There’s been a lot of discussion in the Enterprise Working Group emails, and on the monthly EWG calls, about how Mozilla’s change to rapid release cadence is impacting enterprises. While brainstorming in a recent EWG call, I asked:
“how do enterprises handle rapid releases of other software products?”
After a few minutes discussion, we agreed to continue the discussion afterards. I’ve since emailed this same question to some lists, but am now cross-posting to my blog, in the hope that even more will see this question.
Does anyone have examples of other software products that do “rapid releases” and are being successfully handled by enterprises? If so, can you share some details? (If you prefer to email me privately, that is totally cool, please use my joduinn [at] mozilla [dot] com address). I ask because maybe we don’t need to reinvent the wheel here. If there is a tried-and-tested approach that already works well for other applications, that same approach might also makes work for Mozilla’s Firefox.
Some obvious examples of “rapid release software” in enterprises are OS-patch-updates updates, but what about Microsoft Office? Google Chrome? Flash? Java? Anything else? (In my mind updating anti-virus signature files is different scenario, but I could be misreading this scenario).