VitalSite version 13 will be our fourth release in the last two months. With each of these releases we have made incremental progress on making VitalSite easier to use, providing more hooks into the data, and improving how clients can customize their sites. And we plan to continue frequent releases that make VitalSite even better and friendlier.
In addition to our software improvements, and more importantly, we have been more actively engaging with our clients on new features. We have formed Client Advisory Groups (CAG) around several of our initiatives. Our clients who serve as CAG members act as experts in the domain. They tell us how they want to use the feature, what problems they want to solve with the software, and how they want us to directly test early prototypes. This means we are able to roll out software that meets client needs and the members of our CAG get early access to the software we develop.
In addition, we have been engaging internal Geonetric experts on what we are developing. Our Geonetric Advisory Groups understand a broad range of projects we have done for clients, special features they would like to include in the future, and changing trends in the industry. This ensures we aren’t just building for today’s problems but tomorrow’s potential opportunities.
With all of these different constituents providing input into our process, we are able to build a common language around what we are developing. This allows our domain experts, both internal and external, to directly influence not just what we create, but how we code and how we talk about the product. The end result is a better product that better meets our clients’ needs. You can see an example of some of the outcomes of this work with the new Geonetric.com website.