Earlier this week we released a major upgrade to Turbine. It changes the way we do permissions in a very exciting and flexible way based on teams or groups, much like Active Directory or *nix file systems. Over the coming months, you’ll see even more flexibility coming into Turbine so that it is easier to customise. Version 10.0 is a big step towards that. Here are the main changes:
- Team-based approvals. We moved approval permissions to the team page. You can create teams on the Employees page, appoint managers who can also be team members or not, depending on whether you want them to be able to self-approve their requests. And then you can decide what the managers of that team can approve. This is very flexible.
- Removed ‘line manager’ as a concept. Now a line manager is just another type of team manager. To ensure that existing configurations continue to work as before, we migrated all the existing line manager relationships into new teams so you’ll see teams with names like ‘Line manager Matthew Stibbe’.
- Self-approval has moved. Now, if you want to allow people to self-approve certain types of request, you have to go to the ‘Self approvals’ team on the Employees page.
- You can ‘deactivate’ cost centres that are no longer needed. Previously you could only delete them but that reallocated existing POs to a different cost centre. Just tick ‘inactive cost center’ on the Purchases and expenses setting page.
In addition, we fixed a bunch of bugs and made some internal improvements:
- Outlook time off export now shows the name of employees in Outlook (again)
- Prevent double clicking on company creation
- Performance improvements (with more to come). We recognise that there was a short period a few weeks ago when performance was lousy and we’re working hard on this whole area now
- Fixed user name in booking days limit warning
- Fixed error in bulk suppliers import
- Fixed double click problem on requests creation
- Replace bulk import button with link to avoid confusing users
- Fixed bug about removing all managers from the team
- Fix bug with duplicated line managers in team list
We dedicate this release to the memory of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, another Turbine hero. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.