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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.
Please note: Many of the updates detailed below apply to Enterprise modules and are not available to users with a free Basic membership. To find out more about upgrading your account to access these benefits, please click here.
Sprint # 2019/06 (release date: 13/06/19)
Clicking on a product within the catalogue will bring up an overview. This will include a list of all of the sites associated with this product (e.g. farms, packhouses or manufacturing sites). This allows members to easily identify which products pass through which sites.
Audits & Assessments: You can now get instant feedback when completing assessments via the iPad app
When a self-assessment or 3rd party audit has been completed using the Authenticate app, it’s now possible to see the pass/fail outcome of the responses immediately. Results are displayed as soon as the assessment has been uploaded from the app. Wifi is required, so if the assessment has been completed on-site, you will need to wait until your device is connected to the internet to submit the responses.
Sprint # 2019/06 (release date: 28/05/19)
Clicking on a site from the search results will show an overview panel containing quick-reference information about how this particular site fits into your supply chain. Information shown will include: Site address, site operations, trading relationship and confirmed/pending links for products supplied by this business, as well as highlighting any automated certificates or declarations.
Clicking on a farm from the search results will include a slightly different overview that includes an agri-business category and a unique ‘pin’ to identify the farm business and the sites that are a part of this.
A weekly email notification has been created to alert members who use the platform’s Key Performance Indicator module to any instances of failing scores when a set threshold has been applied. This serves to highlight instances of suppliers submitting below-standard responses to tracked KPIs immediately so that risks can be monitored.
Sprint # 2019/05 (release date: 08/05/19)
NEW Network Map: You can now see your entire network on a single map view
The recently-updated network area now allows you to view company locations on a map. Users can see selected companies highlighted on the map and click map markers to view the individual company details.
While this currently only shows company locations, this will be developed to include each of the additional sites associated with a company.
We will also be adding the option to search a fixed location (including a set radius of miles/kilometres) on the network map. This will replace the current location report functionality – look out for this in future release notes.
When a company is selected on the network, users can now see an overview of the company before clicking through to see the full details. This handy quick-view avoids the need to navigate away from the page to see additional details of a customer or supplier.
The following additional changes have also been made to the network:
> To read more about the NEW network map, click here.
You can now search your network for specific product categories
We’ve added a new search tool that allows you to apply filters related to the different categories in your product catalogue. When categories are selected, only customers or suppliers which are linked to products in these selected categories will be shown.
> To learn more about categories and product data management, click here.
Audits and Assessments module: Changes to ‘corrective actions’
When a user closes an assessment, the system will no longer close ‘open corrective actions’ automatically. This means the Platform will allow the assessors to add evidence and close actions after the assessment has been passed / failed and close out corrective actions retrospectively.
> For more information about Audits and Assessments, click here.
Bug Fixes and Small Changes
– Bug fixed for matching automated certificates where no postcode exists on the site
– Performance improvements made to the automated certificate updating method to reduce the run time
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.
• Improved quality
• Greater transparency
• Focus on user requirements
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.