If you are planning on coming to xChange I want to remind you that the early bird pricing expires on December 31st. Right now you can save $200 off the registration fee.
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The best just got better.
With the release of ChangeMan ZMF 8.1 a new era of software development becomes possible for the mainframe. With over 400 customer requested ideas implemented and groundbreaking innovations in cross-platform SDLC support, this release makes managing software development, from idea to deployment more streamlined, more automated and more reliable than ever.
Leading enterprises are under pressure to deliver innovation rapidly to satisfy their customers, while maintaining high quality and integrity, and reducing cost and risk. Agility and accelerated application delivery is required but companies struggle to deliver mainframe changes at the pace that the businessRead More
Today Serena is announcing ChangeMan ZMF v8, a major update to our flagship mainframe SCCM solution. Why the continued large investment by Serena in the mainframe? Read on…Read More
How does a developer know when they are done?. How does a business know that their new application or feature does what the customer wants it to do? By testing. Testing is a cross functional activity that involves the whole team and should be done continuously from the beginning of the project. It serves as the gauntlet that a committed change has to run and pass in order to be considered worthy for release. While testing is a major key ingredientRead More
We are looking for new and innovative uses of Serena Deployment Automation Community Edition and are announcing a new contest with a chance for a $1,000 Amazon gift card!
On June 10th I announced Serena Dimensions CM 14 – the best ever, and I am pleased to report that we have now secured a number of successful early adopters, many of whom are live and in production, and attracted a significant number of accounts that are now actively pursuing or planning their implementations and upgrades.
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In our October 2014 Mainframe Virtual User Group (VUG), we highlighted the latest features in the ChangeMan ZMF 8.1 release, set to go GA at the end of the month. In addition to Kevin Parker and I presenting
at this VUG, we were joined by Greg Hughes, President and CEO of Serena Software and some of the lead developers of ChangeMan ZMF, and the Client Pack to demonstrate some of the functionality in his forthcoming release.
You mayRead More
The world of configuration management is no longer just about servers in the data center. It is rapidly expanding and supporting other environments including cloud, mobile devices, embedded devices, BYOD and devices in the car and home. All these environments need to be configured as a broader system tying into a business platform or application. Everything is growing and becoming increasingly pervasive,Read More
We are gearing up for our next global user conference, xChange15, to be held March 22-25 in Washington D.C. Like our past xChange conferences, this one is going to be all about helping our customers get the most value our of their Serena software investments, with presentations and workshops featuring the best thought leaders, technical experts, fellow customers and technology partners.
In three jam-packed days, we provide over 60 technical sessions on the products you are using today, like SBM, DimensionsRead More
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some simple ways to customize the Serena Request Center by editing the wrapper.htm file.
In this blog, I'll be adding:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bare bones numeric field based pie chart.
You can see this pie chart in action within the app central "Subtaskless voting" process app uploaded by yours truly. This can only be used on browsers which support canvas.
While SBM provides robust reporting, it is generally based on items. Within a given item, however, you may want to provide some graphical analysis based on information gathered throughout the item's lifespan on a form. This may be a vote count, counts of an inventory, percentage of individuals having approved vs. yet to approve, etc.
The following zip file contains the code used to create an html widget in the noted process app for a graph. This can only be used in browsers that support html canvas. This example is also un-stylized, using simple colors and no css, but remains a fine simple example of how data can be easily displayed graphically with minimal coding.
Dimensions CM Bridge is a connector between a Subversion enabled client and a CM server that enables:
• Your development tools to talk to a CM repository instead of Subversion.
• Development teams familiar with Subversion to continue using their existing IDEs and tools with the additional benefits of Dimensions CM.
• Dimensions CM to be used with IDEs that do not have a "native" integration with CM but do support Subversion.
Another customer issue that pops up from time to time is the inability to obtain a dump from the CMN ZMF ISPF client. The actual abends can be unexpected or deliberate and related to issues within the product, environment or customizations.
So, how can we get something more useful out of ZMF than messages such as “Abend 0C4000 hex occurred processing command 'CMNINIT '.”?
You can perform certain actions such as deliver or update from the Explorer window without having to start a desktop client or web client. It works with both projects and streams.
I personally find it quicker to perform my updates &/or checkouts when not using the IDE. Especially for files such as Word, PPT, etc.
Below you’ll find 2 videos showing how to work with the Windows Explorer plug-in.
It’s hard to believe that it is has been nearly a year since the release of Dimensions CM 14.1, the most significant release of Dimensions CM in a decade. Over the last year we’ve been amazed by both it's rapid adoption and the rave reviews that it has achieved. However, we've not used this as an excuse to stand still with the Dimensions R&D team continuing the pace of innovation in the Serena Labs, and in July this year we will be releasing the first major update to the CM 14 platform - Dimensions CM 14.2.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be penning a number of blogs introducing you to the new features that are coming next month. This is the first in that series, and I’m going to use it to introduce you to the platform changes in Dimensions CM 14.2 through the sections below (the full platform matrix is available on the Serena Support Site).