For us, this generates a new set of CM challenges - looking to control and manage such systems. And this much harder if you are managing one or more third parties. While some aspects of release and deployment look much easier than with traditional systems, controlling and managing interfaces and related information may be significantly different.
It is well worth spending some effort on thinking about these issues ahead of time so that we have an answer if the business suddenly springs this on us!
There has been some recent discussion on what is meant by the term Agile SCM, and isn't all SCM agile? We remain convinced that there is life yet in Agile SCM, but will leave this fruitful topic for a future column! Meanwhile, check out Damon Poole's (possibly provocatively titled) online book Zero to Hyper Agile in 90 days or less for some good information on agile processes.
And finally, here is some unsolicited feedback one of us received from a recent training course:
I'll have to admit that I was unsure when I first went in (large pile of printouts, knowledge that I'd been using the product for the last 2 years etc.) but it was quickly obvious [the trainer] really knew his stuff, had some great tips for using [the tool], and most importantly he actually enjoyed what he was doing!
So perhaps our mission for this year is "to communicate the Joy of CM"! Happy New Year!