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Improved UI accessibility

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Pega Platform™ now supports W3C Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines more fully, which creates a better user experience for people who rely on assistive technologies, such as screen readers.

The user interface now features the following enhancements:

  • Improved keyboard navigation and updated ARIA attributes for layouts, including dynamic, repeating, and table layouts.
  • Updated navigation for AJAX and dynamic containers.
  • More precise keyboard navigation and focus control for pop-up components, such as SmartTips.
  • Fixed accessibility gaps in out-of-the-box actionable controls and form components, such as buttons and text fields.
  • More accessible error messages with improved color schemes and focus control.
  • Accessibility code included in the Pega Platform ruleset by default, without the need for additional configuration.

For more information, see Supported keyboard navigation.

Improved scroll functionality in vertical tabs

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

When you scroll content in an application that uses the Cosmos theme, the UI now remembers the scroll position even if you switch between vertical tabs, for example, in the case details section. Previously, the application reset the page to the topmost position every time you switched tabs. This update improves the user experience by reducing context switching.

Addition of Servlet Management

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Pega Platform™ now has Servlet Management in Pega Cloud® Services, which provides a simple and secure way to make changes to Pega Platform servlet definitions.

Servlet Management provides Pega Cloud Service clients with solutions to manage servlet configurations with self-service options. This reduces the cycle time for delivering configuration changes in Pega Cloud Service installations while also improving upgrade reliability

For more information, see Servlet management.

Upgrade impact

Clients with no application servlet customizations will not experience an impact. If you upgrade from Pega Platform version 8.5 or earlier and, prior to the upgrade, the Pega Cloud team provided your application servlet customizations, then following the upgrade, you must manually add, remove, or modify your servlet customizations in your upgraded application using this servlet management landing page in Pega Platform.

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

To manually move your pre-upgrade servlet customizations as appropriate or add new ones to your upgraded application using the new servlet management landing page, follow the steps in Adding a servlet.

Upgraded selected third-party JAR files to support Pega Platform functionalities

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Pega Platform™ 8.6 now provides upgraded versions of the JAR files that support various functionalities within the Platform, such as generating documents or PPTX files.

Upgrade impact

If you have custom implementations and use any classes from the upgraded JAR files directly in your code or through JAR APIs, after your upgrade to Pega Platform 8.6, your application might experience unexpected run-time behavior if the upgraded JAR version lacks any elements from the previous version. For example, custom implementations can typically include activities, functions, or non-autogenerated sections. Unexpected run-time behavior might also occur when you use a third-party library that has dependencies on the upgraded JAR files. If you use only default Pega Platform functionalities without any customizations, the JAR files continue to work correctly without any additional actions.

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

If you have any JAR customizations, ensure that you test the upgraded JAR files for compatibility and upgrade impact. The following table lists the upgraded JAR files that might impact your application:

JAR file nameUpgraded version
apache-mime4j-core0.8.3
apache-mime4j-dom0.8.3
commons-codec1.15
commons-collectionons44.4
commons:commons-math33.6.1
commons-compress1.20
commons-lang33.9
fontbox2.0.19
httpclient4.5.12
httpcore4.4.13
httpmime4.5.12
istack-commons-runtime3.0.8
jackson-annotations2.10.3
jackson-core2.10.3
jackson-databind2.10.3
jaxb-runtime2.3.2
java-libpst0.9.3
jcommaner1.78
junrar4.0.0
metadata-extractor2.13
openjson1.0.11
parso2.0.11
pdfbox2.0.19
poi4.1.2
poi-ooxml4.1.2
poi-ooxml-schemas4.1.2
poi-scratchpad4.1.2
slf4j-api1.7.28
xmlbeans3.1.0
xmpcore6.1.10

For more information, refer to the documentation of  your JAR provider.

Text predictions simplify the configuration of text analytics for conversational channels

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Enable text analytics for your conversational channels, such as email and chatbot, by configuring text predictions that manage the text models for your channels. This new type of prediction in Prediction Studio consolidates the AI for analyzing the messages in your conversational channels in one place and replaces the text analyzer rule in Dev Studio.

Through text predictions, you can efficiently configure the outcomes that you want to predict by analyzing the text in your channels:

  • Topics (ticket booking, subscription cancellation, support request)
  • Sentiments (positive, neutral, negative)
  • Entities (people, organizations, airport codes)
  • Languages

You can train and build the models that predict these outcomes through an intuitive process, and then monitor the outcomes through user-friendly charts.

For more information, see Predict customer needs and behaviors by using text predictions in your conversational channels.

Upgrade impact

Channels that you configured with text analyzers in the previous version of your system continue to work in the same manner after the upgrade to the current version. When you edit and save the configuration of an existing channel, the text analyzer rule is automatically upgraded to a text prediction. The associated text prediction is now an object where you can manage and monitor the text analytics for your channel. When you create a new channel in the upgraded system, the system automatically creates a text prediction for that channel.

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

  1. Enable the asynchronous model building and reporting in text predictions through job schedulers that use the System Runtime Context (SRC) by adding your application to the SRC.
    For more information, see Automating the runtime context management of background processes.
  2. Enable model building in text predictions by configuring background processing nodes.
    For more information, see Assigning decision management node types to Pega Platform nodes.

Deprecation of EAR deployments in Pega Platform 8.6

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Starting with Pega Platform 8.6, EAR deployments of Pega Platform are deprecated. In the upcoming 8.7 release, EAR deployments will not be supported. The following rules that require EAR deployments will also be deprecated and no longer supported in Pega Platform 8.7:

  • Connect EJB
  • Connect JCA
  • JCA Resource Adapter
  • JMS MDB Listener
  • Service EJB

With this deprecation, you can use the latest tools and keep your application up to date. 

Upgrade impact

In Pega Platform 8.6, you can still create rules that require EAR deployments and update existing rules. However, after an upgrade to Pega Platform 8.7, rules that require EAR deployments are no longer supported.

What steps are required to update an application to be compatible with this change?

To prepare your application for this change well in advance of the Pega Platform 8.7 release, see the following table for a list of alternative rules and for guidance on modernizing your application.

Deprecated rule typeAlternative rule typeRecommended configuration
Connect EJBConnect RESTSubstitute legacy EJB resources with a REST API, and use REST connectors to interact with them.
Connect JCAConnect RESTSubstitute legacy JCA resources with a REST API, and use REST connectors to interact with them.
JCA Resource AdapterJCA resource adapters are data records that are used within the scope of a Connect JCA rule. If you replaced Connect JCA rules in your application with Connect REST rules, JCA resource adapters are no longer relevant.No further configuration is necessary.
JMS MDB ListenerJMS ListenerReplace JMS MDB Listener configurations with standard JMS Listener configurations.
Service EJBService RESTRedefine your EJB services as a set of RESTful service APIs, and invoke them over HTTP/HTTPS.

For information on the supported platforms that are affected by this deprecation, see Pega Platform 8.6 Support Guide.

Upgrading to Hazelcast 4.x requires downtime during upgrades to Pega Infinity 8.6

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Pega Infinity™ uses Hazelcast distributed clustering technology to share data and send events between server nodes. Beginning in Pega Infinity release 8.6, Pega Infinity supports Hazelcast 4.x.
 
Note: Note: Because Hazelcast 3.x is in extended support, upgrade to Hazelcast 4.x before the extended support period for Hazelcast 3.x ends.

Upgrade impact statement

On-premises upgrades of Pega Infinity release 8.4.2 and later to version 8.5.1 or later on Tomcat and PostgreSQL are completed with near-zero downtime. However, upgrading to Hazelcast 4.x requires that you shut down and restart your application server.

What is required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

Hazelcast 3.x is enabled by default. For near-zero downtime upgrades, you do not need to perform any action.

For instructions about upgrading to Hazelcast 4.x, see one of the following topics:

External data flow rules are removed

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

In previous versions of Pega Platform™, you could configure data flows to run in an external Hadoop environment. The external data flows functionality was deprecated and hidden from view in Pega Platform 8.5. The functionality has been now removed and is no longer available in Pega Platform 8.6.

For more information, see External data flow rules are deprecated.

Legacy Parse XML rule configurations must be upgraded to edit them

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

If your application has Parse XML rules that use the legacy configuration from Pega Platform 5.x, you cannot edit these rules after you upgrade to Pega Platform 8.6 until after you upgrade them to use tree-based parse rule configuration.

You must upgrade a Parse XML rule that you want to edit if it shows the following warning when you open it in Dev Studio.

This type of Parse XML rule is deprecated. An upgrade should be performed.

An option to upgrade also displays below the message.

Upgrade impact

Parse XML rules with the legacy configuration do not map data to the clipboard, and the rule definition is empty. After you upgrade to Pega Platform 8.6, you cannot edit Parse XML rules that you created in Pega Platform 5.x or earlier until you upgrade them to use tree-based parse rule configuration.

What steps are required to update an application to be compatible with this change?

Update legacy Parse XML rules to use tree-based parse rule configuration before you edit them in Pega Platform 8.6. Using tree-based parse rules is considered a best practice.

  1. Open the legacy Parse XML rule.
  2. On the Mapping tab, click Upgrade.
    Result: The Allow tree editing? check box is displayed and is automatically selected. You can add attributes and elements to the tree structure, or delete them.
  3. Save the upgraded rule configuration.

For more information, see Parse XML rules.

Insights from 8.5 require additional configuration after upgrade

Valid from Pega Version 8.6

Upgrade impact

After you upgrade Pega Platform™ version 8.5 to 8.6, the Explore Data landing page might not include insights that come from the earlier version of the product.

What steps are required to update the application to be compatible with this change?

Run the pxUpgrade85Insights activity to make all insights from version 8.5 accessible for you in 8.6. By running this activity, you upgrade insights with new metadata that is required in version 8.6. For example, the pxUpgrade85Insights activity provides you with the option to set the visibility of insights to private, public or shared.

For more information about insights, see Visualizing data with insights.

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