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WANdisco’s July Roundup

As an active member of the ASF and Apache Subversion communities, this month we were excited to announce that our sponsorship of the Apache Software Foundation will continue for a second year in a row. As an ASF sponsor WANdisco joins companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, HP and IBM.

The ASF Sponsorship Program is the official avenue for substantial, non-directed monetary contributions to the ASF, and funds raised through this program help the Foundation maintain leadership in the developer and open source communities.

Not content with continuing and upgrading our sponsorship, we increased the number of full-time Subversion committers by hiring two of the most experienced Subversion engineers in Branko Čibej and Stefan Fuhrmann. Branko Čibej joined the Subversion project in May 2000 and has been an active member of the community since then. He will take up the role of Director of Subversion at WANdisco.

“Apache Subversion is entering an interesting phase in its development,” said Branko. “The changes in the latest release have laid the groundwork for a slew of important new features, and I’m grateful to WANdisco for giving me the opportunity to work full-time on the project as their Director of Subversion.”

Also joining WANdisco as a full-time Subversion developer is Stefan Fuhrmann. Stefan has been involved in the Apache Subversion project since 2010, and has worked on the TortoiseSVN project since 2003.

We also saw two IBM veterans – Paul Hewitt and Scott Rudenstein –join WANdisco’s sales management team. Paul Hewitt brings more than 25 years of software industry experience to his new position as WANdisco’s Sales Director for EMEA. Paul spent 10 of those 25 years at IBM Telelogic where he rose from the rank of Principal Account Manager to become UK Managing Director and Senior Vice President for Western Europe. After assuming this leadership position, Paul was able to grow Telelogic’s revenue by more than 50%.

Meanwhile, Scott Rudenstein brings over 20 years of industry experience to his new position as Director of Technical Sales and Services at WANdisco. Scott spent over 5 years as a Senior Sales Engineer in the IBM Rational Software Group specialising in software development tools. Scott was a member of the Rational Software team that was acquired by IBM for $2.1bn in February 2003. Scott has also held various Sales Director positions at US-based software companies such as Quest Software and Surgient.

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new starters to WANdisco! Want to join them? There’s still plenty of job opportunities at our Careers page.

This month, we set out to investigate which Apache Subversion client is most popular, with a poll that asked what clients – if any – the SVN community are using. The results are in and, according to respondents, there’s a clear winner in this popularity contest as over 60% of respondents said they were using TortoiseSVN.

TortoiseSVN is a free Windows client for Subversion – if you want to find out more about what TortoiseSVN has to offer, why not take a look at our ‘Top Ten Reasons To Try TortoiseSVN’ blog post? If you want to find out what all the fuss is about for yourself, we also have a handy starter guide: ‘How to Install TortoiseSVN and Make Your First Repository Change.’

After the success of 2011’s conference, Subversion Live is back for 2012! Subversion Live 2012 will take place in San Francisco (October 10th & 11th) Greenwich, Connecticut (October 16th & 17th) and London (October 23rd & 24th) and for a limited period registrants can get a 25% discount with our Early Bird offer.

This series of two-day conferences will feature a unique mix of expert-led best practices workshops, live Subversion demos and invaluable networking opportunities with experienced peers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet core Subversion committers, including Greg Stein, Stefan Fuhrmann, Julian Foad and Philip Martin.

Registration is now open – and don’t forget to enter the ‘earlybird’ code to claim your 25% discount.

After more training, but can’t wait until Subversion Live 2012? After getting plenty of requests from the community for more webinars on branching and merging, not only have we added another free training webinar on branching and merging but we’ve created some handy Subversion refcards.

Introduction to Merging in Apache Subversion’ starts with the basic question of ‘what is merging,’ before showing you how to perform the different types of merges, including reverse merges, and finally sharing some best practices to help you avoid merge hell, while ‘Introduction to Branching in Apache Subversion’ covers the essential know-how you need to get started with branching. This refcard covers:

  • What is a Branch?
  • How to Create a Branch
  • Identifying Branches
  • Deleting Branches

We’ll be adding more refcards over the coming weeks, so keep checking back for even more free training content.

Congratulations, The Chimney House!

At WANdisco we’re busy putting the final touches to an update for uberSVN’s Chimney House release, so it only seems fitting to congratulate our friends at The Chimney House venue, who have just been named one of the ‘most creatively designed boardrooms’ in the world!

Google may name their Android releases after desserts, and Apple name their releases after big cats, but as uberSVN is developed entirely in Sheffield, UK, we thought it was only fitting to name our releases after all our favourite Sheffield pubs and venues. The latest release of our award winning platform is named after The Chimney House venue in Kelham Island, Sheffield. After celebrating the release of uberSVN Chimney House at the venue, we’re excited (but not surprised!) by the news that The Chimney House came in at number two in eVenues’ list of ‘The World’s Most Creatively Designed Boardrooms.’

“While most of the creative boardroom designs sport a sleek futuristic look, it was refreshing to find the Sheffield meeting room at a UK venue called The Chimney House,” said eVenues, about their decision. “The red-brick walls, hardwood floors and salvaged furniture and decor give the place a welcoming, “lived-in” feeling which is sure to make anyone feel at home the moment they walk in.”

Coming in at number two, The Chimney House beats venues in Baltimore, Cape Town, Berlin and Sweden.

“We took the step of naming releases of uberSVN after local venues to show our support for the local area, so I’m really pleased to see a Sheffield venue being listed in a worldwide poll,” said David Richards, CEO and co-founder, WANdisco. “Congratulations to all our friends at The Chimney House!”

uberSVN’s Chimney House update is already available through the recently-launched Latest Release Channel. Visit the press release to find out more.

WANdisco’s January Roundup

At WANdisco HQ we’re staring 2012 as we mean to go on: with a string of announcements and releases! Firstly, we are excited to announce two great new additions to uberSVN and uberAPPS: professional support for the Jenkins continuous integration server, and crowdsourcing functionality from the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services: uTest.

Just before the holiday season, the Apache Incubator gained a new addition, with Bloodhound being voted into the incubator. WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial Bloodhound committers, so we’re excited to see Bloodhound taking its first steps to becoming a fully-fledged Apache project. Want to get involved? Head over to the Apache Bloodhound incubator page now, for more info.

Also this month, team WANdisco had a great night at the Sheffield Business Awards, where we were shortlisted for the Digital Industries Award. As a Sheffield-based company, it was an honour for our Made In Sheffield product, uberSVN, to be shortlisted for another prestigious award from our own city. We’d like to thank the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a fantastic awards show, and for award sponsors Highlander for shortlisting WANdisco.

Some of the core developers of Apache Subversion also paid a visit to WANdisco’s Sheffield office this month. To celebrate, we hosted a one off, free ‘Apache in the Pub’ event for the local software developer community. The event featured talks by Subversion’s release manager Hyrum Wright, and Greg Stein, director and former chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, where they covered everything from Apache Bloodhound, to Python, and even Greg Stein’s experiences at Google. Thank you to the Apache Software Foundation and our local GIST Foundation, for helping us out with this great event.

Finally, to celebrate the success of uberSVN ‘Blake,’ we decided a return trip to the Blake pub in Walkley, Sheffield, was in order. We presented the Blake’s staff with a special uberSVN plaque, so they never forget they have award-winning software named after their pub.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants-WANdisco / uberSVN Achieves the ‘Made in Sheffield’ Mark.

In the 1740s Benjamin Huntsman developed a new technique for producing steel called crucible steel in his workshop in Sheffield, England.  Prior to this, Sheffield produced about 200 tonnes of steel per year.  Move on a hundred years, and, using Huntsman’s technique the amount had risen to over 80,000 tonnes per year – almost half of Europe’s total production.  Sheffield evolved from a small town into one of Europe’s leading industrial cities and England’s 4th largest city.

Sheffield was at the heart of the industrial revolution that started in Great Britain and spread to the rest of the world.

We are truly honored today because we have been given the right to use the “Made in Sheffield” mark in conjunction with our uberSVN product.  Dating back as early as 1297 the Made in Sheffield mark is awarded for high quality products made in the city.

Of course the initial intent of the mark was primarily to recognize the superior quality of the steel products made in the city.  But I’m delighted that the committee recognized that we have a new industrial revolution based on tech.  The first iteration was a ‘faux-revolution‘ – most of the dot-coms really weren’t doing anything sustainable or revolutionary.  But the one’s that survived and prospered really are.  Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer by a country mile, while Google and eBay dominate.  Not so sure about the likes of Boo.com [spent $188m in 6 months and then went pop], pets.com or webvan though.

Machine-based manufacturing in the late 18th century enabled the second, more explosive part of the industrial revolution with the development of steam-powered ships, railways, and later the internal combustion engine and electrical power generation.

A similar pattern is emerging in the tech revolution.  The creation of the world wide web as a pervasive network is revolutionizing almost every aspect of commerce.  This revolution started in Silicon Valley and spread quickly to every corner of the globe.

One of the side effects is that smart companies realize that location alone no longer provides significant competitive advantage.  Code developed in India and China is as good as code developed in Silicon Valley.  We took what some perceived to be a unusual step of moving our software development center to Sheffield a couple of years ago.  I think it’s very strange that so many US companies automatically locate their UK HQ in London or even Bracknell for goodness sake.   The UK in general loves to sterotype and apparently people in Sheffield live like the guys in “The Full Monty”, wear flat caps and breed whippets.  Do people in London spend all of their time rioting and looting shops I wonder?

The move for us paid immediate and tangible dividends.  Our award-winning uberSVN product is “Made in Sheffield”.  It’s terrifically successful with tens-of-thousands of downloads taking the software development tools space by storm.

Being born in Sheffield and coming from a long line of steel people this award probably means more to me than most.  I am very proud to be Made in Sheffield.

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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