Archive for the ‘Configuration Management’ Category

When your old technology prevents you from running your IT department the way you want, it’s time for a change. But so much of what we have is so deeply ingrained into all our systems, processes and reporting. That’s why we have created an automated migration utility that can move you from your old mainframe software change and release solution to the most modern and advanced solution from Serena.

It has never been more critical to have control and visibility in your release management



Screenshot from the latest Eclipse plugin from ChangeMan ZMF v7In our recent Mainframe Virtual User Group (VUG) meeting, we



I’m very pleased to let you know that Serena has been recognized by leading research firm, Enterprise Management Associates, as the “Most Complete Solution for Next Generation IT Management (NGITM).”  This impressive endorsement was recently announced in the EMA Radar Report.

According to EMA: “There was virtually no aspect of NGITM functionality left unaddressed by Serena. While of recent vintage, its ITSM coverage includes full support for Change, Incident, and Service Catalog. Consistent with its origins, project portfolio and execution are both fully supported, and its support for requirements management is without peer in this report – few other vendors have a dedicated module for this, and



…and it is not the after effects of xTravaganza

A demonstration of Serena’s Development Manager kicked things off for the early birds with Mike Troth from R&D describing the persona-based UI workbench and the evolving and rich user experience of Serena’s Orchestrated ALM solutions.  Armed with a second coffee, many then headed over to hear Iryna Lutsiuk from the Quality Assurance team reveal an internally developed SBM application for test case management being used to manage test cases, test



It’s been one month since Serena launched Dimensions CM 12.2, and for IT organizations struggling to balance faster delivery with greater control, CM 12.2 has been an early holiday gift! As I’ve been meeting with customers these last few weeks, I’ve been hearing some very positive feedback from those trying out the latest release. 

  • “The combination of better traceability reports offered by Dimensions CM and new reversible headers features will make the adoption of the CM platform from PVCS much easier.”
  • “The performance numbers from Dimensions CM 12.2 look very promising.  Anything that is done to reduce the amount of time required to deliver changes



In my last post I took you through the history of ChangeMan ZMF during the time it underwent several name changes.  ‘Change Man’ became ‘ChangeMan,’ which turned into ‘ChangeMan ZMF’ at version 5.  Here I continue to trace the evolution and revolution of ChangeMan ZMF through to present day version 7.  

In the planning phase of version 6, and with the growing popularity of Web Services, we could no longer assume that requests coming into ZMF were simply from TSO users as in the past. With product integrations, web service calls embedded in



“Evolution not revolution” – Have the changes and upgrades made to Serena’s mainframe software change and configuration management solution, ChangeMan ZMF, been an evolution or a revolution? The ZMF development team has been cranking out new features over the last couple of years: fully integrated Java support (including Impact Analysis, Audit, Build, ISPF, Eclipse, zDD, XML and Web services); HFS and zFS support for Development, Staging, Promotion and Baseline libraries; a new Eclipse Plug-in that



Application Lifecycle ManagementToday I had the good fortune to meet with Ashley Owen.  As part of the Serena product team that directs and develops our Orchestrated ALM product solutions, he is ideally placed to define the “Orchestrating the Entire Application Lifecycle” track content for xChange, Serena’s annual user conference from September 19-21, 2011.  Here is how our conversation went.

KP: This is a pretty big track; it covers the entire lifecycle from demand to development to



Today, Serena announced the availability of Serena Dimensions CM 12, the newest and most powerful version of our software change and configuration management (SCCM) solution. Over the years, Dimensions CM has earned a reputation for being one of the fastest integrated ALM solutions on the market and has helped thousands of customers increase development efficiencies, lower development costs and risks and ensure compliance to standards. The new version builds on these merits, providing release managers with dramatically improved processes around release management in the convenience of a single console for viewing, scheduling and executing release deployments and rollbacks.

While releasing applications into