GitHub Enterprise Adoption Framework


GitHub Enterprise Adoption Framework

If you’re an organization looking to adopt GitHub Enterprise, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed right now. That’s completely normal! The process of adoption can seem long and complex, and it’s easy to feel like you’re not sure where to begin. But don’t worry, you’re not alone! At Formula5, we understand that adoption can be tough, especially without a formalized way to approach that adoption.

That’s why we’ve pioneered and developed the GitHub Enterprise Adoption Framework, a comprehensive approach that’s been tested and refined through years of experience and successful adoptions. By working with our team, you can ensure a seamless and secure adoption of GitHub Enterprise. We provide the guidance and support needed to make the process smooth and efficient, allowing you to focus on what matters most – driving efficiencies, innovation, and growth for your organization. With our help, the adoption of GitHub Enterprise will be stress-free and successful.

“Thanks to Formula5 and their GitHub Enterprise Adoption Framework, we were able to implement GitHub Enterprise seamlessly within our organization. The framework provided a clear roadmap for us to follow and their expertise helped us navigate any challenges that arose. We couldn’t be happier with the results and highly recommend Formula5 to any organization looking to adopt GitHub Enterprise.”

Formula5’s  GitHub Enterprise Adoption Framework was created using a modular approach. The framework is based on the collective knowledge and experience gained through our many previous successful engagements with clients utilizing GitHub. The framework is designed to support organizations at any stage of their GitHub Enterprise adoption journey.


As illustrated in the diagram above, our comprehensive Framework consists of 5 parts. Strategy, Enterprise Configuration, Development & Operations, Acceleration and Innovation, and Management.

We will delve deeper into the middle three areas in the following section. As for the two phases of Strategy and Management, we will briefly touch upon them here. The Strategy phase is where we collaborate with your organization to understand and define your current state, business drivers, and validate your goals. Additionally, we ensure that your GitHub Enterprise account is successfully activated and ready for use. The Management phase focuses on ensuring that your organization has the necessary ongoing management processes in place to support the teams utilizing GitHub. Our approach to the Strategy phase is consistent, regardless of where your organization is in the GitHub adoption process. This is because we believe it is essential to establish a clear strategy and goals before proceeding with any phase of the process.

Let us now examine the remaining three components of our Framework: Enterprise Configuration, Development & Operations, Acceleration and Innovation.

Enterprise​ Configuration

The Enterprise Configuration phase is critical for ensuring that your organization’s GitHub Enterprise account is properly configured and customized to meet your specific needs and requirements. We work closely with you to implement best practices for identity and access management, enterprise policies, and advanced security to ensure that your source code and solutions are properly secured.

  • Identity and Access Management – ensure secure access for your enterprise users.
  • Enterprise Policies Stabilization – ensure full control over repositories and permissions on GitHub.
  • GitHub Advanced Security – protect source code for your solutions.
  • Establishing Roles and Responsibilities – creating a well-defined structure of teams and their roles and permissions through the establishment of roles and responsibilities.
  • Billing Setup and Management – manage and control the costs.
Development & Operations

If you have already established a proper configuration of GitHub Enterprise, we can assist you in the next phase of Development and Operations.  The Development & Operations phase focuses on ensuring that your teams are able to effectively utilize GitHub to meet their development and operations needs. We work with you to establish clear roles and responsibilities, and provide training and guidance to help your teams work efficiently and effectively with GitHub.

  • Migration Strategy (Tip, Full, Archive) – ensure a successful migration of source code from current tools to GitHub Enterprise.
  • Establishing Teams, Roles, and Permissions – establish a clear and consistent structure with a focus on security.
  • Tool Rationalization – assist in determining which tools can be consolidated or replaced with the broad functionality of GitHub.
  • Workflow Automation and Reusability –  establish a consistent library of reusable workflows for automation across projects within the organization.
  • GitHub Packages – facilitate easy sharing of common packages among different teams.
Acceleration and Innovation

The Acceleration and Innovation phase is where we help your organization take full advantage of the capabilities of GitHub Enterprise. We work with you to identify opportunities for automation and integration and provide guidance and support to help you take advantage of the latest features and capabilities of GitHub Enterprise such as the following:

  • Code Scanning Configuration with CodeQL​ – detect coding issues and vulnerabilities.
  • Dependabot Security Updates​ – set up automatic alerts and patching for vulnerable packages.
  • Secret-less Connections – set up with the cloud​ to avoid using secrets when connecting to the platforms like Microsoft Azure or AWS from CI/CD workflows.
  • GitHub Copilot or GitHub Codespaces​ –  improve velocity and provision developer’s environments more quickly.
  • Secrets Scanning ​- to avoid and detect sensitive data in the source code repositories on GitHub.

Our GitHub Enterprise Adoption Framework encompasses various stages and strategies to ensure a successful implementation within your organization. However, please note that this is just a glimpse of the comprehensive approach we have developed. We invite you to stay informed as we unveil more in-depth insights and methods through our dedicated methodology. Utilizing our modular approach, coordination and implementation of all elements will be streamlined for optimal results. We encourage you to stay updated on the full scope of our Framework.

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