By: Chris Lewis
After years of development and a complete re-write, Campaign Enterprise version is close to completion. We have had many inquires about what will be included in the new release. It might be good first to show how the software has developed over time.
Back in the early 90's, Arial Software was created just about when the internet was gaining steam. The first product we created was a desktop emailing system. It was basically a glorified Microsoft Outlook, had some merging capabilities, but nothing like SPAM or unsubscribes existed back then. As the internet changed and SPAMing became a reality, the software change to accommodate this. Then Campaign Enterprise was created which was the first web-based product we had with a built in webserver. This webserver was pretty simple but there was no configuration required and back then IIS was very difficult to configure and not get hacked. Campaign Enterprise continued to accommodate for new SPAM rules, new online editors, new operating systems, and new databases. During this time the same code has been used and features like multi-threading, SSL security, and other webserver system were added. The things we created ourselves were now becoming available in the .NET programming world and though our systems were stable, it was time to move the system to a new language and platform.
For the past year we have been rewriting Campaign Enterprise from the ground-up. Campaign Enterprise is now completely written in the .NET framework, supports true multi-threading managed by the OS, and the platform for the webserver is now IIS (Microsoft's Internet Information Service). Campaign Enterprise now works as two separate systems working in harmony. The webserver aspect of the product, used for campaign administration, conversion event resolution, views-as-webspage function, and unsubscribe functions is now all IIS driven. Now, you will have control over all aspects of how the products works, like security, SSL certificates for HTTPS functions, NTML user authentication, and everything else IIS offers.
Also, the back-end database for Campaign Enterprise will now be based on Microsoft's SQL server. Campaign Enterprise will include a version of SQL server or you can use your own existing SQL server by creating the appropriate database volume.
There is much more to come, but below is a short-list of the new capabilities of Campaign Enterprise version 12: