Subject: CM First Group February Newsletter

February 2020
Gartner Announces Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2020
Gartner Group released its "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2020" in the fall of last year and we took special note of the #1 trend, "Hyperautomation." While Hyperautomation includes many technologies, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), they note, is the first technology to gain real traction in the market. 

We can attest to RPA and it's impact in real business settings unlocking some real positive ROI. For some practical advice on RPA, be sure and take a look at our webinar below, "Bots to the Rescue", and don't forget to register if you think it might be a good fit for your organization.

- CM First Team
Bots to the Rescue -- Unlocking Automation Potential in Enterprise Systems
Hearing a lot about robotic process automation (RPA), but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Join us and our guest, HelpSystems, for a live webinar to learn more about this transformational technology.

Pat Cameron, Director of Automate Technology at HelpSystems, will walk you through what RPA is and why you should be interested. You’ll Learn the benefits of RPA and how everyone from IT to business users can automate their daily, manual, and repetitive processes. And you’ll get to see several use cases of successful RPA implementations with IBM i/IBM Power customers using Automate, the powerful RPA solution from HelpSystems.

Then see how CM First uses Automate’s advanced RPA technology to control green screen, web, and office products. Walk away with practical examples of how you can put RPA to work today with your IBM Power, CA 2E, and CA Plex applications.

CA 2E (SYNON) and CA Plex April 1st 2020 Community Webcast
Please join us for the next community webinar. As usual, CM First’s Mark O’Brien will moderate. Bring your toughest business questions and technical challenges for discussion.

Our slate of Technical Lighting Talks is shaping up to provide some real working knowledge, so reserve your spot now.

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)
Contact CM First to learn more:

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