Our software development team recently met with the Client Advisory Board (CAB) in April and brainstormed new ways to manage our product roadmap to provide more insight into Ad Astra’s current company-wide initiatives. The cornerstone of Ad Astra’s product roadmap continues to be increased stability and usability, as well as the consolidation of Platinum Analytics™ and Astra Schedule™ into a single implementation in 2017. This initiative will streamline our software and product support. To achieve this goal, our technical staff will be expanding by several software engineers in Q3. Our product roadmap will be shared with Aspire 2016 attendees in October.
We have begun the consolidation of our East, West, and Canadian data centers into our High Availability Network (HAN). The HAN offers additional redundancy, direct access to client data, and even faster overall performance for current Astra Cloud clients. We plan to begin the transition in mid to late May, staggering the work by region. Some clients will receive timely notices of brief weekend outages, but the majority of Ad Astra clients won’t even be aware of the transition while it is occurring.
Finally, Ad Astra has contracted a third-party software design firm to help us enhance the usability of our software. The design firm led our staff and CAB through several overview sessions, which proved to be extremely useful. In fact, we have even sent some of our staff to off-site user experience training to further hone that aspect of our software. We are excited to unveil the new user interfaces for Platinum Analytics and Astra Schedule within the next year.