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Gainsight's Upgrade Process

Frequency

Gainsight releases new functionality approximately once per month. In addition, we also periodically release patches and emergency fixes. The planned release schedule is available below, and any Maintenance & Incident updates are posted on status.gainsight.com. We recommend subscribing to the status page, and following the Product News & Updates category in order to receive updates.

Occasionally, a planned feature will be moved to a future release, in order to deliver the highest quality product. We will communicate the changes via the Community.

Release Timing & Queue Impact

Gainsight releases are pushed on the following schedule:

  • SFDC Major / Patch releases: Tuesdays between 6 AM — 11AM UTC

  • MDA Major / Patch releases: Saturdays between 6 AM — 11AM UTC

  • Hotfixes: due to the urgent nature of hotfixes, they may be released on any day of the week, but usually before 10:30am UTC. Hotfixes occur infrequently.

For information on whether the rules engine, data processing or data ingestion queues will be impacted by a given release, please subscribe to status.gainsight.com for updates.

2018 Release Calendar

 

Sandbox Org Upgrade*

Production Org Upgrade

Release Version

3-Feb-2018

20-Feb-2018

5.11

27-Feb-2018

13-March-2018

5.12

27-Mar-2018

10-April-2018

5.13

2-May-2018

16-May-2018

5.14

29-May-2018

12-June-2018

5.15

26-June-2018

10-July-2018

5.16

31-July-2018

14-Aug-2018

 

28-Aug-2018

11-Sep-2018

 

3-Oct-2018

16-Oct-2018

 

30-Oct-2018

13-Nov-2018

 

27-Nov-2018

11-Dec-2018

 

2-Jan-2019

16-Jan-2019

 

29-Jan-2019

12-Feb-2019

 
 

* Upgrades may take a few days to complete.

Automatic SFDC Upgrades and Opt-outs

Gainsight uses a “push approach” to upgrade customer instances - meaning Gainsight initiates the upgrade on specific scheduled release or patch dates. Most Gainsight customers receive automatic upgrades to their sandbox and/or production orgs on the scheduled release dates. However, if your organization needs to opt-out of the automatic upgrade process, please notify csm@gainsight.com and provide your production Salesforce Org ID.

We strongly recommend staying current with Gainsight’s releases; and at a minimum, we suggest you avoid getting behind by more than one release.

If you opt-out of upgrades, we’ll notify you by email of a planned release one week prior to the production release. When you’re ready to upgrade, please contact support@gainsight.com and include your Salesforce Org ID. Our support team will work with you to perform the upgrade. (Note: please allow 2 business days lead time.)

Release patches and emergency fixes also respect your org’s opt-out settings.

Automatic MDA Upgrades

In addition to SFDC releases, Gainsight also releases upgrades to the MDA. It’s not possible to opt-out of MDA upgrades.

Major upgrades on the MDA require Gainsight to pause processing the scheduled backend requests (Ex: Rules execution, data load jobs, or CoPilot emails) for 2 - 4 hours typically. During this time, the Gainsight application is still accessible and can read and present the data in Reports, Scorecards, and Dashboards. We announce scheduled MDA releases in advance at http://status.gainsight.com, and you can “Subscribe to updates” to receive email or SMS notifications. Occasionally, we apply hotfixes/emergency fixes on the MDA. Often, an MDA patch is a prerequisite for a SFDC side upgrade.

Sandbox Upgrades

Some Gainsight customers maintain Sandbox orgs. Gainsight automatically upgrades Sandbox orgs with the nearly final release approximately two weeks before the production release. If your organization needs to opt-out of the Sandbox automatic upgrade process, please notify support@gainsight.com and provide your Sandbox Salesforce Org ID(s).

If you have recently performed a full refresh on a Sandbox org, please send support@gainsight.com the new Salesforce Org ID. We’ve found that when there is a full refresh of a Sandbox org, the org ID will change. The Salesforce Org ID is generally how we track opt-out requests.

Communications

  • Two to three weeks prior to the production release (and about 1 week before the Sandbox upgrade), we email all Admins, Adoption Champions, Executive Sponsors, etc., with a summary of the upcoming features and key release dates.

  • On the day of the Sandbox upgrade, we post an in-app message on the Admin page announcing the upgrade and sharing a link to draft release notes.

  • One week prior to the production release, we post an in-app message on the Admin page and invite Admins to a webinar review of the new functionality.

  • On the day of the production release, we send another email with links to new support articles and our finalized release notes, as well as make in an in-app announcement with the same info.

Webinars are always recorded and available after the sessions here.

Product Roadmap & Feedback

At any time, you can submit product feedback through Gainsight’s Community. Our product team frequently reviews and comments on customer questions and suggestions. You can also vote for other member’s ideas, and our team will take this into consideration when prioritizing enhancements.

Once per quarter, our Chief Product Officer, Karl Rumelhart, leads a roadmap webinar for customers where he shares Gainsight’s product development plans. Invitations are typically sent 2 to 3 weeks in advance.