As part of our agile methodology process, Authenticate’s in-house development team are continually working to improve the platform’s functionality, speed and performance. 

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Sprint # 2019/04 (Release date: 16/04/19)

Changes to online audits and assessments…

Online assessments now offer an “Excellent” grade option: Users can now set an ‘Excellent’ outcome when creating assessment templates. Results can then be seen when reviewing (or exporting) an assessment. Please note: users of the iPad app for offline assessments will be required to re-install the new version to download templates with these changes.

Assessment Grades now offer decimal values:  You can now add decimal values to outcomes when saving grades for more accurate assessments
Assessment Score Cards now show actual scores as well as ratings: When a user exports an assessment scorecard, they can now see the actual score along with the percentage score, e.g. “10/20” or “50% Compliance”
Changes to the Authenticate company directory…
The company directory now highlights which businesses are “customers”: When you view an individual company profile from the company directory, there is a new “customer” tag in the relationship section.
Customer profiles now show a list of the products you supply: When a user views their customer’s profile, they can now also view a list of the products they supply to that business.
Other fixes and improvements
  • – The supplier mapping export was updated to show ‘direct suppliers’ as ‘tier 1’
  • – Locations are no longer automatically set when creating a company / site
  • – A small error was fixed on the “create user” page which prevented user roles from being automatically set
 Sprint # 2019/03 
NEW feature: Introducing the ‘My Network’ page
A new screen has been added to the system which brings together all of the trading partners who are linked to your business on the Authenticate platform. This replaces the previous displays showing ‘customers’, ‘direct/indirect suppliers’ and ‘farms’ separately. Users can scroll to load companies in their network, filter relationship types, click to see full company profiles and view suppliers by tier (subject to membership).
Coming soon: A new export function will be available, with future developments adding more detail to individual company pages listed on the page.
Multiple Answer issue with iPad app resolved
A fix has been put in place to prevent duplicate answers been uploaded from the assessment app for iPad. This issue was found to occur when a user started to upload new answers and cancelled the upload before it had completed, which resulted in scores over 100% based on duplicate responses submitted.
Preparation for large data exports
Research and preparatory work has been undertaken to enable large exports of data from the system for the purposes of creating reports on the ‘My Network’ page which is due to be released soon.
Fixes and Improvements
A temporary authentication issue with some Sedex membership data was fixed and is now fully operational
  • The ‘download in progress’ indicator was updated to show when an export was in progress/complete
Sprint #: 2019/02
The latest release of the Platform is now live with the following fixes and features
Company Profiles now contain more data:
  • ‘Number of Sites’, ‘Employees’, ‘Est Turnover’, ‘Turnover Currency’ & ‘Ownership’ fields now allow drop-down selection
You can now ‘multi-share’ online assessments
  • Users can quickly and easily share their supplier assessments with ‘multiple’ other companies and 3rd parties.
Global Gap certification now available
  • Global Gap certificates can now be linked to a company’s profile. Membership data is refreshed every 24 hours for improved accuracy.
Other Fixes and Improvements
  • The Company Directory map has been updated to show pins for all found results when more than 1000 companies were returned
  • Styling has been updated for mobile views of the ‘take a tour’ reminder for users who have not yet viewed the new feature
  • The’corrective actions’ section of an online supplier assessment has been improved for speed & performance
Sprint #: 2019/01
In January 2019 we completed several fixes and new features:
Take a tour of the new company directory
A click-through ‘tour’ has been added to the company directory to showcase the new feature and take members through a simple 3/4 step process. This will automatically be shown to all users on their first view of the main dashboard. If you complete the tour it will not be shown again. Selecting ‘not now’ on the dashboard pop up will prevent the tour from being shown again, but this can be found by navigating to the menu.
You can now search for groups of countries within the Company Directory
The country filter on the directory now shows countries in ‘area’ opt groups, ie. United Kingdom, North Europe…
You can now view relationships with suppliers/customers on the Company Directory
The ‘relationship’ details have now been populated on the company directory when viewing an individual company’s details. Look up a company by name or search by relationship type to see a full company profile.
You can send Online Assessments to specific categories of suppliers
When raising new managed or self-assessment, a list of sites is shown to select from. Users can now see the categories each supplier is linked to and filter direct suppliers by one or more categories to speed up the process of sending assessments to a specific type of supplier, ie. Lamb suppliers
Completing online assessments
  • An issue was reported related to an assessment template which had been changed after it was live. If a question had been removed, the app was preventing assessments using the edited template from been downloaded, causing it to crash. A fix was made for this on the assessment app.
  • The corrective actions overview page was timing out for some users. The speed and performance of this page has been improved to successfully eradicate this error.
Download all of your product data
Users can download all data for their own products by clicking ‘Export’. The following data areas have now been added to the internal product data report:
  • Supplier Mapping Data (direct suppliers), Packaging + Packaging Accreditation, QAS, Claims on Pack, Palm Oil, Marine Conservation Society data
Editing company/site locations
  • When new companies were created in the system and a matching sites was added (to ensure the company had at least one site) the locations for both of these profiles would use the same address. If a user changed the address of the company/site, both instances were changed, preventing individual editing. This has been resolved and individual editing is now possible.
Exporting supplier/farm data
  • The indirect supplier export created an error when the export contained more than 2100 suppliers / farms due to an issue handling this many results. A fix has been put in place to resolve this.

Why does Authenticate have regular updates?

• Improved quality

• Greater transparency 

• Faster delivery of updates

• Focus on requirements and user-driven change

Introduction to Agile….

The Authenticate development team utilise an Agile methodology called Scrum. This is an iterative approach to software development which consists of a series of mini projects called sprints. 

Sprints deliver real value for our members, taking into account detailed user requirements that are based on real-world scenarios.

Agile development is more flexible than the more traditional “waterfall” approach to building software. Each sprint builds on the last, implementing more functionality, improvements and fixes so our members can get the most out of Authenticate.

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