Ali Kheirolomoom Archive

If you didn’t see the news yesterday, our friends at CloudBees, the enterprise Jenkins company, announced further strengthening of their partner program to delivery continuous delivery success to software development and IT organizations around the world.

It was a pleasure to be quoted in the release, because I firmly believe that continuous delivery isn’t about any one particular process you automate or tool you buy. Instead, to achieve continuous delivery speed and quality, you need to seamlessly connect your processes and tools into a DevOps toolchain that eliminates bottlenecks, manual steps and errors.

Of course, I believe that our deployment automation and release management solutions are critical components in that toolchain, but those products need to plug-in easily and work collaboratively with adjacent tools such as SCCM (e.g., Dimensions CM, PVCS, Subversion, Git), continuous integration (e.g., Jenkins) and infrastructure configuration management (e.g., CFEngine, Puppet, Chef).

If you are near Chicago, San Francisco or Washington DC in the next month, I invite you to come to one of the continuous delivery summits or Jenkins user conferences we are sponsoring with CloudBees to learn more about this subject and see these products working together for DevOps success.  I also invite you to attend our next DevOps drive-in webcast on October 30th with Mark Burgess, founder of CFEngine, on the future of configuration management.


“We are excited to partner with CloudBees to deliver world-class Continuous Delivery automation for the world’s largest and most important companies,” said Ali Kheirolomoom, senior vice president of R&D, Serena Software. “Serena provides application deployment automation and release process management solutions that seamlessly integrate with Jenkins-powered CloudBees products, whether in the cloud or on-premise, to enable our mutual customers to speed up application delivery, increase software quality and, most importantly, better respond to the demanding needs of their customers.”

I am pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership agreement with QualityPark (QP), a Serena requirements management partner for over 10 years.  Under this agreement, QualityPark will assume software development for Dimensions RM, Serena’s Requirements Management product, and its companion product, Prototype Composer.

This is excellent news for our customers who will benefit not only from QP’s extensive expertise in the Requirements Management market but also their domain knowledge in embedded software, automotive & aviation industries, and the financial, banking & insurance industries.  They have a broad footprint in Europe and US with a strong business presence in complex, highly regulated and standards-driven organizations across the globe.

Serena and QP are already collaborating on the next generation of Dimensions RM.  Stay tuned for the exciting direction we’re taking the product!  In the meantime, feel free to post any questions you have in the Comments section below.

Serena Elevator LobbyWe’re proud to announce the Serena PVCS Version Manager 8.5 release. The updates ensure customers can continue to use PVCS with confidence while platform currency provides continued co-existence within their broader development tool ecosystem.

Below are the major highlights from the Serena PVCS Version Manager 8.5 release:

  • New “Rename Workfiles with Archives” Desktop Client functionality provides the ability to rename versioned controlled workfiles with archives.
  • Enhanced “File Filter” feature helps users optimize their Desktop and I-Net client displays.
  • Redesigned I-Net dialogs provide a more modern, enhanced user experience.
  • The new Server Admin application for Linux enhances the experience for Version Manager administrators by providing server and service runtime status.
  • Visual Studio users can now rebind solutions which were added externally to the IDE with the new “Change Binding” functionality.
  • Apache Tomcat, Serena SSO and Java JRE internal components have been updated, providing the latest security updates.

Updated platform and integration support with Serena PVCS Version Manager 8.5:

  • Windows 8 and 8.1 Enterprise/Professional
  • Windows Server 2012
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.4
  • AIX 7.x
  • Solaris 11
  • Serena Business Manager 10.1.3
  • Visual Studio 2012
  • Eclipse 4.2
  • Support for Oracle JRE version 1.7 update 45 (and 1.6 update 45)

Obtaining the New Version & Documentation

Serena PVCS Version Manager 8.5, along with the accompanying Readme, Release Notes and Documentation, can be downloaded from My Downloads under Serena Support.

I’m proud to announce that we have delivered ChangeMan SSM 8.4!

ChangeMan System Software Manager (SSM) 8.4 contains many improvements that are part of our continuing program to enhance usability and maintain z/OS currency. Changes include:

      • Compatibility with z/OS 2.1
      • SMP/E Installation Option
        • ChangeMan SSM 8.4 can be installed with IBM’s SMP/E method as well as the non-SMP/E (IEBCOPY) method of installing Serena’s mainframe products. Installation instructions for each method are provided in the ChangeMan SSM 8.4 Installation Guide.
      • Enhanced Operational Integrity
        • This feature allows ChangeMan SSM to identify important z/OS data set names and add them to dynamically defined groups to provide for automatic change tracking. When Operational Integrity is enabled, the following data sets will be tracked automatically:
          • APF entries
          • Linklist
          • LPA list
          • Proclibs allocated in the master address space and JES2/3 address space
          • SYS1.NUCLEUS
          • SYSx.IPLPARM
          • All parmlib data sets referenced during the IPL
      • Enhanced Member Reference Tracking
        • Member Reference Tracking (MRT) has been expanded to pick up more member references. Originally, the BLDL macro only recorded references to a single member. MRT now picks up BLDL macro references to multiple members as well as references from the FIND macro.
      • Support for Data Sets on Extended Address Volumes (EAV)
      • HMIGRATE/HRECALL/HDELETE Support for Real Time Change Tracking (RTCT) Option
        • This enhancement increases the accuracy of the event information by picking up HMIGRATE, HRECALL, and HDELETE data set events when they happen, instead of relying on Global Capture or a CLOSE-driven capture.

How to Obtain the New Release

Please go to the Support Website to obtain the documentation and software for ChangeMan SSM 8.4. (Note: You must be signed into the site to access this link.) On this webpage, you can choose the ChangeMan SSM 8.4 release.

If the above link does not work for you, please log into, click the “My Downloads” tab, then select “ChangeMan SSM” in the “Please Select Product” drop-down box.

I’m proud to announce that we have delivered StarTool IOO 3.1.5!

StarTool IOO 3.1.5 contains many improvements that are part of our continuing program to enhance usability and maintain z/OS currency, including:

  • Improved DCF tracing capabilities
    • The DCF trace is simplified for usability.
  • Restrict usage of IOO’s Dynamic Memory Management (DMM) feature
    • Secure IOO’s Dynamic Memory Management feature by providing a SAF security definition for DMM use.
  • Message, JCL and parameter file clean-up
    • Updated messages for usability, addition of new messages, JCL and parameter file clean-up
  • LBI=YES default
    • Support for IBM’s Large Block Interface

To obtain the latest release and documentation for StarTool IOO, please go to the Download section of the Support Website and choose “StarTool IOO 3.1.5” release. Customer login is required to access the site.

Alternatively, you can go to, click the “My Downloads” tab, then select “StarTool IOO” in the “Please Select Product” drop-down box.

traffic lightI’m proud to announce that we have delivered Serena Release Automation 4.5.1!

Serena Release Automation 4.5.1 represents significant new and enhanced release automation capabilities within Serena’s leading Release Management solution, including:

New User Interface

  • Simplified, intuitive navigation enabling novice users to become immediately productive
  • Enables rapid enterprise-wide adoption among Release teams with minimal training, reducing the time to automate application release

Extended Cloud and Infrastructure Provisioning Capabilities

  • Updated Microsoft Azure and VMware plug-ins support the DevOps notion of continuous deployment to broader environments
  • Expanded knowledge base through an extensive Plug-in Guide

Intelligent Polling for Enterprise Scalability

  • Customizable polling and quiet periods per component
  • Significant enterprise scalability through reduced bandwidth and network traffic
  • Improved performance and accessibility to source code repositories including Serena PVCS and Dimensions CM

Enhanced Integration with Serena Business Manager (SBM)

  • Ability to consume and display Release Automation data in SBM Forms through REST Feeds
  • Extends integration of Release Automation into the SBM-powered processes

You can read the detailed release notes for SRA on the Serena Support website.

After seven great years here at Serena, I am thrilled to announce my new role as Senior Vice President of Products, where I will lead all product development and strategy across Serena’s award-winning portfolio of technologies. Our core purpose here at Serena is to advance the business value of IT by orchestrating application development, delivery, and support. In my humble opinion, Serena has never been so relevant to the industry and solves today’s tremendous market needs.

Needless to say, I’m excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing to bring the industry the most innovative ALM, enterprise DevOps, and IT service management solutions available today.

Most recently I served as GVP & GM of SBM Products & IT Service Management where I worked to develop and launch the Serena Service Management Solution, which received the coveted Pink Elephant Innovator of the Year Award last year. Prior to that, I was VP of SBM products here at Serena where I defined the strategy for process-based visual application assembly and developed the SBM Platform to fulfill the orchestrated IT solution strategy for Serena.

In the year ahead, I plan to help Serena continue our great journey of strengthening Serena’s leadership position and will focus on automating and streamlining the supply chain process of application development, delivery and support. We plan to further leverage Serena’s underlying PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) to empower Managed Service Providers and Online Enterprises looking to deliver differentiated process-based application content to their cloud (Process-as-a-Service). Stay tuned!


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We’re proud to announce that the significant advancements made to our Orchestrated IT solution set are now generally available.  Serena Orchestrated IT 4.0 was specially designed to help agile enterprises take full advantage of mobile, social and cloud capabilities.

For the Front Office, Development, and Operations, Serena Orchestrated IT 4.0 consists of Serena’s major solutions, including Serena Dashboard, Request Center, Demand Manager, Requirements Manager, Development Manager, Release Manager, and Service Manager.


New and enhanced Serena solutions to enable Orchestrated IT for the agile enterprise include:

  • Dashboard 4.0: The new Serena Mobile Dashboard lets IT executives use the Apple iPad to access and interact with the KPIs and dashboards. The latest version of Serena Dashboard also includes many more metrics for Serena ChangeMan ZMF, providing customers a unified view of both distributed and mainframe platforms.
  • Request Center 4.0: Serena Request Center adds smart search capabilities, improving self-service so users can quickly locate knowledge base articles pertinent to their issues. Tighter linkages between service requests and the associated services provide better visibility across the service delivery life-cycle, aiding continual service improvement.
  • Demand Manager 4.0: The latest release of Serena Demand Manager provides a number of features that make it easier to track resources and costs. Managers can create teams based on skills, allocate them to project deliverables and be alerted when resources are already fully allocated. Team managers also have complete visibility into both planned and actual allocations in a given month.
  • Requirements Manager 4.0: The latest release of Requirements Manager provides a number of customer enhancements, and includes even tighter integrations with Serena Development Manager and Serena Release Manager.
  • Development Manager 4.0: Providing many customer enhancements, Development Manager advances the user experience for development team stakeholders, supports process control that unifies the coordination of development change requests across both ChangeMan ZMF and Dimensions CM, and streamlines the hand-off of development packages to Serena Release Manager.
  • Release Manager 4.0: Rich development-driven release management capabilities have been added to Serena Release Manager to complement its strong operations-driven release management capabilities. Significant enhancements include support of continuous delivery, intelligent deployments to reduce deployment time, and enhanced cloud deployment capabilities, including the ability to schedule and deploy applications to Amazon EC2. Other enhancements to Serena Release Manager include the scheduling of deployments across multiple applications, the availability of Media Vault / Definitive Media Library (DML) functionality, and enhancements to the release calendar to support user customizable data feeds.
  • Service Manager 4.0: The Configuration Management System (CMS) has been enhanced in this release to make it easier for customers to configure authorized and allowable relationships between configuration item (CI) types, associate custom icons with CI categories, create relationships between CIs graphically and zoom in to the details of a CI that is in focus. New dashboards that track work assignments across service request, incident, problem and change management to better manage resources have also been added in this release.

You can read the detailed release notes for all the Serena solutions on the Serena Support website (customer login required).