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One of the most commonly asked questions these days is “Should all our source code be in one repository?” This is a complex question and leads to a somewhat interesting set of answers.

Before we get to that lets try and understand the question a little more and find out why customers asking this? In IT we like to centralize and optimize. Gathering all the code in one place is seen as the next logical set of distributed data ripe for centralization and optimization. All in one place means

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In the next few weeks Serena is going to be announcing important new versions of our ALM, Release and Deploy solutions.

Ever since Serena’s CEO, Greg Hughes, introduced the concept of “Move Fast Without Breaking Things” at our User Conference in Washington DC in February, we have seen an overwhelming acknowledgement from our customers and partners that this is the perfect encapsulation of what modern application development and deployment means to them.

For Highly Regulated Large Enterprises (we call

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JenkinsAs the leader in deployment automation, Serena is a proud sponsor of the Jenkins User Conference 2015 World Tour. Come visit us at our booth and meet our experts in DevOps, CI/CD and enterprise release management.

Network Learn Explore @ the largest gathering of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery experts on the planet.

Want to tap the collective knowledge of a vibrant community of CI/CD practitioners? How about

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where.to.startDevOps turned five last October, and while five years seems like a long time in terms of the technology adoption lifecycle, DevOps and Continuous Delivery still seem perched on the Enterprise IT chasm. The Pragmatists get it. They are under pressure from the business to deliver business value faster, better and more cheaply and the Visionaries and Early Adopters have proven that Continuous Delivery fits the bill.

The problem is that Enterprise IT can

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FullSizeRenderSo we are off and running with xChange 2015. Record crowds in the breakout sessions and a packed house for the kickoff general session this morning.

Greg Hughes talked about the need to “Move Fast Without Breaking Things” and his first love … a 128k RAM, twin 320kb floppy, 32lb “portable” computer. He drove home the critical need of modern organizations to create an infrastructure environment that supports dev teams

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Tags: xChange


Serena Central - Your Serena community and marketplaceToday Serena Software launched our new community portal Serena Central which provides an enhanced user experience for customers and prospects looking to get the most out of their tools. The new site expands on our previous user communities focused around Build, Learn, and Connect.

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What a terrific first meeting of the quarterly Dimensions CM Virtual User Group (VUG).VUG Group

We were joined by one of our early adopters of the innovative Dimensions CM 14 release, Carmelette Benson of Health Care Service Corporation. The VUG was treated to an exceptional upgrade story that engaged the free Upgrade Lab to advance their planning and readiness, and worked collaboratively with

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Well! We’re all set to go! We have a great agenda, a fantastic lineup of speakers and some fun activities planned. If you haven’t registered yet there is still time – you can register here.

Let’s take a quick tour of the highlights …

  • Over 70 in depth technical sessions – nearly half delivered by customer practitioners just like you
  • Major new product announcements you will only hear at xChange
  • Incredible end-to-end demo of modern software development infrastructure – “The Mother of all Demos”
  • Important new thought leadership about The Secure SDLC – new whitepaper

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We are still not there yet are we. The idea that IT is an “always on” utility, or better yet, keep.calm.and.unlock.it.32 a competitive advantage for the business.

Every year there are ton of examples illustrating that we still have a lot of work to do.  Whether it’s shutting down the Russian stock market for a couple of hours, deploying Read More



toolchainOnce the developer checks in a change, how long does it take your organization to deliver it to the customer?  The path to production can take many turns, have many dips, and fall short in terms of quality and expectations.  IT organizations struggle with major process and toolchain gaps between develop, build, deploy, and release.  Come join us at the December Serena DevOps Drive-in as Julian

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Technical blog posts

SBM Patch Context can often confuse SBM users, so I have put together a slide and this blog to explain. The slide may look busy but please look at it as a story and timeline, working from the top left across and then down through time.

Some fundamentals:

  • When you Publish a Process App it get assigned auto-generated versions for design elements and then one for the actual whole Process App. This numbering is consecutive and system controlled. The highest version in main line is considered to be the TIP (or HEAD).

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Tags: SBM


Back to Single Sign-On again.  Today, we are not talking about Serena Single Sign-On so much, but having the user automatically authenticated using the user credentials logged on to the workstation.  I refer to this as auto-logon using Kerberos or NTLM credentials of the workstation user. 

The browser needs to be capable of auto-logon using the WWW-Authenticate header; it is the browser that makes auto-logon possible.  Chrome has this ability built in, and you can specify sites to do this auto-logon in Firefox.  Neither Firefox nor Chrome use the Security Zones that Internet Explorer uses. 


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Tags: SBM


Asset Management is available as of the release of Serena Service Manager 5.2 but how do I get it you might ask?

If you have a support profile simply go to http://www.serena.com/ and click on Support, then My Downloads.


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Tags: SBM


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Serena Central has various videos on how to perform certain functions within SBM which are great if you are already familiar with the solution. I learn something new every day from these great videos.

But how do you get started if you are new to SBM?

In this post, we will build a simple, intuitive process common to everyone-- Vacation Request!

I have both a video and document that will show you from start to finish how to create a new application consisting of the typical elements: workflow, fields and forms. Then deploy it to an environment and test it out.


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Tags: SBM


It is so easy to open Composer, make a "little" change and click Quick Deploy. But, is a Quick Deploy sometimes too quick? Have you ever waited patiently for the "Deployment Completed" message only to realize that you deployed to production instead of staging? Or, maybe you didn't realize what happened until users started to call about sudden strange behavior... Don't feel bad. It's happened to a lot of administrators. We hear from customers all the time who have deployed something to production by mistake and now need to rollback.

Here we will discuss how to prevent a quick 2 minute change from becoming a long 2 hour recovery exercise.


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Tags: SBM


Here are some simple ways to customize the Serena Request Center by editing the wrapper.htm file.

  • file location Serena/SBM/Application Engine/template/shell/SRP/wrapper.htm

In this blog, I'll be adding:

  • A tab that opens the Work Center interface.
  • A link for providing feedback in the User Links section.

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Tags: Serena Request Center


Want to use advanced log parsing within SDA?

The Log Parser Plugin provides a powerful mechanism for defining multiple regular expression searches within a single step.

SDA also offers the ability to be able to upload parsed results against a particular step within the process flow.

 

Please see related PDF file SDA Logparser Plugin Quick Start Tutorial.pdf, which provides a simple tutorial on how to use and test this new functionality, covering following features:

  • the RegExp Search step - defining multiple parsing rules
  • the Upload Attachment step
  • the prevStep property 

 

Start implementing the functionality

 

Steps to implement this functionality:

Step 1: Create a new generic process
Step 2: Add a shell step
Step 3: Add a Regexp Search step
Step 4: Add a Upload Step Attachment step
Step 5: Complete the process flow
Step 6: Test the process
Step 7: Review the results

See the tutorial PDF File:  SDA Logparser Plugin Quick Start Tutorial.pdf for more information.


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Tags: SDA/Deployment Automation


SBM Application Repository exposes web services which can imported into Composer to perform repository operations. These SOAP web services can be used in orchestrations to automate deployment and promotion operations. I would like to present a small process application with orchestrations which provides a way to retrieve all process application and snapshots from an SBM Application Repository instance.


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Tags: SBM


In Release Control 6.0 Timeline: Part 1 we learned the basic anatomy of the timeline view and how to access and use the timeline editor. The first post focused on customizing the out of the box Release Train timeline. In this post I will show you how to create a new timeline and add it to work center. The end result of this tutorial will be a new timeline which you can access by URL that is added to a dashboard in work center.


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Tags: Release Manager/Release Control


Serena Release Control 6.0 comes with a new and powerful gantt report that we call the timeline. Starting with RLC 6.0 it is decoupled from the processes that we ship with and fully configurable. In order to be successful in customizing the timeline or even creating new ones from scratch (details coming in part 2) it is important to understand the anatomy of the timeline and the terminology we use in the editor.


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Tags: Release Manager/Release Control


Today, we describe what happens in SBM when a user connects to the SBM server through one or more proxy servers.  The short answer is that SBM gets the user login id and the user's device IP, checks out a license and logs in the user.  If the user connects via proxy, how does SBM know the user's IP address? 
 
The License Manager sees User@MachineIP as a distinct licensing event.  If the one user logs into SBM from two different workstations at the same time, two licenses will be used David@MachineIP1 and David@MachineIP2

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Tags: SBM


Depending upon how long you have been using TeamTrack/SBM, "Due Date" notifications has been a desired feature for a long time.  Historically, it was not possible to generate a notification based upon a date field in a specific record.  The reason for this is because the notification server would only process changes to records.  Now there were ways around this using TeamScript/AppScript and inserting records into the notification events table, but if you are like me, that starts to make my system fragile and what if I want to change that stuff in the future?

The great developers that we have here at Serena solve the problem and implemented a feature called Delayed Notifications.  It is important to know how we refer to this when search for help in the documentation.  This feature is detailed in the Application Administrator guide accessible at http://help.serena.com.


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Tags: SBM


New in 14.2

The Dimension CM Bridge has been enhanced to allow Git clients to access a CM 14.2 server.

This is achieved by use of two technologies: Git SVN Bridge and the CM SVN Bridge.

The PDF document describes the steps to install and set up a Git client to use a 14.2 server installation and is based on the CM_TYPICAL basedb.


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Tags: Dimensions CM


New in 14.2

Shelves provide a powerful mechanism, to assist in multi-tasking within the development processes and serves two purposes

1. Shelves allow a user to switch development tasks, by shelving their current work into a personal stream and allowing them to pursues another line of development.

2. It can also be used as a method for backing up a current progress in a local work area into a personal stream, to allow for simpler rollback of changes


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Tags: Dimensions CM


The REST API is a newly available API published in Dimensions 14.2. It presents a simple and light weight method of querying a Dimensions CM repository. By use of the HTTP Get method and returns results in JSON format.

In this PDF tutorial several methods will be used to demonstrate as to how these resources can be accessed.


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Tags: Dimensions CM


New in CM 14.2
Cherry Picking is a new and powerful enhancement to the merge capabilities with in Dimensions CM, allowing for greater control and precision over what changes will be merged by cherry picking specific requests.
This PDF tutorial serves as an introduction to this new functionality

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Tags: Dimensions CM


Want to use email notification within SDA 6?

The email notification mechanism is a powerful and high configurable system for providing email notifications to specific users whenever user-defined trigger events occur. For example, notifications can be sent when a deployment finishes or an approval is required.

A complete example procedure for setting up an email notification, when requesting an application process. In the linked in the PDF file: SDA 6 Email notification tutorial, and is a fully re-worked version of the guide for 5.x.


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Tags: SDA/Deployment Automation


New to SDA 6?

The following KBTV video features:

- a quick introduction to the SDA 6.0 UI featuring the new layout
- how to create a global process and simple deployment from scratch in less than 3 minutes.


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Tags: SDA/Deployment Automation


I've seen this come up in the forum a few times lately. So, I thought I'd write a blog on how to use indexOf() in a form action. This can be used for many things. The most common use is to make another field required based on multiple selections either in a multiselect field or across multiple fields. However, once you know how to evaluate and compare multiple values with indexOf, you can really do whatever you want with the results.

So, what is indexOf()? In javascript, indexOf() searches for the position of a string value. So, for example, if I have "Hello World", "Hello World".indexOf("l"); would return the position that the first occurrance of the letter "l" was in. In this case, it is 2 because the first position is always 0. So, H = 0, e = 1, l = 2, and so on. Additionally, if I search for a larger string like, "Hello World".indexOf("World"); the value returned is based on the first position where my search string is found. So, in this case it would be 6 because the "W" of "World" is in the 6th position. If the search string does not exist, it returns -1. So, "Hello World".indexOf("fdg"); would result in -1. Unlike how we count, javascript return values always start at 0 rather than 1. It may seem strange at first, but it will serve a purpose later.


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Many of us will have come across the S047 abend ("An unauthorized program issued a restricted Supervisor Call (SVC) instruction") that we cannot immediately explain.  We know that our executable library is authorised (or authorized, for those reading in North America).  We have double checked member PROGxx in SYS1.PARMLIB or re-issued our ‘SETPROG APF’ command but this has failed to explain the problem.  Therefore there must be something seriously and fundamentally wrong with the application or the execution environment, yes? 

Well, no.  Usually not, at least.  However, where do we start investigating potential causes of the abend?  Here is a quick checklist to set the wheels in motion.


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Tags: ChangeMan ZMF/Mainframe