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System Center Service Manager 2012 CTP1 Available to TAP Testers; Beta in Q3 2011

Microsoft’s SCSM 2012 hit an important milestone today — CTP1 has been released to TAP customers and partners. This milestone includes 20 of the 25 improvements planned for SCSM 2012 and is nearly fully complete with the product already.

The System Center Service Manager 2012 CTP1 bits are available for download via Microsoft Connect, however, they are only offered to a select group of TAP testers.

According to the software giant, it already has all the TAP testers it needs for CTP1, and no additional customers will be invited to test the development milestone.

TAP customers and partners should already have received an email on how to access the CTP1 download via Connect.

Here is an overview of what is in CTP1:

Key Features in CTP1

  • Release Management with parallel activity support
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse with BI Analytics (OLAP)
  • Periodic Notification support
  • Improved PowerShell support
  • Performance improvements
  • Updated connectors to support SC Wave 12
  • Parent — child support for incident and release management

Release Management

  • Automates Release Management Process for large IT organizations
  • Release Record is a new Work Item class for tracking Releases
  • Parallel and Sequential activities allow to model more complex processes
  • Activity Diagram allows to visualize process workflow
  • Parent-Child Relationships allow to link multiple small Releases to one parent Release
  • Provides important building blocks for Service Requests and Change Records

[Via: SCSM Engineering Team Blog]

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