In our previous blog ‘Give business control with Resource Promotion’ we gave an overview of capabilities and benefits of our Resource Promotion, an easy to use tool that allows business users to push changes all the way into production, making them independent from IT to deploy emails, push notifications and other communications. Give it a quick look to refresh your insights on promotion, tasks, environments, and more.
However, in the meantime, we continued our efforts to further improve Resource Promotion and are happy to announce that Resource Promotion is now bigger and better. “How?,” you might ask? Well, it now supports much larger projects. Additionally it supports tasks with 100s of resources. We go more into detail below so read on.
Fast and user friendly
Resource Promotion allows you to streamline internal processes and pounce on changes and opportunities in the market faster than ever. The web-based tool enables business users to manage Web Designer and Desktop Designer resources such as templates, pluggable objects and themes and promote changes all the way to production, independently from IT with the possibility to use a sequence of stages or phases.
Unlike overpowered and complex IT-oriented solutions such as SVN, Git or Teamcity, Resource Promotion is extremely user friendly that allows for swift updates of all your communications while maintaining a clear overview. You can correlate business change requests with tasks and your business users can collaborate by using those tasks. Depending on (dis)approval, changes to templates within tasks can be promoted or pushed back to next or previous preconfigured environments in the deployment process.
As small as possible
Firstly, when working with Resource Promotion, we always advise to create small tasks with focused changes. Smaller changes are less likely to cause problems, and typically lead to shorter delivery times. Additionally, it allows users to pinpoint changes more precisely and to consult a more understandable history of those changes. It’s simply nicer to work with.
Secondly, even when you need to make mass changes, check to see whether those can be split according to communication or document type, market segment, client,… as to make your tasks as small as possible, without rendering them too small. Your task still needs to represent a sensible and coherent group of work.
Resource Promotion at scale
However, even the smallest of tasks might be still quite large. A clear case arose earlier when syncing existing Desktop Designer workspaces with Design Studio projects. As mentioned in the previous blog post, Resource Promotion is part of the Design Studio in the cloud and has deep integration with Web Designer but Scriptura Engage Desktop Designer users can also enjoy the benefits of Resource Promotion.
Existing workspaces in Desktop Designers often have 100s or even 1000s of templates, reusable objects, data samples, style definitions, documentation files, and related resources. A project with 1000s of resources is considered large and might have previously slowed down the application. Additionally, when initially creating an environment with those amount of resources, the ability to have larger tasks (100s of resources) makes life easier. These projects and tasks are now fully supported. The application remains responsive and longer running operations on large tasks can run in the background, while users can still check up on their progress and results.
In this picture: a demo of multiple operations running on tasks with 100s of resources. Remember, such large tasks are usually to be avoided.
We continue to evolve Resource Promotion as we speak. From initial feedback from our users, we got new insights and prioritised some additional improvements. For example, the Abort and Reject operations on tasks are slightly revised. As a result they are safer, easier to understand and easier to apply.
There are a handful of other small improvements and users are generally provided with more meaningful information, creating a smoother experience. Working with our users, those changes and a number of additional improvements will be made available soon.
An example of revised behavior and User Experience in Resource Promotion: