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  • April 29, 2013

    Perforce Director of Product Management, Furkan Khan, presenting at Merge 2013As you'd expect from a software company known for both its loyal customer base and its stellar customer support, Perforce listens. According to presentations at the Merge 2013 Perforce user conference, the company has been lending its ear quite a bit to the growing need for continuous delivery.

    As continuous integration and deployment automation become increasingly common, Perforce has shown how critical a role it plays in this area. Many Perforce customers—including the New York Stock Exchange, Salesforce.com and CCP games, to name just a few—have been practicing continuous delivery for years, thanks in large part to role played by Perforce...

  • April 25, 2013

    chris seiwaldWith its customers building products "from the chip to the cloud," Perforce is poised to expand its product portfolio with its most ambitious plans yet, said Christopher Seiwald, Perforce CEO and founder. Kicking off the Merge 2013 conference held April 24-26 in San Francisco, Seiwald’s keynote started with a humorous video of him spray-painting the word "Versionaries" on customers’ brands he encountered on his way to the conference. He also shared his enthusiasm for a family of new tools the company is unveiling to customers at the conference. But first, he emphasized the increasingly ubiquitous nature of Perforce version management services in a world where more and more companies are moving to continuous delivery. "You can't walk a city block without coming across a company that uses Perforce. The things our customers build with Perforce easily touch half the people on the planet," Seiwald told the conference delegates.

  • April 23, 2013

    yoda lucasfilm

    We’re known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises, but few people realize how much Lucasfilm uses the Force: Perforce. As Primary Perforce Administrator at Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd, I’ve been working with the force for over 10 years. At the Merge 2013 conference, I’ll explain the art of using Perforce proxies over a high-latency network to share large amounts of data halfway around the world.

    Though my primary motivation to speak on this topic was free admission to the conference, on a more serious note, we thought that this clever yet simple solution to global collaboration could help others.

  • April 22, 2013

    toy storyPixar is living the “version everything” dream — in technicolor. Via Perforce, Pixar not only tracks movie data and metadata, art and other assets, it triggers rendering of each animation frame on a massive server farm with thousands of cores. Now nearing a decade of passionate Perforce usage, the company is exploring how to manage and mine its big data using enterprise versioning services.

    The Emeryville, CA-based animation studio was put on the map with Toy Story in 1995. By 2004, it had implemented its first Perforce server and forecasted that seven years later they’d need 10 depots. At the 2011 Perforce User Conference, however, Mark Harrison, technical lead for Pixar’s data management group revealed, to audience gasps, that the company had 92 Perforce servers.

  • April 19, 2013

    ccp games eve

    Larger teams, increased collaboration and increasingly complex projects: That pretty much sums up how game development has evolved at CCP — and you could argue that this is a general trend in the software industry. This trend puts increased pressure on versioning.

    Rather than trying to shield your diverse teams from revision control processes, however, you should turn it into a strength: Make versioning the heart of your development process and subsequent operation of your software.

  • April 19, 2013

    perforce engineering

    Perforce is blessed with an outstanding Development team, as demonstrated by all the great new products and features being shown at Merge 2013. Exciting new functionality includes Task Streams, Distributed servers, Clustered servers, major improvements to Commons and Git Fusion, and the creation of two brand new products: Swarm and Insights.

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