Subject: CM First Group November Newsletter

November 2019
May your mainframes* survive black friday!
As we ramp down our hard work and prepare to gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate our current and soon-to-be customers. Working with people like you is what makes our job great, and that’s something for which we are truly thankful. 

Whether you're going with a high-tech infrared turkey fryer or an old-school roast, we wish you all the best this holiday season and in the coming year.

If you haven't caught our recent blog posts on the Strangler Pattern or Big Data, now's your chance.

We will be closed for business this Thursday and Friday, and will be back on Monday.

* or cloud
IBM/CM First IBM Power Data Privacy 
January 15, 2020
Do you know where your organization’s sensitive data lives, and who is accessing it? Many IBM Power organizations aren’t sure how to answer that, leaving them open to both internal and external hacking – which in turn can lead to significant fines and loss of reputation. 

In this webinar, we will show you some effective tools to prevent this situation.

Learn more and register for the community webcast

December CA Communities Webcast
Registration is now open for the December 17, 2019 CA 2E (SYNON) and CA Plex Community Webcast

The theme for the webinar is CA 2E/Plex new features and Modernization.

Learn more and register for the community webcast

Watch Our Past Webinars & Workshops
CA Plex/2E Communities October 1st Community Event Webinar

The theme of the webinar was CA Plex/2E Roadmap and IBM i Web Services.

CA Technologies/Broadcom Principle Product Manager Dheeraj Pershad Arun discussed the results of the CA Plex and CA 2E “$100 Bill” feature voting at the Ft. Lauderdale developers conference. He also discussed the CA 2E refresh pack and other aspects of the product roadmaps.

Next, CA Technologies/Broadcom Principle Architect Arun Painuly demonstrated and discussed CA Plex Java security feature in a Lightning talk.

Last, CM First engineers Mark Schroeder and Andrew Leggett held lightning talks on 2E and Plex focused Web Services.

IBM/CM First Group: Securing IBM i/z Platforms with IBM Guardium

Watch our recent webinar
"IBM / CM First: Securing IBM i/z Platforms with IBM Guardium."

The webinar outlined options for securing your IBM i/z DB2 and file data, as well as your data on other database platforms such as Oracle and SQL Server. 

Techniques discussed:
  • Discover sensitive or regulated data
  • Classify the data
  • Scan for vulnerabilities
  • Begin remediating risk
Broadcom Announces CA Plex and CA 2E Support
As of January 31, 2019, Broadcom (CA) has announced that in general it will support the latest versions of CA 2E and CA Plex only. For CA 2E (Synon) that is version 8.7. For CA Plex, that is version 7.2.1.

For the full details see these links. Broadcom login is required.
  • CA Plex 7.2.1, last supported 7.2.1 (as of January 31, 2019)
  • CA 2E 8.7, last supported 8.7 (as of January 31, 2019)
Visit the Broadcom site at the links provided above for definitive info (password required).
CM First Can Help
At CM First we upgrade many CA 2E and CA Plex customers each year, and have extensive experience with the upgrade process. We also have experience working with Broadcom support and licensing and can work with you on any questions you have there.

Any questions just send us a note to, or click the button below to contact an office or request a demo.

CM First Releases
CM WebClient 1.8.5 Limited support for 1.8.3
CM Matchpoint ALM 6.5, last supported 5.5
CM evolveIT10.6 , last supported 10.1
CM M3 2018 Edition
CA Plex 7.2.1 , last supported 7.2.1 (as of January 31, 2019)
→ Details can be found here at Broadcom (login required)
CA 2E 8.7 , last supported 8.7 (as of January 31, 2019)
→ Details can be found here at Broadcom (login required)
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