Connections Online is constantly improving. While project managers, executives, problem solvers, and front-line employees rely on the current version of Connections Online 4.1 to manage their work, we've been hard at work behind the scenes on the next-generation of work management. We currently just call it Connections.
Why the new version?
The current version is built on technologies that are over 10 years old now. The tools available to developers have improved a bit since then. Also, the ways people use business applications have changed. We used to be solely focused on 1024 x 768 desktop screens. Now, we want to be flexible enough to handle 4k+ conference screens, desktops, tablets, new phones, and even a few older but still useful smartphones.
Some of the features we are gaining from the upgrade:
|Included in initial release||Expected in future releases|
|Works everywhere - Resizes from small phones to extremely large screens and works with all the latest browsers.||Internationalization - More languages than just English.|
|Fast loading - Static content is cached on your device and long lists of data load dynamically.||Even faster loading - Data can be cached on your device and updated in real time when connected to the internet.|
|Personalized / customizable - Your organization can add a cover photo, logo, and define the app colors. People can add avatars. Projects, departments, and people can have their own cover photos as well.||Offline viewing and editing - For example, edit your dialog or view a project's status even when you can't connect.|
|Full-featured API - The data we use for the app is also available for you to use directly, in your own in-house app or downloaded raw for use in Excel||Voice command & dictation - Fill out a dialog by talking, or ask a question. "How is my project going?" "What is our ROI metric goal for the 3rd quarter?"|
Some of the technologies we are using:
|Angular 7+||Ionic||Microsoft Azure SQL|
|.NET Core||Typescript||Froala Editor|
|Web Workers||Progressive Web App (PWA)||Secure Sypher|
|Password-Check by Sypher|
Where is it?
The new version is available for current clients to view in a limited, alpha version at app.connectionsonline.net. If you'd like to see it, we can migrate your current site into the new app so you can log in and look around. You will have to set a new password for the new site as our old passwords cannot be migrated and we are following the newest NIST guidelines about authentication security.
What is done and when will my favorite feature work?
We are publishing a full changelog that includes information about the current status as well as what was included in previous releases. Additionally, we are making announcements in this forum every time we publish a new release. If you are interested in keeping up with every change as it happens, make sure you sign up to follow this forum.
When will it be done?
We have a roadmap available at app.productplan.com. The pieces on the roadmap are constantly moving around and changing dates, but you can always see our current estimates by viewing that page. We don't have (and can't have) a carved-in-stone, mark-your-calendars and reserve-the-party-room release date set. We all want it to be released as soon as possible, but not before it is really ready. When it is finally ready, though, expect a big party!