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Prepare for the exciting new features and enhancements in this service pack release of CA Project and Portfolio Management (CA PPM). Identify the compatible servers, clients, databases, operating systems, and other software. Compare features by release. Learn about the changes, identify their impacts, and discover the required actions and available options for your upgrade to the current release of 
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    New Versions Bring More Benefits
    : The capabilities in 15.4.x are designed to provide organizations with more value that drives adoption, empowers teams, and increases reporting and analytics knowledge to support smarter business decisions. The latest version also improves upon the underlying platform, so you can upgrade more easily and expand the PPM solution rapidly across your organization. 
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    A New User Experience
    : Release 15.4.x is designed specifically to help project managers keep everyone informed, save time in tracking down work, and stay connected with the teams they support. Upgrade to 15.4 and apply the available 15.4.1 service pack to improve your resource management and team collaboration capabilities. This amazing release also offers outstanding new features for roadmapping, managing risks, issues, and changes, project blueprints, links, attachments, task boards, financial plans, and reporting, including scheduling and trending.
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    Time-management Capabilities
    : With simplified time entry and approval, including support for mobile iOS and Android devices, employees can enter information from the field where the actual work takes place. Managers gain easy access to time tracking and approval. Access timesheets through CA Agile Central.
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    Central Reporting and Dashboards
    . Organizations can analyze their data in a single data warehouse that includes all CA PPM information from the largest portfolios down to the smallest tasks. Gain access to more metrics, and add value beyond the realm of IT project management to support business strategies and decision making.
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    Accelerate Your Agile Initiatives with CA Agile Central
    : With CA Agile Central (formerly Rally) integration, organizations can now manage agile execution within the portfolio. Teams performing the work can better understand their impact on the business, and managers can control resources and funding for initiatives ranging from traditional waterfall to the newest agile methodologies.
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    Improved Application Portfolio Management (APM):
     Accelerate time-to-value by rationalizing and managing a wider set of applications throughout the company with application performance management templates. 
Release Comparison
 Compare the key features available in CA PPM by release:
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Feature
UI
GA-4
GA-3
GA-2
GA-1
GA
SP
Top-Down Roadmap Planning
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
 Responsive Drag-and-Drop Roadmap Timeline, Board, and Grid with Planning Metrics, Detailed Configurable Views, and Roadmap Item Scenarios
 (Includes CSV Template)
New
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
 Compare roadmap scenarios with multiple targets. Option to clip financial metrics to the current roadmap planning horizon dates. Import, link, and synchronize projects with roadmap items. Extend predecessor and successor dependency tracking from the timeline to the grid.
New
no
no
no
no
no
yes
Financial Transparency
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
Enhanced Financial Planning
 Auto-Populate, Copy, and Delete Cost Plans; Set Plan of Record; Financial Transaction Review Filters
New
no
no
no
no
yes
yes 
Dynamic Financial Cost Plans
 Financial Grid Delivers Insight, Mastery Over Decision-Making, Spreadsheet Flexibility, and Viewing Precision
New
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes 
Redefined Resource Management Staffing
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
 Improved OBS and Multi-Select Filters for More Precise Resource, Role, and Investment Staffing
New
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
 Telescopic Enterprise Resource Management Calendar. Toggle Views for Resource-to-Investments and Investments-to-Resources including Role Requests
New
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
  Resource Manager and Investment Manager Filters, Allocations, and Booking Manager
Classic
 no
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
Classic
 
yes
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
  Add Role Limit Expanded from 25 to 75, Select All Roles, and View Hours or FTE Totals
Classic
 no
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
Elegant and Adaptive Project Management
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
New
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
New
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
New
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
 (Includes Integrated Conversations)
New
no
no
no
no
yes 
yes
 Staff resources and roles on project teams better with the Staff project tile module and project Staff page. New % Complete ring chart on project tiles. Set default allocation and dates on the new project Staff page. General Settings display FTE or hourly staff data.
New
no
no
no
no
no
yes
Agile Task and Timesheet Management
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
New
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
  Enter time for other users and improved field browsing
New
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
 New Timesheet Filters, Options, and Notifications with Direct Links to Specific Timesheets
New
no
 no
 no
 no
no 
yes 
New
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
 (Multi-Project, Personalized Instant Access with Integrated Conversations)
New
no
no
no
no
yes 
yes
New
no
no
no
no
no
yes
CA Agile Central Integration with CA PPM
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
Basic Connectivity
  Import Portfolio Items from One Instance
Classic
 yes
 yes
yes 
yes 
yes 
yes
Advanced Connectivity
  Bi-Directional Capabilities; Multi-Instance Support; Create Tasks in a Template; Access New Timesheets and Dashboards
Both
 no
no
yes 
yes 
yes 
yes
Timesheet Integration with SSO
 Agile Central Timesheet Integration with Single-Sign-On (SSO)
New
no
no
no
yes
yes 
yes
Connect and Collaborate
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
New
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
 Tagged Documents, Comments with @User Mentions, Auto-Suggest, Avatars, and Notifications
New
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
 Attachments and Links in Conversations, Project Documents and Links, Upload Avatar Image
New
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
 New Features in a New User Interface
New
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Core Scheduling Enhancements
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
Open Tasks in a Gantt Chart, Microsoft Project, or CA Open Workbench
 Integrated Access to Scheduler Tools Directly from the New User Experience
New
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Microsoft Project and Open Workbench Scheduling Tool Enhancements
  System-Level MSP Installations, Resize OWB Popup Windows, and Aggregate Custom Number and Money Values
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Advanced Reporting and Data Warehouse Improvements
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
 Store Your Favorite Reports in the My Reports Portlet; Run, Schedule, and Share Jaspersoft Reports
Classic
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Trend Reporting
Classic
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Trend Reporting for Custom Attributes
Classic
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Relative Date Filters
 Support for new JasperSoft relative date input filter values
Classic
no
 no
 no
 no
no 
yes 
Jaspersoft Administration Enhancements
 Folder Management and PPM Group Synchronization with Jaspersoft Roles
Classic
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Data Warehouse OData Connectivity for Third-Party BI Tools
PPM SaaS data warehouse connectivity option supports dashboards and reports using OData REST end points
Classic
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
OData Enhancements for Analytics and Reporting
 (CA PPM SaaS)
Classic
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Tenant Level Content Migration Support
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Updated Domain Schema and Additional Locale Support
Classic
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Classic
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
Classic
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Restrict Notifications to Trusted Email Domains and Access Events Enabled for Up To Seven (7) Days
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Data Warehouse Configuration Improvements, Update Options, and Security Model Updates
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Performance Improvements for Incremental Updates
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Administration Enhancements
UI
14.4
15.1
15.2
15.3
15.4
15.4.1
Classic
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Incremental Rate Matrix XOG Updates and Inserts
Classic
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
Project Blueprints
 Powerful Drag-and-Drop Design Environment Gives You Complete Control Over Projects and Templates
New
no
no
no
yes
yes
yes
Classic
 yes
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
New
no
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
 (Export Projects, Resources, and Other Object List Data)
Classic
no
no
no
no
yes
yes
 (Time Governor to Improve Performance)
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
 (Maximum Limits to Improve Performance)
Both
 
no
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
Weekly Time Slice Improvements
Classic
yes
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
Update Investment Type for Earned Value and Cost Totals Job
Classic
 no
yes 
yes
yes
yes
yes
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Aggregate Calculated Lookups
Classic
 
yes
yes 
yes 
yes 
yes
yes
Bubble Chart Display Enhancements
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Classic
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
UI Theme CSS Validation
Classic
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
Classic
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
General Availability (GA) is an industry term that denotes the commercial availability of the current release of the product.
  • UI
    : The user interface (UI) column indicates whether the feature is 
    primarily
     experienced in the 
    New User Experience
    , the Classic 
    Clarity PPM
     user interface, or both.
  • Links
    : Where a single appropriate documentation page is available, a link is provided to offer more information about the feature. A single link is often not available. To learn more about a feature, see the release notes, or log-in to view all pages and see all search results.
 
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Third-Party Software Acknowledgements
The following third-party software acknowledgements apply to this release of 
Clarity PPM
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