I’ve mentioned this project on and off for several months now. It began in 2007 as a web application for managing Active Directory. But like a political debate, the topic and focus shifted 100 times since then. It’s been dragged into other projects and back out again at least five times. If it were a human, I’d say that it’s left virtual welfare dependents all over the place.
It’s spent time inside of Inventory systems, License tracking systems, Document libraries, Systems catalogs, Application catalogs, Procurement tracking systems, and even a three-year stint as a web interface to Microsoft SCCM. Not the outside. Not even the soul of it; just portions of the code base.
I had to step back and look at it from a different perspective. While it was born into small-business diapers, it was immediately dressed in leather, handed a crack pipe and a shotgun and shoved out of a moving van into the nastiest enterprise-scale environments I could imagine. Now my new Chris Hansen van has pulled up, abducted the bullet-riddled thug and he’s now floating in a regeneration tank (remember that from Star Wars 2?). Time to put it back into a SMB suit and make some sense of it all.
The target: A small, web-based application, for managing a collection of tasks for a SMB IT administrator. Licensing. Inventory. Document links. Systems and Servers. Service Request Tickets. And so on. Is it done? NO. Will more features be added? I hope so. It will depend on what people (you) ask for.
Target release for beta 2 is mid-January 2015 (soon).