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Introducing Continuous Delivery

Bauman, James A | Jun 17, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Broadcom Mainframe Division release strategy is evolving to Continuous Delivery (CD).

Here's what you should know:

  • Broadcom product teams will begin providing new enhancements through CD releases
  • You will be able to deploy and exploit new capabilities immediately or at your own pace
  • New features will be delivered disabled when feasible, providing you complete control of when to enable
  • New features will be delivered independently from defect fixes
  • You can view products that will transition today; future announcements will be made as additional products transition
  • Our strategy leverages industry standard naming

We also invite you to attend a live webcast on Wednesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. EST, where you will learn more details on our strategy.

Join the New CA Common Services for z/OS Community

Bauman, James A | Jun 07, 2019

To all CA Common Services for z/OS users:

The members of the CA Common Services for z/OS team encourage you to join the CA Common Services community in the new Broadcom Communities platform. By joining the new community, you can continue get the latest news about CA Common Services for z/OS components, features, and updates. The community lets you network with your peers and interact with members of the Support and Development teams.

To join the community, click here, and then click Join Community. After you join, you can complete your profile to let the community members know a little about you.

We encourage you to join our new community because it is one of our main ways to communicate with you!

CCS Apache Tomcat Upgraded to Contain Apache Tomcat Version 9.0.14 (May 2019)

Bauman, James A | May 31, 2019

CCS Apache Tomcat now contains Apache Tomcat version 9.0.14.

To upgrade your current implementation of CCS Apache Tomcat to Apache Tomcat version 9.0.14, apply PTF SO07636.

For more information, see CCS Apache Tomcat Installation, Deployment, and Configuration

Webinar Replay: New in CA Common Services for z/OS Version 15

Bauman, James A | Feb 12, 2019

If you missed the New in CA Common Services for z/OS Version 15 webcast, click the following link to watch the replay of the webcast.

CA Common Services for z/OS 15.0 Released

Bauman, James A | Jan 22, 2019

The CA Common Services for z/OS team is pleased to announce the general availability release of CA Common Services for z/OS 15.0.

CA Common Services for z/OS (CCS) 15.0 is a cumulative update. It contains all of the maintenance that we published and the new functionality that was added after the last service update of CA Common Services for z/OS 14.1.

Note: For more information, see the CCS 15.0 Release Notes.

CCS Apache Tomcat Upgraded to Contain Apache Tomcat Version 8.5.35 (January 2019)

Bauman, James A | Jan 22, 2019

CCS Apache Tomcat now contains Apache Tomcat version 8.5.35.

To upgrade your current implementation of CCS Apache Tomcat to Apache Tomcat version 8.5.35, apply PTF SO06699.

For more information, see CCS Apache Tomcat Installation, Deployment, and Configuration.

CA SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval

Bauman, James A | Feb 28, 2018

As part of our ongoing Mainframe strategy, CA Technologies now offers a new maintenance delivery service: CA SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval. This new delivery method uses the IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER command to acquire CA Mainframe product maintenance over the internet by securely submitting an order for PTFs and HOLDDATA to a remote CA Technologies server.

This service can reduce hours of maintenance time to just minutes, making your system programmers more productive and allowing them to focus on higher value tasks.  “This capability has drastically reduced the time and effort needed to find and download updates. Best of all, it is easy to use!” said Rob Capel, Senior Operating System Programmer, Sentara Healthcare.

CA SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval:

  • Eliminates time-consuming fix searches and the need to select maintenance manually through CA Support Portal
  • Automates delivery of CA maintenance directly to your mainframe
  • Fulfills orders based on the status of your SMP/E environments
  • Enables scheduling of maintenance downloads
  • Facilitates an easier installation of CA Recommended and Preventive service

With the CA SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval, you can acquire maintenance on demand or can schedule an SMP/E job to run regularly. The CA Order server supports the IBM-documented order types, which include: ALL, APARS, CRITICAL, HOLDDATA, PTFS, and RECOMMENDED.  

If you are an existing CA Chorus™ Software Manager customer, you can also use this new service to download maintenance and dramatically reduce the time needed to download PTFs.

To get started, see CA SMP/E Configure Internet Service Retrieval.

New CASPLIT Utility

Bauman, James A | Feb 14, 2018

A new utility named CASPLIT was released on Support Online for use by CA mainframe customers.

For more information, see New CASPLIT Utility now available for Mainframe Customers on CA Mainframe Community.

Mainframe Product Information

Bauman, James A | Dec 18, 2017

Introducing the Mainframe Product Portfolio website – a convenient, inclusive list of mainframe products and their descriptions, with links to documentation and product pages. All the information you need in one easy-to-access page.

CICS Transaction Service 5.4

Bauman, James A | Nov 17, 2017

CA Common Services r14.1 is compatible with CICS Transaction Service 5.4.

For more information, see CICS/Transaction Service 5.4 Compatibility.

CA Common Services Now Supports TLS 1.1 and 1.2 for CAICCI

Bauman, James A | Jun 01, 2017

The CA Common Services team recently published PTF number RO94761 and Product Maintenance Letter (PML) number RI96228 that delivers and announces Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.1 and 1.2 support for Common Communications Interface (CAICCI). 

New CA Mainframe Community

Bauman, James A | Jan 12, 2017

CA Mainframe Community recently launched CA Development Environment for z Systems Community. From this community, you can connect, learn, and share information about CA Development Environment for z Systems. CA Mainframe Community members can help one another solve problems by joining a discussion, asking questions, posting content and attending events and more.

Join this new community today!

CA Recommended Service for z/OS

Bauman, James A | Dec 28, 2016

CA Recommended Service for z/OS (CA RS) is an important part of a good Preventive Maintenance philosophy for CA Technologies Mainframe Stack for z/OS products. CA RS is intended to reduce risk when applying Preventive Maintenance and reduce the chance of encountering a PTF-in-error (PE) both of which result in a more stable system. Therefore, CA recommends that customers install all available CA RS PTFs as Preventive Maintenance on regular intervals (for example, monthly, quarterly, or annually).

For information about the latest CA RS updates and CA RS Reports and related tools, see CA Recommended Service for z/OS on the CA Mainframe Community.

Join the CA Common Services Mainframe Community

Bauman, James A | Nov 30, 2016

When you join the the CA Common Services Mainframe Community, amazing things can happen. Like-minded people come together in the spirit of common interests and goals. CA community members help one another solve problems by joining discussions, asking questions, posting content, attending webcasts, and more. Experience the power of community. Join the CA Common Services Mainframe Community today!

If you are new to CA Mainframe Communities, see Getting Started in the CA Mainframe Community to help you get started.

Custom PDF and EPUB Exports are Back!

Bauman, James A | Aug 03, 2016

The ability to create individual (article-level and topic-level) PDFs and EPUBs is available again on you click PDF or EPUB from any DocOps page (other than the Home Page), DocOps creates a PDF or ePub that includes content from that parent page and all of its child pages.

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CA Common Services Agile Development: Call for Participants

Brian Everett | Oct 14, 2014

CA’s Incremental Release Program is a customer-interactive delivery model where new product features are developed and released using the Agile development methodology. CA’s development teams work closely with customers to create product features for rapid implementation. Rather than waiting for a list of features to be completed before making a new product release available, we are working with customers to release new features incrementally, as they are completed.

The Incremental Release program enables product development teams to more quickly match customer and market requirements than those products released under the previous waterfall release methodology.  CA will support incremental releases in accordance with CA’s Incremental Release Program – Support Policy and Terms.  At the conclusion of the Incremental Release program, all of the new features and maintenance introduced during the program will be rolled into a ‘complete’ release which is then supported under CA’s standard support policy

 To participate in the Incremental Release program, please review CA’s Incremental Release Program – Support Policy and Terms and contact Jennifer Hall, Product Manager (, 1-412-494-1122) to discuss the customer requirements recommended for participation.  While participation in the Agile development process is not mandatory, CA recommends that customers implementing a release during the Incremental Process participate to ensure that they are aware of all release communications.