Perforce Survey Reveals Version Management Extends Across the Enterprise

Alameda, Calif., April 17, 2012—A recent survey by Perforce Software found that version management is used across the enterprise to manage content well beyond software code. The survey of more than 1,200 Perforce users at more than 900 companies worldwide shows that Perforce enterprise version management software is used within many departments—including operations, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, and legal—and to manage a variety of digital assets, including business documents, multimedia files, images and web content.

"The need to better collaborate on digital assets isn’t unique to software development," said Nigel Chanter, chief operating officer at Perforce Software. "In fact, versioning issues are far reaching and can sap productivity from any department or team. This survey validates what we’ve learned from discussions with our customers and partners, that robust version control capabilities benefit almost any professional working on any type of shared file."

Perforce is Versioning Everything

The survey shows organizations are using Perforce for much more than Software Configuration Management (SCM). Perforce is also versioning:

  • Technical documentation
  • Images and photos
  • Web content
  • Business documents
  • Multimedia Files
  • 3D/CAD design
  • 84% of survey respondents
  • 68%
  • 64%
  • 62%
  • 45%
  • 29%

The survey also revealed that the need for enterprise version management has extended beyond Software Engineering teams. Organizations are currently using Perforce in the following departments:

  • Documentation
  • Design
  • Operations
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Finance
  • 42% of companies
  • 37%
  • 20%
  • 13%
  • 11%
  • 5%

Coming Events: Version Everything Road Trip

On May 1, Perforce will begin its nine-city "Version Everything" Road Trip, making stops across the U.S. and parts of Europe. These events will feature presentations by Perforce executives and customers, with demonstrations of new Perforce capabilities and products that will help companies version everything across their enterprises.

Events in the U.S.:

  • May 1: San Jose, California
  • May 3: San Diego, California
  • May 8: Austin, Texas
  • May 10: Chicago, Illinois
  • May 15: Boston, Massachusetts

Events in Europe:

  • May 9: Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 16: Stockholm, Sweden
  • May 23: London, England
  • June 12: Amsterdam, Netherlands

For more information or to register for an event near you, please visit

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted by Perforce Software from February 17 to March 14, 2012, using an online survey. Perforce customers worldwide were invited to participate. From a total of 1,209 responses, 616 (51%) were from Perforce users in North America and 298 (25%) were from users in Europe. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Perforce

Enterprises across the globe rely on Perforce to build and deliver digital products faster and with higher quality. Perforce offers complete developer collaboration and agile project management tools to accelerate delivery cycles — from agile planning tools to requirements, issues and test management, which then link to all source code, binary assets and artifacts for full build and release tracking and visibility. The company’s version control solutions are well known for securely managing change across all digital content — source code, art files, video files, images, libraries — while supporting the developer and build tools your teams need to be productive, such as Git, Visual Studio, Jenkins, Adobe, Maya and many others. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including NVIDIA, Pixar, Scania, Ubisoft, and VMware. The company has offices in Minneapolis, MN, Alameda, CA, Mason, OH, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit

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