Campaign Enterprise Version 12
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:
2/10/2013 05:38:17 pm
Chris, very excited about the upcoming changes - we are strong supporters of CE - and thanks for all the years of support from Jim, Elaine and you! - Gary
2/10/2013 05:57:10 pm
Just to echo Gary's view that it's good to see movement on v12, and the chance to continue evolving and improving our email platform with CE at its core.
2/19/2013 01:09:23 am
Sounds like an excellent upgrade. I have quite a lot of campaigns to migrate to Campaign Enterprise, should I press ahead or wait for V12? Is there a rough idea of a release date so we can plan?
3/12/2013 10:46:57 pm
I cannot wait to see the new API integration, we have used many integrations including body content coming from the database, SQL Stored procedure write-backs after each record and other complex campaigns. It will be neat to see how these abilities make it easier to use and expand it's usage in our environment.
4/28/2014 04:12:11 pm
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