Release 2017.4

 

Analysis

 

The following new visualizations will be introduced:

  • Single category field: Listing of values belonging to a category. Typically used for categories with a low number of values, like types.
  • Circle packing: A layout of circles where the size of a circle correspond to a Value. The color may correspond to the grouping by a single Category, or to the Value. Useful for identifying deviating values. Actions can be applied to Header, Content, Button, and Context Menu.
  • Three dimensional grid: Presents bound data in a tabular format, where columns represent data fields and rows represent objects.  Numerous data management and layout customization features are supported.
  • Ticker: A moving visualization of a value and its relation to a comparative value, e.g. stock or news tickers.
  • Deviation table: Lists a percentage deviation between two values grouped by one category. The table shows the group name, current value and deviation.
  • Symbolic distribution: A symbolic distribution can be used in two ways: 1) Visualizing a single value grouped by a single category 2) Visualizing one or more uncategorized values. A symbol picker can in both cases be applied to choose a symbol to represent the aggregated value(s).
  • Value grid: Offers placement of values in cells in order to achieve a custom layout not structured by dimensions or data, but "hard coded" in a row - column position.
  • List: A single column table solely aimed at displaying a high amount of data without much room for formatting, applying functions on the data etc.
  • Sankey diagram: A Sankey diagram is a flow diagram where the width of the links is proportional to the flow between the nodes. The diagram is used to present N-1 values grouped pairwise by N categories. The categories will be distributed along the horizontal axis, and appear as vertically stacked columns of category objects. Between each pair of adjacent categories, there will be links visualizing the aggregated value between the category objects. See here for more information.

 

The following new features will be introduced:

  • Copy and paste formatting from one tile to another.
  • Export of a tile to an image (PNG) file.
  • Audit trail on both changes and execution of Analysis.
  • Parallel loading of data marts.
  • Explore values by opening a form or a table.

 

User Interface

 

Views

  • Extended view functionality and support for user-defined views
    • Multiple predefined views for shortcuts to a table which the user can choose from
    • Users can create custom views which can be shared with others.

 

Discovery

  • The Discovery section in the Genus Studio directory tree is moved from Genus Studio to the navigation pane in Genus Desktop.
  • From the navigation pane you will have access to recent items and entries for viewing different type of objects, such as Analysis and Reports.
  • Data can be filtered from the refine pane, which also includes quick access for filtering on tags and groups.
  • Fully integrated with ribbon.
  • The above replaces all functionality previously available from the Discover pane in Genus Desktop.

 

REST Service

  • Improved user interface and one designer for defining resource paths and methods for a given service.

 

Environment

 

Installation of Genus Desktop reengineered to install just a small "launcher executable", to be able to handle future upgrades of Genus Desktop more seamlessly. The launcher will be backwards compatible, i.e. handle startup of old versions of Genus Desktop. At the time of writing of this roadmap, it is not decided whether the uninstall of the old installation and installation of the new launcher itself will be automated or not.

 

Time schedule

 

The release stage plan for Release 2017.4 is:

  • Alpha version at August 14th
  • Beta version at September 4th
  • Release Candidate at September 18th
  • Release at September 29th

 

All dates may be subject to change.

 

Release 2017.5

 

User Interface

 

Search

  • The Search Results section in the navigation pane is renamed to Search.
  • In this section you can access recent items, saved searches and current search results.
  • Fully integrated with ribbon.
  • The above replaces all functionality previously available from the Search pane.

 

More contents of this release will be made available later.

 

Time schedule

 

The release is scheduled for late November or early December 2017. 

 

Launched Projects

 

The following development projects have been started, but have not been assigned to a release:

  • Redesign of the Genus Apps designer and the Genus Apps run-time. The project has code name "Genus Apps 2.0". Genus Apps 2.0 will be launched in parallel with the existing Genus Apps (1.0), and will gradually - in future releases - include a steady increase in the richness of UI and logic expressiveness, until Genus Apps 2.0 exceeds the functionality of Genus Apps 1.0.
  • Reengineering and expansion of Genus authentication mechanisms and functionality. Genus already supports a range of authentication alternatives, but to be prepared for a future with even more alternatives, a reengineering is necessary.

 

Future Releases

 

Continued step-by-step transition of Genus Desktop to a hybrid desktop by combining web technologies based on JavaScript with traditional desktop technologies, making it possible to fully integrate web apps in your desktop application. This ensures a continued investment in our rich Genus Desktop experience, to support our customer's requirements for complex high productivity business applications.

 

Increasing investment in our cross-platform Genus Apps technology by a steady increase in the richness of UI and logic expressiveness. Our Apps Form designer will be redesigned.

 

An increase in our focus on web apps (mobile web) compared to installed apps (mobile apps), supporting a broader, global trend where web apps are favored over installed apps. Our support for installed apps may be removed in a future release in dialogue with our customers.

 

Introducing a clearer separation between components (Form, Analysis, Diagram, Map, Report, Table) and controls (Button, Group Box, Image, Text Edit, …). Introducing support for combining components, and at the same time give the end user more flexibility to adjust both his or hers user interface and functionality.

 

Continued investment in Genus Discovery, integrating the functionality tighter with the rest of Genus App Platform, in order to make Analysis an even more integrated part of the end user experience and the end user object handling workflow. New visual controls will be added to Genus Discovery in a steady pace.

 

Transition of Genus App Services to the aPaaS (Application Platform as a Service) level in the cloud utilizing a microservices based approach. Support for on-premises and third party hosted installations will be continued.

 

Increased modelling capabilities for utilizing Genus App Platform as both a consumer and provider in our customer's microservices architecture. This will be carried through by an increased richness in our REST/JSON-offering, but also by dividing larger application models into smaller model domains.

 

Continue to add to our list of supported database systems, and not only relational databases, but also NoSQL database systems.

 

Continuous learn and adapt to new technologies and functionalities. On our current list is machine learning, exploration of visual decision logic and model revision control management.

 

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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.