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Hosting in cloud computing: Using Software as a Service for source code control
This article is part of the ALM and Agile Strategies issue of March 2012, Vol 1. Iss. 1
The most important technology decision with regard to source code control (SCC) is whether to host the repository on- or off-premises. Developer commentary focuses mostly on technical details of SCC protocols; from an executive perspective, this is the moral equivalent of arguing Ford vs. General Motors in terms of whether the battery and fuel filler tube are on the driver or passenger side. At the same time, the application lifecycle management (ALM) literature too often tracks high-level vendor feature lists, and properly accounts neither for legacy requirements nor the new opportunities the expanding cloud market offers. SCC is fundamentally a mature technology; while clever programmers continue to create new conveniences, the basics have been clear since the original Source Code Control System was developed forty years ago in Bell Labs. Most functionality can be "gatewayed" or translated between popular competing SCC servers. With sufficient motivation, a legacy repository can be "ported" to a new server by a mid-level ...
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Organizations that move quickly to automating version control in software configuration management can boost quality and speed results in Agile development and application lifecycle management. The key to success is adopting an overall source code control strategy.
Though all development shops will be using source code control (SCC), hosting the repository in the cloud is now an option that should be carefully considered.
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Requirements management continues to be a challenge to software development organizations, but tool vendors are working to address those challenges. In this interview with Forrester analyst Mary Gerush, we hear about five important ALM trends in requirements management tools and explore questions organizations may want to consider when selecting a requirements management tool.
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In this issue, experts will share source code control system automation strategies, hosting options for code repositories and trends in requirements management tools.