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WANdisco’s October Roundup

This month was a busy one for WANdisco and the Subversion community, with new releases of Apache Subversion, SmartSVN and uberSVN and of course, WANdisco’s very own global Subversion conference series, Subversion Live.

Subversion Live 2012 took place in San Francisco; Greenwich Connecticut, and London, bringing attendees sessions covering everything from Subversion’s future, expert-led best practice workshops focused on getting the most out of Subversion and a unique ‘Roundtable with the Committers’ session. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and put their questions to the core Subversion committers, in addition to networking with their fellow Subversion users.

We’ve had fantastic feedback from the community; here’s just some of the comments we’ve received about Subversion Live 2012:

  • Thanks for running the conference. It was really helpful. The SVN folks I met were great. A lot more approachable than the typical geek gathering!
  • Thank you very much for the information you passed to me over the Subversion conference, I have now installed uberSVN on my laptop and have started to play with it. I have also signed up for a few webinars in November to kick off some internal training. I really enjoyed the conference, it was very well put together. You and your staff are a very friendly and helpful team which made the event a pleasure to attend.
  • I look forward to attending next year’s event, with a bit more experience under my belt I hope to have some challenging questions for your developers.

See what else attendees have been saying, at our Subversion Live 2012 feedback blog. You can also find out more about the different Subversion Live sessions by reading our recaps of Day One and Day Two, and an in-depth look at the Subversion Live Keynote, and the What’s Coming in 1.8: Overview session.

The Apache Subversion community released another update to the SVN 1.7 series this month, with the release of Apache Subversion 1.7.7. This featured even more fixes and enhancements, including:

  • A fix for a memory read bug
  • Unknown password stores in configuration files no longer cause errors
  • “All tests successful” is now printed at the end of ‘make check’
  • Fixes for issues that could occur when applying Git patch files
  • Status no longer descends into dir externals following upgrade

A full list of what’s new can be found in the Apache Subversion Changes file. As ever, the latest binaries are available to download from the WANdisco website.

Subversion 1.7.7 binaries are also available through uberSVN, the free-to-download, free-to-use, open ALM platform, which was also updated this month. uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release 7 is the final release in uberSVN’s ‘Chimney House’ series, and features a new license comparison tool, in addition to a list of fixes and enhancements. The license comparison tool ensures that users are fully aware of license changes, through a pop-up that displays the current license information and compares it to the incoming license prior to installation.

Other updates include:

  • A navigation warning that alerts the user if they attempt to navigate away from the LDAP locations page without saving.
  • The ability to perform other actions in the uberSVN UI whilst update packages are being downloaded (admins only.)
  • Apache Subversion 1.6.19 and 1.7.7 binaries shipped with all new downloads.
  • Removing LDAP locations now presents a warning and option to remove the associated users.

More information on all the changes included in uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release 7 is available at the Release Notes.

We were particularly excited to announce the first SmartSVN release since we acquired the popular graphical client last month. SmartSVN 7.0.7 brings some useful enhancements and fixes to the SmartSVN community, more information is available at the SmartSVN 7.0.7 blog post.

If you have any comments or suggestions for upcoming releases, you can post your ideas directly to the SmartSVN team at our dedicated SmartSVN Suggestions forum.

There’s been lots of exciting press activity this month, including articles in MoneyWeek and Investors Chronicle. WANdisco was also featured in Talk Business, which welcomed WANdisco CEO and co-founder David Richards as their latest technology columnist in residence this month. In his first article for the publication, ‘Our Man in the Valley,’ David dishes the dirt on life as a tech company in Silicon Valley. David Richards also shared his top three ways to reduce software development costs at the WANdisco blog, covering:

  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery
  • Highly Available Source Code
  • Software Development without Geographic Constraints

If you’re looking to run leaner, meaner and drive IT costs down, be sure to read David’s  ‘Three Unconventional Ways to Manage IT Costs’ post.

Another Bank Playing ‘Russian Roulette’ with Software

In my Blog the other week (“Software is Everywhere – Let’s Make Sure it Works“) I discussed the dangers that delivering bad software can bring.  Unbelievably another Bank is at it.  This time it’s Knight Frank, the US-based global financial services firm.  With its high-frequency trading algorithms Knight was the largest trader in U.S. equities on NYSE and NASDAQ.

So you’d think they would take a lot of care and attention to deliver software correctly. Apparantly not.

On August 1, 2012 Knight Capital put into production some “bad code”.  This caused a major disruption in the prices of 148 companies listed at the New York Stock Exchange, for example, shares of Wizzard Software Corporation went from $3.50 to $14.76. Knight Capital’s stock price to collapse and the company took a pre-tax loss of $440m sending shares lower by over 70% from before the announcement.

4 Days later the company managed  to raise around $400 million from half a dozen investors just to stay in business.

The cause? Well according to Bloomberg it “stemmed from old computer software that was inadvertently reactivated when a new program was installed”   Essentially they rushed through code and it was buggy.  Modern (agile) development practices does not mean cutting corners – that’s like playing Russian Roulette with your company.  Just ask the Board at Knight Frank – they lost 2 years of revenue in less than an hour…



About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A

WANdisco Sponsors Leading Entrepreneur Festival ‘MADE’

We’re really excited to announce that not only will WANdisco’s CEO and co-founder, David Richards be speaking at this year’s MADE Festival in Sheffield UK, but we’ll also be sponsoring the festival.

MADE is described as “the Davos for entrepreneurs,” and its unique combination of networking opportunities, panel discussions, exhibitions, fringe events and quick-fire speaker slots is expected to attract 3,000 guests. The festival will feature 35 high-profile speakers, including David Richards and other leading business figures, such as Peter Jones, Doug Richard, Wayne Hemingway and Lord Bilimoria.

Speaking about the festival, Dragons Den star and MADE speaker Peter Jones said: “If you’re not at MADE, you’re never going to be MADE. You need to be there.”

“WANdisco is a fantastic company and a true Sheffield success story,” said Michael Hayman, chairman of MADE. “With global operations in Silicon Valley and a recent AIM flotation under its belt, this is a business that is a British world-beater. We are delighted that WANdisco is lending its support to this year’s MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival.”

We’re also really excited to see our ad in the official MADE programme, and in the local Sheffield newspaper, the Yorkshire Post. The backdrop for the ad is a local landmark: the Winter Gardens, which is actually just around the corner from the WANdisco Sheffield office!

Tickets for MADE are on sale now, or visit the MADE website for more information on the festival.