We are excited to announce the availability of our newest release – OroCRM and OroPlatform CE version 1.10.0 for community users and OroCRM Enterprise Edition (EE) 1.12.0 for partners and enterprise customers. This release is filled with improvements to our sales pipeline management, role management, and personal system configurations. In addition, backend improvements to support PHP 7 and Symfony 2.8 as well as access to our new Oro Web API are offered with the newest release. These enhancements will provide users a more simplified user experience while upgrading the backend to the latest technology.
This blog post will only provide the highlights to the newest release of OroCRM and Oro Platform but more complete details can be found in the release notes here:
- OroPlatform 1.10 Release Notes
- OroCRM Community 1.10 Release Notes
- OroCRM Enterprise 1.12 Release Notes
Sales Pipeline Management
Perhaps the biggest changes made on the newest release 1.10 of OroCRM were to the sales pipeline and workflow. In addition to improvements to the user experience, we have also included many new features and functionality that will improve and simplify the management of your leads and opportunities. These changes include:
- Elimination of excessive complexity and confusion from current sales workflow
- Improvements to user experience of creating Leads and Opportunities, qualifying Leads to Opportunities, developing Opportunities, and closing Opportunities
- Better Visibility into Sales Pipeline Opportunities through Kanban Board
- Improvements to the Sales Dashboard with addition of new widgets
Click here for full details on changes made to sales pipeline management.
To reduce the effort required for role management and maintenance, we have developed a new UX for the Edit Role page. The most noticeable improvement in the new UX is the functional separation of entities and capabilities. The new UX is also scalable for an unlimited number of actions that are introduced with this release on the platform level. All action permissions for a single entity can be set to the same value with a single “mass” action, allowing the administrator to save time, especially in situations where access has to be disabled completely.
In addition, role view page has been added to the system to give both administrators and non-administrators a way to read capabilities of a certain role without having to edit it. Clone option for roles will save OroCRM administrators a great deal of time and effort when they need to create a new role—instead of starting from a clean slate they would be able to reuse an existing role and only make the necessary adjustments.
Overall, we’ve improved the role management experience to allow faster setup for both individual and group roles. For more detailed information on all the changes, please review the release notes linked above.
Personal System Configuration for Users
A long-requested feature by our community and customers alike is finally available in OroCRM! Every user will now be able to customize the application to their own specific preference by overriding the system and organization configurations. The following 4 areas can now be personally configured:
- Application language
- Various display settings, such as menu bar location or the number of rows in a grid page
- Email configuration
Improve productivity and your user experience by now configuring the system to fit your specific preferences.
New Web API
Previously, Oro’s REST APIs required developers to implement APIs manually for each and every entity. But the new Web API provides an automated approach that is based on entity metadata.
Benefits of using the new Web API include:
- Quicker API development: It’s as simple as running a console command.
- Easier customization: Most changes can be done in the config file.
- Consistency in methods: Development and support will be much easier.
- Better performance: All requests will get quicker responses.
More information on the new Oro Web API can be found here.
Support for PHP 7 and Symfony 2.8
Oro engineers constantly conduct independent tests with the latest available technologies to significantly improve the performance of Oro Platform and OroCRM. When PHP released its new PHP 7 around December 2015, we saw it as a great opportunity to improve our technology backend.
The following advancements in the PHP language helped streamline development by making the coding process quicker and easier:
- Better error handling
- New Spaceship and Null Coalescing operators
- Anonymous classes
- Accurate type declaration
These benefits made it clear that we needed to upgrade and add support for PHP 7 to both Oro Platform and OroCRM. Click here for more information on our independent testing of PHP7 or read through our application structure and code namespaces post here.
Please click on the following links to download the latest version of OroPlatform and OroCRM:
If you have an issue with the OroPlatform, please report it to our OroPlatform GitHub page. And if you run into an issue with OroCRM, please report it to our OroCRM GitHub page. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback and comments in our forums.
Contact us today if you would like to learn more about OroCRM.
– The Oro Team