For those of you unable to attend Sage Summit, here's a quick run down of the sessions I covered on mobile and customization. Hope to see you at Sage Summit next year!
Sage Summit was a huge success for Sage and Sage SalesLogix. I presented a few sessions from version 8 stuff for partners to Mobile and web administrator information for Customers. The atmosphere was very positive with some really big adoptions of both 7.5.4 and Mobile. The most interest was in version 8 and Mobile version 2.0 and 3.0. We were even able to show off version 3.0 of mobile to customers using our iPads (mobile 3.0 is the tablet version).
That sad story is not the end of it though. At Sage Summit we were able to learn about using Chrome and its debugging tools, Firefox and Firebug, and how to leverage the output of these tools to find our errors faster. The focus of my demonstration was mobile, but with a successful mobile customization comes some debugging. Debugging of YOUR MISTAKES.
That is the hard part. As developers or customizers, we know we made the mistake, but we want to have the tools to find those mistakes and reduce their impact. Right now we are just starting to learn about those tools as a community. I assure you we have many customers (I had 50+ in my session, standing room only) that want mobile 1.2, 2.0 and 3.0 and with these customizations there is debugging to be done.
Another key point discussed with Partners and Customers alike was “should I use Mobile 2.0 or go with 1.2?” There isn’t an easy answer, but here are the key points. 1.2 will work with 7.5.4, 7.5.3, and 8.0+. 2.0 will work with 7.5.4 (when the patch is released to update a small piece of 7.5.4) and 8+. Now the catch might be that 1.2 is using EXT and 2.0 is using DOJO. Anything you write in 1.2 will need to be touched (rewritten is a bit strong of a word here) to move it to 2.0. Anything you write in 2.0 will port to 3.0 without much trouble (I have the developers assurance here).
Final point. Did you miss something at Sage Summit? Want to know more about 8.0, the Job Service, Mobile 2.0 & 3.0, add a field, or anything else Sage SalesLogix related? Well join us at Boot Camp. It is the premier location for partners (sorry not a customer event yet) to learn about what is new for Sage SalesLogix. Customers and partners alike can always email training for more information (or to try and convince us to share the boot camp details after the event): email@example.com.