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So what's your Gen story?

Posted by darce Mar 27, 2018

It was shortly before Easter in 1998 that my wife and I packed up all our stuff, put it in her Mothers garage to be picked up by the movers.  We had been married for 4 years, three of which I spent in school... and now we were off for a grand adventure.


   We loaded up our 1988 VW Fox (which had no air conditioning in it at the time) and headed down to Austin TX.  I was going to work on a project using "Cool:Gen" and a "Tandem", which were two terms I had never heard before.  It seemed exciting, new country (I am Canadian), new climate, new opportunities.  We had never been before and we really didn't know anyone down there.  


That one choice, to work on a project with tools and technology that I had never heard of, has led to a career which has taken me across the US and back to Canada and who knows where I will visit in the future!  I have worked in various industries, on various bits of technology and have been granted the privilege of working with very some very wonderful people.  Smart people whom I have been able to learn much from.


The Gen community truly is a small world.  Some days I see notes in code made by people I worked with 15 years ago.  I work with people I have never met in person, and when I do finally meet them (at an Edge event or otherwise) it's not like when you first meet a stranger....rather it is like running into an old friend.  People I have worked with, keep in touch with me on Facebook, Linked in and by email.  We meet up sometimes and talk about old times, current problems they or I are having with our current engagement.


That's my Gen story....


So what's your Gen story? I invite you to share it here in the comments.


I also invite you to add a new chapter to your Gen story, which you can do by attending the upcoming Edge technical exchange.  It's an opportunity to enhance your skillset as well as meet your peers, listening to and sharing our own Gen Stories


I look forward to hearing your Gen story, hopefully in person at the Edge event!



Darcy Elliott



First of all, I would like to apologize for my absence from the  community for the last 2 months. My plans for activity were overtaken by events, and I have spent much of my time dealing with a family medical issue. Between that, and just the day to day demands of the job I haven't had much time to spare. For the moment, that issue has at least stabilized. I appreciate your forbearance, and hopefully I should now be able to spend some time attending to the community.


As many of you may be aware, the issuance of interim releases (IRs) in CA Gen has had its ups and downs. Generally, the idea has been unpopular and confusing for many customers. Due to the diversity of content and platforms in Gen,  IRs would often contain updates for only a small subset of our supported environments. This in turn caused confusion of what  "correct" IR level was required for any given portion in Gen - a problem since these IRs were required for maintenance continuity as prerequsites for additional service.


Over the past year, we have begun releasing content as it became available in individual PTFs, or in documentation and community announcements for certifications.I feel that this reduces the complexity for both the customer and our engineering group, as well as allowing ad hoc customer testing and involvement without requiring a commitment to a complete release. It allows content to be delivered more rapidly, and permits me to adjust our schedule when pressing customer requirements present themselves in a mid-development cycle.


We have therefore made the decision to release the remaining IR2 content in this fashion. This means that the content will still be available (some of it has already been released), but it will be released as individual PTFs targeted to individual platforms rather than a combined package. Each feature will be individually announced in the community, and I will provide a summary of the items released and their information once the final items of IR2 content have been released. The remaining IR2 content should become available over the next few weeks to months.


We plan to continue this methodology following the release of this content, and items that can be delivered discretely will continue to be issued in PTF form and not as IRs. 


While there is still some internal planning to be done, the general thought is to deliver a complete release of CA Gen 8.6 next, with a fully installable package that may be installed from scratch for non-CA Gen 8.6 customers. We will also deliver a full roll-up PTF in parallel that will include all previously released Gen 8.6 content (including base IR1, IR2, fixes, and additional continuous delivery content) for the convenience of those customers who have already transitioned to CA Gen 8.6.


Please feel free to ask questions about, or comment on the merits of, this change. We hope it will provide for improved delivery and reduced routine maintenance costs, as well as facilitate more responsive development for our customers.


Best Regards,


Rob Thompson

Product owner, CA Gen 

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