What does BETA mean?
Just like the freight and logisitcs world, the software industry is jam packed with terminology where it is often assumed the reader knows what it means. This is not always the case.
In the software world, a Beta phase generally begins when the software is feature-rich but likely to contain a number of areas for improvement.
The focus of beta testing is reducing impacts to users, often incorporating usability testing. The process of delivering a beta version to the users is called beta release and is typically the first time that the software is available outside of the organization that developed it.
Software developers release beta versions of software in order to gather useful feedback. If you would like to provide some feedback and support, here are a few useful ways to get involved. We plan to be in BETA until mid-2022 and we appreciate any support you can give.
Spotted a gap in our data?
If you're a real pro and know of data that we aren't displaying, we're all ears! Simply share the name of the Carrier or Port, their region of operations and a website... if they have one!... and we'll make sure to reach out to them and incorporate their data.
Have you seen incorrect data?
As we go through the Beta process, we're bound to find snippets of data that may have been processed incorrectly by our software or our data partner's software.
It's often easy to fix, but we have to know about it first. A current example could be that we teach our routing engine to display information that is compliant with the Jones Act - If you see any others, please yell out!
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