Sencha Company Update
This company update is a new feature for the newsletter, but we plan to run it from time to time to keep you up to date with what’s happening with the company as a whole, beyond the products and projects that we’re working on that we talk about in the blog. The last year has been a year of rapid growth here at Sencha. We’ve more than doubled the size of the company to over a hundred people, and we’re still hiring in almost all areas. We’re happy to say that our ecosystem keeps expanding too, adding new services partners and resellers on a weekly basis.
We’re very happy at the major investments that big technology companies are making in HTML5. In particular, we’re proud to share that AT&T has chosen Sencha Touch as the basis of its next generation Platform API SDK for HTML5. We’ll be blogging about the fantastic capabilities of this SDK in the next few weeks.
As you’ve probably read on the blog, we’ve been busy getting our new product versions out the door. We’re now in late beta with Designer 2, Touch 2, Ext GWT 3 and Ext JS 4.1. Please give as much feedback as you can in the beta forums and your feedback is incredibly essential. Beyond Ext JS 4.1, we’ll continue to ship more performance optimizations for older IE browsers in further releases of Ext JS 4.x.
Looking ahead to the distant future: normally, we discontinue support of Ext JS X once we ship Ext JS X+2, but to serve those of you who have chosen to remain on Ext JS 3, we’re extending our support period for Ext JS 3 for 12 months beyond the shipment of the next major release after Ext JS 4. We’ll also continue to ship bug-fixes for the Ext JS 3.4.x line on a periodic basis.
Support and Infrastructure
With this rapid growth, we’re making good progress on scaling our support and our other infrastructure. We’ve staffed up the support organization a lot in the last six months. We’re tracking very detailed support metrics on a weekly basis and I’m happy to say that our support responsiveness has improved sharply. We’ve also added full-time forum coverage, and it’s great to see that forum postings and general forum activity is at an all time high. Our web infrastructure has also received a big upgrade in the last few months to match record high web visits, and we feel like we’re now properly organized to handle our expected growth this year.
I look forward to keeping you updated on the company progress throughout 2012, and thanks for being part of the Sencha Community,