Today is a very special day here at WANdisco. We are launching a new product: uberSVN. This is significant from a couple of perspectives. First, this is a very important product in the software development marketplace and second this product was completely delivered by our team of engineers in Sheffield, England. uberSVN transforms Apache Subversion into an easy to use, install and extend Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. We don’t believe that any one vendor has the best product in every class. Why should one be forced to buy only from one vendor? Shouldn’t you be able to use say Subversion for SCM, Hudson / Jenkins for build, Trac for defect tracking and Wiki? Then decide that you prefer JIRA and simply be able to use it without having to completely throw away everything else.
The message here is that we are empowering users by giving them choice. Freedom to choose any combination of ALM tools that best fit the business requirements be it price or functionality, open source or closed source. uberSVN therefore creates a heterogeneous application development environment.
Why can we do this? Well we are very active in the Apache Subversion open source project and we already support some of the world’s largest Subversion implementations. Collectively that means that we see the world from two very different perspectives. From the perspective of the open source project we realized that there were certain things that could be improved for the majority of users such as pre-configured apache. From the perspective of our customers, this is something that they are already doing in an ad hoc way. We just don’t see companies paying huge fees for a soup-to-nuts solution from a single ALM vendor any more. They want to select from a menu of open source and closed source products choosing what they perceive to be the best in class. We saw that trend and that was a major driver for us to create uberSVN. This is currently not released under an open source license but it’s free (that may change in the future).
A few years ago when we decided to open up a development center in Sheffield there were more than a few raised eyebrows. There’s a kind of intellectual snobbery in the UK about anything north of London and if you mention it then you’ve got a chip on your shoulder (that would be me then!) uberSVN is a testament to that strategy. We have a wonderful team that has produced something that is quite brilliant. Well done to everyone on the uberSVN team. You deserve all of the credit!
uberSVN team: Ian Wild, Owain Lewis, Wayne Mellors, Mark Poole, Simon Mann, Warren Harper, Liam Jolly, John Chambers, Mat Booth, Steve Bell, Katherine Sheehan, Gavin Moorcroft, Mark Lucas, Gary Beardshaw, Clare Jones, Andrew Smethurst, Ross Bray