Rapid Time to Market is Table Stakes for Digital Innovation
Mar 02, 2017Share this story:
The digital world is moving fast (and faster every day). If it comes to innovations, tomorrow is always too late. They were due for release yesterday! To better support our customers in their digital journey, we have changed our release schedule. With this new schedule, we will release software more frequently, reducing the time-to-market of new features significantly.
Until now, the release date of a new version of our on-premise product was determined by its scope. Consequently, the time to complete the release varied based on the size of the scope. Also, as you might expect, the scope of a release tends to fluctuate, which is just fine in an agile environment, but this has the disadvantage that release dates become unclear and that they tend to shift to later dates. This makes the planning of migration projects hard for customers. Another side effect is that different stakeholders put a lot of pressure on the product team to get a specific feature in the next release, because it is unclear when following releases will become available.
To overcome these concerns, we have decided that the release frequency is more important than the scope of a release. As a result, we will release Scriptura Engage with a fixed frequency. Every 3 months (in January, April, July and October), a new release will be made available. The scope will be more focused on a smaller set of features and it might happen that a feature won’t make it in a specific release, but the release dates are clearly defined and will give the stakeholders perspective of when to expect that feature. These time-based releases also facilitate faster collection of feedback on new features. This gives us the opportunity to iterate more quickly, resulting in more valuable software. For those customers that require stability and don’t want to use new functionalities right away, we will provide a long term stable release (LTS) every year.
To highlight this change, we will also align the version numbers of our products with this new release schedule. The new version numbering will contain the year and month of the release. With that in mind, Scriptura Engage 8.1 is also known as Scriptura Engage 17.02, which indicates that it has been released in February 2017. This year you can expect the following releases: Scriptura Engage 17.07 in July and Scriptura Engage 17.10 in October.
All changes in the release schedule are documented in the Software Release Policy, that can be found in the protected part of our website. This policy becomes effective with the release of Scriptura Engage 8.1 also known as Scriptura Engage 17.02.