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Release Notes

Last update November 1, 2018

This release information describes changes to features and enhancements that were made in each incremental release level of Version 18.0, including changes to configuration tables and modified nonprogram product components. In addition, the following topics are covered: the Incremental Release program, CA Chorus Software Manager for installation, product accessibility features, and published solutions.

What Is an Incremental Release?

Version 18.0 is referred to as an incremental release because it is being delivered using the incremental release delivery method. This delivery method provides you with PTF updates to the base code line as soon as enhancements are approved and published. The incremental release delivery method uses the following terminology:

  • Incremental release-- This is a single product release that is incrementally published over time using the incremental release delivery method. An incremental release begins as a separate code line that is functionally equivalent to the current GA-complete release. Gradually, the incremental release code line gains functionality as product features are completed and published.  When all features that were planned for the release have been delivered, the release is designated as GA-complete and the cycle begins on the next incremental release.
  • Feature PTF-- The mechanism that is used to publish features of an incremental release.  Features are published when the validation partners deem them as having met a minimum viable product (MVP) criteria. The decision to publish a feature is collaborative and occurs during an end-of-sprint review meeting when the feature is demonstrated.  The release validation partners (customers that elected to join the validation partnership program), express their opinion as to whether a feature meets their MVP criteria.  Those features that are given the MVP rating are published, that is made generally available (GA) for the incremental release.

  • Service PTF – The mechanism that is historically used to publish defect corrections.

  • Incremental Delivery PTF-- The roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. After all features that were designated as MVP during the end-of-sprint review meeting have been published as feature PTFs, an Incremental delivery PTF is created and published to provide a convenient way to install all published feature PTFs for the incremental release. The incremental delivery PTF also ensures all previously published feature and maintenance PTFs are also installed. After this roll-up PTF is installed, the product release identifier (vv.r.xx) indicates the new release level. Beginning with Version 18.0.04, the numbering scheme format is Version 18.0.xx, with xx indicating the number of each sequential release level.

  • GA-complete release– When all features planned for an incremental release have been published, the status of the release changes to GA-complete.

Incremental Release Program

This video explains CA Technologies new Incremental Release Program and how we use the Agile development methodology to expedite the delivery of our product enhancements:

This program is a customer-interactive delivery model where we develop new product features and release them using the Agile development methodology. The CA Technologies development teams work closely with customers to create product features for rapid implementation. We work with customers to release new features incrementally, as we complete them, rather than waiting for a list of features to complete. After all of the features for an incremental release are completed, the release transitions to the standard support policy.

To participate in the Incremental Release program, review the Incremental Release Program - Support Policy and Terms. To discuss the customer requirements for participation, contact the product manager for your product. Participating in the Agile development process is not mandatory.

How to Install Incremental Releases

In an incremental release, new product features, in addition to maintenance, are delivered in the format of an SMP/E PTF. These PTFs can be downloaded from CA Support Online and managed through SMP/E or installed via CA CSM.

Incremental Releases

The following SOURCEID will be assigned to PTFs to help you manage the installation of Agile Features (New Features):
SPE-AFnn-- Identifies that the PTF contains a Product Feature developed under the Agile methodology, where nn represents the feature number for the incremental release. 

The following FIX Category has been created to identify new product features:
CA.Function.AgileFeature-- Identifies PTFs that deliver Agile features for an incremental release.

The list of PTFs for downloading can be found within CA Support Online by accessing the product maintenance grid http://www.ca.com/us/support/ca-support-online/product-content/status/detailed-service-pack-info/ca-endevor-software-change-manager-maintenance-grid.aspx?intcmp=searchresultclick&resultnum=10. All PTFs can be accessed by clicking the ‘PTFs since INC00’ hyperlink. To see new features only, open the link entitled ‘New Features’.

Applying Incremental Release PTFs

The prerequisite for each incremental release PTF is the application of the prior incremental release PTF (or the base release (Incremental Release 0) and any published maintenance. If you are using CA Chorus Software Manager (CA CSM) to install the PTF, the software will automatically install the prerequisites.

New Feature PTFs--The following list shows PTFs that introduce new features or enhancements. The PTFs are listed by the incremental release level in which they became available.

  • V18.0 Incremental Release 1
    • PTF RO84268 (Base product) and RO84291 (Japanese version)
      • Approver Disqualification option-- This new option enhances the audit integrity of Packages by preventing Package approvers from approving their own work.
    • PTF RO84826 CA Endevor Integration for the Natural Environment (CA Endevor INE) usability improvements
      • Element display functionality on various panels is improved. The administrator can use the initialization exit to: set certain default values that appear on the Create Package screen, and set the transfer options that define the Natural utility program used to load and unload Natural objects from Natural libraries.
      • New Scan/GoTo facility available on Display Element.
  • V18.0 Incremental Release 2
    • PTF RO85779 (Base product) and RO86678 (Japanese version) Usability improvements
      • Element action SCL syntax allows blanks in Element and USS names-- When coding Element action SCL syntax, embedded blanks are allowed in Element and USS file and path names.
      • UNIX System Services (USS) keywords and field names-- References to HFS are changed to USS, to clarify that CA Endevor SCM supports the UNIX System Services (USS) supported file types HFS, zFS, and NFS.
    • PTF RO86961 Improved audit capability
      • Alter action field level security-- The administrator can limit who can perform Alter action updates on Element record metadata depending on which metadata field the user is attempting to update. A new External Security Interface table keyword, ALTERFLD, supports Alter action security at the field level.
    • PTF RO87175 WS: New installation process
      • Web Services--The Web Services installation and configuration process has been simplified and provides a process to validate the installation and configuration parameters.
  • V18.0 Incremental Release 3
    • PTF RO87951 (Base product) and RO87952 (Japanese version) Improved audit capability
      • Disqualification option for package approver groups-- The administrator can turn the Disqualification option on or off by approver group.
    • PTF RO88702 WS: Client Side Validation Utility
      • Web Services user validation utility-- The utility validates the setup and configuration of all parts of Web Services.
  • Increment 18.0.04
    • PTF RO88185 (Base Product) and RO88186 (Web Services) RO88487 (Japanese Version) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.04. Foreground panels and report headings have been updated to include the version number in the new numbering scheme Version 18.0.xx, where xx indicates the release level. In addition, all enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date.
  • Increment 18.0.05
    • PTF RO89906 (Base Product) and RO89907 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.05. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included:
      • RO88774 ADD EXEC-FAILED PKG STATUS FOR API/CSV UTILITY

      • RO89005 CSV UTILITY PRODUCES INCORRECT CSV

      • RO89661, RO89662 ADMIN ACTIONS TO SMF

  • Increment 18.0.06
    • PTF RO90617 (Base product) and RO90618 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.06. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included:

      • RO90323, RO90324, RO90484 CONDITIONAL ALLOCATION OF PROCESSOR DATA SETS

      • RO90534 WIDE SCREEN SUPPORT FOR API OUTPUT

      • RO90779 ECLIPSE UI: ELEMENT VIEW TOOLTIP SUPPORT                   

  • Increment 18.0.07
    •  RO92257 Base product) and RO92258 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.07. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included.
      • RO91535 ISPF LONG-NAMED ELEMENT SUPPORT FEATURE

      • RO91813 API EMBEDDED BLANKS SUPPORT

      • RO91862 ALLOW LIST PKG ID CSV FILTER OF APPROVER

      • RO91987 ENDEVOR WS AND ECLIPSE UI INCREMENTAL PTF FOR V18.0.07

      • RO92017 QE LONG NAME ISPF DISPLAY OPTION

      • RO92160, RO92161 CHANGE MIXED-CASE OPTION TO UPPERCASE FOR ISPF

      • RO92167 LONG NAME ELEMENT MASTER DISPLAY

  • Increment 18.0.08  
    • RO93153 (Base product) and RO93154 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.08. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included.
      • RO92876 ISPF CLASSIC VERTICAL SCROLLABLE PANELS
      • RO92892 SUPPORT FOR LONG-NAMED ELEMENTS IN QUICK EDIT
      • RO93067, RO93068 PACKAGE DISPLAY WITH LONG NAMED ELEMENT
      • RO93229 END-TO-END USS LOGGING OF PACKAGE ACTIONS
  • Increment 18.0.09  
    • RO95245 (Base product) and RO95246 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.09. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included.
      • RO94045 DEPLOY FOR TEST
      • RO94100, RO94535, RO94839 Long-Named Mixed-Case Element Support 
      • RO93928 Footprint Source Output Member with Generate Time Stamp

      • RO94676 and RO94677 (Web Services) List SMF Admin Action Data

      • RO94910 Web Services RESTful API Client and Eclipse-Based UI

  •  Increment 18.0.10
    • RO96612 (Base Product) and RO96613 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.010. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTF is included.
      • RO96514 - Redesign Of Eclipse Plug-In Local File Management.
  •  Increment 18.0.11 
    • RO97273 (Base Product) and RO97274 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.011. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included.
      • RO97361 Element Delta Levels Moved With History Indicator                           
      • RO97754 Filtering by CCID in Element Change Level History
      • RO97341 RESTful API Support for Element Actions and Package
  • Increment 18.0.12 
    • RO99861 (Base Product) and RO99862 (Web Services) Roll-up of already-published feature and service PTFs. This is the incremental delivery PTF Version 18.0.012. All enhancement and fix maintenance that is available at publication time is a pre-requisite for this PTF.  This ensures that once this PTF is applied your installation is completely up to date. The following enhancement PTFs are included.
      • RO93621 - DEVOPS CONTINUOUS FEEDBACK - LOG ELEMENT ACTIONS 
      • RO98110 - ECLIPSE ERROR WINDOW 
      • RO98877 - SIMPLIFY PACKAGE SHIPMENT DESTINATION SELECTION 
      • SO00382 - JAPANESE LOCALIZATION FOR V18 
      • SO00501 - E2E ACTION LOGGING FOR ADD/UPDATE/RETRIEVE 
      • SO00810 - DYNAMIC PANEL SUPPORT 
      • SO01214 - ADD TYPE EXTENSION TO API/CSV LIST ELEMENT OUTPUTS (base)
      • SO01295 - ADD TYPE EXTENSION TO API/CSV LIST ELEMENT OUTPUTS (Web Services)

CA Chorus™ Software Manager

CA Chorus™ Software Manager (CA CSM) is an application that simplifies and unifies the management of CA Technologies mainframe products on z/OS systems.

CA CSM provides services that make it easier for you to perform the following actions:

  • Acquire, install, deploy, and configure products
  • Automatically obtain and apply maintenance

These services enable you to easily manage your software based on industry-accepted best practices. A web-based interface makes the look-and-feel of the environment friendly and familiar. This interface helps you install and maintain your products faster and with less chance of error.

You can acquire CA CSM from CA Support.

Note: For more information, see your product installation instructions and the online help.

Compatibility

This version of the product is compatible with IBM z/OS 2.3.

Note: For compatibility information about earlier versions, see the z/OS Compatibility Matrix for all CA Mainframe z/OS products: ftp://ftp.ca.com/pub/MSPSaccount/COMPAT/zos_compat.HTML.

Access the Product Page

To access the CA Endevor SCM product page, click here: https://www.ca.com/us/products/ca-endevor-software-change-manager.html

Access Support

Click this link to access CA Support: http://ca.com/support

Access CA Communities

Click this link to access the CA Mainframe DevOps User Community on CA Communities. 

Join this user community to connect with fellow users in a open discussion of CA Endevor SCM and other related CA products. Community members help one another solve problems by starting a discussion, asking questions, posting comments, attending web casts, and more. The forum can help you to keep current with the latest product developments, understand issues that other users are having, and learn about best practices. CA Endevor SCM experts from all areas of CA can also join the discussion. Together we can make it easier to get the most out of CA Endevor SCM. Good things happen when the community shares its experience, knowledge, and ideas!


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  1. Roorda
    2017-06-21 09:17

    Is there someting clear on the roadmap? When is the last increment on V18 planned?

    1. MARGARET ALLEN
      2017-06-23 09:55

      The final increment for V18 has been delayed. A general announcement will be forthcoming on the CA Endevor User Community on CA Communities.

  2. June Abercrombie
    2017-08-02 10:45

    The Increment 18.0.10 APAR number for Web Services is RO96613. Please update.

    1. MARGARET ALLEN
      2017-08-02 11:24

      Hi June,

      I fixed the typo. Thanks.

  3. Chris Green
    2018-03-27 05:05

    Hi June, I meant to ask you last week when does R17 go out of support? I can not find the Release table anywhere on this site.

    1. MARGARET ALLEN
      2018-03-28 07:33

      Hi Chris,

      An announcement has not been made yet regarding end-of-support for v17.0. When a new version goes GA, an end-of-support announcement is made for the prior release. So, when V18.0 goes GA Complete, an announcement will be made about v17.0.