I’m very excited by the launch of the Scribe Blog. The Scribe Blog represents a continuation of our renewed focus on reaching out to and communicating with our partners and customers. As head of Scribe’s development organization, I want to give you a flavor for what you can expect from the Scribe product team in the upcoming months. Going forward you will see regular blog posts by members of the Scribe development organization about topics ranging from high level descriptions of upcoming releases to very detailed explanations of powerful yet little known features of Scribe products.
Let me describe several of the initiatives on which the development team is currently focused.
Scribe released version 1.0 of the Scribe Adapter for Web Services in April of this year. This is an exciting new product for Scribe, as it provides a robust mechanism by which you can connect to applications for which Scribe does not already provide an application adapter. Version 1.1 of the Web Services Adapter is scheduled for release on July 7, 2009. The focus of this release has been to incorporate feedback received by early users of the adapter. The release includes a number of improvements and enhancements:
- Support for both wsHttpBinding and HttpBinding protocols. In version 1.0, you were required to change the default binding for WCF web services.
- Support for WSDL files the reference other WSDL files (OpenMind idea #225).
- Ability to use services for which some methods are unsupported. In version 1.0, if any web method was unsupported (because, for example, it utilized unsupported data types), then the entire web service was unusable (OpenMind idea #204).
- Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) can now be integrated into a SharePoint list (OpenMind idea #231).
- An improved configuration UI that is more intuitive and easier to use (OpenMind idea #230).
If you’re interested in trying out this new release before its GA date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scribe plans to release version 1.2 of the Web Services adapter later this year. If there are features and improvements you’d like to see added to that release, please consider voting for your favorite idea in Scribe OpenMind.
We have seen tremendous interest from the Scribe community in a Scribe Adapter for Dynamics AX, both in OpenMind voting (see OpenMind idea #11) and in direct communications with our partners. We are currently in the planning stages for a Dynamics AX adapter. I’m not ready at this time to offer details or dates, but I can confirm that it is our intent to release an adapter for Dynamics AX before the end of 2009. Watch this blog for further details in the future.
Scribe OpenMind was launched a little over a year ago, and it has grown into an important tool for the Scribe community. With over 800 Scribe users and consultants logging into the OpenMind community regularly, the site represents a vibrant online community and a tremendous source of information for both our customers and partners, and for Scribe itself.
Scribe created OpenMind with two goals in mind. First, we wanted to provide a useful and update-to-date source of information about our products. The latest product roadmap is always available in OpenMind. The new and improved Knowledge Base also resides in OpenMind. Since the re-launch of the Knowledge Base in March of this year, we’ve added over 700 Knowledge Base articles. And, unlike the old Knowledge Base, Scribe monitors and responds to questions posted in the Knowledge Base. The feedback we’ve received thus far has been extremely positive.
Second, OpenMind provides a means by which our users can provide us feedback about which features they’d most like to see added to the Scribe product. I value all feedback…but I particularly value feedback that comes in the form of OpenMind ideas. Since any user can comment on an OpenMind idea, it represents a public dialog in which other members of the community can engage. This multi-lateral communication helps to define the scope and intended use cases that in turn make it likely that the enhancements we deliver will actually meet the business need. Voting also allows Scribe to understand what features would be valued by the community as a whole.
I cannot stress how carefully we consider OpenMind feedback as we scope out new releases. We cannot always address the top-voted ideas in a particular release, as we need to consider tradeoffs of size and scope against dates and resources, but we weigh feedback and voting very heavily. If you’ve not already done so, please consider requesting an account today (https://openmind.scribesoftware.com/user_requests/new). Your vote counts!
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