NOTE! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED ROADMAP AS OF FALL 2014! See here for the current roadmap.

 

Release 2014.2

 

Genus Desktop

Introducing Genus Discovery for end users.

 

Genus Discovery is a flexible and intuitive graphical tool for exploring, analysing and sharing data and insight with other end users. Genus Discovery consist of three parts:

 

  1. Analysis aims at increased information availability for end-users, and provides capabilities for self-service visualizing and discovery. Analysis is not an Excel competitor. On the contrary, your discovered data may easily be exported and merged with Microsoft Office.
  2. Data Marts: Tailored made Data Marts by modelers provide data containing a subset of data oriented to a specific business function or team. This makes it possible for end users to play safely with data relationships, without sacrificing data consistency and violating the definition of key performance indicators (KPIs).
  3. Data Extract: Extracting your data for further use in other applications or documents, like exporting or merging with Microsoft Excel.

 

Analysis consolidates relevant data from multiple sources and enables you to explore the relations in your data. Visualize data by combining controls such as list boxes, combo boxes, charts, and grids, in a multi-page layout. Analysis will include a new Pivot Grid control. The Pivot Grid control will not be included in Forms as earlier announced.

 

Compared to other standalone BI software, the Analysis utilizes the data structure and logic already defined in your Application Model.

 

See the news article Introducing Genus Discovery! for more information.

 

 

Introducing support for integration with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office, i.e. drag-and-drop, mail sending and receiving etc.

 

 

Genus Mobile

Introducing the Release Candidate of Genus Mobile, an app for accessing your data and tasks on your mobile device or on the web without writing a single line of code, i.e. by modeling Forms only. Selected partner projects are allowed to use the Release Candidate in production. All other usage, included not approved usage, will not be supported.

 

It is an absolute requirement that your Genus Mobile application models are stored in Genus Directories separate from your existing Genus Desktop or Genus Server application models. This is needed in order to keep the application models as small as possible due to performance reasons, and to allow for an expected higher rate of change (model deployment) and innovation than your existing Genus Desktop-centric models.

 

Genus Mobile is available for web (two latest versions of major browsers) and iOS (version 6 or later), Android (version 4.4 or later), Windows Phone 8.x or later, and as a Windows 8.x App.

 

Note that it is not necessary to model web services towards Genus Mobile. Behind the scenes Genus Mobile and Genus Server communicate using web services, but these web services come "out-of-the-box" with the Genus App Platform. See the news article Genus Mobile – a Brief Technology Fact Sheet for more information.

 

 

Genus Server

Introducing While block in Action Orchestration.

 

Introducing support for DB2 as data provider.

 

Introducing support for basic consuming HTTP RESTful services.

 

New option on Task Scope for executing effects asynchronously.

 

 

End-of-life Functionality

Flags are removed. Flags were remarks on objects to inform you and other users. Flags must be replaced by modeling manually.

 

 

Release Date

The release is expected October 17th 2014.

 

 

Coming later

Ribbon introduced to replace the Genus Desktop’s main toolbars (main menus).

 

Full support for Unicode.

 

Native support for 64-bit editions of Windows.

 

Introducing a Map Control for displaying and navigating maps on both Genus Desktop and Genus Mobile. The Map Control will include the following functionality:

  • Displaying symbols and object markers, with automatic formating of the markers.
  • Navigating the map by zooming and panning.
  • Map location selection (click) sets active object (in other form controls), and vice versa.
  • Relocating markers based on timers and data sources for tracking moving objects like vehicles.
  • Marker selection (click) expands marker with task buttons.
  • Handles multiple coordinate systems.
  • Bound to the OpenStreetMap map data source, but new data sources will be added in future releases.

 

Introducing Try Modify effect for returning structured, textual validation errors for use e.g. when trying to change a state.

 

Introducing Analysis View on Genus Mobile.

 

Introducing Genus Mobile support for one or more leading Mobile Device Management vendors.

 

Introducing more Genus Desktop user interface controls, like Calendar (Scheduler) and Gauge.

 

Simplified Oracle deployment scenarios by replacing Oracle Data Provider for .NET (ODP.NET) Unmanaged Driver with the new ODP.NET Managed Driver.

 

Extending the Map Control to more map data sources.

 

Extending consuming of HTTP RESTful services, and add support for exposing HTTP RESTful services.

 

Improved Follow-up functionality (reminders, notifications, flags, ...) with tighter data integration supporting live update of (parts of) Forms and social collaboration.

 

Making report setup available for end users by introducing new reporting functionality. This will be in addition to our existing Microsoft Word and Excel mail merge functionalities.

 

Our investment in Genus Mobile (cross platform apps for web, mobile, tablet on iOS, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Android) continues, with increased flexibility and new controls.

 

Other, not prioritized functionality:

 

  • Support for external authentication services (OAuth, Google, Facebook, Twitter, ...).
  • Support for file upload/download extended to server side tasks.
  • Support for WS-Security, an extension to SOAP to apply security to web services. Initial support will be limited to UserID/Password tokens. Further security token models will be added on customer demand.
  • Support for BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation), a graphical representation for specifying business processes in a business process model.
  • OpenSearch compatible web services, i.e. allowing publishing of search results in a format suitable for syndication and aggregation, like RSS.
  • Support for Cloud Deployment through Windows Azure. Other cloud computing platforms will be considered based on customer demand.
  • Support for additional service types and formats (RSS, KML, WebSocket, …).
  • An update of Genus Analyzer to utilize new user interface controls and harmonize with Genus Forms designer.
  • The replacement of InstallShield with a more flexible installation technology.

 

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This roadmap contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. The actual results may vary from those stated or implied.