GitHub is the largest software development platform in the world. The company based in San Francisco has more than 22 million registered users and hosts more than 63 million software projects. Since its foundation in 2008 GitHub has become the de-facto standard for the publication of software code and for collaboration in Open Source projects. Today github.com is among the hundred most visited websites of the Internet.
The innovations introduced by GitHub in the collaboration between software developers have set new standards not only in Open Source, but also in the development of proprietary software. Largest software companies like IBM and SAP, innovative online businesses like Airbnb, Spotify and Zalando, as well as global industry leaders like Walmart or Bloomberg use GitHub today on their own infrastructure in order to develop software in a more agile and innovative way.
Also leading OEMs and tier-1 suppliers of the automotive industry have adapted these new means of collaboration by deploying GitHub for Business on their own servers. The professional version control system for organizations is based on the same code base that connects millions of developers and projects on github.com, but is maintained as a secure installation within the organization’s barriers.
Therefore, development talents find the same user interface at work that they already know – and love – from private, Open Source or startup projects. Existing software teams can be trained on the new platform in record time and from then on contribute production code much faster.
When GitHub for Business is used across different enterprise departments new synergy effects can be observed which have become known under the term “Inner Source” (referring to “Open Source”): Due to the common access to all software code “the wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented” that often regarding regular programming tasks. What’s more, colleagues of different departments are given the chance to contribute to innovations for the first time.