The pilot testing continues with MLSListings, RMLS Portland, West Penn MLS, North Texas Real Estate Information Service (NTREIS) and NorthstarMLS. Broker site visits continue giving UI demos, customizing training needs, identifying broker business rules and qualifying vendors. We have determined that one of our broker participants isn't an ideal fit for the pilot and are pausing their participation. RE/MAX Gold in MLSListings (SF Bay area) has offices throughout Northern California but primarily operates in the Sacramento area (MetroList). They have one small office in MLSListings and when combined with the added burden of managing a pilot remotely made pilot participation sub-optimal. As soon as we begin to integrate into the Sacramento area, they'll be first on our list of brokerage participants. As a reminder here is the final list of pilot brokers:
We are working closely with our pilot brokers and have added 20 additional vendors for a total of 39 to begin testing. A few notables include LoneWolf, BackAgent, Blueroof360, Showingtime, and Obeo.
The team continues to de-compose the business rules collected from each Pilot organization for use in the system. They delivered a complete rule set back to NorthstarMLS and progressed in translating and mapping rules for NTREIS, West Penn, RMLS, and MLSListings. Additionally, the team contributed additional rule definitions to the RESO workgroup engaged in standardizing business rules.
Sprint 8 completed August 10th. Key functionality delivered in Sprint 8 includes: determination of required and available fields for listing input based on a user’s memberships, listing entry validation, implementation of core rule types and enumerations, delivery of notifications to the user, and a new metadata resource to make it easy for developers to generate Software Development Kits (SDKs) that are easier to use than REST in their development environments of choice.
The development team contacted Pilot program developers to offer support and troubleshoot any issues identified by the organizations currently testing the API, including CoreLogic (vendor to West Penn MLS and North Texas Regional Information Systems-NTREIS), MLSListings, RMLS Portland, and Northstar MLS. These support interactions led to a number of enhancements in the development backlog and documentation.
Sprint 9 is well underway and has a targeted completion of Sept 14th. Sprint 9 prepares the system for demonstration of working integrations with pilot market MLSs and other data recipients, and to support the efforts of the recipient system software developers in achieving the same milestone from their end. We expect this to be the ongoing theme through Sprint 10 as well.
No headcount changes or additions occurred in August. We are running lean!.
The Agreements Work Group continues to refine participation agreement templates between Brokers and 3rd Party Vendors, Upstream and MLSs, and Upstream and Participants to help define usage rights and protect the confidentiality of proprietary information Upstream maintains in its system.
We had a full Board of Managers meeting on September 13th. At this meeting we reviewed status, operations and go to market strategies. Additionally, we voted on:
NOTE FROM THE CEO
As you may know by now, I'm focused on communication and transparency. Each week I'm in a different city educating our stakeholders and clarifying misconceptions. To extend our reach, I'll be:
To that end, look this month for announcements on UpstreamRE.com and our Facebook page.
We seek to create efficiencies by reducing redundant entry, help brokers distribute deliberately by giving them control over who can access their data and inspire innovation by removing artificial barriers when the broker allows.