Welcome to the Ascend Software Blog!
Welcome to this first edition of the Ascend Software Blog. In future posts we will keep you up to date on our development progress and cover other topics of interest.
2011 has been a very busy year for us. In March we released Ascend Version 2.0. Since then over 550 locations have upgraded. In September, we introduced Version 2.1. This release includes full eCommerce integration, Trek Product Registration and several new on-line reports. Later this month, we’ll release Version 2.2. In our next blog post, we’ll highlight the great new features it includes. We’re now on a quarterly release schedule. So work on Version 2.3, due out in March of 2012, has already started.
One of the main reasons we’re able to accomplish so much is we’ve retooled our development team. Back in March of 2010 we adopted the Agile Development Process. With Agile, we work in two-week periods called “sprints”. Each sprint includes a group of tasks or “stories” than can be completed and tested and rolled out to our beta group of dealers.
The Ascend Beta Group includes over 20 cycling retail locations in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Germany. Dealers in this group upgrade to a new version of Ascend at the end of every two-week sprint. They’re on the “bleeding edge”. They get to use the cool new stuff well before everyone else. They also see the bugs that can get introduced when adding so many new features. If you’d like to be a part of this team, please let us know. Otherwise stay tuned to this blog and we’ll keep you up to date on what we’re doing.Tags: Agile, Sprint, Version 2.2