More and more customers and partners are asking us when the platform will be ready for production deployment. Now that we’re starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, here is the answer we’re giving to most people:
- We should get a first beta of the MVP sometime in November.
- We should get a very solid beta by January.
- The decision to go GA is not ours, it’s yours.
What that means is that by November, you should be able to use STOIC to start some real projects, and you should expect that most required features will work, albeit with some bugs here and there. By January 2014, you should be able to go into production with a limited number of users (a few hundreds maybe), and a limited dataset (10 to 100GB of structured data). And it’s not unreasonable to expect that a majority of our users will have decided that we’re ready for GA release by April 2014, which means that it would have taken us two years to fully bring our product to market, and one year to deliver something solid following our Kickstarter campaign.
Of course, all this is very prospective at this time, but if you need an answer, it’s the best we can give at this point. Also, whenever you talk to customers, make sure to explain our unique philosophy, and the fact that we’re a very transparent company. Our experience shows that being transparent and forthcoming really helps people cope with the unavoidable delays of any software project. So make sure to show them our Pivotal Tracker. Even though they might not understand every single details captured by the tool, it will give them a level of visibility that goes far beyond anything they’ve ever received from any other vendor.