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Our new IFIX release model, readme improvements and Selenium

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Our new IFIX release model, readme improvements and Selenium

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Please note that everything in this blog is now current as of October 21st, 2019.

 

Our Maximo IFIX release process is what we call the “1+2" model.

 

Before I go into detail, let’s get the terminology out of the way:

  • IFIX – Interim Fix; contains multiple APAR fixes and is cumulative in nature. Released monthly.
  • Automation QA Testing -  Install test, BVT, automation testing
  • Full QA Testing -  All of the above + testing of each individual APAR.

 

 

What does this new “1+2 model” mean in a nutshell?

  • All IFIXes will be released monthly

  • IFIXes on the latest fixpack will go through full QA testing

  • IFIXes on the two previous fixpacks will go through automation QA testing

  • There will be no IFIXes for older fixpacks

 

Why did we make this change?

  • To streamline our continuous delivery efforts

  • To bring you - our clients - the best fixes possible with more focus on the latest fixpack releases

  • To make rapid adoption a more efficient and less painful process

 

Here are the specifics for Maximo 7.6 (current as of December 20th, 2018):

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7.6.1.1.

  • Released on May 24th, 2019
  • Monthly IFIX releases
  • IFIXes going through full QA cycle

 

7.6.1

  • Released on July 27th, 2018
  • Monthly IFIX releases
  • IIFIXes are automation QA tested

 

7.6.0.10

  • Released on December 14, 2018
  • Monthly IFIX releases
  • IFIXes are automation QA tested
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7.6.0.9 - IFIX build 18 was released on the 18th of July 2019. This is the last IFIX for this release.

     

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    “Read Me” improvements

    • APAR URL Column with a link to the DCF document for that APAR
    • Behavior Changes Column describing behavior, if any, changed by the fix
    • Database Changes Column describing changes, if any, to the database
    • Manual Changes Column provides instructions or references for manual steps
    • Security Bulletin Column with links to the pertaining Security Bulletins
    • List of changed files

     

    Selenium

     

     

     

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