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Subversion Is The Best Option For Standalone Software Configuration Management

The Forrester Wave™ Vendor Summary, Q2 2007

May 29, 2007


  • By Carey Schwaber
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • Jacqueline Stone

Why Read This Report

Subversion is a viable standalone software configuration management (SCM) solution and is appropriate for enterprise usage. Like AccuRev, Perforce, and Serena PVCS Version Manager, Subversion is more powerful when combined with a separate change management tool like Atlassian JIRA or Trac or a separate application life-cycle management (ALM) solution from a vendor like CollabNet or Polarion Software. Subversion's strengths are scalability, administration, and support for geographic distribution; its weaknesses are reporting and analytics, life-cycle integration, and, of course, change management. In addition, Subversion is also the most cost-effective and developer-friendly offering available today. Readers should note that in our evaluation of Subversion, we included the capabilities of other open source utilities built explicitly for Subversion, such as RapidSVN and StatSVN.

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