SRP’s article is an initial posting that is the precursor to some more technical reviews to come and I plan to link to those from my blog with Don’s permission.
The initial article focuses on the perceived timeline and is based on the work done already and the work still to be done. The only thing that I will add is that I have watched the progress and I know that a lot of the product development had to wait until some of the key underlying work was done. I understand that this has now been done and that the OI10 team has widened and the development is now going at a pace – as Mike has told me several times, the product is changing hourly now.
This following statement is pure supposition but I liken the development timeline to the global population growth chart that we will all recognise and shown above. I believe that we are now onto the vertical path and that development will produce more and more over the coming weeks leading up to the Q3 beta release. It is that long horizontal line period that resulted in the slippage and the things that the team could not yet show at the conference.
SRP’s predicted timeline may well prove to be correct and VARs will no doubt want to wait for the first or second point release, but I hope that we will be surprised. Whichever proves to be the case, I do wholeheartedly agree with SRP’s thought about keeping your own development going in the current versions of OpenInsight and not waiting for OI10. It is always a mistake to put software development projects on hold whilst awaiting the next innovation.
I would also urge those of you running on OI 7.x and 8.x to seriously consider moving your systems to 9.4. Whilst Mike indicated that we will be able to convert an OI 4.03 or later system, it makes sense to me to bring yourselves up to 9.4 and then take a smaller step into the OI 10 system with all of its changes.