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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

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


We Appreciate Your Ideas!

Posted by SteveSolomon Employee Nov 10, 2016

Dear CA Gen EDGE Community Members,


We thank you for your participation and engagement in this community. We know that you find it valuable – and we do too. We appreciate the feedback you offer us, within discussions and questions, but also as formal ideas that you submit via the site.


To improve our ideation process and set your expectations for how we’ll review those ideas, I wanted to define what ideation stage means and then outline how the CA Gen Technical Leadership team will work with you and your ideas going forward.


Ideation Stage definitions were communicated in The Water Cooler back in August 2014. Here’s a link to the original post:


This table outlines what each stage means and what’s possible within each:






New idea created by community



Idea already exists in the community

Vote on Original Idea

Under Review

Currently under review by Product Management and product team.



Under consideration, but lacks votes or otherwise not high enough priority to be planned for a release


Currently Planned

Included in the agile backlog and potentially listed on the roadmap for future release.



Delivered in a GA release.

Not needed

Not Planned

Idea has been reviewed and will not be included in the product



It is CA Gen Technical Leadership team’s goal to review ideas monthly and have each idea move through the voting and comment cycle within 3 to 6 months. Some spaces have more active community members than others – so it is important to us that we strike a balance between the review cycle and our community members having a chance to review and vote. 


In addition to activity here on the site, we review ideas with customers during sprint reviews, host conference calls with customers who submitted popular ideas to confirm and clarify what is needed, review top-ranked ideas with customers during in-person user group meetings and regularly seek further clarity during face to face customer briefings. 


Some helpful tips to make your ideas likely to stand out. Sharing a description of the enterprise challenge you are seeking to solve or pain point that you would like to eliminate will make it easier for other community members to relate and vote. Also, being open to what the end solution looks like is key.  Our R&D team members may have a different take on how to meet your business need. Hence, ideas which explicitly state how the resolution is to be implemented may not make it as far through the review as desired.


The number and type of comments also plays a role in the review of Ideas. Ideas that have not been discussed as to why it should be implemented or how the implementation might look may remain in their current state regardless of other criteria. 


It is assumed that anyone voting for an Idea will be willing to participate in the development and validation process.  You will be invited to participate in the CA Gen Development process via the CA Gen Customer Validation Community ( The customer meetings only lasts about an hour but it is an opportunity for you to have a say in the direction and the type of the implementation that is taken for your (and others) Ideas.  You will also have the opportunity to download the current build of the product in order to have hands-on experience and to allow for a greater feel as to the way that the Ideas are being implemented.


We will also always explain – with transparency – why we place an idea in “Not Planned” or “Wish Listed” status.


Hopefully this makes it clear how important your input it and how we plan to review and consider it going forward.


If you have questions or care to share your experience in one of our activities where we review ideas, please leave us a comment. We are proud of the legendary service that CA Gen has provided to our customers and we are committed to delivering high quality enterprise solutions. 




Steve Solomon, CA Gen Product Manager


Lenn Thompson, Community Manager

Dear Community,


I have spent a lot of time the last three months in discussion with customers on upgrading to the current CA Gen Releases (8.5 and 8.6).  I have also been meeting with the CA Gen Engineering Leadership team on ideas to make upgrades easier for our customers.   During these discussions we seem to have focused on the major issue is “how much re-testing of your applications is required” to ensure the upgrade is successful and that the upgrade does not adversely impact your current applications.


If you have ideas and suggestions on how to improve the upgrade process or maybe reduce the risk and cost of application verification, then I would like to invite you to meet with the CA Gen Leadership team and other customers interested in this topic.  Hopefully as a group of experts we can recommend actionable items to improve your next upgrade.


If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please send me an email with your office location.  As we have a global customer base I will attempt to schedule a meeting that best matches the locations of the attendees. 




CA Gen Product Manager

Dear CA Gen EDGE Community,


As some of you have been aware I have been out of the office for several weeks.  Which means that I am behind on reviewing your post in the Community and working on the wonderful Ideas that have been submitted. The very good news is that the CA Gen Engineering team has been very busy and has great news to report.


IBM COBOL 6.1 has been certified for CA Gen Release 8.5 and 8.6.  Please see Teresa's posting on IBM COBOL 6.1 at COBOL 6.1 Certification 


Solaris 10 certification for CA Gen Releases 8.5 and 8.6 is complete.  There had to be changes in both releases to support Solaris 10.  A new version of both releases has been posted on CA Support.  If you are planning to use Solaris 10 please be sure to download the new release from CA Support. 


Windows 10 certification for CA Gen 8.5 is almost complete.  We found some issues when testing Windows 10 with CA Gen Release 8.6 and we found the same issues with Release 8.5.  We are in the process of preparing and testing a PTF that you will need to download and apply to Release 8.5.  Hopefully we will not find any other issues and the PTF will soon be on Support. 


It is important to note that the Microsoft Edge Browser is not included in the Windows 10 certification.   Our analysis of the Edge Browser is that certification will require changes and be a fairly extensive project.  If Edge support is critical to your organization please let me know and I will add you to the Beta tester list. 


I hope everyone had a great Summer.  Fall has arrived in Arizona and it is a great time of year.  Which also means that CA Technologies is working hard to put on a great CA World in November.  If you will be attending CA World please drop me an email and let me know.  Several members of the CA Gen EDGE community will be there and we would like to be sure everyone gets invited to our meetups. 





Steve Solomon

CA Gen Product Manager