A brief description.*
In the past, engineers have wanted a solution for source code version control, however, more and more they are realizing there is a need for a broader process. This process is called Configuration Management (CM), or Software Configuration Management (SCM).
There are several functions that an effective CM / SCM system should provide. Each of these functions can be grouped under one the following four categories:
|Tracking all changes to every file in secure, scalable, distributed repositories.|
|Provides each developer with one or more configurations of the versioned elements in the system.|
|Parallel, distributed building; sharing of binaries without copying; and automatic production of an accurate “bill of materials” that documents software system builds.|
|Controlling what is being changed, who is allowed to make changes, and enforcing good development practices.|