IBM Rational Test 10.2 enhances Mobile Native Testing and cloud-native service virtualization capabilities; IBM UrbanCode Deploy 7.2 and IBM UrbanCode Velocity 2.4 bring usability enhancements, new capabilities, and function improvements

IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP21-0272
June 22, 2021

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OverviewOverviewPublicationsPublications
Key requirementsKey requirementsTechnical informationTechnical information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateOrdering informationOrdering information
DescriptionDescriptionTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Statement of general directionStatement of general directionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberAnnouncement countriesAnnouncement countries


Overview

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IBM® Rational® Test, IBM UrbanCode® Deploy, and IBM UrbanCode Velocity continue to evolve to help organizations accelerate digital transformation by improving DevOps processes.

Rational Solution for Test Automation 10.2 enhancements

Rational Solution for Test Automation offerings help to accelerate full-process testing of multichannel, interconnected applications with new features for Service Virtualization, performance, and UI testing. An integral part of the DevOps solution space, IBM Rational Test Automation Server and IBM Rational Test Workbench offerings enable continuous testing and faster software delivery across the enterprise.

New capabilities:

  • Cloud native support for Service Virtualization
  • Mobile native (iOS and Android) and hybrid application testing
  • A public REST API for triggering the implementation of tests and virtual services
  • Windows™ application testing refresh
  • Additional enhancements to several components, including IBM Rational Performance Tester, IBM Rational Service Tester, IBM Rational Integration Tester, IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server, IBM Rational Functional Tester, and IBM Rational Test Control Panel

UrbanCode Deploy 7.2 enhancements

UrbanCode Deploy is an application-release solution that combines continuous delivery and deployment automation with robust visibility, traceability, and auditing capabilities.

Version 7.2 provides usability improvements for deployments to distributed and IBM z/OS®, as well as fixes to the Blueprint Designer and UrbanCode Deploy containers.

New features and capabilities:

  • Support for a Command Line Interface (CLI) API that enables the deletion of application processes.
  • Artifact cleanup permission that separates cleanup permission field editing from the other basic settings. This feature enables strict enforcement of cleanup policy while still providing UrbanCode Deploy teams with the capability to modify the other fields in their components and environments.
  • Option to specify JAVA_OPTS for Source Control/Non-Groovy scripts.
  • Documentation on how to silently install UrbanCode Deploy agents.
  • Blueprint Designer bug fixes.
  • Fixes to UrbanCode Deploy containers.
  • UrbanCode Deploy plug-in for MuleSoft third-party integration software for connecting applications, data, and devices.

Specific for deployments to IBM z/OS:

  • Enhancements to the Artifactory/Nexus plug-in
  • New plug-in to compare z/OS components, providing the capability to compare two UrbanCode Deploy component versions (in the new component format) with a textual output of the differences
  • New runbooks and videos for learning about z/OS deployment features by using the new plug-in improvement

UrbanCode Velocity 2.4 enhancements

UrbanCode Velocity enables value stream management, pipeline orchestration, and near real-time analytics to help DevOps teams visualize work and the creation of value as development proceeds from idea to client.

New features and capabilities:

  • Deployment orchestration support for open pipelines. When a CI/CD tool other than UrbanCode Deploy, Jenkins, or Azure DevOps (which are integrated with UrbanCode Velocity), integrates with UrbanCode Velocity through its open pipeline API, it can now be orchestrated by UrbanCode Velocity.
  • New plug-ins for Acunetix, Rapid7, Sonatype, and GitLab (for Build). The Jenkins plug-in for IBM UrbanCode Release is updated to support pipelines.
  • Expanded Git branching support for more complex merge and release strategies.
  • New and improved reports for IBM UrbanCode Deploy.
  • API-driven application mapping to unify existing applications between the VSM and Pipeline.
  • Capability to join any release capability (scheduled, in progress, or complete).
  • Automatically generate user access keys during integration configuration.
  • IBM CloudPak changes and requirements.
  • Defect, performance, and security fixes.

Notice of deprecation

With version 7.2 of UrbanCode Deploy, the previous server-agent communication model, JMS, is no longer shipped with the UrbanCode Deploy product. The JMS agents will continue to be supported. However, to upgrade to UrbanCode Deploy 7.2, or later, the JMS agents must be converted to Web agents. For information about how to migrate your agents, see the IBM UrbanCode Deploy website.

With version 7.2, the Blueprint Designer ends support for OpenStack Heat. Blueprint Designer will continue to support the use of Terraform.



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Key requirements

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For details, see the Software requirements section.



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Planned availability date

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  • June 22, 2021: IBM UrbanCode Velocity 2.4.0
  • June 25, 2021: IBM UrbanCode Deploy 7.2.0
  • June 28, 2021: IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation 10.2.0


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Description

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Rational Test Automation Server an optimal platform for running performance, functional, and integration tests and for virtual services. Version 10.2 brings core functionality enhancements, as well as enhancements to several components.

Rational Test Automation Server core functionality enhancements and improvements:

  • Team Spaces provides flexible segmentation of configuration for clients that service multiple teams from a single Rational Test Automation Server deployment.
  • System Modeling enables users to build a logical representation of their system under test and allocate Virtual Services to modeled components for simpler management and administration.
  • Service Virtualization on Rational Test Automation Server is available for message queue (MQ) and HTTP virtual services. It includes more advanced dashboards and easier-to-use controls for managing your virtual service infrastructure.
  • Service Virtualization users can vary response time and log levels dynamically, without requiring a restart of the virtual service.
  • A new Git repository in Rational Test Automation Server features a streamlined user experience.
  • A public REST API provides the capability to trigger the implementation of tests and virtual services.
  • Connected agents can express user-defined capabilities in order to match test prerequisites.
  • Plug-ins are updated to support version 10.2.

Rational Performance Tester and Rational Service Tester enhancements:

  • Built-in support for Dynatrace header injection makes transaction tracking simpler for Dynatrace users.
  • Enhanced JSON parser shows structured data and enables JSON expressions for data correlation.
  • Rational Performance Tester SAP extension supports SAP GUI 7.70.

Rational Integration Tester and Rational Test Virtualization Server enhancements:

  • When run as part of a Rational Functional Tester Compound Test, Rational Integration Tester results are available directly within the Rational Functional Tester report.
  • Rational Integration Tester supports Software AG CentraSite 10.
  • Support for OAuth is available.
  • Usability is improved when working with schemas.
  • This release streamlines user process and removes the GUI Interaction step (deprecated in version 9.5).

Rational Functional Tester enhancements:

  • Mobile native and hybrid application testing
  • Windows Application testing refresh
  • New agent to support the running of Mobile and Windows applications from Rational Test Automation Server, or through accelerated functional tests
  • Automatic management and updating of browser drivers for traditional functional tests
  • Support for Microsoft™ Edge (Chromium) in traditional functional tests
  • Capability to export reports to PDF and Junit format

Rational Test Control Panel enhancements:

  • Virtual Services can reconnect to dependent infrastructure after a temporary loss of connection.
  • Virtual Services can express a limited range of ephemeral ports to use.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

Accessibility Compliance Reports (previously known as a VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance to standards, including the Worldwide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, European Standard EN 301 349, and US Section 508, can be found on the IBM Accessibility Conformance Report Request website.



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Statement of general direction

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IBM UrbanCode Deploy will no longer support Java™ 8 starting June, 2022. Additional information about alternative Java platforms will be communicated later. For information about IBM UrbanCode Deploy on the z/OS platform, see the IBM Statement of Direction.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Reference information

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For more information about IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation and IBM UrbanCode Deploy, see Software Announcement ZP20-0543, dated October 27, 2020.



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5725-M54 7.2.0 IBM UrbanCode Deploy
5737-H22 2.4.0 IBM UrbanCode Velocity
5900-AA1 10.2.0 IBM Rational Test Automation Server
5725-G79 10.2.0 IBM Rational Test Workbench
5725-G94 10.2.0 IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server
5725-G93 10.2.0 IBM Rational Performance Tester Server
5724-J96 10.2.0 IBM Rational Performance Tester
5724-S34 10.2.0 IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality
5724-G25 10.2.0 IBM Rational Functional Tester



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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Publications

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None



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Services

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Global Technology Services

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Software requirements

IBM UrbaCode Deploy

For details, see UrbanCode Deploy.

IBM Rational Solution for Test Automation

For details, see the IBM Software Product Compatibility Reports website.

IBM Support

IBM Support is your gateway to technical support tools and resources that are designed to help you save time and simplify support. IBM Support can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, submit and track problem cases, and build skills. Learn and stay informed about the transformation of IBM Support, including new tools, new processes, and new capabilities, by going to the IBM Support Insider.

Planning information

Packaging

This offering is delivered through the internet as an electronic download. There is no physical media.



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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or go to the Passport Advantage website.

These programs are available only through Passport Advantage.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by IBM Business Partners.

To locate IBM Business Partners in your geography, see the Find a Business Partner page.

Charge metric

The charge metrics for these licensed products can be found in the following License Information documents:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5725-M54 IBM UrbanCode Deploy L-SKOT-BZSJES
5737-H22 IBM UrbanCode Velocity L-SKOT-BZSJK4
5900-AA1 IBM Rational Test Automation Server L-SKOT-BZ8PZP
5725-G79 IBM Rational Test Workbench L-SKOT-BZ8PKS
5725-G94 IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server L-SKOT-BZ8PJK
5725-G93 IBM Rational Performance Tester Server L-SKOT-BZ8PMQ
5724-J96 IBM Rational Performance Tester L-SKOT-BZ8PSY
5724-S34 IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality L-SKOT-BZ8PR5
5724-G25 IBM Rational Functional Tester L-SKOT-BZ8PUX

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.



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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

This product is available only through Passport Advantage.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

This software license includes Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance).

Software Maintenance

Licenses under the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support (also referred to as Software Maintenance) with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available. Two charges apply: a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

License Information number

The following License Information documents apply to the offerings in this announcement:

Program identifier License Information document title License Information document number
5725-M54 IBM UrbanCode Deploy L-SKOT-BZSJES
5737-H22 IBM UrbanCode Velocity L-SKOT-BZSJK4
5900-AA1 IBM Rational Test Automation Server L-SKOT-BZ8PZP
5725-G79 IBM Rational Test Workbench L-SKOT-BZ8PKS
5725-G94 IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server L-SKOT-BZ8PJK
5725-G93 IBM Rational Performance Tester Server L-SKOT-BZ8PMQ
5724-J96 IBM Rational Performance Tester L-SKOT-BZ8PSY
5724-S34 IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality L-SKOT-BZ8PR5
5724-G25 IBM Rational Functional Tester L-SKOT-BZ8PUX

Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. See the License Information documents website for more information.

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information about known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, see the IBM Support Guide.

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

Continuous delivery (CD) support

Technical support of a program product version or release will be available for a minimum of two years from the planned availability date, as long as your Subscription and Support is in effect.

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (by telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Subscription and Support also provides you with access to versions, releases, and updates (CD releases, Long Term Support Releases or fixes) of the program.

You will be notified, through an announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with six months' notice.

If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

For additional information about the CD support lifecycle policy, see the CD Support lifecycle policy web page.

For additional information about the IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policies, see the Standard and enhanced IBM software support lifecycle policies website.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that (1) for programs acquired under the IBM International Passport Advantage offering, this term applies only to your first acquisition of the program and (2) for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes, information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. Software Subscription and Support, also referred to as Software Maintenance, is included with licenses purchased through Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express. Product upgrades and Technical Support are provided by the Software Subscription and Support offering as described in the Agreements. Product upgrades provide the latest versions and releases to entitled software, and Technical Support provides voice and electronic access to IBM support organizations, worldwide.

IBM includes one year of Software Subscription and Support with each program license acquired. The initial period of Software Subscription and Support can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option, if available.

While your Software Subscription and Support is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance by telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. (This assistance is not available to your users.) IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For additional details, see the IBM Support Guide. Software Subscription and Support does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the applicable agreements.

Unless specified otherwise in a written agreement with you, IBM does not provide support for third-party products that were not provided by IBM. Ensure that when contacting IBM for covered support, you follow problem determination and other instructions that IBM provides, including in the IBM Support Guide.

For additional information about the International Passport Advantage Agreement and the IBM International Passport Advantage Express Agreement, go to the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Variable charges apply

No

Educational allowance available

Education allowance does not apply. Education software allowance does not apply. Special education prices are available for qualified clients through Passport Advantage.



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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For all local charges, contact your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.


Business Partner information

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Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Announcement countries

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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries, except Islamic Republic of Iran, Syrian Arab Republic, and the Crimea region of Ukraine (Crimea).

Trademarks

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