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First, I would like to thank everyone who responded to our survey. The feedback provided is very valuable in determining where we need to go with CA Gen, and the areas that are of most concern to our customers.


I'm happy to say that CA Gen is still seen as a valuable, reliable, and productive environment for most of our customers. The product itself, and the idea behind it are still strong. There are, however, legitimate concerns.


Functionally, the biggest concerns seem to be the development tools and their visual presentation, database exploitation, and general product modernization.


Operationally, ease of upgrade (along with release planning), training and availability of developers, and general documentation seem to be the most common issues.


And beyond those specific items, the general concern about the future of CA Gen comes through loud and clear.


In the new year, we will seek out your thoughts and priorities about how best to effectively address these issues - both through this forum and direct contact. I will try to initiate some discussion around the choices that we face in development, and how those choices affect your business. 


For now, I can tell you that projects to address some of these items are either already in work or being planned. These things won't happen overnight, but are steadily progressing. As we move to complete our next Interim Release (IR), we will form a revised road map that will hopefully offer some relief for many of these issues and a bit more clarity in product direction. 


As to CA Gen's future, nothing I could say here would alleviate those concerns. I will work with product management to ensure that our messaging clearly reflects CA's continued commitment to CA Gen.


Thank you all so much for your continued support of CA Gen. We look forward to working with you all to create a better experience and an improved product.


Best Regards,


Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

We are pleased to announce our certification of WebSphere MQ V9 with CA Gen 8.5. The technical requirements online documents will be updated within the next several days.





Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

CA's annual product feedback survey is now open, and includes CA Gen. Please take this opportunity to tell us how we're doing, and share your thoughts with our team. We truly value your input. 


Each survey will be individually reviewed by the CA Gen leadership team. If you have time, additional written comments can help us understand your answers to the ranked survey items.


Completed surveys, positive or otherwise, demonstrate interest in CA Gen that will be seen throughout CA.


Thank you and looking forward to hearing from you,


Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen


P.S. - Emails should be out, but if you haven't received one for some reason the following link will take you to the CA Gen survey:

   CA Gen Survey Link

We are pleased to announce the availability of SSL support for WSC applications using Java and C# .Net targeted applications.


This support is enabled via PTF as a continuous delivery update: The enabling service is as follows:






Support connect link for service:


Pertinent documentation:


Consume a Secure Web Service


Best Regards,


Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

Windows Server 2016 has now been certified for use with CA Gen 8.6. The following PTFs address issues discovered during our certification process, and should be applied to applicable environments to ensure compatibility:


  • GEN86105 - Toolset Generator

  • CSN86102 - Windows CSE Generator


Online technical requirements documentation will be updated to reflect this certification within the next several days.





Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen 

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 has been now been certified for use with CA Gen 8.6.






Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

As most of you know, ideas and requests for features are typically directed to the "Ideas" section of this community. There they can be voted on by community members, discussed and either taken up or rejected by the development team. While it seems that many have languished, we have been working toward getting these ideas addressed - especially those that have been marked "Under Review" for longer than they should have.


A bit of explanation regarding the categories to which these are assigned is in order:


1) Uncategorized or "New"

These have not been processed by the development team. Once they reach 10 or more up votes, or some other factor compels, they are discussed by the CA Gen leadership team in a regularly scheduled meeting - and are either rejected, wish-listed, deferred for more voting, or moved to the "Under Review" category. This discussion is based of feasibility, perceived value to effort, and scheduling concerns. It is a high level filter to simply determine if we wish to go forward with the particular idea.


2) Wish-listed

Ideas end up being wish-listed under a couple of different circumstances. In many cases, it is due to a lack of up-votes within a reasonable time-frame. Otherwise, these are typically ideas that represent a significant amount of work, but were deemed "possible" in the future depending on demand. You may still comment and vote on wish-listed ideas.


3) Not Planned

These ideas have been reviewed, either through preliminary or detailed analysis, and determined to be outside of the development direction of CA Gen. This may be due to technical feasibility, potential impact to existing users, perceived value or simply the unlikelihood of ever being actually worked. These ideas are unlikely to be revived.


4) Duplicate

Sometime two or more ideas are so similar in either request or potential implementation that we combine them. Ideas marked duplicate should indicate the active idea they represent. We keep track of the total vote count for all related issues.


5) Delivered

The development team considers this functionality to have been delivered, in a release, IR, or continuous delivery PTF. 


6) Under Review

These ideas have been discussed by the leadership team, and have been assigned to the development backlog as research items. The "Fnnnnnn" number posted to the idea's title represents that work request. The idea will be reviewed by a developer and an implementation potentially will be proposed. The findings will again be reviewed by the CA Gen leadership team.  At this point, we may decide to drop the request ("Not Planned"), wish-list, or move to "Currently Planned".


7) Currently Planned

By the time the the idea has achieved this status, it has been reviewed, preliminarily planned, and has moved to the active development queue. The "Fnnnnnn" number now represents that features work. Ideas marked "currently planned" still may not come to fruition due to development difficulties or priority issues, but it is on the development schedule. These items may or may not be reflected in the CA Gen Road-map.


Several of the items marked "Currently Planned" are in active development, and more are planned at a later date. We have begun to work down the queue of ideas marked "Under Review, and it is our goal to address them all and provide some form of outcome (whether accepted or denied) as we have resources available to do so. This will take a while to accomplish, but we will make progress as we can.


When bringing in an idea, or voting for an existing one, keep in mind that all ideas basically compete against each other for time and resources. Vote for your priorities, not necessarily "nice to have" ideas.


In future monthly blog posts, I will keep you apprised of the status of community ideas as they work through our system.


Thank you all for your continued participation in this community. 


Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

We're pleased to announce the certification of CICS Transaction Gateway (CTG) 9.1 with CA Gen 8.5. The online Technical Requirements documentation will be updated to reflect this certification shortly.


CTG 9.1 is the default version for Gen 8.6.


Best Regards,


Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen

Hello, and welcome to what will become a regular update on CA Gen's development, certification, and general release plans. Here I will discuss what's happening in engineering as well as short term plans for Gen's enhancement and technical currency.


My brief introduction

            For those I haven't met before, my name is Robert (Rob) Thompson, and I'm the product owner for CA Gen. I have held a variety of technical and management roles in my career. For the past 17 years, I've been with Gen as a developer and architect (other than 2.5 years as an architect with an internal start-up product around the Gen 8.0 timeframe). Earlier this year, I took over the product owner's role for Gen.

            I have experience as both a customer and developer of Gen and other products, so I have an understanding of the challenges facing our customers and hope I can bring that perspective to our development efforts.

Blog coverage

            Initially, there will be several posts covering a number of outstanding topics. Development reports will be posted monthly, with additional, topic-specific posts as needed. The intent here is to provide an ongoing source of insight into the work being undertaken in Gen development. Topics will include:

            Current and potential engineering work


General IR and Release information

Edge community ideas

Customer input needed requests

Informational topics provided by the team

Announcements of continuous delivery item completion and availability


        While I will discuss development in progress as well as planned features, none of the information supplied should be construed as a guarantee of inclusion in any current or future release of Gen. Development plans change due to the discovery process as well as potentially changing business priorities, resource availability, and factors beyond our control. Any plans are therefore subject to change without notice.

            Specific dates and timelines will not be provided for any update or enhancement. General targets may be provided but are not guaranteed for the same reasons listed above.

If you need a Roadmap session for planning technology changes or upgrades then we will be happy to meet with your CA Gen leadership team and go over Official Roadmap under your Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with CA Technologies.

Best Regards,

Rob Thompson – Product Owner, CA Gen

We are pleased to announce that Windows Server 2016 has been certified with Gen release 8.5.


Certification with this same OS is pending for Gen r8.6 and will be announced shortly.




Rob Thompson

Product Owner, CA Gen 


IBM IMS 14 Certified

Posted by SteveSolomon Employee Apr 28, 2017

Dear CA Gen EDGE Community, 


Following our Agile Development process when work is complete we will announce it and update our documentation on and in  I am pleased to announce today that the Certification work on IBM IMS 14 has been completed and it is now a fully supported platform. 


Support Site Link:


I started my Software Engineering career working as an IMS/COBOL Application Developer so it gives me great pleasure to see the advances in IMS over the years.  50 Billion Transactions a day - Wow! 

IMS processes the world's transactions 50,000,000,000

"IMS is used by many of the top Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. Collectively these companies process more than 50 billion transactions per day in IMS – securely."

Source: IBM - IBM Information Management System (IMS) 


IBM IMS 14 Information Link:  IBM- IMS 14 software details 





Dear CA Gen Community,


The CA Gen team is pleased to announce that IBM DB2 12 has been fully tested and certified for both CA Gen 8.5 and CA Gen 8.6.


The CA Gen Documentation is live in our Dynamic and Robust "DocOps" website and has been updated for this certification.  


The list of certified products for z/OS can be found at: 


I started my IT career many years ago with DB2 1.0 and attended some of the first DB2 User Groups.  It is wonderful to see how powerful and functional DB2 has become and how great a partner it has been for CA Gen over these many years. 


Steve Solomon & VijayKumar V K

CA Gen Product Manager and Product Owner


CA Gen 8.6 IR1 is GA

Posted by SteveSolomon Employee Feb 8, 2017

Dear CA Gen Community,


The CA Gen team is pleased to announce that CA Gen 8.6 IR1 is GA and is available on the CA Gen Support site for Download. 


For an overview of the release and the latest updates on the release please see the Community Webcast at: [WEBCAST REPLAY] CA Gen Release 8.6 IR1 What’s New 


The CA Gen team would like to thank the customers that participated in the development and review of this release, we appreciate your support.   The IR2 release is underway and if you would like to be part of the review meetings please sign up in the CA Gen area on





CA Gen Product Manager

Catch up on all the great content from CA World ’16 – from our launch of two new DevOps for Mainframe solutions to the latest and greatest from our Mainframe Application Development, Quality and Testing Tools portfolio.


Key Highlights

Mainframe Keynote by CA Technologies Mainframe GM Ashok Reddy

Analyst Keynote by Forrester Research Principal Analyst Rob Stroud

DevOps for Mainframe Roadmap Presentation by CA Technologies SVP Aline Gerew

DevOps for Mainframe Customer & Analyst Panel (coming soon!)



Advanced Techniques for Initiating the DevOps Journey by HSBC Technical Specialist Steve Blackett

Enterprise Developers, Linux and z Systems by CA Technologies SVP Scott Fagen

Mainframe Application Modernization for Enterprise Developers by Facet Consulting Executive Director Ryan Johnson

Enable End-To-End Enterprise Development With CA Gen by Facet Consulting Executive Director Ryan Johnson


Pre-Conference Education

Interactive Session: Mainframe & DevOps in your Organization

High Performance Masking and Test Data Generation for IMS and DB2

Migrating to COBOL 5 and Beyond

Achieving Continuous Test & Delivery for Mainframe with CA Application Lifecycle Conductor

Webhooks & Continuous Feedback with CA Application Lifecycle Conductor

Learn, Engage and Grow with CA Endevor: What's New, What's Ahead

The Role of SCM in Agile Development Methodology: CA Endevor Administrator Perspective

CA Testing Tools Educational Session (Part 1 of 3): Learn, Engage and Grow your Mainframe Testing Toolset with CA File Master Plus

CA Testing Tools Educational Session (Part 2 of 3): Learn, Engage and Grow your Mainframe Testing Toolset with CA InterTest and CA SymDump

CA Testing Tools Educational Session (Part 3 of 3): CA Mainframe Application Tuner Demo and What's New


Dear CA Gen EDGE Community, 


The CA Gen Engineering team is pleased to announce support for IBM WebSphere Application Server Release 9.0 for CA Gen Release 8.6.  Please take note we have uncovered an issue with IBM WAS 9.0.  We have reported it to IBM and expect IBM will fix this issue in the near future.  


In the meantime please be aware:


With IBM WebSphere Application Server 9.0 (Fixpack, CA Gen Custom Web service cannot be deployed in the application server, when an EJB Web Service and a Custom Web Service are packaged together; WebSphere 9.0 is not able to start the EJB Web Service. 

The following steps can  be used as a workaround for WebSphere 9.0:

  1. Remove the Custom Web Service dependency from the EJB Web Service JAR file using the following steps:
    1. The assembled EAR contains a JAR file named using the server load module. For example, WEBAPSVR.jar.
    2. Open this JAR file and edit META-INF/MANIFEST.MF. Remove <Custom_Web_Service>.war entry from "Class-Path”.
    3. Deploy the application in WebSphere 9.0
  2. After deploying the EAR file, the WAR file loading option has to be set to “Application” from the WebSphere console application.


The CA Gen Release 8.6 documentation has been updated on the DocOpts website at: Third-Party Software Version - CA Gen - 8.6 - CA Technologies Documentation 



CA Gen Product Manager