FLRT, then and now
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IBM FLRT evolved to its present form in part because the development team listened to what FLRT users wanted.
Then: A little history
In 2006, IBM FLRT (pronounced “flirt”), the Fix Level Recommendations Tool, began providing fix level and cross-product compatibility recommendations for IBM Power servers for system firmware, HMC, AIX, VIOS and a few High Performance Computing (HPC) products. Input of product levels at FLRT's web-based interface produced a recommendations report. The new FLRT team thought Power Systems administrators would find the tool useful.
Over the years, we added support for more HPC products, IBM Software products (such as WebSphere, Tivoli and Rational products), Storage products, and additional operating systems, including IBM i. We added a scripting feature to help automate FLRT reporting. We made usability improvements with each release, too.
Many, if not most, enhancements came from FLRT users' suggestions -- captured in meetings and at technical conferences, as well as through surveys and electronic feedback. Accordingly, in October 2012, the FLRT team rolled out a significant new release that incorporates a number of the latest suggestions, major and minor.
Now: Here's what's new!
Usability improvements include:
Beyond now: Some enhancements planned for upcoming releases.
If you haven't used the latest FLRT yet, visit the site and check it out:
And after you've tried it, click the “Take the survey” link in the “FLRT suggestion box” and let the FLRT team know what you think, and what else you'd like to see in upcoming releases.