While Part One of this blog series focused mainly only GroupWise and the immediately foreseeable future-- Part 2 looks at some further down the line features of GroupWise, as well as some components of Enterprise Messaging.
On the Radar: A Sneak Peak at Possible Features of GroupWise 18.2
It’s still very early in its planning and design cycles, but the GroupWise development team is already working on some interesting features and improvements that will most likely appear in the GroupWise 18.2 release. One such improvement I know is being worked on is a complete redesign of web-access to make it more responsive and accommodating of multiple screen sizes (mobile, tablet, laptop, and desktop). The goal of the redesign is to bring the experience of web-access more in line with the desktop client experience.
While the final results and functionality of the Web Access redesign have yet to finalized, the initial design concepts reflect a much more modern look that closely resembles the default GroupWise Client on both desktop and mobile browsers.
While these features will probably not be available in time for the GroupWise 18.1 release, there is the possibility they may be released as a Tech Preview. What does that mean? A Tech Preview feature (like the improved web-access) would not be ready for full production use, but could be run non-supported in a lab to give GroupWise admins and users a look at what’s coming—as well as the opportunity to provide feedback before the feature makes it into a final, for-production release in the next version full version. Again, the Tech Preview option may or may not materialize by the time 18.1 is released. However, this “on the radar” look gives you a quick look into some features that the GroupWise development team is working on beyond the immediate roadmap.
Enterprise Messaging: The Continuing Evolution of GroupWise
As many of you know—last December, Micro Focus released Enterprise Messaging, the natural outcome of Micro Focus acquiring GWAVA. Micro Focus Enterprise Messaging is a suite of products right now that contain all the security, archiving, and disaster recovery capabilities needed for secure, continuous collaboration in today’s world.
The vision of Enterprise Messaging is to integrate various formerly GWAVA components into the administration of GroupWise itself so it evolves from a suite of products to a more integrated experience for the email administrator. Various functions will be enabled based on what licenses you have, whether that be GroupWise licenses, Enterprise Messaging, or stand-alone licenses from the heritage GWAVA products like GroupWise Mailbox Management, GroupWise Monitoring and Reporting, or others. Part of this vision is being realized in the release of GroupWise 18.1 which will unite GroupWise Mailbox Management directly into the GroupWise install. Other products will be integrated into Enterprise Messaging sometime in first half of 2019.
However, not all products included with Enterprise Messaging are scheduled to be integrated into the GroupWise install. Such a product is Secure Messaging Gateway. Secure Messaging Gateway delivers anti-spam, anti-virus, anti-malware and network protection for GroupWise and other email platforms. The Secure Messaging Gateway platform continues to evolve into 2019 with several key releases coming over the next year. These include:
Secure Messaging Gateway 7 (2nd half of 2018)
- Move to SUSE-based common appliance
- Ideas portal
- Monthly updates (Patch Thursday)
- Policy and AV Signature Files updates
- Quality improvements
Secure Messaging Gateway 7 (1st half of 2019)
- Improved SaaS offering
- Additional Micro Focus product integration
- Message inspection
- End-to-end encryption
Looking at the roadmap and what’s on the radar for the Micro Focus Collaboration portfolio—this remains a constantly improving and evolving space that promises to deliver continued value for long-term customers, as well as new customers looking to solid, stable enterprise messaging platform with low total cost of ownership.
There’s little doubt that both GroupWise and Enterprise Messaging will continue to focus on making both the administrator and end-user experience more seamless and integrated across various products, while constantly improving and fine-tuning features.
Disclaimer: This article is not to be construed as a commitment by Micro Focus, its affiliates, or any participating company to develop, deliver, modify, or market a product, code, functionality, or to meet any dates, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of functionality remains at the sole discretion of Micro Focus.