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Why Would Anyone use Git in their Enterprise?

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You might be asking yourself, “Why in the world would a company focused on providing software development tools to enterprise organizations with mission-critical software development environments produce a solution for an open source version control tool?” I’ll tell you!

Git is increasing in popularity among developers working in small groups or collaborating on open source projects. It’s fast, flexible, and full of developer-friendly features. Git is a great tool for these smaller and more social types of development projects, and based on discussions about Git with customers, prospects, and analysts, it’s clear that there are more cases of enterprise organizations trying to use Git.

But poke around a few blogs, or read a few articles that discuss the use of Git in an enterprise environment, and I’m sorry, but you will uncover a few issues. As one article in BCW discussed, “Git is a version control system with an attitude of collaboration and sharing. There is practically no way you can enforce a specific pattern of access and sharing. If the people who’re using Git don’t want to follow your rules, the tool is not going to help you much.” Let’s be realistic – Linus didn’t originally design Git for use in an enterprise environment!

So, in which cases do enterprise organizations actually use Git?

1. Android Development

If you want to make changes to Android, you’re going to need Git. It’s unavoidable. This means any company creating mobile devices running on Android and working with Android source files has a real business need to use Git.

2. Linux Development

Same as with Android, if your company has a need to make changes to the the Linux kernel, you are going to need Git. Even if you don’t use Git when making those changes, you’ll eventually have to get them into Git.

3. Working with 3rd Party Vendors or Outsourced Teams Using Git

Similar to the Android and Linux situation, if you’re working with 3rd party vendors or outsourced teams who require that you merge your changes into their Git repository, you may be forced to use scripts or bridges to get your changes from your SCM into Git or vice versa, and that’s not a small task.

4. All of Your Developers Love Git

Let’s face it – Git has a cult-like following in the development community. Developers love Git because it’s fast, distributed, flexible, fairly easy to learn, and has a ton of developer-friendly features. It’s developed by developers for developers. Even if you understand the issues Git has with scaling in enterprise environments, it’s difficult to avoid Git when lots of your developers are pushing you to switch.

 

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