September 24, 2015

Read the Gartner Market Guide for Software Change and Configuration Management

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Gartner research vice president Jim Duggan and research director Joachim Herschmann recently published a new guide to the software change and configuration management market. It’s a very interesting report, prescribing an approach to version control that resonates with what we’ve seen in the market.

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This market guide rightly points out the rapid market migration to Distributed Version Control Systems (DVCSs), but also points out some of the issues enterprises can expect when relying on a DVCS. Quoting from the report…

“Dealing with a DVCS from a team perspective is more complex than dealing with a central system, and this complexity is at the root of most current barriers to broader use. When scaling the solution, enterprise groups have to deal with issues of security, process management, traceability and accountability.”[1]

We’ve been writing on enterprise use of Git for the last few months. John Williston has done a series of blog posts bringing greater clarity to issues with Git in the enterprise.

The aforementioned Gartner market guide also points out that…

“Enterprise-grade management of Git that offers important aspects of a DVCS—good merging, the ability to work offline and good collaboration—along with the security and central repository of a CVCS, will resolve most remaining concerns about the use of the DVCS model.”

We’re glad for the validation the Gartner market guide brings to these topics. But don’t take it from us. Read the full report, available at no charge from

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[1] Market Guide for Software Change and Configuration Management Software, Jim Duggan, Joachim Herschmann, 26 August 2015