Plutora Production Release Notes March 2014

Features Included in this Release

Regional Release Schedule

Region Schedule
Worldwide March 2014

 

Functional Enhancements

Reporting

  • Newly developed dashboard.
    • Customizable system defined (Release and Environment) Dashboard tabs which can be customized per user.
    • Ability to create new Dashboard tabs per user.
    • Create user-specific charts and add them to the dashboard to provide individual metrics and KPI views.
  • Report Center (Reports).
    • Users can create Public and Private Reports.
    • Users can create grid reports, charts and advanced filtering analysis grids.
    • System Defined (out of the box reports) now available to all users.

 

Release Manager

Release Manager

  • Activities Assigned to Me Feature (click on the envelope on the top right in the header).
    • Users are now able to view instantly all Release (Phases) Activities and Stage Gates assigned to them from anywhere in Plutora. There is status level filtering to allow the user to view non-completed activities which need to be actioned per release.
  • Release level custom fields and new ‘Additional Information‘ tab.
    • Admin User can define an unlimited number of custom fields.
      • The user can define Date Picker, List Value or free text string edit field.
      • Custom fields can be created specifically to appear for Enterprise Release popup only, all other Release types or for all Release types.
  • Customization of Release Status list values.
    • Admin users can now customize the values of the Release Status drop-down box and set the default value to be used when creating new releases.
  • Add attachments to non-Enterprise Releases (Project and Independent).
    • Users can now attach attachments to all non-Enterprise releases using the attachments link on the Release tab in the releases pop up.
  • Live Search incorporates Release ID for filtering.
    • The user can now perform a live search on Release ID value. Live search now supports Release ID & Release Name parameters.
  • Performance Improvements.
  • Release ID is now included in the title of the Release.

Release Schedule

  • Release ID visible on Release Schedule.
    • On the Release Schedule, the Release ID has been added to the Release Name column.

Release Calendar

  • Environment Activities (Change Requests) added to the Release Calendar.
    • All Environment Activities can now be viewed on the Release Calendar in conjunction with Releases to give users a full picture of all activities occurring on any given day.
    • The user can turn the visibility of Environment Activities ON or OFF.
    • The user is able to filter Environment Activity by CR Type (i.e. DB Refresh, Code Drop, Outages etc) and by Environment CR Status.
  • Improved Filtering

System Impact Matrix

  • Full rebuild of System Impact Matrix & New Interactive Features
    • View list of changes per release and application by clicking Interactively within the System Impact Matrix.
    • Totals Column has been added to the Left.
    • Printing of System Impact Matrix improved.
    • Performance Improvement of 200% in load time when Impacted systems exceed 1000.
    • Improve UI experience with smooth scrolling.

Blockout Period

  • Increased size of Blockout Period pop-up.
    • Users now have more available window real-estate to enter in detailed Blockout Period information.

 

Environment Manager

Environment Manager

  • Manage Groups popup performance improvement.
    • When opening up the Manage Groups popup, performance has been significantly improved.
  • Environment Manager navigation menu updated to include Environment Requests.
    • Users can access the Environment Requests page directly from the Navigation menu, reducing the number of clicks to open this page.
  • Environment Connectivity (Phase 1).
    • Users are able to specify connectivity between environment groups members to show how Environment Groups are connected together. To access this new functionality go to Environments > Manage Groups and select the Connectivity tab on the bottom panel. PHASE 2 (next release), will include a visual map showing how Environment Group members are connected.

Environment Manager – View Stack

  • New fully Interactive Horizontal View Stack control.
    • Allows the user the ability to view multiple configurations of one or more environments at the same time to compare configurations.
    • The user can freely zoom in and out of the new control to easily see different components and configurations of environments.
  • Performance Improvement to existing View Stack when control exceeds more than 1000 components.

Environment Booking Requests

  • Included a delete button for users to delete Environment Booking Requests.
    • Admin User is able to assign the permission to roles that can delete Environment Booking Requests.

Environment Change Requests

  • Environment Change Request pop up, Environment/Environment Group drop down is now paginated.
    • The Environment/Environment Group drop down on the Booking Request form is now paginated to improve performance.
  • Environment Change Request custom fields and new ‘Additional Information’ tab.
    • Admin user can define an unlimited number of custom fields.
      • The user can define Date Picker, List Value or free text string edit field.
  • Add attachments to Environment Change/Activity Release window.
  • Environment Change Request has a new drop-down field, “CR Type“.
    • Admin User can edit the values in the TECR Type status column on the customization page.

 

Deployment Manager

Improvements

  • Export to Excel (XLS).
    • Ability to export Deployment Plan to Excel in raw format. The user is only able to export when Deployment Plan is in ‘DRAFT’ status. Ability to export in all other statuses will be available in our next release.

 

Common

  • Active Directory Single Sign On (SSO) Improvement.
    • New SSO Button added to the Login Page to allow users to utilize ADFS SSO. Allows external users (non-ADFS) to log into Plutora using Plutora credentials.
  • Query Builder (QB).
    • Added Query Builder to Release Calendar, Blockout Periods, Environment Booking Request & Deployment Manager.
    • Improved Performance of Query Builder.

 

Known Issues

Issue

  • Release Scheduler performance degrades when more than 350 Releases appear within filter range.

Workaround 1

  • Set a smaller time range when applying time filter.

Workaround 2

  • Apply advanced filters such as Release or System filtering to narrow results set.

 

Bug Fixes

System Impact Matrix

Problem Fix
When the user ‘Exports to XLS’ from the System Impact Matrix with a live search filter on, it outputs all results instead of just filtered results. The user is now able to export just the filtered results to excel.
Various usability issues have been remediated to improve stability. System Impact Matrix is now rendering with all rows lining up and has become more stable.

Release Manager

Problem Fix
When saving a Criteria, an unhandled exception error would sometimes appear. The Unhandled exception no longer appears upon saving a Criteria.
When filtering for Releases using the Query Builder, and the Show Dependent Release checkbox is ticked. If the user then ‘Exports to XLS’, it would not export the dependent Releases. The Releases now correctly export to excel when filters are applied to the Release grid.
Filtering by Release Package in the Release Manager and Environment Change Request did not work as expected. The Release Package now filters correctly based on the input in the text field.
The ‘Assigned to Phase’ field in the Criteria window was rendering incorrectly. The window correctly renders and displays the proper information.

Customizations

Problem Fix
The ‘Login Failed Attempts’ values in the Customization page would sometimes disappear. The user is now able to see the values correctly.
Activation and Last Login Dates were not converting to local time and therefore showed UTC. All Dates now correctly display local time.
Some items in the Customization page were not saved in the correct order when the user changes it. The items are now saved in the correct order and corresponds to how they are displayed in their respective field.

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