Perforce Survey Reveals Version Management Extends across the Enterprise

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Organizations are using Perforce to version everything from software code to business documents

Versioning issues are far reaching and can sap productivity from any department or team. This survey validates … that robust version control capabilities benefit almost any professional working on any type of shared file.

A recent survey by Perforce Software found that version management is used across the enterprise to manage content well beyond software code. The survey of more than 1,200 Perforce users at more than 900 companies worldwide shows that Perforce enterprise version management software is used within many departments—including operations, sales, marketing, finance, human resources, and legal—and to manage a variety of digital assets, including business documents, multimedia files, images and web content.

“The need to better collaborate on digital assets isn’t unique to software development,” said Nigel Chanter, chief operating officer at Perforce Software. “In fact, versioning issues are far reaching and can sap productivity from any department or team. This survey validates what we’ve learned from discussions with our customers and partners, that robust version control capabilities benefit almost any professional working on any type of shared file.”

Perforce is Versioning Everything

The survey shows organizations are using Perforce for much more than Software Configuration Management (SCM). Perforce is also versioning:

  •     Technical documentation         84% of survey respondents
  •     Images and photos             68%
  •     Web content                 64%
  •     Business documents             62%
  •     Multimedia files             45%
  •     3D/CAD design             29%

The survey also revealed that the need for enterprise version management has extended beyond Software Engineering teams. Organizations are currently using Perforce in the following departments:

  •     Documentation             42% of companies
  •     Design                 37%
  •     Operations                20%
  •     Manufacturing and Production     13%
  •     Sales and Marketing             11%
  •     Finance                  5%

Coming Events: Version Everything Road Trip

On May 1, Perforce will begin its nine-city “Version Everything” Road Trip, making stops across the U.S. and parts of Europe. These events will feature presentations by Perforce executives and customers, with demonstrations of new Perforce capabilities and products that will help companies version everything across their enterprises.

Events in the U.S.:

  •     May 1: San Jose, California
  •     May 3: San Diego, California
  •     May 8: Austin, Texas
  •     May 10: Chicago, Illinois
  •     May 15: Boston, Massachusetts

Events in Europe:

  •     May 9: Frankfurt, Germany
  •     May 16: Stockholm, Sweden
  •     May 23: London, England
  •     June 12: Amsterdam, Netherlands

For more information or to register for an event near you, please visit http://info.perforce.com/2012roadtrip.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted by Perforce Software from February 17 to March 14, 2012, using a third-party online survey tool. Perforce customers worldwide were invited to participate. From a total of 1,209 responses, 616 (51%) were from Perforce users in North America and 298 (25%) were from users in Europe.

About Perforce Software
Perforce Software is a provider of software and solutions that enable teams to create, develop and version everything. The world's most innovative companies and recognized brands trust Perforce to manage all of their digital assets—from intellectual property to content. The Perforce enterprise version management platform is unique in its ability to handle large and distributed collections of content and is backed by a full complement of professional services. Founded in 1995, Perforce Software is headquartered in Alameda, California, with international operations in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.perforce.com.

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