XDocs Branch, Merge and Release Management Module provides extensive control over all versions of content.
Organizations have products or services that drive the company in terms of revenue and schedule. The documentation forms part of the product or service. Documentation must be delivered on time or it will impact revenue. Since products have multiple releases, so the documentation must also have multiple releases.
Release management in a CCMS concerns how to manage content for different releases of products over time. It focuses on addressing the challenges that arise when managing content. For example, for parallel versions of a product. Here an organization must maintain support and document versions 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 while also developing content for version 8.0.
Release Management in XDocs provides your team with the freedom to ‘time travel’ in content. This means they can fully access and modify content ‘as of’ any date and time, while maintaining historical integrity. Historical integrity means histories cannot be rewritten and the links at any point in history remain intact. Additionally, XDocs also allows you to create and apply labels to mark significant points in the content history.
Therefore, you can isolate versions of content at some point in time. You can then register those versions of content on a new branch in the XDocs CCMS.
Using the Branch Copy feature, documentation teams can isolate content. Versions of content can then be developed in isolation. Later the content can be merged or consolidated from branch to branch as desired.
Branch Copy provides options to isolate and relocate content as groups of files or as individually, manually selected files. There are options for branching an entire file set as defined in a project and for branching an entire folder of files. You can also branch one or more individual files as selected in the Branch Copy UI or Browse UI.
The Branch Copy feature produces reports on the differences in content on branches. It then allows the merging, or consolidation, of branches in either direction. The report provides mechanisms that allow you to perform the following actions at the time of the Branch copy:
- Fix link errors
- Modify merged and other XML
- Skip existing, identical content
The Release Management feature is integrated system-wide in XDocs. You can move content to and from branches according to your content management strategy. Bring your documentation projects through automated Workflow processes and Localization cycles. Apply Extended Metadata, easily locate content across branches using Browse and Search, and publish your content to your preferred output format.