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Software Configuration Management

Security through automation

Control your software changes:  Agility, Collaboration, Teamwork

How do we know this version of source code is what we think it is?

Developers are optimists. Formally managing source code changes at the beginning of a project sometimes feels like an extra burden.  But skipping this step at the start of a project only delays cost (a so-called “technical debt”) until later in development.

For example:

  • Figuring out which system components to change when requirements change

  • Re-doing an implementation because we modified code according to changed requirements but did not communicate that to other team members

  • Losing productivity when we replace a component with a faulty new version and can’t quickly revert to a working state

  • Replacing the wrong component because we couldn’t accurately determine which component needed replacing

Requirements and developers are constantly changing.  Over time, IT systems invariably move towards a state of disorder. Left unchecked, these continuous software changes lead to a degradation in performance and quality.  It is only through automation and Software Configuration management principles that this pitfall can be prevented.

Philippe Magne, Arcad

Need to avoid errors and downtime when changing source code?

Automate the process with ARCAD Skipper!

  • Manage source code at all stages of development

  • Maintenance reports define the scope and priority of maintenance actions

  • Versions become a packaged collection of maintenance reports

  • A check in/out process controls who can change which source code and when

  • Components can be shared safely, with source modifications performed in parallel

  • Validation allows shared source code to be merged safely

  • Component consistency checking helps ensure consistency of components in a change group

  • Open and flexible, for platform-specific or multi-platform teams

  • Option of separate or unified repositories

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