Reducing Intranet Functionality
Hi all, this is another quick addition to the series started by Radek Matej called Fighting Featuritis. As part of this initiative, we have decided to reduce a little of the functionality of our Intranet. We want to explain to you all what we are removing in Kentico 9, what the reasons are, and what support we will offer you in case you use any of the removed functionality.
Don’t be scared! It’s important to say that we are still going to support our Intranet solution. Kentico has always been a very strong platform for many Intranet projects, and we see this solution as part of our future as well.
In Kentico 9 we are removing the following three modules; Project Management, Document Library, and the Old SharePoint Connector. Let me explain the reasons for removing each of these modules:
Project Management – Only a minority of people used and most people prefer to use third-party tools such as Jira or Basecamp. In fact, there might be a connector for project management module in the future.
Document Library - Again, this module has been used by a minority of our client base. The majority of our are using SharePoint as a document storage module integrated with Kentico. Additionally, the Document Library is based on a component that is hard to style and make responsive (which is a requirement, today, for almost all sites).
Old SharePoint Connector - We introduced a new SharePoint Connector in Kentico 8.1 and in Kentico 8.2 we made this connector bi-directional. In Kentico 9, we feel that it is time to say goodbye to the old SharePoint connector and use just the new one. The old connector in Kentico 4.1, it's not compatible with new SharePoint versions or with SharePoint Online.
We have seen a decrease in the number of support questions, reported issues, etc., with these three modules. We also contacted a couple of partners with Intranet Competency to validate our decision and, so far, we haven't found anybody who would consider removing these modules as problematic.
But, I am sure there are people currently using these modules, so, we have created special packages that allow you to use these modules even after upgrading to Kentico 9 (if you are using them right now). These packages will be available to download after the release of Kentico 9.