- Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn)
We know that the evolution of AppDeploy to ITNinja may have seemed to be too much, too soon. This Version 2 of AppDeploy was clearly much more than a name change; it was a complete rewrite. ITNinja was a year in the making and beta feedback was sparse so getting it out the door and in front of a live audience was necessary to get your much-needed feedback.
This community has always been, and continues to always be, about you. We take your feedback seriously and to heart, and based on it, have released seven significant updates to the site since our initial launch.
If you have not been watching, here’s what we’ve been up to these last few months:
- The first feedback we executed on was to bring back the ability to browse the Software Library alphabetically and added powerful filters to help manage its huge database. Taking this even further, we just introduced an additional filter so you can reduce the list to software titles matching specified text. Second, we listened to you about the look and feel of these Software Pages. The page is now easier to navigate and the information on the page is easier to see so you can now find everything and anything on any version of any software title that is available inside the site. From deployment tips and difficulty ratings to related questions, blogs and links, if you are looking for IT related information on any applications these pages are a goldmine of helpful tips and tricks.
- We’ve had a very positive response to our new Q&A system, but some of you told us that you prefer the traditional forum experience. To help with navigation, we increased the visibility of several topic tags so you can more easily browse discussions by these topics while still leveraging our powerful tagging system. And speaking of tags, we just introduced a new “Tag Home Page” feature so that you can now click on any tag to view a more helpful page of tagged content.
- We still offer the same Google Custom Search Engine that was featured at AppDeploy. However, feedback (and we agree) has highlighted that search results are not as valuable as we would all like to see. To that end, you’ll be happy to hear that we are making great progress toward replacing this search system with our own, hosted custom search. Soon you’ll enjoy a better-looking, more configurable search experience.
- And finally, the activity and the frequency that the site receives new deployment tips has increased to levels higher than ever before, meaning more valuable tips tricks, information and more colleagues to help you with your job.
And that is far from all we’ll be bringing you at ITNinja. We have a huge and growing list of updates and enhancements planned. Please continue to check back regularly as ITNinja continually evolves based on your feedback and participation.