Release Notes: September 2021

The September 2021 release of Alinity was deployed to Test environments on September 9th and Production environments on September 16th. A summary of the changes included in this release appears below.

We’re moving platforms in 2022

If you have been following our monthly release blog posts closely, you will notice the number of new and improved features in this release is lower than we usually provide.  This is because our development team is working on migrating Alinity to a new hosting platform for early 2022. The new platform uses the latest versions of cloud and database technologies and Alinity is being upgraded to take advantage of them. This work will continue through the end of 2021.  We will continue to upgrade Alinity with bug fixes and new features each month but at a lower volume.

The new platform will provide better performance, better security, and will make new technologies available for further improvements to the product.  One of the new features we can take advantage of immediately after moving to the new hosting platform will allow us to automatically add computing resources to your system during peak periods like renewal, and automatically return to normal resource levels when demand drops.  There are new options for document storage that will allow us to reduce storage charges going forward. The software will look the same as it does on our current platform so no special planning or retraining is required for this move.   We are excited about starting this next chapter of Alinity’s progression.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Change List

Change Type Applies To
***************New Feature***************
***************End of New Feature***************
***************Feature Update***************
Review Required Widget Feature Update Administrator
For the widget that displays forms requiring review by admin staff support for custom forms has been added. These forms are categorized as “other” on the widget interface.
Assign Reviewer(s) to Audit Feature Update Audit
If your system supports multiple cultures for members, such as French and English, you are now able to search for audits whose members speak a specific language while assigning a reviewer to ensure that the reviewer is paired with audits for members who speak the same language.
***************End of Feature Update***************
***************Bug Fix***************
Reports not Running on Firefox Bug Fix Administrator
An update in Firefox changed the data type of a value that the report viewer relies on and this prevented the reports from rendering correctly. An update was made to support the method used by Microsoft in the viewer on this other data type, reports will now work correctly in Firefox again.
Review Required Widget Bug Fix Administrator
Sorting by the last updated column now works correctly.
Renewal Volume Report Bug Fix Renewals
Improved the layout of this report’s bar chart to place the registration years for comparison next to each other allowing for easier comparisons.
***************End of Bug Fix***************

Next release

The October 2021 release of Alinity is scheduled for deployment to production sites October 21st.