|What it is||Where it's at today:||Expect to see it around:||Why it is important|
|Switch to using sprites on WORKetc interface||Staging Server||January||Sprites mean a web browser need make fewer requests to show a page. WORKetc will load faster and feel snappier to use.|
|Mail Server Updates||Beta||January||We need to do everything possible to ensure emails that WORKetc sends on behalf of customers arrive at their intended destination. This is best achieved by leveraging from the experience and technology of a specialist provider. A tangible outcome from this will mean no throttling on email campaigns and the ability to view if a transaction email (ie emailed invoice) was received by your customer.|
|New project management module.||Beta Release||January||A whole lot of new features already covered here.|
|New time sheet module.||Beta Release||January||A whole lot of new features already covered here.|
|New calendars module.||Beta|
|January||A whole lot of new features already covered here.|
|Granualar Permissions||Scoping||March||Ability to set with absolute precission what your employees can view. Important because every business has different levels of privacy. WORKetc was originally designed with a somewhat naïve and utopian view that everyone needs to see everything in order to deliver the best collaborative experience. We now know that isn't the case and will be making permissions easier to manage and granualar to apply if required. Awesome - discussion here.|
|Granualar Alerts||Scoping||March||Alerts are critical to staying up-to-date with what is going on, but too many alerts quickly manifests into that that horrible drowning feeling we've all experienced at some point. Granualar alerts will provide absolute controlover what alerts are delivered to which people and on what triggers.|
|New CRM & Sales Automation features and tools||Scoping||April||This is a massive update of the CRM module that will include a number of advanced features such as expanded custom fields, saved views, sales process templates and the ability to choose what data columns you want to see in tables. I'll cover these off in a blog post shortly, but they are a massive advance in terms of functionality.|
|Web Forms||Scoping||April||Improved usability, easier to impliment, custom fields, customise the look and feel.|
|Outlook plugin||Scoping||April||Work for most people means constant email and a large chunk of that is in Outlook. This add-on will let you interact with WORKetc without ever having to leave Outlook. Synchronise calendars & contacts, update projects, create new sales leads and view a contact's activtiy history. Outlook Addin discussion here.|
|At R&D stage, continuing investigation and information gathering from customers.|
Contribute @ the Feature Suggestion forum.
|Mobile client and/or enhanced mobile interface. Discuss here.|
|Usability / User Experience - we have around ~200 small inconsistencies we are working through.|
|Billing and Finance revision|
|Customer portal revision|
|Dashboard and Reporting revision|
|Customer Support revision|
|Email marketing revision|
Thanks for the update Dan!
Please do not worry about competitors. The more nimble platforms are also the less complete. As to your actual competitors, they have either implemented some of those features or included them in their own road maps. On the other hand, a road map is a positive competitive differentiator.
It is important to provide a clear vision in very general terms -- for example, WorkETC may not answer some of my non-critical needs; I may still subscribe to your service knowing that they will be implemented in a near future (within 12 months or so) and that we share the same general vision. It's the icing on the cake.
the fact that WORKetc is under active development is one of the reasons i have chosen it.
Even if you didnt add any other features, Its already good enough to do what i NEED to do. yet because its under active development, i know all the features i WANT will soon be available.
I agree with Charles (above) completely.
Be encouraged - you're doing good.
You guys never cease to amaze me. Really...keep up the great work. I love when a product is easy to recommend!
these loose plans from January look very exciting - I can see some were already implemented.
any idea on new target dates for those that haven't been implemented? I'm really excited about the Outlook plugin and Granular permissions.
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