Subject: CM First Group December Newsletter

December 2020
Here's to Looking Forward to a New Year

Fresh off a successful virtual conference, the CM First team is looking forward to a brand new year. We're drafting a full slate of cutting edge hands-on webinars, covering topics like RPA machine learning and scheduling work-load automation. Keep your eyes open for these and more, which will land early in the new year.

If you missed this year's conference, the Plex2E community now offers conference video and materials open to the community, so you can check in on any topic of interest covered at the conference. The site contains lots of great content to catch up on.

As promised, all registration fees went to the Doctors Without Borders COVID Relief fund. Read more about the final donation and take a bow if you registered or donated.

- CM First Team
VIDEO: CA Communities December 16 Webcast
You can now watch the CA Plex 2E December 16th Community Meeting, the first community meeting since the virtual conference, in its entirety. Community President Roger Griffith updated the community on the highly successful conference and opened up input for the next conference likely to be held Fall 2021.

The stream contains some compelling presentations you won't want to miss, too, particularly the main attraction covering effective debugging of enterprise CA 2E and CA Plex applications. Two expert engineers shared insights on how to use Visual Studio for C++/C# code, and Eclipse/Rational for Java/RPG/Cobol code.

VIDEO: RPA Bots: Bogus or Benefit? Bringing RPA to IBM i/AS400
Your IBM i/AS400 system is the heart of your operations. But entering data, pulling reports, and other manual IBM i processes are slowing you down—and costing you money. And if your administrators are retiring, are you ready to bridge the gap? You need a solution that can make your IBM i processes more efficient and prepare your business for what’s next.

When you unleash the power of robotic process automation (RPA) at your organization, you can transform your IBM i processes—like automated data entry, extending single sign-on (SSO), and dynamically pulling reports—to increase productivity, eliminate errors, and save money. Join HelpSystems and CM First for a webinar to discover how to boost your digital transformation efforts with RPA.

ICYMI: COVID-19, All Hands on Deck
The COVID-19 outbreak has created some unique challenges by ushering in an unexpected Work From Home new normal for most of us.

Read our response to the challenge, and an offer of help to our strategic partners and clients on the CM First Group blog.

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 Support Portal
The CM First support portal is now online. Current customers can access tutorials and submit support tickets at
CM First Releases
CM WebClient 1.8.5 Limited support for 1.8.3
CM Matchpoint ALM 6.5, last supported 5.5
CM evolveIT11.3, last supported 10.6
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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