Solutions Business Manager 11.4 released on May 24th, 2018. This minor release is intended to augment orchestration options, ease administration, improve navigation, enhance developer flexibility and address customer ideas and defects. Here are some of the highlights from the release.
New Application Administrator Interface
What it is: The SBM Application Administrator user interface now leverages HTML5 functionality that results in an improved user experience for administrators including enhanced navigation, direct access to analytics and statistics, a tree view for projects, fewer clicks to view project or user details, and a modern look and feel.
Why we did it: As has been widely communicated, Flash based technology is no longer considered secure enough for today's product offerings. By moving from Flash to HTML5, these security concerns are addressed. In addition, since all of the facets of Application Administrator had to be converted, we took the time to review navigation and launch points within SBM to improve how administrators use SBM. Finally, there's a trend today toward flat, monochromatic interfaces being driven primarily in the mobile marketplace, so we took this opportunity to embrace this trend so that Application Administrator feels in line with other parts of SBM.
New Scheduler Feature
What it is: The new Scheduler feature enables administrators to define and schedule jobs to perform tasks like run scripts, execute Web services, send email, call REST services, or raise orchestration events at a specific date and time or on a recurring basis.
Why we did it: Adding a native scheduler to SBM dramatically broadens the options available to a process designer by allowing asynchronous actions to be taken on a consistent basis. Rather than waiting for an event to be raised or external source to connect with SBM, SBM can now initiate such polling actions. For example, SBM can check with another solution to determine if unexpected changes have occurred and then notify stakeholders of the situation - even using the E-mail transition feature within SBM to allow a transaction to be performed remotely.
Improved Runtime Statistics
What it is: Several new report types have been added to Runtime Statistics that provide usage statistics for Applications, Orchestrations, and Reports for a given time period including access counts, execution counts and run counts.
Why we did it: There are two primary drivers for these enhancements. First off, statistics can be used to better understand how not only SBM as a whole is being used but also how an individual process app or report is being utilized. Rarely used items can be identified for sunsetting, or updating of commonly used items can be business justified. Secondly, administrators need to have tools to monitor unexpected resource use of the SBM system. By either watching real-time statistics or by setting thresholds, an administrator can be proactive about ensuring that SBM runs efficiently. If thresholds are set, SBM will even notify the administrator of an exceeded threshold and attach a link to a screenshot which will show a graph of the affected resource when the threshold was exceeded.
Work Center navigation improvement
What it is: Administrators can now specify which categories to display or hide in the Work Center side menu for users.
Why we did it: For users not taking full advantage of all the views, reports, folders and dashboards available through SBM, we heard feedback that it was preferred to hide unused categories. By enabling these categories to be hidden per application group, administrators can ensure that the available categories will grow as the capabilities become required.
Many new enhancements were first suggested on Serena Central. Those introduced in SBM 11.4 have now been marked as Delivered.
- Work Center Search Improvements: Users can now select which work item fields are displayed in Work Center search results and search for archived items from Work Center.
- Report Name Used for Exported Report: When you export a report to Microsoft Excel, the default file name is now the report name instead of tmtrack.xlsx.
- SBM ModScript Improvements: Several new functions and usability improvements have been added to SBM ModScript. The SBM ModScript documentation has been improved and expanded with new examples, detailed usage notes, and consistent formatting. In addition, a new blog series that provides background and training has been posted to Serena Central.
- Command line orchestrations: Orchestrations can now be invoked via the command line - either at a command prompt or via a script.
- "Where used" improvement: In Composer, the "Where Used" capability that shows where any design element is used in a process app and in referenced applications now searches workflow and transition overrides.
In addition, Over 240 Customer-Reported Issues were fixed. A list of defects fixed in this version can be found in the Knowledge Base.
Important notice about User WorkSpace
In SBM version 10.1.3, Serena introduced a new paradigm in user experience with the SBM Work Center. SBM User Workspace remained available in the product to enable organizations to transition from SBM User Workspace to SBM Work Center over a period of several releases. However, SBM 11.4 will be the final minor release to include the User Workspace shell. Customers are encouraged to adopt Work Center to interact with SBM in future releases.
Obtaining the New Version
You can download Micro Focus SBM 11.4 from Micro Focus SupportLine.
You can view the recording for the What’s New in SBM 11.4 webcast that happend on May 30th. A demo of many of the above features was part of the presentation.