Subject: CM First Group January Newsletter

January 2020
Here We Go
2020 brings us lots of new hardware and some incredibly advanced software to run on it. IBM's new Power System and Verizon's Enterprise IT Transformation Trends for 2020, both highlighted below, are good places to start taking a look at what's ahead.

If security is a concern, watch last week's IBM/CM First webinar, IBM Power Data Privacy. Read the abstract down below under "Webinars", or go ahead and jump to it right now.

Happy 2020!

- CM First Team
Put Your AI Models to Serious Work with the New IBM Power System IC922
IBM launched the new IBM Power System IC922 engineered to put AI models to work. Flexible, scalable, and most of all incredibly powerful, the new "inference server" from IBM can help any business of any size generate business insights from a range of data types and sources.

Enterprise IT Transformation Trends for 2020
The pace of technologocial change continues to heat up as organizations face complex decisions with their tech investment choices. To help us navigate this dynamic and fast-moving environment, Verizon Business outlines 10 trends they see impacting enterprise IT in the year 2020 and beyond.

Watch Our Past Webinars & Workshops
CA Plex/2E Communities December 17th Community Event Webinar

The latest CA Communities webinar is now available for online for viewing. The theme of the webinar was CA 2E/Plex new features and Modernization.

CA Technologies/Broadcom Architect Raghu Daita kicked things off with an important discussion on the latest CA 2E release, 8.7.1. He demonstrated some of the new features. This was followed by a quick update on the CA Plex roadmap.

Lighting Talks included "Bring on the Bots – using RPA (Robotic Process Automation) as a modernization strategy for Plex and 2E" by John Rhodes, CM First and "Moving to CA 2E SQL Access WITHOUT a Version Upgrade" by Eamonn Foley, CM First.

The Webinar event was held Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 10AM CST

IBM/CM First Group: 
IBM Power Data Privacy Webinar

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 show you some effective tools to prevent this situation.

First, IBM Data Privacy expert Stephanie Hazlewood provides an update on the latest privacy regulations coming out of California and other governing bodies, and how that affects IBM Power customers. She also provides an orientation to the IBM’s unique Guardium technology, and specifically how this product set helps organizations with IBM i DB2 and other enterprise database products like SQL Server and Oracle.

IBM partner CM First Group demonstrates IBM Guardium use cases around identifying and monitoring access to sensitive personal information (PII) – including data on IBM Power DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, and files systems.

Broadcom Confirms CA Plex and CA 2E Support as of January 31st, 2020.
As of January 31, 2020, 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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