Podcast Episode 35 - Rock v7.4, v8.0 and Early Birds
Rock v7.4 & v8
Version 7.4 is winding down with a few more bug fixes, and version 8 is underway! V8 will have group history, event registration fee block for report/filtering that data, and many other smaller features. The core team is striving to keep the scope of v8 under control so that it isn't a colossally large release like v7 was.
[editorial note: presently, all of the v7 releases are available only to Early Access organizations - these are organizations who support Spark financially. This is not only a "thank you" to those organizations, but also a way of being able to work closely with churches that we already have contact with, in the early days of deploying a new version of Rock. If your church isn't a financial supporter of Rock yet, hang tight for just a little longer, as broad access is coming soon. Learn more about Early Access or about being a financial supporter of Spark today!]
Open Digerati has listed Rock RMS as
a project on their project board. Although Rock isn't the responsibility of the Open Digerati team,
it's just listed on their directory because of our close our two team's goals align with the Rock project.
This will give Rock more exposure to the secular world and increase Rock's
discover-ability to the greater church community.
Another exciting announcement... Rock Star community member Garrett Johnson is joining the team
as our new web designer. As many of you may already know, Garrett's been doing Rock work behind the scenes
and will be starting with us in a few weeks.
Sparkability Group updates:
Some recently finished data automation tools are now being documented and will be included in an upcoming
release of Rock. Tools such as automation to reactivating people who were inactive but have recently
donated or checked-in (and vice-versa with deactivating people). Another can automatically update a person's
campus based on where they give or check-in. And, another tool will automate moving kids who turn 18 out of
their parents family and into their own household. All these tools will have extensive configure-ability so
you can make them behave the way you need them to work for your church and are expected to make it into the
Rock v7.4 release.
We're also working on an Amazon S3 storage provider for storing your large files off your server and/or database.
RX2018 $349 Early Bird pricing will end on March 30th. Don't
wait until April to register -- otherwise you'll pay $399 (giving an extra $50 to the cause... not that we mind ;).
Also, now that RX has grown up, the RX2018 FAQ page has a
list of hotels with special pricing for you to take advantage of.
A change of plans! As we thought more about having a post-conference 'Deep Dive" track after the
conference, we realized it needed to be accessible to more people and have decided it will be set-up as
an online track that will take place at a later date. We'll give more details at some point in the future
about that initiative. So, if you were waiting to book your travel pending that decision, you can
now proceed to book your hotel and flight for the conference.
As mentioned before, it's really important that you not try to leave on the second night
of the conference. If you did that, you would miss critical sessions and important networking time with the
community and core team during dinner and well into the night. Don't leave early -- you'll regret it if you do!
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