Clarity
15.8.1 Release Notes

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15.8.1 Release Notes provides release-specific information such as new features, enhancements to an existing feature, fixed issues, and known issues. Release Notes help you plan for a new installation or upgrade to the on-premise or SaaS edition of
Clarity
.
To learn how the feature might impact your upgrade from an earlier release, see the Change Impact and Upgrade Guide.
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Clarity
PPM is now
Clarity
Clarity
PPM has now been rebranded as
Clarity
. You can see the new
Clarity
logo on the login screen and the New User Experience. The documentation has been updated to reflect the new brand.
Clarity
refers to the New User Experience, and
Classic PPM
refers to the
Classic PPM
Studio.
Clarity
The following video describes the enhancements made to Clarity in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
Custom Master Objects, Subobjects, and Custom Virtual Attributes are Available in
Clarity
You can now API enable custom master objects and custom sub-objects in
Classic PPM
so that they are available in
Clarity
. Let’s consider a scenario where you use
Clarity
to manage the entire product lifecycle. You now want to capture Net Promoter Score (NPS) for all your products and save this data in
Clarity
. You also want to ask customers specific questions about the support and services processes. However, you want to save this data separately from the NPS scores. You can create a custom object master object in
Classic PPM
called NPS, and API enable it so that it is available in
Clarity
. You can then create two sub-objects, namely Services and Support, API-enable them. You can then use
Clarity
to save your NPS data and the associated Services and Support survey details.
API enable custom master objects and custom sub-objects in Clarity
You can also use XOG to API enable stock and custom virtual attributes in
Classic PPM
. Custom Virtual attributes are only defined on sub-objects. A virtual attribute is a read-only attribute on the sub-object that is linked to a specific attribute on the master object.
You cannot use
Classic PPM
to API enable stock and custom virtual attributes.
The following video describes the enhancements that are made to custom objects and subobjects in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
Financial Management Enhancements
You can create benefit plans in Projects, Custom Investment, and Ideas by using the Financials module. You can then associate your cost plans with benefit plans to estimate the benefit from your investments or Net Present Value (NPV) on an investment.
Create benefit plans in investment objects using Financials module in Clarity
While a benefit plan can be associated with an unlimited number of cost plans, a cost plan can have only one associated benefit plan. You can use the Financials module to create new benefit plans or update existing plans. Remember, you cannot delete a benefit plan that is associated with a cost plan.
Remember that the saved views are shared across the financial modules of different investment types. For example, if you save a view in the Benefits Plan grid for a custom investment, the same view is available in the Benefits Plan grid for ideas and projects.
The following videos describe the enhancements that are made to the financials module in Projects, Custom Investment, and Ideas.


This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here and here to watch the video on YouTube.
Common Search Component
You can use the Search bar available across the board, gird, and timeline layouts to filter values based on the name or ID. Consider an example where you want to locate a specific task in an investment. You can simply type the first few characters of its name in the Search bar to locate it and edit it.The search values are not persisted when you save a view. Also, if you navigate away and return to the workspace, the search bar will be cleared.
Common Search Component in  Clarity
You can use the Search bar alongside the traditional filter available in
Clarity
. Consider an example where you use the filter to identity all the tasks that have not started and then use the search bar to look for a specific task.
Clarity
only displays results that meet the criteria of the filter and the Search bar.
The Search bar is not available in Roadmaps, the Staff module, and the Assignments module.
To learn more, see Common Components
Custom Drop-down Enhancement
From
Clarity
15.8.1 onwards, the Static Value Lookup drop-down contains a search option to let you quickly search for the attribute instead of scrolling the entire list. If the name of the attribute is too long,
Clarity
displays the name with ellipses. The search functionality is applicable in all places where Static Value Lookup is applied.
Searchable Dropdown
Increased Hyperlink Length When You Export to Excel (
Classic PPM
)
The Export to Excel functionality in
Classic PPM
has been enhanced to support links that have upto 2085 characters. In previous releases, a hyperlink was removed from the Microsoft Excel file, when you used the Export to Excel functionality, whenever the URL was greater than 255 characters. From
Clarity
15.8.1 onwards, the limit of the length of the URL has been increased from 255 to 2085 characters.
The following video describes the various UI enhancements that are made in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
Field Level Security is Supported for Custom Investments
Field level security is now available for custom investments. Consider an example where Sid – a portfolio manager is responsible for creating, editing, and managing Custom Investment Items for his organization. Sid creates a custom investment to define the strategy of his organization. He secures the Estimated Budget Plan attribute and provides relevant stakeholders with edit rights. The stakeholders can now review and update the Estimated Budget Plan for relevant strategies. After the strategy is finalized, Sid shares the strategy with the teams. All the resources in the team have view access to the Estimated Budget Plan attribute.
Field Level Security
The following video describes the various enhancements that are made to Field Level Security in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
To learn more, see Secure Field Level Access
Customize the Header and Login Logos
You can now customize the header logo and the login logo for
Clarity
reflects your organization’s branding. You can also use it to differentiate between various environments, such as development, QA, and production.
Clarity
The following video describes the various UI enhancements that are made in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
To learn more, see Clarity: System Settings
You need to have administrative privileges to update the logos.
Configuring
Clarity
to Support SAML 2.0 (On-Premise only)
Clarity
15.8.1 and higher releases allow on-premise customers to use the credentials issued by an IDP - that supports SAML 2.0 - and log into
Clarity
. Some key advantages of using SAML-based SSO login are:
  • Seamless integration between networks and environments: All users can move easily between your organization's intranet and
    Clarity
    .
  • Simplified password management: No need to manage user passwords separately from
    Clarity
    , because your existing user management system handles password management.
Add Staff to Investments by Using the Multi-Select Grid
You can use the new Add Staff button to add resources, roles, and teams to an investment in
Clarity
. After you click the Add Staff button, you can choose if you want to add resources, roles, or teams. If you choose resources,
Clarity
loads a list of all the resources available to you in a generic multi-select grid. You can use the search and filter options to quickly identify the relevant resources and add them to the investment.
Add Staff to Investments by Using the Multi-Select Grid in Clarity
The following video describes the various enhancements that are made to staffing in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
View Work Effort in Days
You can now configure
Clarity
to display work effort in Days. In previous versions of
Clarity
, you could only view work effort in FTE or Hours. You can now use General Settings to configure the work effort to be displayed in days.
Display work effort in days in Clarity
This is extremely useful in the Staff Module or the Assignment module in projects and custom investments in
Clarity
. This setting does not impact the following areas:
  • Staffing Workspace
  • Timesheets
  • Financials
  • Roadmaps
Removed Warning Message from Staffing Workspace (Mixed Bookings Enabled)
Clarity
In
Clarity
15.8.1 and future releases, you do not see a warning message on the Staffing workspace informing you that the page is available in read-only mode since mixed booking is enabled. The Staffing workspace will continue to be in read-only mode if you have enabled mixed booking.
Staffing Workspace Now Supports Custom Investments
You can use the Staffing workspace to plan role allocations, request resources, and staffing of Custom Investments. In previous releases of
Clarity
, you could only use the Staffing workspace for Projects and Ideas.
Staffing Workspace Now Supports Custom Investments in Clarity
The following video describes the various enhancements that are made to staffing in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
Improved Import Capability in Roadmaps
The Import from
Clarity
option now displays the corresponding grid with selection check boxes. Until release
Clarity
15.8 the import option lets you search for specific investment objects.
Staffing Workspace Now Supports Custom Investments in Clarity
From
Clarity
15.8.1 onwards you can select Projects, Ideas, or Custom Investment Items from the respective grid. The selection grid lets you select individual row items. You can also select or deselect all rows.
The following video describes the various enhancements that are made to roadmaps in this release.

This video will not be available when you download the documentation in PDF format. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
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SaaS Now Supports Jaspersoft 7.1.3 on the Google Cloud Platform
Clarity
SaaS customers on GCP will soon be upgraded to Jaspersoft 7.1.3. Customers can continue to use Jaspersoft Studio 7.1 and their existing studio and SOW solution adapters. See Install Jaspersoft Studio Professional 7.1 and CA JDBC Adapter for more information.
Clarity
GCP SaaS Customers Only
The domains migrated to PostgreSQL will display errors when viewed or edited in the Domain Designer. Please review this KB article to resolve this issue.
You can also review this KB article on connection failures between Jaspersoft Studio and Jaspersoft server.
Known Issues
There are no known issues for Clarity 15.8.1.
Resolved Defects
To view the customer reported defects that are resolved in
Clarity
15.8.1, see the
Clarity
15.8.1 Resolved Issues list.
Third-Party Software Agreements
Clarity
15.8.1 uses third-party software that is in accordance with the terms and conditions for use, reproduction, and distribution as defined by the applicable license agreements.
View the
Clarity
15.8.1 TPSR list
and download the
Clarity
15.8.1 TPSR's
to read the license agreements.