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General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.0

  • 1.  General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.0

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted 19 days ago
    Edited by David Sprague 18 days ago

    November 20, 2023

    To:         Clarity Customers

    From:     Broadcom's Clarity Product Team

    Subject:  General Availability Announcement for Clarity Release 16.2.0

    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 16.2.0 is now available for On Premise and SaaS customers.

    New features for Clarity Release 16.2.0 include:

    Top-Down Planning


    o   Added support to create Roadmap Groups (e.g., create a Roadmap of Roadmaps) *


    o   Added the Timeline layout to manage Tasks across multiple investments

    o   Added the Board layout supporting out of the-box & custom Sub-Objects (e.g., Risks, Issues, Changes, Staff, etc.)

    o   Increased the limit (from 500) to 3,000 investments in a single hierarchy (except for SQL Server environments)

          Plans in Workforce Modeling (BETA)

    o   Added an expandable tree layout to visualize parent/child relationships in the Plans Workspace

    o   Added support to Update Plan Structure from OBS, with delta visibility into the Summary of OBS Changes and Preview of the Plan Structure

    o   Enhanced versioning for Investment OBS Plans

    o   Parent level Plans include child Investment & Staff rollup information

    o   Improved Plan attribute configuration & administration

    Transforming Investment Management

          Introducing Timesheet validation rules * (BETA)

          Ability to copy Tasks within an investment, using a mouse right-click action *

          Added the Timeline layout to the Tasks Workspace *

          Added the "Banner Color" attribute to the Investment objec

    Reinventing Resource Management

          Process/workflow enabled the Resource object *

          Added support for Financial attributes (view only) on the Resource object (e.g., Financially Active, Department, Location, Transaction Class, Resource Class, Vendor, etc.)

          Evolution to Perpetual Teams

    o   Calculate team members availability based upon the per-period allocations to the Team Investment *

          Augmented Audit capabilities

    o   Ensure the configured unit of measure is displayed for Old and New Values: Assignment ETC, Assignment Actuals, and Roadmap Item Capacity

    o   Added support for per-period metrics on the Assignment object: ETC, Actuals, ETC Cost, and Actual Cost

    o   Introduced a "refresh" banner to indicate updated Subtotals are being retrieved in group by mode

    My Workspace & Mobile


    o   Added capability to create & maintain sections within a Checklist *


    o   Ability to access My Workspace Smartlists (view only)

    o   Enhanced user experience to "Add Tasks" to a Timesheet

    o   Option to enter a Timesheet Note Date

    o Manage the Clarity mobile application with MS Intune (BETA)

    Clarity Connections (Clarity-Rally)

          OKR Management

    o   Synchronize Clarity & Rally Objective Parents

    o   Added bi-directional sync for (interim) Targets

    o   Additional (interim) Target validation

    Customer Voice

          Main navigation menu improvements *

    o   Ability to promote Custom Investments, Team Investments, Custom Objects, & Pages to the menu

    o   Reorder & hide menu items

    o   Assign or change menu icons selected from an icon library

    o   Ability for end users to expand or collapse the menu to view labels

          Ability to configure Channels directing users to the Modern UX *

          Ability to configure Investment attribute labels & tooltips uniquely for each investment type *

          Option to display "Today" in the Investment Task timeline *

          Option to configure per-period metric Totals & Period columns separately

          Quality of life improvements for the recently introduced Help Text field

          Field level security expanded to display "All Users" as a smart option for edit & view access

          Provide horizontal & vertical display options for bar chart widgets

          Alphabetized the target objects on Canvases

          Separate notification template for Action Item library items

          CSV Import expanded to support Projects, Custom Investments, Ideas, & Team Investments (BETA)

    o   Added support for OBS

    o   Improved flexibility for dynamic lookups

    o   Provide end-user import status notifications

    o   Additional control for which objects can be imported via a new action framework

    * 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 16.2.0 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 16.2.0 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 and 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 16.2.0, 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.