There is something about launching into a new year that resonates with almost everyone. Maybe it’s just the promise of a fresh start full of limitless possibilities that intrigues us – either way, it is undeniably exciting! We don’t normally have that same opportunity to enjoy an annual fresh start in our work environment but, in a rare turn of events, that is exactly what Sherpa’s Exchange team has available to us as we enter 2012.

I mentioned in my last post that we’ve been discussing a new policy enforcement product. The good news is that the project has been green-lighted by our management team and the groundwork is underway. The idea behind this effort is to leverage Sherpa’s expertise in policy management and develop a new product incorporating this core set of design goals:

  • Address recurring feature requests from our customer base
  • Support a wide variety of content sources (beyond email)
  • Offer flexible deployment scenarios
  • Powered by a much more flexible policy enforcement engine

With those goals in mind, I’ve been working with our senior architects to document a baseline feature set for the product and then map that feature set to a product architecture.

This post is important to you for two specific reasons. First, to let Mail Attender customers know that work is underway on a greatly improved tool that will be available to all of our current software maintenance customers when it is released. Second, this is a great time to submit any ideas for features that would improve your experience with our products. Many of you routinely offer these types of suggestions to our support team, but I wanted to make sure all of our readers know that this would be a good time to pass along their ideas.  If you would like to contribute, please feel free to email me directly,  I’m looking forward to 2012 and the prospect of a brand new Sherpa product to share with all of you.