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Release Notes: March 2022

The March 2022 release of Alinity was deployed to Test environments on March 10th and Production environments on March 17th. A summary of the changes included in this release appear 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 in 2022. The new platform uses the latest versions of cloud and database technologies and Alinity is being upgraded to take advantage of them. 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***************
Election Result Report New Feature Elections
A new report is available for completed elections to display a simple and clean version of the results. This includes the dates of the election, the candidates/choices, and the vote count for each with an indicator to denote the winner.
Outstanding Account Confirmations New Feature General
A new data quality query called “Sign up not completed” is now available on the Person and Registration search pages. This query will return all applicants who have not yet completed the sign-up process (via the automated email) but have one or more active permissions.
***************End of New Feature***************
***************Feature Update***************
Modernizing Gender Coding Feature Update General
Gender coding was modernized in this release of Alinity based on general guidance provided by the federal government. Coding for “Non-binary/two-spirit” was added. The “U” code has been redefined as “Unspecified” rather than “Unknown” (use for individuals who prefer not to report any gender). The “Transgender” code remains available but is de-activated by default and is not recommended for use.
Customize Email Sender for Triggers Feature Update Correspondence
Email triggers can now be modified to use a different email sender than the system default. This allows for different classes of emails to come from different addresses and means that the address members reply to will change as well.
Scroll to Top Feature Update General
When scrolling through long content a button is made available in the lower right corner to let you quickly scroll back to the top. This button has been moved just above the footer and darkened slightly to make it stand out better.
Custom Fields for Registrations Feature Update General
The custom field feature has now been extended to work with registration records. These fields allow the collection of data specific to your installation that isn’t generally collected by Alinity. By default custom fields are turned off to avoid introducing clutter on the interface, to turn this on please contact the help desk.
Dashboard widget for learning plan feedback/reviewers Feature Update General
Currently, reviewers/peer feedback is sent through an email link to the form. Members may lose this link within their email. A new dashboard widget is now available for learning plan reviewers to track current and previous reviews.
Prompt for Gender and Mobile phone on Sign-Up Feature Update General
Gender and mobile phone are now prompted for initial sign-up to the system.
***************End of Feature Update***************
***************Bug Fix***************
Mark as Deceased With Expired Registration Bug Fix General
When attempting to mark a member who currently has an expired registration as deceased you would receive an error, this has been corrected.
***************End of Bug Fix***************

Next release

The April 2022 release of Alinity is scheduled for deployment to production sites April 21st.