| ||Ask HN: Is Git an appropriate SCM for large enterprise software companies?|
6 points by ghshephard 1564 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite |
|All of the large companies that I've worked at in the past 10+ years have eventually transitioned their SCM into either Clearcase or Perforce (usually Perforce).|
The engineering VPs who make these decisions are pretty smart, and have a lot of exposure to SCMs, and are not unfamiliar with the advantages of DVCS.
Recently, a colleague took over a engineering management position at a smaller (300 employee) company that had decided to try and use git as their SCM. They currently have seven build engineers w/25 software developers, a ratio that is severely out of whack (My current org managed to get up to 100 developers with just a single build engineer). What's worse, is that when this manager asked to branch the tree, he got some pushback - the effort was not insignificant.
Git seems to work well when you have a small number of branches moving forward (linux kernel), but, for enterprises where you might have dozens of long-lived branches, each of which needs collections of fixes checked into all the branches - Perforce/Clearcase seem to be a better tool for the job.
Anybody else have a different experience?
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