Subversion solution was generally very positive.

Now there definitely are more examples of large installations of
Subversion, yesterday I heard of a company with 1000+ developers on
Subversion and there definitely are more examples of that.

Your management will probably also require a 2nd/3rd-line support
contract for Subversion, so you might want to contact a commercial
company offering Subversion support. I'm sure they can give you better
case studies.



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