Documentation / Version History

Kobee 6.0 (current release)

This release is the rebrand from "IKAN ALM" to "Kobee".

New functionalities
  • Release of "Kobee Resource Configurator", n new application for configuring the Kobee for z/OS solution
  • Integration with the IBM Wazi virtual test platform
Enhanced functionalities and End of Support announcements
  • Several small enhancements and bug fixes

Release 5.9 (2021)

New functionalities
  • Enhanced REST API
  • Core upgrades (Java 11, frameworks, CSS refactor)
  • Project import/export
  • Nested User Groups
  • Remote Agent install
  • Platform independent build archives
  • Remote Agent install
  • New Desktop layout
  • Support PostgreSQL database
  • Support for GitHub
  • Integrate MF ALM as Issue and Testing system
Enhanced functionalities and End of Support announcements
  • Several UI Usability Enhancements
  • New Package fields
  • Enhanced Git Integration
  • Documentation migration to Asciidoc
  • Enhance flexibility of Scripting Tool
  • Extension of integrations:Azure DevOps (VCR and ITS) and Jira Cloud (ITS)
  • Several small Enhancements
  • End of support for Microsoft Visual SourceSafe source control
  • End of support for PVCS Version Manager
  • End of support for HP Quality Center test management
  • End of support for TeamForge issue tracking

Release 5.8 (2018)

New functionalities
  • Possibility to clone Levels
  • Optional Deploys
  • Limit the number of concurrent deploys
  • Search Filters
  • New Package Detail interface to manage the contents and actions in a Package
  • Redesign of the Menus and the Overview pages
Enhanced functionalities and End of Support announcements
  • Multiple renewed interfaces in Global Administration: System Settings, Housekeeping, User Group Members, Issue Tracking, …
  • Multiple renewed interfaces in Project Administration: Lifecycle, Project Stream dependencies, Level Edit, Audit Project, ….
  • Possibility to search a Level Request based on its OID
  • Performance optimizations in the Desktop and Level Request interfaces
  • Optimized database pooling in the IKAN ALM web application
  • Updated IKAN ALM Agent and Server OSGi container to Karaf 4.0
  • Optimized security against vulnerabilities, like cross-site scripting and SQL injection
  • End of support for the IBM WebSphere application server
  • End of support for the integration with Lotus Notes Mail systems

Release 5.7 (June 2016)

New functionalities
  • Integration with Gradle Build Automation
  • New Package Build Group concept
  • New RIA interface for creating a Level Request
  • Redesign of the Build History interface
  • Filter File Revisions in the Edit Package interface
Enhanced functionalities
  • Renewed interface for creating, updating and viewing Scripting Tools
  • Renewed interface for creating and updating Projects, new Project Info overview
  • Refactored JIRA integration to use the JIRA REST API
  • Performance optimizations for Packages using Subversion sources, both for the interface as for the build/deploy processes
  • Support for Windows 10

Release 5.6 (December 2014)

New functionalities
  • Git and Microsoft Team Foundation Version Control Integration
  • New RIA interface for the Level Request Detail
  • Integration with MS Team Foundation Work Items
  • Global Administration functionality to Mass delete or update Phases used in Projects
Enhanced functionalities
  • Renewed interface for creating, updating and viewing Levels
  • Renewed interface for creating, updating and viewing VCRs
  • Possibility to create and update packages through the command line
  • Support for Apache Tomcat 8
  • Support for Java 8

Release 5.5 (October 2013)

New functionalities
  • Custom Phases
  • Modular (OSGi) architecture Server and Agent daemon
  • Ability to specify the log format of Scripting Tools
Enhanced functionalities
  • Support for Java 7 and OpenJDK 6 and 7
  • Support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • Native 64-bit Windows installers

Release 5.2 (April 2012)

New functionalities
  • IKAN ALM Reports
  • CollabNet Integration: linking TeamForge artifacts
  • Support for SAP life-cycle
  • Internal User Groups
Enhanced functionalities
  • Possibility to mass delete identical Machine or Environment Parameters
  • Filter out archived Users in the Edit User Group interface
  • Support for package actions in the command line interface
  • Persistence framework migrated to Hibernate
  • Embedded webserver upgraded to Apache Tomcat 7 for the demo application
Obsolete functionalities
  • JBoss, Oracle Application Server and Oracle WebLogic Server are no longer supported as application server for the IKAN ALM web application.

Release 5.1 (May 2011)

New functionalities
  • Machine Parameters
  • HP ALM Integration: linking Quality Center defects and providing Test Runner automation
  • Redesigned Build and Deploy Parameters Overview
  • Clone Environments
  • Stronger integration with Issue Tracking Systems
  • RESTful Webservices interface
  • New installation interface
Enhanced functionalities
  • Global Administration landing page.
  • Usage overview available in Edit interface of Global Administration objects.
  • Option to migrate the parameter prefix from scm4all to alm.
  • Ability to search for the Requester User Group in the Level Request overview.
  • Description fields for Build and Deploy Parameters.
  • Extended description fields for several Global and Project Administration objects.
  • Support for Apache Tomcat 7
  • Support for MySQL 5.5
Obsolete functionalities
  • The ANT WSAD Scripting Tool has been removed from Global Administration and can no longer be selected as Build/Deploy tool in the environments of a Project.

Release 5.0 (June 2010)

New functionalities
  • Package-based Projects
  • Multiple Desktop Tab Pages
  • JIRA Issue Tracking Integration
  • Enhanced life-cycle flexibility
  • Possibility to display and disconnect connected users
  • New Approval overview
  • New Project History Log interface
  • Installation interface
Enhanced functionalities
  • More easily manageable Desktop with simple drag and drop rearranging functionality, restyled interface, and new “Package” desktop type.
  • Restyled Desktop overviews including enhanced search panels containing suggestion fields, reviewed result tables, new icons and more informative pagination.
  • New interface for approving and rejecting approvals.
  • Build history integrated in the Level Request overview and available for all Level Requests.
  • Pluggable Issue Tracking Architecture allowing a tighter integration with Issue Tracking systems following a clearly defined API
  • Optimized integration with IBM ClearCase Base and UCM.
  • Enhanced protection of secure values.
  • More informative logging for login and logout actions.
  • Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation.
  • Several fixes of encoding problems.

Release 4.3 (June 2009)

New functionalities
  • Housekeeping Build Archive
  • History and Event Logging of Global and Project Administration definitions
  • Machine (Agent) status and log information
  • Enhanced Life-Cycle flexibility
  • New Builds and Deploys overview
  • New semantics for Post-Approvals and Post-Notifications
  • New Dependency type
  • Possibility to hide/unhide Projects and Project Streams
  • Better status output of Level and Environment phases
  • New license system
  • New demo installation
Enhanced functionalities
  • New Duration field in interface for Level Request and Environment Logs.
  • Total Level Request time calculated in Level Request interfaces.
  • Multiple selects possible in several Desktop search panels.
  • Usability reorganization of the Global Administration and Desktop menus.
  • Several extended project audit checkings
  • Reorganized the Life-Cycle overview.
  • User Groups are also visible in velocity mail templates.
  • The Agent process produces more informative logging on the INFO log level.
  • Upgrade of the MySQL connector.
  • Support for Groups in Groups when connecting to LDAP via JAAS.

Release 4.2 (July 2008)

New functionalities
  • Issue Tracking integration
  • Support for sequentially handled (Deploy) environments on a Level
  • Customizable Server/Builder/Deployer processes
  • Enhanced Transporter Architecture
  • Tag-based build
  • User interface restyling and optimization
Enhanced functionalities
  • Dependency optimization.
  • Optimized partial deploy.
  • Enhanced Reporting.