Plutora Production Release Notes April 2014

Features Included in this Release

Regional Release Schedule

Region Schedule
Worldwide April 2014


Functional Enhancements

Release Manager

Release Calendar

  • In Systems View, Parent Releases show the cumulative total of the Systems that are impacting the child Releases.

Release Manager

  • Added Release Dependency and Release Packages column to export to XLS.
    • The Release Package column is only exported if the Release Package setting is enabled.
  • Added the ability for users (with the appropriate permission) to update activities through the Gates & Approvals page.
  • In Gates and Approvals, an attachments column has been added to the approvers data grid.
  • When no Query Builder is applied, the amount of data that is displayed is restricted to Releases with an Implementation Date within the next month.
    • To access Releases outside of this restriction, use the Live Search or the Query Builder.
  • The Hide Phases or Gates button in the Release Manager Activities are persistent, so the user does not have to re-click the buttons every time they open a Release.
  • Users that do not have permission to update Releases can now view the deployment dates.
  • The Dormant Deployment has been renamed to Deployment Type.
    • Deployment Types can be customized in customizations. This allows for multiple deployment types.

System Impact Matrix

  • The Query Builder of the System Impact Matrix contains the same values as the Release Manager Query Builder.
  • When no Query Builder is applied, the amount of data that is displayed is restricted to the next six months.


  • A live search is added to the Systems tab in the Changes pop up. It uses the same functionality as the Systems live search in the Release Manager.
    • The Systems are filtered by Portfolio Association.


Environment Manager

Environment Requests

  • The following columns have been added to the Environment Change Request Grid.
    • Release Package.
    • Parent Release ID.
    • Release ID.
    • Release Name (Formerly called Project).
  • When users hide or show columns in the Environment Request grid, the settings will persist when they navigate to other pages or log out.

Environment Schedule

  • In the Conflict View, the tool tip displays the Release ID and Release Name to easily identify the conflicts.

Environments Impact Matrix

  • Major enhancement added where you can now view Environment Groups instead of environments via the new On/Off switch.
  • When no Query Builder is applied, the amount of data that is displayed is restricted to the next six months.

Environment Map

  • Added a visual interactive representation of how environments are connected together. Using the connectivity tab available in the Manage Groups pop up users can see how the environments part of an environment group a connected. The environment map is interactive and when an environment is clicked on it will show the environment Tech Specs and Configuration associated with that environment.


  • When no Query Builder is applied, the amount of data that is displayed is restricted to the first 500 Environments alphabetically.
    • To access Environments outside of this restriction, use the Live Search or the Query Builder.
  • Environments pop up can now have custom fields and under new ‘Additional Information’ tab
    • Admin User is able to define an unlimited number of custom fields.
    • The user can define Date Picker, List Value or free text string edit field.
  • Added Systems column to export to XLS.


Deployment Manager

Deployment Manager

  • In execution status, when multiple users have the same deployment plan open and one of the users change the status of a deployment activity. A notification alerts the other users until they attend to the browser.
    • A sound notification is repeated roughly every 8 seconds until the user opens the corresponding browser.
    • The tab of the browser also flickers to alert the user.
  • System Live Search.
    • Live search has been added to filter Systems to increase the performance.
  • Export to Excel (XLS).
  • Highlight delayed Deployment Activities.



  • Audit Table.
    • Displays the history of who has added, modified or deleted the information, what did they change and when it happened.
  • Attachments pop up.
    • The attachment file type extension is added to the column name of the file that is attached.
  • Query Builder Improvements.
    • A validation message appears when deleting a Public Query.
    • When saving a Private or Public Query, the name field length is constrained to 15 characters.
    • When searching for free text, the number of characters is constrained to 30.
    • All Query Builders that use dates has an extra condition that searches for results from today.
  • The User Management live search returns results after two characters have been inputted instead of four.
  • Added the ability to re-organize the structure the organization by drag & drop. (Under Settings > Organization Structure.)
  • User Management:
  • Added a time-only field to Custom Fields called, “Time Picker”.
  • The users that are to be deleted from the User Management page do not need to be removed as a Stakeholder from¬†associated activities within Plutora.


Bug Fixes

Blockout Period

Problem Fix
The date format of the Blockout period tool tip does not change according to the customization setting. The date format changes according to the chosen format in customizations.

Impact Matrix

Problem Fix
When exporting the Environments Impact Matrix to XLS, it would instead export the System Impact Matrix. Exporting to XLS for the Environments Impact Matrix now displays the correct Impact Matrix.
When clicking the Parent Release to see the total changes affecting the Release, it would only list the changes affecting the first child Release. The list now contains all changes affecting the child Releases.
In IE8, the text direction of Systems in the System Impact Matrix was horizontal. The text direction is now vertical.
Independent Releases in the System Impact Matrix were displaying the incorrect icon. Instead, the Project Release Icon were displayed in its place. The Independent Releases now show the correct icon.


Problem Fix
When starting or completing a deployment activity in a Deployment Plan, the start or end time would create a time stamp displaying the incorrect time. The start and/or end time now displays the correct time.

Release Management

Problem Fix
The Release Manager Query Builder would sometimes time out and may take the user 2-3 times to run it successfully. The performance of the Release Manager Query Builder has been improved significantly, reducing the loading time for filtered results.
When trying to add a criteria without a gate, the warning message would indicate to the user that a phase is needed. The correct message is displayed when the user is trying to add an activity or criteria without a phase of gate respectively.
On duplicating a Release, there is no confirmation dialog and the window does not close. A confirmation dialog appears indicating that the Release has been successfully duplicated, and the window closes.
The child push button would disappear after an Activity or Criteria has been saved. After an Activity or Criteria has been saved, the child push button does not disappear and may be used by the user.

Release Calendar

Problem Fix
The child Releases appear out of order as they do not appear under their Parent Release. All child Releases now correctly appears under the corresponding Parent Release.

Environment Request

Problem Fix
When an Environment Change Request has an Environment in completed status, the user can click save and may override the current value of the component version with an empty value. The field is now locked out preventing users from changing the value once completed, and the old values cannot be changed further.
The Assigned to and Requestor fields in the Query Builder for the Environment Change Request and Booking Request shows deleted users. The corresponding fields only show existing users from the user management list.
When adding an Environment to the Environment Change Request and selecting a Layer, any component that is associated to that Layer but with a different host can be selected from the drop down. By selecting a Layer, only the relevant components associated with the Host and Layer are shown.
When opening an existing Environment Booking Request, the Phase of the Release incorrectly shows the name. The Environment Booking Request correctly displays the Phase Name.
When searching for Parent Release ID on the Query Builder, it would sometimes throw an error that disallows the user to search. The user is able to search by Parent Release ID without issue.
When creating an Environment Booking Request, a duplicate may sometimes appear in the Environment Schedule. The Environment Schedule displays the appropriate Environment Booking or Allocation.

Environment Schedule

Problem Fix
When deleting an Environment from the Environment Schedule, it subsequently turns off the phase even if there are existing Environments in that phase. The Phase does not turn off after an Environment is deleted from the Environment Schedule.


Problem Fix
The ‘Raised By’ field incorrectly showed the ID of the Name. The field correctly displays the name that is populated in the field.


Problem Fix
The Query Builder field ‘Name’ was not consistent with the values in the System fields. The field has been renamed to ‘System Name’ to reflect the actual field name.

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