April 14, 2016

Merging Worlds at MERGE 2016

MERGE User Conference

With over 400 attendees buzzing through the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, Perforce's MERGE 2016 is off to a great start! "MERGE" aptly sums up the conference objectives of merging and sharing experiences among users, industry experts and Perforce staff, as well as how the worlds of development and operations are merging into DevOps. 

Janet Dryer, our new CEO, kicked off the day by sharing her vision and expressing the excitement she and the new executive team have for Perforce and our customers.

Next, we heard from Gene Kim, author of the definitive guide to DevOps, The Phoenix Project. Gene gave a lively talk showcasing the benefits of DevOps for businesses and how the best performing organizations depend on version management in Ops teams.

Our program's positive momentum carried us into the customer talks where we learned about a variety of development environments and how our customers achieve success with Perforce. Anders Lundsgård of Scania, the global leader in heavy truck and bus manufacturing, told us about how the company is modernizing their processes and applications to move from traditional monolithic architectures to microservices with developers owning the full stack for their applications. Doug Quist of NVIDIA, the leader in visual computing and inventor of the GPU, gave an overview of the real-world advantages found using a mono repo across development and operations teams, and also shared lessons learned along the way. While NVIDIA is a great example of building a single large repo (actually huge—their versioned files are close to a petabyte in size), Kevin Loken of EA described their setup, which requires multiple Perforce Helix servers to support their globally distributed teams, and how they are using HELIX DVCS to share work across their sites.

The day wrapped up with the Innovation Showcase. This session highlighted the new capabilities we've introduced into Helix since the last MERGE conference, including major performance improvements, DVCS workflows, and GitSwarm. The session also looked highlighted features that will debut over the next several months, including significant improvements for users of Git repositories in enterprises and a new user interface combining capabilities currently found in several different clients (yet another example of the "MERGE" theme!).

Today the conference breaks into three tracks targeting business process improvement, administration best practices, and making the most of Helix as an end user before merging back together for the final day. 

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