Differences Between SourceForge.net® and SourceForge® Enterprise Edition
People frequently ask about the differences between the technology which powers the SourceForge.net web site and the SourceForge Enterprise Edition product. After all, both systems empower distributed teams to collaborate, coordinate and accelerate development. However, there are fundamental and important differences between the two. These differences stem primarily from their intended use, architecture and feature set.
SourceForge Enterprise Edition Technology
The differences between SourceForge.net technology and SourceForge Enterprise Edition stem from their intended use, architecture and feature set. This is manifested in four key areas:
Architecture and Integration Readiness
SourceForge.net was built to run power a public web site with maximum openness, transparency and speed. It is built using popular web scripting languages including PHP, Perl and Python and many Open Source tools and components. The underlying code was not designed for integration with enterprise systems, and therefore does not feature a modular design with an API, nor does it provide encryption for secure access capabilities.
By contrast, SourceForge Enterprise Edition was architected and built from the ground up for enterprise integration, extensibility, security and ease-of-use.
This integration-readiness together with pre-built integrations with popular enterprise tools such as Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office XP, IBM Rational ClearCase and other tools, speed integration of SourceForge Enterprise Edition with existing IT infrastructure and enterprise systems.
SourceForge.net was designed to be completely open and accessible by all.
SourceForge Enterprise Edition was designed to make it easy for companies to provide controlled access to enterprise IP assets.
Ease-of-Use / User Interface
SourceForge Enterprise Edition features a more modern, intuitive and consistent user interface that allows a broad range of users to get things done in fewer clicks. By enabling non-technical users to access the power of SourceForge, product adoption and benefits are accelerated. See the screen shots in the Features & Benefits sections for examples of the SourceForge Enterprise Edition user interface.
Features / Tools
SourceForge Enterprise Edition provides many useful capabilities and tools not found in SourceForge.net. The key features and tools found only in SourceForge Enterprise Edition include:
We invite you to learn more about the many features and benefits of SourceForge Enterprise Edition for commercial application and product development. Or if you would prefer to speak with a VA Software representative, contact us or complete the Request More Info form today.
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