OpCon 20 brings a new release support model, simplified installation, tightened security, and a rewrite of Solution Manager. Here’s a quick summary of the features coming with 20.
- Long-term Support and Short-term Support release options.
- Clients can choose to get access to features as soon as possible (STS) or stay on a more methodical release cycle where all fixes will be applied (LTS).
- Online Help and Online Training
- Tighter Security
- External Events Password now External Token
- Works for either MSGIN or the OpCon API
- Disabled by default so users can opt-in
- A GUID instead of a user defined password
- Updated Password Requirements
- Solution Manager rewrite
- Open Solution Manager from the Enterprise Manager to bridge the gap
- Workload moved from server-side to client-side to enhance scalability
- Configuration settings now accessible in the user interface instead of through an ini file
- Continued advancement of Deploy
- Deploy will now be available in a Docker container
How to choose between LTS and STS release options
SMA previously did two large product releases per year for all clients, but we now offer the flexibility to choose how your upgrade cycles happen with long-term support (LTS) and short-term support (STS) options. If your organization has a longer upgrade cycle, say greater than 18 months, the LTS option is probably the best fit. You don’t have to change anything with your plan, this is the new default.
With the LTS plan, SMA will deliver one major release per year, which will include new features and products. Clients are not required to upgrade, but SMA consultants are available to assist if your organization wants some extra peoplepower to handle the implementation of new features.
With LTS, you will also receive maintenance releases approximately every six weeks for the lifespan of that version. In addition, all bug fixes will be backported to all supported releases. The length of a supported release continues to be three years.
STS releases, by comparison, deliver early access to new features. Instead of a large yearly LTS release, the STS releases are shipped on a similar timeframe as the maintenance releases (approximately every six weeks). All defect fixes are applied to the next STS release instead of a maintenance release.
Clients can switch back and forth between the plans at no additional cost, but clients who switch from LTS to STS cannot switch back to LTS until the next major release.