With our launch of the new unified CorasWorks v11 platform, we are changing our approach to software releases. We are aligning much more closely with the typical Microsoft release approach that most of you are already familiar with. This is all made possible by v11. Gone are the days of having to do a full retraction, installation, and re-deployment of every new release. Once you move to v11, the only features you need deploy will be brand new components.
The structure of our releases moving forward is Release, Cumulative Update, and Service Pack. v11 is a major release and will be the base for years to come. However, with our new approach, we will very rapidly be able to address bugs/issues that do not affect the user interface and therefore do not expose new features to the end user. We will do this through a Cumulative Update. An update will be installed through an installer and will take approximately 5 minutes per server. The goal is to make it easy to install the updates and to ensure that IT organizations can approve the updates without the rigor that goes with new feature testing. The key with Cumulative Updates is that they are indeed cumulative, meaning that the most recent update will always include all the previous updates. So if you miss one along the way, no problem.
New features will be addressed through a Service Pack. The Service Pack releases will address items that require interface changes and will include all the Cumulative Updates that have been released prior to the Service Pack. Much like the update process, the Service Pack will be a quick, installer-based installation, but it will potentially include new components that will need to be deployed for the first time.
Much like Microsoft releases a new version of SharePoint every few years, CorasWorks will have future releases. However the v11 platform will be with us for the next few years. It will allow us to address issues more rapidly than ever before and make it easier for you to stay current with the latest updates.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist.