Further towards an End-to-End platform - The year in review with VP of Product, Jonatan
December 20, 2021
This year, 2021, has been a fantastic year in terms of product expansion for TimeEdit, with several new product going from a sketch to launched and implemented in a very short time. Let's wrap up the most important steps taken and see what's coming next. Here’s our product highlights of the year!
TE AutoPilot to add world-class auto-scheduling to TE's suite
Our key initiative this year has been building a true auto-scheduling solution, TE AutoPilot, to work seamless with our already established suite of products within manual and semi-automatic scheduling. The idea has been not just copying what's already in the market, but further push the boundaries in efficient resource and scheduling management. As part of creating a great workflow for auto-scheduling, we expanded TE Preferences to be the premier tool in the market to collect input data for your scheduling in a structured way. Apart from a very efficient way of collecting most data inputs, the data also flows nicely into TE Core andAutoPilot to make your end-to-end scheduling as smooth as possible.
TE Reporting to add first rate support for data-driven decision making
Another topic for this year is to materialize our strong belief that data, analytics and insights are key to running an effective university - now but even more in the future. That's why we built TE Reporting - a tool where all data from our other products will be integrated and possible to get insights from. Having built a very strong and flexible solution, in true TimeEdit manner, we will now focus on ease-of-use and levitate the solution beyond just a reporting tool. The focus going forward will be around best practice analytical frameworks out of the box, truly trying to add value and insight.
Not stopping here - what's coming in 2022?
TimeEdit is growing rapidly in all aspects: Expanding to new geographical regions, launching new products, recruiting a lot of new talented people. This means we also need to establish a new level of technical foundation to support even further growth. Increased stability, more robust quality assurance, ability to deploy without interruption. It might sound boring in some ears, but I'm confident this will be very beneficial for all our customers. First effect on this will be TE Exam and TE Preferences, were we are currently working hard on improving performance and quality. Our intention is you will see substantial effect beginning of 2022.
We will also refine and improve several of our products, based on your feedback. Working even more closely with our customers will be a strong theme for the coming years and getting your feedback is essential for us to build great products. In TE Preferences, this close collaboration will materialize in us developing both a concept called week pattern (essentially adding the ability to create a template week which you can then apply for several weeks) as well as more auto-filled data (meaning a lot less data entry for submitters). The very tight collaboration is also true for the TE AutoPilot development, where we will continue to develop improved features such as more padding options and improved constraints handling.
Does this mean we won't develop any new features or products next year? Certainly not! Since we are also growing our product and engineering department substantially, we strongly believe we will manage to launch some of our many ideas to support our vision of the End-to-End platform at the same time. Without calling out to many of our product ideas, one topic we will dive into is the concept of pathways. This is a complex topic, where we have understood current solutions in the market is not fulfilling the needs very well. We aim not only to support the pathway concept, but also aim to development something to generate pathways and studentsets in a more efficient way. Apart from that, focus will be knitting together our products even tighter; sometimes by stronger ties between existing products, sometimes by building new products to bridge those End-to-End platform gaps.
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