2009 Product and Launch Schedule

Jason Beres / Friday, February 20, 2009

I want to bring everyone up to date on this year’s products & launch schedule.  As you know, last August, we re-configured the product offerings into a Win Client/Web Client scenario.  These break down to:

·         NetAdvantage Win Client – Windows Forms/WPF controls

·         NetAdvantage Web Client – ASP.NET/Silverlight controls

This packaging stays the same in 2009, with the addition of another new Silverlight based product:

·         NetAdvantage Silverlight Data Visualization

This new product is all about bringing cool, modern data visualizations to the Silverlight platform.  It includes controls like Map, Chart, Gauge, Timeline and Zoombar in the initial release.  We’ll be adding goodness to it throughout 2009.

Another change this year is moving from 3 releases per year to 2 releases per year.  This means the .NET and JSF based products will have a Volume 1 release and a Volume 2 release.  There will not be a Volume 3 release.

Here is the planned launch schedule for 2009:

Product

2009 Volume 1

2009 Volume 2

NetAdvantage Silverlight Data Visualization

March 2009

November 2009

NetAdvantage for JSF

March 2009

September 2009

NetAdvantage Win Client

(includes Windows Forms + WPF controls)

April 2009

September 2009

NetAdvantage Web Client (includes ASP.NET + Silverlight Line of Business controls)

April 2009 (ASP.NET)

June 2009 (Silverlight)

October 2009

 

Other items to note:

·         We will be shipping 4 new Icon Packs in 2009, roughly around the May, June, August, November timeframes.  As we get closer to releasing, I will update you on the types of icons and the estimated release date.

·         All TestAdvantage products will ship within 1 month of the current NetAdvantage Win Client product release.

Why the change in release cycle?

There were a couple of reasons for the schedule change.  One of them was the feedback from you, around how often you actually install the new bits we release.  Another major reason behind this change boiled down to the amount of time it took to prepare a product for each release.  For every product team (Windows Forms, ASP.NET, WPF, Silverlight, etc), there is a 4 to 6 week period before each release where we go into a productization phase of the release cycle.  This means aggressive bug fixing to get to zero bug bounce, creating and testing installation packages, regression testing all new builds, finalizing the documentation, doing internal training for support, and the list goes on.  If we add all of that up, we end up with an enormous amount of time preparing for releases, where we could actually be writing more features and doing more testing to bring you higher quality software. 

By cutting the number of volume releases per year to 2 per product, we can do a better job bringing high-value, high-quality releases to market.

If you have any feedback or questions, I would love to hear them.  Shoot me an email at jasonb@infragistics.com or simply reply to this post.