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  • 1.  General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.1

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Feb 19, 2024 06:56 AM

    February 19, 2024


    To:         Clarity Customers

    From:     Broadcom's Clarity Product Team

    Subject:  General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.1


    On behalf of Broadcom, we appreciate your business and the opportunity to provide you with high-quality, innovative software and services. As part of our ongoing commitment to customer success, we regularly release updated versions of our products. Today, we are pleased to announce that Clarity Release 16.2.1 is now available for On-Premise and SaaS customers.


    New features for Clarity Release 16.2.1 include:


    Customer Voice

    • Ability to enable or disable selective features for a period of time determined by Broadcom
    • New breadcrumb navigation combined with a new page header layout
    • Administrators can control which users can share Views with everyone via the action framework *
    • Updated the grid column filter button behavior to avoid unwanted column sorting
    • Business Rules
      • Added support for 3rd level Sub-Objects *
      • Disable deletion for non-investment Target Objects and Sub-Objects *
      • Added 'required attribute' support for Custom Object Sub-Objects
      • CSV import honors configured business rules
    • Improved user experience to access product technical documentation, announcements, and what's new information
    • Ability for end users to select another language without having to log out and log in *
    • Update Clarity's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) so that 'button' text contains the appropriate capitalization in English and other supported languages (e.g., French)
    • Removed toggle for the localization of unsupported languages


    People-Centric Planning

    • Resource Manager Directory diagram (BETA)
    • Relationship Explorer with visualization of investment managers sharing resources (BETA)
    • Provide view-only access to Resource attributes from within the Staff module *
    • Ability to configure Business Rules on the Resources Blueprint
    • Introduced a Staffing Blueprint with configuration options to hide or position modules in the Staffing workspace
    • Plans in Workforce Modeling (BETA)
      • Improved filtering when using the expandable tree
      • Improved table usability displaying a cell as empty instead of zeros
      • Separate Add & Remove options for Current Year & Planning Year
      • Optionally include Investment & Resource attributes and Version in the Staff module
      • Improved ability to publish, approve, & recall (including publish all)


    Work for the Rest of Us (Checklists & Mobile)

    • Mobile
      • View & manage sections within a Checklist
      • View timesheet validation rules from within an error panel
      • Hide Timesheet menu option based upon user access rights
      • Hide the Timesheet hours gauge based on Clarity administrative setting
      • Enable users to access a specific (mobile) page via supplied URL


    Transforming Investment Management

    • Configuration option to display Milestone Timeline names & dates in the Status (Report) Canvas *
    • Configuration option to ensure Timesheet entry increments are enforced *
    • Support for external Tasks dependencies *
    • An option to disable the logic associated with Risk and Issue Target Resolution & Impact Dates *
    • Ability to Copy Risks, Issues, and Change Requests
    • Ability to create Risks, Issues, or Change Requests from a Risk, Issue, or Change Request with link to originating item *
    • Extending the Board view to Investment Risks, Issues, and Change Requests
    • Update the Modern user experience grids to share the same business logic as the Classic user experience for displaying Investment Status options *
    • Export to PDF support extended to the Custom Investment Tasks Timeline


    Business Intelligence

    • Data Warehouse
      • Include additional Financial Cost Plan object attributes
      • Include Objective and Key Result objects and attributes
    • Canvas
      • Financial Plan Details available as a Target Object in Investments & Hierarchies
      • View Options configuration available directly from Canvas level
      • Per-period metrics available for display and group by in Table widgets


    OKR Management

    • Ability to link one or more Investments to an Objective via a new Investments module


    Strategic & Top-Down Planning

    • Hierarchies
      • Ability to update investment details directly from within the Timeline view
    • Roadmaps
      • Timeline & Board view share the same swimlane hide & show capability
      • View Options setting to not display (e.g., hide) empty swimlanes in the Timeline view


    Lifecycle & Workflow Management

    • Action Items
      • Ability to manage personal notifications from the modern user experience
      • Ability to automatically update attributes based upon an end user response


    3 A's of AI (Ask, Act, Advise) (BETA)

    • Introducing the ability to summarize a Project Status Report using Artificial Intelligence
      • Requires a Customer Support ticket to enable the capability
      • ​​Requires a Customer to supply their organization's service account key
      • Both SaaS and On-Premise Customers are supported


    * Key improvements delivered through the Clarity Customer Innovation Panel process


    BETA - This is a beta feature and may contain bugs, errors and/or other issues. This feature is provided "AS IS, WITH NO WARRANTIES." Broadcom does not guarantee the availability of this beta feature, and any outages or downtime of the beta feature will not count towards service credits pursuant to Broadcom's service level agreement. There is no guarantee, representation, or obligation that the beta feature will ever be made generally available in future releases of the product.


    If you are an On-Premise customer, you can download your copy of Clarity Release 16.2.1 online at Broadcom Support where you can also utilize Broadcom's case management system. To install your product, follow the installation procedures for your product at Tech Docs. If you are a SaaS customer, your environment will be automatically upgraded to the new release at a scheduled time following the 16.2.1 GA release date. Customers can expect a follow up communication with additional details related to automatic upgrades. If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Broadcom Support.


    Should you need any assistance in understanding these new features or implementing this latest release, our implementation services partners can help. Please contact your CA account representative for more information on how they can help. To connect, learn, and share with other customers, join and participate in our Clarity Broadcom Community.


    For a list of free Education courses, please visit Broadcom Academy. We update courses based on functional impact as well as high demand; therefore, courses created from previous releases may apply to the current release.


    NOTE ABOUT THE "FINANCIAL PLANS" MODULE: Broadcom is announcing the deprecation of the Project Financial Plans module, which is scheduled to be removed in the May 2024 release (16.2.2). The Project Financial Plans module will no longer be enhanced, and maintenance and technical support will be discontinued effective May 20, 2024. Customers should use the Project Financials module in lieu of this functionality.


    END OF SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: In keeping with evolving software industry practice, Clarity Product Management now communicates the End date for each release at the time of release. This change allows customers greater flexibility in your upgrade planning process. In accordance with the Broadcom Service/End of Life Policy within the "Working with CA Support" guide available at Broadcom Support Online, please consider this communication your written notification that support for Clarity Release 16.2.1, all patch levels, all languages, will be discontinued as of November 30, 2026.


    Please review the Broadcom End of Service / End of Life Policy within the "Working with CA Support" guide available at Support by navigating to the Broadcom Support Policy and Terms link.


    Thank you again for your business.

  • 2.  RE: General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.1

    Posted Feb 19, 2024 09:46 AM

    Great, can we have download link available in the document repository. It is always missing for the new document uploaded.

    Sanjay Koshti

  • 3.  RE: General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.1

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Feb 19, 2024 10:02 AM
    Edited by Suman Pramanik Feb 19, 2024 10:04 AM

    Hi Sanjay - You mean the software or the documentation, because SaaS customers will not be able to download the software and here is the documentation 

    Thanks & Regards
    Suman Pramanik
    Senior Principal Support Engineer | Agile Operations Division
    Broadcom Software

  • 4.  RE: General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.1

    Posted Feb 19, 2024 10:53 AM

    See the link now to download document, thanks

    Sanjay Koshti