Project Horizon

Alanis Morissette once sang “There’s an obvious attraction to the path of least resistance in your life.”. This is a perfectly natural phenomena exhibited by water, electricity, and humans. Unfortunately in the world of software development the desire for efficiency in the short term can have long term ramifications.

We’ve all seen what happens when a development team cuts corners. Their product lacks innovations and offers a bad experience.

One of the things that has really struck me with Project Horizon though is the perpetual attraction to “Doing it right”; There is a very obvious desire from everyone involved in the project to make the platform the best it can be, rather than taking the fast or easy route.

The most notable example of this approach is the fact that despite being designed to adopt the workflows and overall functionality of two existing products, the Product team elected to build the new platform from the ground up natively in the cloud. It would have been far quicker and easier to simply “lift and shift” the existing products into the cloud, but then this would have been at the expense of performance and overall customer experience. By choosing to go native cloud the end product will benefit from scalable and adaptable technologies capable of supporting our customers long into the future; Short(ish) term pain for a long
term gain.

There are already many other examples of this mindset throughout the product. I look forward to revealing some of those in the weeks to come. It’s incredibly exciting to see this product take shape, on schedule and without cutting corners!

More to follow next week!

Tom BeardsworthEducation Horizons Group, Product Marketing Lead