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Re: Re: Big companies using Subversion ?

From: Will Appleton <wfappleton_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-07-10 18:23:09 CEST

On 7/10/07, John.Salinardo@shell.com <John.Salinardo@shell.com> wrote:
> We are using SVN for a RDM globalization project for a large Oil and Gas
> company. In the beginning we used ClearCase and scraped it for SVN -
> ClearCase was just too cumbersome and didn't bode that well across all our
> platforms.
> Currently incorporating SVN with Pearl, ANT, - Hooks in VB and Python.
> ACRs are tracked using ClearQuest.
> We choose SVN b/c we have fairly large group of off shore developers and
> testers - We do not allow "branching" which is probably saving us from some
> headaches. - Fully enjoying the ease of automation scripts and versioning.
> One thing to look out for is going to be the amount of disk space SVN can
> eat up - you have stay on top of your dumps and your updates - if a couple
> get away you are looking at some long update times which peg the machine.
> We experienced this on a Virtual Build Server for R1 (on the other hand
> someone thought it was a good idea to compress the drive - Big No, No) -
> switching to a new server for R2.
> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* Nathan Nobbe [mailto:quickshiftin@gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 10, 2007 10:15 AM
> *To:* Srinivas2007
> *Cc:* users@subversion.tigris.org
> *Subject:* Re: Big companies using Subversion ?
> Srinivas,
> although i havent worked w/ ClearCase or Accurev, what immediately comes
> to mind is that those are much more
> than a VCS. I think subversion coupled with a front-end like Trac<http://trac.edgewall.org/>enables teams to accomplish much more than they
> would in the absence threreof.
> Did i mention the combo is free? :)
> -nathan
> On 7/10/07, Srinivas2007 <srinivaspatel@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > At our company (a large financial institution) we narrowed the choice
> > down to
> > three commercial vendors and SVN. After evaluating and piloting for over
> > three months we selected Accurev over SVN and Microsoft VS TFS. We still
> >
> > have divisions using mainly ClearCase and some with SVN, but are slowly
> > migrating the projects that make sense (where it is necessary to manage
> > many
> > releases in parallel or offshore and distributed teams for example) over
> > to
> > Accurev as they get a window of opportunity. SVN can be a good enough
> > solution for some smaller projects, but it can get hairy when you have
> > to
> > support multiple product versions in the field and find bugs down the
> > road.
> > You also just don't get the same visibility over the process that
> > Accurev
> > provides which benefits both management and developers alike. For us, it
> > just didn't make sense to allow SVN to spread and we believe the value
> > we
> > get from commercial is well worth the cost.
> >
> >
> >
> > Anthony Muller wrote:
> > >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > I'm looking for reference of big companies using Subversion as Version
> > > Control System.
> > >
> > > I'd like to find something about their point of view using Subversion
> > > and why this choice.
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > > Anthony
> >
We're a very large insurance-related business. We have about 60 developers,
who connect using VPN or the office LAN/WAN. Software products are written
in Progress 4GL, .Net, JAVA, PLSQL and other languages and reporting tools.
We've got most of our .Net users on SVN/TSVN although a few are using the
AnhkSVN plugin. Most of the Oracle devs are using it though the DBA team is
dragging their feet. :) We're going to move our Progress team (about 30
developers) to SVN and TSVN in a couple of weeks. We're also going to use
SVN with Apache for WebDAV access for the documentation folks, though that
project is down the road a month or so.

We've looked seriously at Perforce, ClearCase, and Accurev. ClearCase was a
ClearNoGo for us. Too big and we'd lose on of our company distinctives
using it: Speed of reaction and short time to market. CC is just to
unwieldy for our mostly agile environment. Perforce is a good fit and
Accurev is liked (alot) by some of our new management hires. SVN seems to
be a compromise between all these camps that everyone can live with. Our
branching strategy is very simple, so Accurev wouldn't be a clear win for us
at this point. As SVN matures, the gap between it and Perforce is narrowing
quickly. As the merge tracking feature matures, Accurev may not be so
attractive either. So far we're very happy with SVN and TSVN. Both
Subversion and TortoiseSVN are my candidates for the best open source
projects _ever_.

Received on Tue Jul 10 18:22:56 2007

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