Due to the comments and suggestions from partners and the IT strategy group, the IT team has been working to improve the change management and deployment procedures of the existing IT tools on the live systems such as the Program Module, Finance Module, Global Link, Online Applications, etc. by the following procedures:
These procedures will help partners be more aware and prepare themselves for the changes, especially for the ones that might change the way they use to work in their daily operations. Furthermore, these procedures will also increase the stability of the existing live systems.
- Accumulate and put the changes (i.e. new features, enhancements and adjustments to the existing IT tools) on the test server first.
- Distribute a release note to partners explaining the details of those change.
- Allow partners to familiarize themselves with those changes on the test server for a reasonable period of time.
- Put those changes to the live systems on the date announced in the release notes.
IT team executes these procedures on a monthly basis. The changes will be put on the test server and a monthly release note will be distributed approximately by the third Wednesday of the month. These changes will be promoted from the test server to the live systems on the first Wednesday of the following month. (Note: We choose Wednesday because we could have Monday and Tuesday to prepare the actual deployment and have Thursday and Friday as contingency to handle any unexpected situations that might be caused by the changes.)
The following links will bring you to the Monthly Release Notes. The details of the changes that will be deploy on live system on these dates will be listed and explained accordingly:
September 1st, 2010
August 4th, 2010
July 7th, 2010
June 16th, 2010
May 6th, 2010March 3rd, 2010
January 1st, 2010
December 2nd, 2009
November 4th, 2009
October 7th, 2009
December 14th 2011
December 1st, 2010
December 2nd 2009
January 1st 2010
March 3rd 2010
May 4th, 2011
May 6th 2010
Monthly Release Note - August 4, 2010
Monthly Release Note -- July 7, 2010
Monthly Release Note - June 16, 2010
Monthly Release Note - September 1, 2010
November 16th 2011
November 3rd, 2010
November 4th 2009
October 6th, 2010
October 7th 2009
September 7th, 2011
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011