I'm very proud to announce the general availability of the new Agile Platform 5.0, a complete unified solution to address the full life cycle of delivering and managing web apps and business processes.
One of the key achievements in 5.0 is the addition of Business Processes Technology. The Agile Platform now unifies the two lifecycles of application development and business process management within a single, integrated environment. The new Embedded Process Automation and a new TaskBox will allow IT to streamline the deployment of new and changed business processes. Finally, the new Business Activity Monitoring module will provide key performance indicators so that you can identify which process changes can lead to improved performance.
These features are complemented by a large number of small, but important productivity improvements aligned with the valuable feedback you gave us. We have made several enhancements, such as TrueChange On The Fly that now allows real-time validation of the eSpace; both Find and Find Usages now extend to all eSpace elements; an automated rebinding mechanism that automatically replaces a deleted element with a new one; a new Web Editor providing a clearer and more intuitive design through improved WYSIWYG, an improved multilingual support into Service Studio to simplify all translation operations; less 1-Click Publishes required, faster load and save of eSpaces, and many other additional improvements. Check out this thread in our forums which has a bunch of short but very cool demos highlighting some of these features.
Last but not least, aligned with market demand we’ve also updated the supported stacks. The Agile Platform 5.0 now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. Download the full system requirements datasheet to see all details. The ORACLE stack will also be updated to support Oracle 11GR2, but this will be only available in February 2010.
Attached to this post you can find the What’s new in the Agile Platform 5.0, which describes in more detail all enhancements and new features in 5.0.
Finally, let me thank you all for your feedback, and extend a special thank you to all teams that worked in the Beta projects for their precious early feedback which was fundamental to achieve a top quality release.
Have fun with 5.0!