We announce today that we will support Scriptura Engage 19.04 LTS until 2024, which is 3 years longer than initially planned. As a consequence however, the next LTS is targeted for April 2021.
In 2017 we decided to change the release schedule to release Scriptura Engage more frequently, to reduce the time-to-market of new features significantly. With New Feature releases every quarter and a Long Term Stable release every year, we broke records in making new functionalities available. So we were happy with this policy as we can make the results of our development efforts available more quickly, allowing fast customer feedback.
But what about the adoption rate by organizations?
Some early-adopters are very happy with this fast-paced release policy. But once a stable production system is deployed, the appetite to upgrade disappears. As the Scriptura Engage communication platform is business-critical for a lot of organizations, every release is thoroughly tested by organizations, next to the massive automated tests we run for every release. Upgrading and testing (end-to-end) the new releases of Scriptura Engage requires some effort, making it quite a job to keep up. As a result, New Feature releases were hardly used and organizations had trouble staying up-to-date with supported Long Term Releases.
So, after careful consideration we decided to make some changes to the release schedule, which will benefit all customers:
- Quarterly New Feature releases (typically released in January, July and October) will no longer be available.
- Long Term Stable (LTS) releases will be made available every 2 years (the earliest).
- A Long Term Stable (LTS) release will be supported for 5 years.
We understand that our customers value the LTS release as it gives the comfort and assurance that imperfections will be fixed, but no additional features are added that require exhaustive testing. With this change, we give organizations the opportunity to plan and test the upgrades more conveniently.
Does that mean we won’t see any new developments until 2021?
No, not at all. The Design Studio of Scriptura Engage is fully cloud-based and new releases happen every two weeks, making the management of communication content easier all the time. And no worries, if changes happen that will require an update on your installed Scriptura Engage, we will inform you in a timely manner!
If somehow this change is not clear or you are interested in the next evolutions of Scriptura Engage, please contact me! I’m happy to answer any questions!
Director Product & CTO