The journey to Saasu MkII
Marc wrote this on 31 May 13 | 14 comments
This Tuesday (June 4th), we’ll be performing a significant update to the Saasu product at 7am (AEST). While this update involves no downtime (you can continue to use Saasu while it takes place), it will result in a complete overhaul of the user interface.
We wanted to alert our customers to this in advance, and explain what this means as we continue on the journey toward Saasu MkII.
Firstly, we’ve spoken a lot about an overhauled version of Saasu recently, and while the release of Saasu 1.5 is a step toward it, it is by no means the final product.
In preparing Saasu 1.5, we have focussed on bringing the application up to speed with our new brand (visually), and providing the foundations for Saasu MkII (in a technological sense).
As we’ve mentioned before, a lot of the development work we’ve undertaken recently has been behind the scenes—that is, it hasn’t resulted in new features becoming visible to customers, but instead ensures we have a solid base on which to rapidly prototype, develop and deliver the new features that we want to provide, just as much as our customers want to use.
This foundation means the road to Saasu MkII will involve a more iterative release process, which will see regular updates of individual features, as opposed to a significant amount of work behind the scenes, culminating in one large release. We’ll be looking at improving how the key screens you use daily in Saasu work together, based on the new ways of working that are starting to become more commonplace (Capture & Workflow) as well as offering support for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (Responsive Design).
One of the most noticeable changes in Saasu 1.5 is the refreshed menu structure, and the inclusion of mega menu drop-downs. We wanted to make it easier to navigate around Saasu, and recognised the existing layout was not as efficient as it could be.
We’ve also increased the size of most “hit targets” (action links and buttons) across the app, to be more mobile friendly, again leaning towards future plans for the responsive design that will come with Saasu MkII.
The video below by Shasha Gong, Head of Service, gives you an early look at Saasu 1.5 in action, and a preview of what to expect following Tuesday’s release.
As always, we look forward to your feedback when Saasu 1.5 goes live, and hope you’re as excited as we are to have hit this milestone on the journey to an even better Saasu experience.
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