Plutora Production Release Notes Major November 2014

Features Included in this Release

Regional Release Schedule

Region Schedule
Worldwide November 2014


Major Functionality Enhancements

Capacity Management

  • To help users manage the capacity of Releases, Plutora introduces ‘Capacity Management’
  • By default, this setting is turned off and can be enabled in Settings > Customization > Releases > Capacity Management:
    • Thresholds of capacity sizing items determine the capacity of the bucket and how they are filled.
    • To specify threshold settings for a particular Enterprise Release, users may do so in the Capacity tab of the Enterprise Release.
  • Change Window Live Search:
    • Users can now live search for the Change Name under Change grid of the Release Manager.
    • The length of the Search string has been restricted to 35 characters and the previously searched string will be remembered by Plutora.
  • Release Calendar – include Week Number In Day/Week View:
    • The Week number now will be displayed on the top left corner of Release Calendar under Daily/Week View.
    • This will provide an easier way of viewing what week and Release Package we are in.

Master Deployment Plan

  • To help users better manage their large scale deployments, Plutora introduces a major new functionality called ‘Master Plan
  • The Master Deployment Plan will provide a rolled up view of many deployment plans and provide a high-level real-time view of all the deployment plans associated with the selected releases.
  • Users will have the ability to set the timeline interval type and value for the Master Deployment Plan.
  • Users can also click the name of the individual deployment plan to browse the individual Deployment Plan.


Functional Enhancements in APEX Release 2.0.100

Deployment Manager

Deployment Plan – Attachments

  • Attachments can now be added to Deployment Plans in Execution or Completed State.

Deployment Plan – Predefined Group Tasks

  • Users can create predefined group tasks through customizations:
    • By default, this feature is turned off.
    • Users can create a group task filling out the Border, Fill and Font colors.
    • When enabled, users in the deployment plan can specify a group task to automatically obtain these colors.

Associate Application to each Task in Deployment Plan

  • Users can associate applications to individual tasks in a deployment plan.


Environment Manager

Environment Change Request – Performance

Environment Change Request – Request Number added to Title

Environment Change Request – Search by Release ID

Environment Requests – Submenu items

  • Creating Environment Change Requests and Environment Booking Requests have been made easier:
    • The top navigation menu of Environments > Environment Requests allows the user to create these from anywhere within the application.
    • The ‘Action’ button provided in the corresponding grids also allow you to create ECRs and EBRs.

Environment Requests – Export to XLS

Environment Requests – Switching Tabs

Environment Allocation – Groups

  • The Environment Allocation Schedule located in the individual environments display the Group Environment Allocations:
    • Environments that are associated to Environment Groups will be able to display Environment Groups that have been allocated to Releases.

Environments – Submenu items

Duplicate a System

  • To avoid having to enter similar data from system to system, users can now duplicate an existing system.
  • This new functionality is permission driven and can be set under Settings > User Management > Manage User Permissions.
  • By clicking a target system and Duplicate System button under Action button located on the top right corner of the Systems Grid, a Duplicate System window will be popped up.
  • Users need to enter the Duplicated System name and the original Description, Vendor, Status, Portfolio Association, and Stakeholder will be brought to the new Duplicated System.


Release Manager

Duplicating a Release – Additional Information

Release – Environments Tab

  • The loading time of the Environments tab has improved significantly.
  • The drag & drop mechanism of the Environments has also improved in performance.

Release Activities – Scrolling Tab Enhancement

Release Calendar – Release Summary

Release Calendar – Filters

  • An ‘eye’ icon has been added to the Release Calendar filters to easily identify which filters are on or off:
    • An ‘eye’ icon next to the filter would indicate that the filter will be displayed on the Calendar.

Release Calendar – Performance

  • The performance of loading a release under release calendar has been improved dramatically.

Release Manager – Release Location

Release Schedule – Portfolio Association

  • A filter has been added to the Release Schedule that will allow you to filter by the Release Portfolio Association:
    • The user can drag and drop the Portfolio Association for Releases to appear in the schedule.

Additional Information for Changes

  • Users now have the ability manage Changes easily by adding additional information tab to Changes.
  • The custom fields and custom lists can be managed under Settings > Customization > Changes > Change Custom Fields and Change Custom Lists.
  • This Additional Information tab will be reflected after the current Change tab.

Additional Information for Systems

  • Similar to Additional Information for Changes, the Additional Information tab has been added to Systems.
  • The custom fields and custom lists can be set under Settings > Customization > Systems > System Custom Fields and System Custom Lists.
  • The Additional Information will be displayed after the current Details Tab.



Additional Information – Date & Time field

  • A new data type of Date & Time has been added to the custom fields.

Audit – Cosmetic Enhancement

  • The audit history has been cosmetically enhanced to provide an improved look.

Audit – Performance

  • The performance of the Audit loading screen has improved dramatically.

Email Notifications – Comments

  • To reduce the number of emails users receive, a user submitting a comment will not receive a notification about a new comment being added.
  • A few places have added additional information to email notifications to provide the user more context, with the others being updated progressively.

Global Bulk Update of User

  • The user can update an existing user and replace the name with another user:
    • All existing information of the user to be replaced will be overridden.
    • This can only be accessed by users with the access to the user management screen.

Global Live Search

  • The description length of each search will be limited to 50 characters and the “…” will be displayed to indicate the result it too long.
  • If there are more than 20 search results, users need to provide more detailed information to filter more specific search results.

Sub-Tabs for Additional Information

Version Number removed

  • The ‘Version Number’ bar on the bottom of the Application has been moved to the “Your Settings” to increase the real estate of window

Query Builder – Ability to Rewrite a Saved Query

Query Builder – Further Improvements


Bug Fixes

Change Manager

Problem Fix
 When users ticked the “Actual Delivery Release” checkbox under the Delivery Release tab of a Change Window, the Change did not get displayed in the right-hand side column of the Delivery Release > Changes tab.  The change will appear in the right-hand side column of the Delivery Release once the users tick the “Actual Delivery Release” checkbox.

Deployment Plan

Problem Fix
Imported a Deployment Plan from Excel would make start/end date incorrect. The Deployment Task Date will be imported correctly from Excel.
Deployment Plans that contained a lot of information in the Name or Description field would render the Deployment Plan Activities grid incorrectly, and thus, the user would not be able to see activities beyond a certain point. The grid will correctly adjust based on the amount of information in the Name or Description field.
When clicking a hyperlink in a Deployment Plan Activity, the attachments window corresponding to the activity will also appear. The attachments window no longer opens when a hyperlink is clicked from the Name or Description column.
The Deployment Plan Audit would show the identifier of the user instead of the name when a deployment activity has entered ‘failed state’. The name of the user correctly displays in the audit history of the deployment plan when activities have failed.

Environment Change Request

Problem Fix
When no Default CR Status is chosen from the customization menu, a new Environment Change Request could not be saved due to an uneditable status field. An Environment Change Request can now be created and saved with an empty Default CR Status check box.
The ‘Delete Environments’ button would no longer delete the in-scope environments at the bottom of the Environment Change Request. The in-scope environments will be removed when the ‘Delete Environments’ button is clicked. This only applies to those that are not completed.
When duplicating an Environment Change Request, the list field in the original Environment Change Request would be removed. The values are no longer removed when duplicating Environment Change Requests.

Environment Manager

Problem Fix
When collapsing or expanding the host or layer tree, the user’s position in the window resets to the top. The user’s position is held when collapsing or expanding the host or layer tree.
Deleted environments were contributing to the System Environment Usage Snapshot statistic. Those environments that were deleted do not appear as a statistic in this environment metric.

Release Manager

Problem Fix
In the Weekly view of the Release Schedule, the red ‘today’ line would follow the user when scrolling horizontally. The ‘today’ line will stay in the correct position when scrolling through the Release Schedule.
When searching for Systems in the Release > Systems tab, the characters would override one another. Characters can type successfully without any interruption to the live search.
The ‘Add Stakeholder’ and ‘Remove Stakeholder’ button would no longer appear if the Stakeholders tab had been opened previously. The buttons correctly display when opening a Release directly on the Stakeholders tab.

Query Builder

Problem Fix
Users were not able to use Query Builder to filter Environment Booking Requests by using the “Status” field. Users can now use Query Builder to filter the Environment Booking Requests with corresponding “Status” Field.
The filter condition for the Release Names was incorrect with only equals/not equals provided for Environment Change Request. Users can now filter the Release Name with three additional conditions (contains, start with and end with) under Environment Change Request.
The ‘Enter’ key would no longer automatically search the query, and instead, the ‘Run’ button had to be clicked.  The user is now able to press the ‘Enter’ key instead of ‘Run’ to use the Query Builder.


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