At BbWorld ’08 we were told the NG 9 * product would not contain some features near and dear to Blackboard’s customers inherited from WebCT. BUT – to hang on, the NG X version would.
Many of us CE/Vista customers left BbWorld ’08 knowing we would not be moving from our current product release to NG until they reach our sweet spot, as in “X” marks the spot…
Now that I think more about it, the features we care about – crosslisting, reporting, hierarchical structure – these features are database-driven. So my new question is how is it going to work that the NG 9 version DOESN’T have these features and the NG X version DOES?
Wouldn’t it be essential to design the database supporting this functionality from the get-go rather than making major modifications after the first version of the new product has already been delivered?
* The next generation product is being given the version number ‘9’ even though it will be redesigned from the ground-up, combining elements of the 2 current Blackboard course management systems.