Software Configuration Management Tools Overview
What are Software Configuration Management Tools?
Software Configuration Management (SCM) Tools handle the task of tracking and controlling changes in the software. This includes identifying individual elements and configurations, tracking changes, and version selection, control, and baselining. Some products also include defect tracking capabilities.
SCM Tools Features & Capabilities
Version management / Single source of truth
Integration with other development tools
Workflow and process automation
Rapid reliable rebuilds
Automated cleanup of dead code branches
Rapid hotfix and feature release
Software Configuration Management vs. Configuration Management
Software configuration management is primarily focused on revision control. This category is part of a broader category called Configuration Management. Configuration Management goes beyond revision control to include capabilities such as monitoring and asset discovery, patch management, software deployment and distribution, and automated administration and maintenance. This broader category has become important with the advent of DevOps which brings development and IT closer together through continuous deployment.