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Beacon Upgrade News : 17 July 2020
Beacon Upgrade Project Board Announces Status Report and Timeline
The Beacon Upgrade Project Board met last Friday, 10th July, and has released a project status report and revised timeline.
Significant progress has been made in many areas of the project, including the infrastructure, software specification, accessibility, documentation and training.
The team structure to support the entire project life-cycle is now in place (see below), and a series of online Beacon 2 Roadshows will take place in a few weeks' time.
All of this is good news, but it's now become clear that the previously announced dates for Beacon 2 cannot be met. The board has released an updated timetable, with the first pilots now expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The roll-out to all Beacon users will end in time for the planned withdrawal of the existing Beacon at the end of March 2022.
Beacon Team In Place
The Beacon Team structure to support the upgrade project has been in place for some time and some sub-teams have already done a considerable amount of work preparing for Beacon 2. Beacon News will introduce the teams over the coming editions but for now you can see the names of the teams and their leads.
Beacon 2 Specifications Published
The Beacon 2 specifications have been published on the Beacon 2 section of the website. The specifications cover all aspects of Beacon 2's behaviour from a user perspective including membership, groups, events, finance, the members' portal and the public website.
The specifications can be accessed from the Beacon 2 section of the website and each document has its own dedicated discussion thread on the Beacon User Forum.
Be warned: these are technical documents and must be read as such