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Important Information about ADS Update Releases

Starting with ADS 2017 Update 1.0 we are making an important change to ADS Major Update Releases. This change may impact your decision to install and use ADS 2017 Update 1.0. 

What’s Changing?

Defect fixes for Major Updates, like ADS 2017 Update 1.0, will be delivered via the next Major Release or the next Major Update. There will not be monthly defect fix releases for Major Updates. For example, there will not be an ADS 2017 Update 1.1 release. If a defect is introduced in Update 1.0, then the earliest release to resolve the issue would be the next Major Release or the next Major Update Release.

Please read the information below to better understand the different release types.

ADS Release Types

ADS has three different types of releases:

  • Major Releases, for example, ADS 2017.
  • Minor Update Releases, for example, ADS 2017 Update 0.4.
  • Major Update Releases, for example, ADS 2017 Update 1.0.

Definitions

  • Major Release
    • Frequency: Approximately every 12 months
    • Primary Content: New capabilities and new products
    • Additional Content: Enhancements to current capabilities and defect fixes
    • Fixes for defects found in this release type: Delivered via Minor Updates and Major Updates
  • Minor Update Release – For customers who favor stability
    • Purpose of this release type: To be responsive to customer reported issues
    • Frequency: Monthly after a Major Release
    • Primary Content: Defect fixes
    • Additional Content: Minor enhancements to current capabilities
    • Fixes for defects found in this release type: Delivered via subsequent Minor Updates
  • Major Update Release – For customers who favor early delivery of the latest technology and newest capabilities
    • Purpose of this release type: To deliver new capabilities more quickly than in the next Major Release
    • Frequency: Approximately 4 and 8 months after a Major Release
    • Primary Content: New capabilities which do not require a significant architectural change
    • Additional Content: Defect fixes delivered in previous Minor Update releases
    • Fixes for defects found in this release type: Delivered via subsequent Major Release or Major Update only. 

FAQ

Q. When will be the next ADS Major Release or the next Major Update Release?

A. The next Major Release will be ADS 2019 expected to be released November 1, 2018. We are not anticipating another ADS 2017 Major Update Release.