How WANdisco made its Mark

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Silicon Valley-based WANdisco has gained the Made in Sheffield Mark for its groundbreaking uberSVN software, which was developed in the city.

The company, which relocated its European headquarters from London to the Digital Campus in Sheffield three years ago, joins an elite group of three software developers to hold the mark, which is granted to companies committed to producing high quality products in the Sheffield region.

WANdisco chief executive, David Richards, said: “We take great pride in the fact that WANdisco has been awarded the mark and that Sheffield is promoting the 21st century diversity and excellence of companies based here.

“I was born and bred in Sheffield, with a family heritage in the steel industry so of course this means a means a lot to me.”

WANdisco’s Subversion system dominates the software development market and is used by blue chip corporates around the world, that develop commercial software or bespoke administrative packages used in running their own businesses.

Subversion enables developers around the world, who are working on different parts of a package to keep track of different versions that have been created and ensure updates are made to the latest development version.

The Made in Sheffield Mark has been granted for uberSVN software, which was developed exclusively at WANdisco’s Electric Works operation in Sheffield.

It allows developers to integrate a range of commercial software development, debugging, testing, quality assurance and distribution tools.

The Sheffield-made software also incorporates a social networking facility, similar to Twitter, which enables software developers to let colleagues know about improvements they have added and allows developers to communicate with the system using Smartphones and tablet computers like the iPad.