Pole Position Development Highlights & Support Notes

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Introduction

We're hard at work on our next quarterly release, Pole Position, which will be rolling out in the Jun/Jul 2022 timeframe. Please follow this article and its comments to receive updates throughout the quarter about new features and functionality that we're working on for the Pole Position release.

Customers interested in previewing new features before they're released can opt into our Early Access Program (EAP), which delivers new features into non-production environments as they're rolled off the assembly line.

We'll also use this document to capture highlights of additions and updates to our mobile platforms and the xMatters REST API.

Deployment Details

For more information on how features in this article work, click the online help links embedded in each topic. As with any of our Community articles, you can click any image or animated GIF to see a larger version.

Support Notes

For a list of additional changes made in each deployment that are not covered in the Development Highlights, see the support notes included below each highlight. While most features will be added to production environments as part of our quarterly releases, the support notes typically describe fixes, which can sometimes affect product behavior.

June 27-July 1, 2022

Support notes (week of June 27-July 1)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-45461 Dynamic teams - searching: Fixed an issue that caused the Dynamic Teams page to interpret the percent sign as a wildcard character in the search criteria.
COR-48017 Flow Designer - step versions: Corrected an issue that prevented users from successfully switching between step versions in the Edit version window.
COR-47906 Flow Designer (usability fixes): Updated a number of Flow Designer elements to provide a more consistent user experience.
COR-47872
(SUP-24404)
Alerts report - filters: Fixed an issue that prevented users from successfully applying filters to the Alerts report.
COR-47861 Workflows - authentication methods: Corrected an issue that was preventing users from changing and saving the authentication method on the workflow installation screen. 

June 20-24, 2022

Pole Position Release Overview

The Pole Position Release Overview is now available! It's your comprehensive guide to the many new features and enhancements we've packed into this release. Pole Position is currently live in non-production environments and we'll be toggling features 'on' in production environments on Tuesday, July 12.

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Support notes (week of June 20-24)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-47970
(SUP-24420)
Alert report - Overview: Fixed an issue that was causing some alerts to take a long time to load when viewing on the Overview tab.
COR-47298
(SUP-24394)
EPIC data sync (performance improvement): Fixed an issue that was causing some EPIC clients to require a daily restart.
COR-47841
(SUP-24416)
User Upload: Fixed an issue that was causing some user upload files to fail if they contained Slack devices.
COR-47764
(SUP-24392)
Users - password resets: Fixed an issue that was causing users with less than 3 characters in their user name to be unable to reset their passwords.
COR-47753
(SUP-24387)
Messaging - scheduled messages: Fixed an issue where  some recurring scheduled messages could not be saved.

June 13-17, 2022

The Pole Position Release Overview will be available tomorrow!

Watch this space for the Pole Position Release Overview, coming tomorrow, June 21 at 10am Pacific!

Find users with missing device types

Want to ensure your users have configured all the device types your organization prefers, such as Email, SMS, or Voice? We've equipped the Devices filter in the Users list with new options you can use to quickly find users missing these device types:

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Mobile: iOS 4.17

Monitor impacted services' incident engagement status

You can now tap the Impacted Services section to display an incident's impacted services in list view. This new view allows you to monitor the resolver engagement status of each service, such as whether the owner is engaged, if they're currently being notified, if there was no response, or if the notification is escalating:

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View inactive users & groups in search

Wondering why one of your contacts is missing? In the xMatters web user interface, inactive users and groups are struck through and grayed out, but in our mobile apps they simply don't appear.

Since it can be a bit confusing when contacts disappear without a trace, we've updated the styling of inactive users and groups to match our web UI, and they'll now appear struck through and grayed out. We've also added messaging to let you know that you can't select an inactive user as a recipient, resolver, or temporary replacement.

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Support notes (week of June 13-17)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-47792
(SUP-24401)
Users - Temporary absences: Fixed an issue that prevented users with the appropriate permissions from seeing the list of scheduled absences for a specific user.
COR-47398
(SUP-24352)
Mobile apps - reports: Ensured the Security Audit report accurately displayed the authentication type when logging in via the mobile app.
COR-47288 Users - User profile: Fixed an issue that prevented users from navigating to a previous screen using the Back button on their browser.
COR-46292 Users - Devices: Corrected an issue that changed a user's device status from "Tested" to "Untested".
COR-40772 Web user interface - session timeouts: Fixed an issue where the session timeout login screen redirected some users to an SSO login screen when they didn't originally use SSO to sign in.
COR-47711
(SUP-24385)
Dashboards: Fixed an issue where some dashboards were not displaying the correct error messages for certain problems.
COR-47579
(SUP-24375)
Flow Designer - Email Initiation trigger: Fixed an issue that caused the Email Initiation Authentication Method to revert to a previously selected value rather than saving the current value.

June 6-10, 2022

Pole Position is coming!

We're just putting the final touches on the Pole Position Release Overview, which we'll be publishing when the release goes into non-production environments next Tuesday, June 21.

Support notes (week of June 6-10)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-47229
(SUP-24327)
Workflows - Create Alert step: Fixed an issue where the  Create Alert step improperly processed an input resulting in an error message in the Activity panel.
COR-46743
(SUP-24264)
Alerts report (usability fix): Improved page loading so users have a more consistent experience as they scroll through the Alerts report table.
COR-42663 Users - User Profile (usability fix): Added a message screen to prompt users to save User Profile settings when navigating away.
COR-47389
(SUP-24349)
Flow Designer: Fixed an issue that prevented multi-byte characters from being properly displayed in the Incident Console, or the Activity panel.
COR-47153
(SUP-42311)
Incidents - Mobile Apps: Fixed an issue that prevented incidents created in the xMatters mobile apps from appearing on the Incidents list.
COR-46670
(SUP-24248)
Workflows - Custom workflows: Fixed an issue where a variable in a custom HTTP trigger caused the workflow to fail.
COR-46666 Services: Corrected an issue that prevented a service owner's supervisor from seeing incidents in the Incidents list.

May 30-June 3, 2022

Introducing change intelligence

Experts from Gartner and Google agree that change is the most common cause of incidents — so when something breaks, one of the first things to look into is what recently changed. In our upcoming Pole Position release, we're embedding change information directly into the service intelligence capabilities of our incident management platform:

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By providing your resolution teams with visibility into relevant changes within the context of incidents, they'll be better equipped to identify the true causes of incidents and immediately take action to mitigate and resolve issues. For the full details about this functionality and its availability, see our announcement article, Change intelligence for digital services.

Support notes (week of May 30-June 3)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-47297
(SUP-24338)
EPIC data synchronization: Ensured EPIC upload files can properly support Microsoft Teams as a device type.
COR-47196
(SUP-24341)
Users - privileged devices: Corrected an issue that was preventing some users from modifying their own privileged devices.
COR-47009 Flow Designer - Custom steps (usability fix): Modified the menu settings so drop-down menus open and close without overlaps.
COR-44067 Users - device timeframes: Fixed an issue to ensure the Start Time field only accepts numerical values.
COR-47030 Service dependencies map (usability fix): Corrected an issue to ensure a consistent user experience when services or service owners have long names.

May 23-27, 2022

Flow Designer: Delete Microsoft Teams channels

Flow Designer makes it easy to create new Microsoft Teams channels as part of your incident management process and now it's also easy to tidy up existing channels that you're not using anymore. We've just added a Microsoft Teams Delete Channel step that you can add to your flows to automatically delete channels from a team:

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Note: Deleted channels still count toward your team channel limits until they're permanently deleted by Microsoft Teams after 30 days. For more information, see Microsoft's documentation on Limits and specifications for Microsoft Teams.

Flow Designer: New Datadog steps

We've just released four new steps that you can use to take action in Datadog as part of your workflow process:

  • Add Comment — Add a comment to an existing Datadog event.
  • Create Event — Create a new event in Datadog, populating it with information from the alert or any previous steps in the flow.
  • Mute Monitor — Mute an entire Datadog monitor, or partially mute it by setting a scope.
  • Unmute Monitor — Unmute an entire Datadog monitor, or partially unmute it by setting a scope.

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User Upload: Update device statuses

You can now perform bulk edits to the status of users' devices using the User Upload tool. This is really helpful when, for example, you're syncing accounts with a tool like ServiceNow and the status of certain devices is mistakenly changed to inactive — you can now simply upload a spreadsheet file and quickly change them all back to active.

Easier ways to manage your step connections

The ability to drag and drop steps to connect them, as well as new options for removing connections, are now live in production! Get the full rundown on these capabilities here.

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xMatters REST API: Filter users by device status

Want to search for users based on their device status? For example, maybe you'd like to get a list of users who have inactive devices to help troubleshoot why people aren't receiving notifications. We've just added the following query parameters that can help:

  • GET /people?devices.status=ACTIVE — Returns a list of active devices for each user.
  • GET /people?devices.status=INACTIVE — Returns a list of inactive devices for each user.

xMatters REST API: Find users without a failsafe device

It's helpful for users to have a failsafe device to ensure they're still notified if they're on call but their devices don't have an active timeframe. You can now use the xMatters REST API to look up which of your users have a failsafe device configured — and more importantly, which ones don't:

  • GET /people?devices.failsafe.exists=true — Returns users that have at least one failsafe device.
  • GET /people?devices.failsafe.exists=false — Returns users with no failsafe device.

xMatters REST API: Search terms can include spaces & other delimiting characters

Wish you could search for a literal string that contains spaces and other delimiting characters? Great news! You can now enclose search terms in double quotes to preserve spaces or other delimiters when you're using the search parameter. For example:

  • GET /people?search="sue ellen"&fields=FIRST_NAME returns all users that contain "sue ellen" in the first name field.
    • In contrast,  note that GET /people?search=sue ellen&fields=FIRST_NAME returns all users with with either 'sue' or 'ellen'.

Support notes (week of May 23-27)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-47090
(SUP-24314)
Incidents - Collaborations: Fixed an issue that truncated meeting URLs when users tried to create a collaboration channel.
COR-47068 Log in screen - translations: Corrected an issue that caused the login screen to display HTML tags instead of properly translated French text.
COR-45086 Users - Devices: Improved validation for fields on the Devices page to ensure users are prompted to enter valid information for required fields.
COR-47044
(SUP-24268)
Subscriptions - notifications: Fixed an issue that caused users to receive duplicate notifications when they were subscribed directly and as part of a targeted group.
COR-46937 Dashboards - My Schedule widget: Ensured that filter options set on the dashboard are applied when users view the detailed schedule page.

May 16-20, 2022

Pole Position Quarterly Release

Buckle up! Our next quarterly release is coming up fast! Here are the dates you'll want to mark on your calendar:

  • Non-production environment access: Tuesday, June 21
  • Production environment access: Tuesday, July 12

Keep an eye out for the complete Pole Position feature release overview, coming on Tuesday, June 21.

Slack as an xMatters device

Slack as an xMatters device is here! Slackers, you can now receive your notifications, view incident details, and respond to alerts right in your Slack channels:

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To get started, go to the new Home tab in the xMatters App and sign into your account — you'll then be able to register Slack as an xMatters device:

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Note: Before you can register your Slack account as a device, your xMatters administrator will need to add Slack device names to your xMatters instance. For more information, see Device Management.

Support notes (week of May 16-20)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-47029
(SUP-24319)
Alerts report: Fixed an issue where users received an error message when attempting to access the All Alerts report.
COR-40120 Users - adding users: Corrected an issue that prevented the New Users page from displaying newly added users if filters were applied to the Users page.
COR-46883
(SUP-24287)
Alerts report - filtering: Fixed an issue that so the table accurately displays alerts when filtered by Initiator.
COR-46837 Workflows - Webhook template (cosmetic fix): Improved the positioning and layout of some elements to prevent overlaps.
COR-46832 Subscriptions - hierarchy field (usability fix): The matching values count should now accurately reflect the number of matches. 
COR-46819 Users - Devices: Fixed an issue that prevented users from seeing the country code prefix menu when entering a new voice device.

May 9-13, 2022

Automatically create, update, & add comments to work items in Azure Boards

We've just added the following new steps that allow you to take action in Azure Boards as part of your workflow process:

  • Add Comment – Add a comment to an existing issue in Azure Boards.
  • Create Work Item – Create a new issue in Azure Boards, populating it with information from the alert or any previous steps in the flow.
  • Update Work Item – Update an issue as information about the problem or alert changes.

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New workflow & trigger for Dynatrace Cloud Automation

We've added a new low-code Dynatrace Cloud Automation workflow that you can install directly from within xMatters:

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The workflow sends alerts when xMatters receives a signal from a Dynatrace Cloud Automation sequence, including information about the project, source, stage, and impacted service. When on-call resources respond to the alert notification, they have the option to initiate an incident.

You can also take advantage of the new Dynatrace Cloud Automation Event trigger (available on the Triggers tab of the Flow Designer palette) to build your own custom signal handlers in any new or existing workflow:

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Notify service owners to engage from the service map

Let's say you're reviewing the service dependency map and suspect a service is the root cause of an incident. It would be pretty awesome to to engage the owner of that service to investigate without having to navigate back to the Incident Console, right?

You can now Notify to Engage a service owner from the service's info card in the incident service dependencies map — and just like managing resolvers on the Incident Console, you'll also be able to see their engagement status, stop notifying, renotify, and dismiss them.

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Move services around on the map

You can now move services around as you're viewing the service dependencies map! This can make it easier to see or edit how your services interrelate (note that they'll return to their default position the next time you open the map):

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Find alerts with a conference bridge

Curious which of your alerts had a conference bridge? The Alerts report now includes a Conference Bridge filter that you can use to find all of the alerts with a bridge — and you can even search for alerts with a specific bridge by searching for values in their bridge ID or title:

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Easier ways to manage your step connections

Availability: Early Access Program

You no longer need to manually draw connections between your steps in Flow Designer! Instead, simply bring a step near the one you want to connect it to — or in between two connected steps — and when you see the blue plus ('+') symbol, release the step and it will automatically connect:

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Removing connections

We've also introduced new options to a step's menu to remove step connections:

  • Remove Step from Flow – Extract a step from between two other steps and reconnect the flow.

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  • Delete Connectors – Delete a step's inbound and outbound connectors.

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  • Delete Inbound or Outbound Connector - Delete only a step's inbound or outbound connector (the animated GIF below shows how each is removed separately).

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Support notes (week of May 9-13)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-46803
(SUP-24277)
Admin - General Settings page: Fixed an issue where the Caller ID Override number would be reset to default after modifying other settings on the page.
COR-46734
(SUP-24261)
Alerts - duplication: Corrected an issue that prevented users from duplicating the alert when the original contains a large number of site recipients.
COR-46611
(SUP-24252)

Alerts report - User Delivery tab: Fixed an issue that caused the list of alerts on the User Delivery tab to load slowly when the Notification Streams filter was applied.

COR-45611
(SUP-24190)
Users - Devices (usability fix): When adding a new SMS or voice device to a user's profile, the country code should now default to the user's location based on their site settings.

May 2-6, 2022

Microsoft Teams as a device, and more!

The wait is finally over — you can now register your Microsoft Teams instance as an xMatters device! This is perfect for organizations who use Microsoft Teams as their preferred communication and collaboration app.

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By adding Teams as a device, users won't need to disrupt their workflow to check an email or open xMatters to collaborate. They'll be able to receive xMatters notifications, view incident details, and respond to alerts right in their Teams chat:

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Initiate incidents from Teams

But that's not all! This update includes the ability to initiate incidents from within a chat or teams channel. We've also improved the styling of the xMatters Incident tab to make it easier to manage and interact with incidents:

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Mobile: Android 3.12

We've now added support for Broadcast groups to our Android app. Broadcast groups are a new type of group used to notify all members at the same time (currently available in our Early Access Program). You can view broadcast group details and their members in your contacts and add them as recipients or resolvers:

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Elastic xMatters connector

Combining Elastic's observability capabilities with xMatters' incident response and automation features just got even easier. The new xMatters connector makes for quick set up — just add the connector to the rule that you want to trigger notifications and other actions in xMatters. Then, use the trigger URL from the xMatters workflow installer as the Initiation URL in the connector in Elastic:

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Early Access Program: Copy a broadcast group

Availability: Pole Position Quarterly Release

Wish that instead of creating a group from scratch, you could simply copy an existing group to use as the basis of the new group? Well, now you can! The Options menu for broadcast groups includes a Copy Group setting to duplicate the group's people and settings to a new broadcast or on-call group:

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Copied groups aren't added as recipients to the same forms and lists as the original group, so you'll need to add your new group as a recipient to any messages or forms that you want to target it.

Support notes (week of May 2-6)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-46700 Incident Console (usability fix): Improved the layout and positioning of some elements on the Incident Console to prevent section overlaps.
COR-46357 Services - service dependencies map: Fixed an issue where some tooltips were not displayed correctly for automations when viewing a service dependencies map.
COR-44676 Flow Designer (usability fix): Updated Flow Designer to remove extraneous leading and trailing spaces from input fields.

April 25-29, 2022

Mobile: iOS 4.16

Customize repeat notifications by alert priority

Don't really need multiple reminders about that low priority alert? With the latest release of our iOS app, you can customize different repeat notification settings for your low, medium, and high priority alerts:

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Broadcast groups

We've also added support for Broadcast groups — a new type of group used to notify all members at the same time. You can view broadcast group details and their members in your contacts and add them as recipients or resolvers:

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Support notes (week of April 25-29)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-46555 Incident Console - Roles: Fixed an issue that prevented users from assigning roles to resolvers on the Incident Console.
COR-46553
(SUP-24242)
Messaging - Filters: Corrected an issue to ensure users could expand the scenarios sections when the "All" button is selected.
COR-46173 xMatters REST API - POST /scheduled-messages: Ensured that users could not inadvertently modify form layout and schedule messages on disabled or inactive forms.
COR-46489
(SUP-24232)
Incidents - incident initiation: Fixed an issue that caused users to see a "Could not find incident" error message after successfully initiating an incident. 
COR-46374
(SUP-24229)
Alerts report - exporting: Fixed an issue that caused some message content to be excluded from the exported report.
COR-46371
(SUP-24193)
Users - Devices: Fixed an issue that prevented Canadian companies from adding a toll-free number as a device.

April 18-22, 2022

Workflows for Everbridge Signal & Cherwell

We've just released new Everbridge Signal and Cherwell workflows that you can install directly from within xMatters. These workflows include a pre-built flow that creates an alert when xMatters receives a signal from the external system. When on-call resources respond to the alert notification, they have the option to initiate an incident in xMatters.

For Cherwell, users can also respond with a comment to add a note to the originating incident in Cherwell — or even resolve it with a click (or tap) of a button.

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Resizable Activity panel

We've made it waaaay easier to see all of the relevant information that's available to help you troubleshoot your flows: you can now optimize the Activity panel for your screen width or personal preference!

Hover your cursor at the top of the panel to display drag handles that you can use to increase or decrease the size of the panel. Likewise, you can drag the borders between individual columns of the panel to view more — or less — of the information for individual requests and their steps.

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Support notes (week of April 18-22)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-46419
(SUP-24221)
Alerts report - exporting: Fixed an issue that caused custom property values to be excluded from the exported report.
COR-46368
(SUP-24192)
Alerts report (performance enhancement): Improved overall performance of the Alerts report when scrolling through a large list of alerts.
COR-46319 Incidents - Post Incident Report: Fixed an issue that prevented users from downloading a Post Incident Report when the incident's status was changed from Resolved to Rejected.
COR-46277 Alerts report - filters: Corrected an issue that prevented Custom Properties from displaying in the user's preferred language.
COR-46366
(SUP-24191)
Messaging: Fixed an issue where the Send Message button remained disabled after valid information was entered into the messaging form.
COR-46172
(SUP-24164)
Scheduled messages - recurrence: Corrected an issue that prevented users from modifying recurring scheduled message information after the initial scheduled message time had passed.
COR-46276
(SUP-24185)
Alerts report - long-running alerts: Improved the behavior of the Alerts report when displaying data for alerts that remain open for multiple days. 

April 11-15 2022

Call a flow to run

Callable flows, which we announced in the Out Run release, are now available! This feature allows you to reuse the same sequence of steps in multiple flows in your workflow — making your flows simpler to maintain and more readable.

In a nutshell, you can use a Callable Trigger to build the reusable sequence of steps, and then add the trigger's associated Callable Flow step to any of the flows in your workflow. When that step runs, it calls the trigger to run and pass information from the calling flow to the trigger and its connected steps.

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More convenient step development: isolated breaking changes allowed

When you edit the design of a custom step or trigger, we'll warn you that some changes aren't allowed if the step is currently used in a flow. But what if the step is in development, and you're the only one using it as you test it out? It would be far more convenient to be able to make breaking changes than to create new versions of the step when you want to modify it. To address this, you can now make breaking changes to a step or trigger when it's used only on your current canvas.

Support notes (week of April 11-15)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-46106
(SUP-24152)
Flow Designer - Create Alert step: Corrected an issue that was preventing valid users from successfully executing flows that included a Create Alert step.
COR-45617 Adding users - Custom user properties: Fixed a validation error that allowed users to leave a required field blank when creating a user.

April 4-8, 2022

Broadcast Groups (Early Access Program)

Attention everyone! Broadcast groups are now available in the Early Access Program!

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Broadcast groups are new type of group specifically for creating a list of members you want to notify simultaneously (such as to take a poll or make an important announcement). Since you don't need all the extra features and functionality of on-call groups, broadcast groups have a simplified interface with just the settings and controls you need to create and manage this type of group effectively.

To take a tour of the new interface for Broadcast groups, see Introducing Broadcast Groups.

Export all the alerts!

We've added a new option to the Alerts report that allows you to Export as CSV when you're attempting to export more than 100,000 alerts at a time. Previously, the export would time out if the file was too large for an XLSX spreadsheet. Now, instead of leaving you hanging, we'll let you know when your report is too large so you can reduce its size, or export it as a CSV instead:

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Exported alert includes notified groups in delivery details

The Delivery Details tab of the export for a single alert now includes a 'Notified Groups' column (to align with what's shown in the web user interface). You can use the data in this column to see whether a user was notified as part of a group or if they received a direct notification.

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Support notes (week of April 4-8)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-46038
(SUP-24163)
All Alerts report - filtering (usability enhancements): Updated the logic and behavior of the date and time filters to provide a better user experience and ensure returned results match expectations.
COR-46021 Flow Designer - Custom Step: Fixed an issue that prevented users from successfully saving canvas changes from the Delete Custom Step window.
COR-45884
(SUP-24122)
Flow Designer - Settings tab: Corrected an issue where the Settings tab for outbound integration steps did not show proper information.

COR-45758
(SUP-24074)

Groups - Shifts: Fixed an issue that caused users to see an error when a shift is modified and moves from the unscheduled tab to the scheduled tab.
COR-45792
(SUP-24095)
User Profile - Schedule: Improved performance on the Schedule tab when viewing users who belong to a large number of groups.
COR-45947
(SUP-24143)
Create Alert step - Response options: Corrected an issue that prevented users from editing Responses and deleting a response option from the list.
COR-43418 Users - Phone login ID: Updated the Phone Login ID fields to prevent Firefox users from inadvertently entering characters other than digits.

March 28-April 1, 2022

Support notes

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-45822 Users - Supervised Users (performance enhancement): Improved the loading time of the Supervised Users page.
COR-45556 Flow Designer: Fixed an issue that prevented supervisors with the appropriate permissions from creating new versions of custom steps.
COR-45896
(SUP-24136)
Alerts report: Corrected an issue that prevented the Alerts report from promptly displaying results when users applied search filters.

COR-45780
(SUP-24110)

Users - Subscriptions: Fixed an issue that prevented subscriptions from promptly displaying when the status was changed between Owned, Shared, and Managed.

March 21-25, 2022

Create dynamic teams based on user roles

If you've ever thought it could be useful to notify all the users in your system with a particular role—say, all Incident Managers—then you'll be happy to know we've added Role Name as one of the search criteria fields for dynamic teams:

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That means you can easily create a specific role-based dynamic team in seconds so it's available to add as an alert recipient. You don't need to keep a list or maintain a group with the users in your system who have the role—with 'dynamic' teams, xMatters checks the database each time you send an alert to determine who currently fits the team's criteria and should get notified.

Copyable trigger configuration payloads

We've made it easier to configure the source systems for App triggers that require a specific payload. You can now copy the configuration payload directly from the trigger's configuration screen in Flow Designer:

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Support notes (week of March 21-25)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-45795 Flow Designer - Messages: Fixed an issue that caused form variables to appear in code format when dropped onto the message canvas.
COR-45783
(SUP-24133)
Messaging - group recipients (usability fix): Corrected an issue that caused overlapping text after selecting the Count Separately option. 
COR-45676 Users - Add User: Adjusted the search fields to ensure only items that match user entered text are displayed in the list of options.

COR-45600

Flow Designer: Fixed an issue to ensure upstream step name changes are accurately displayed in downstream steps. 

March 14-18, 2022

Export incidents in bulk

Wish you could export the Incidents list to a spreadsheet file for your reporting purposes? Maybe you want to share incident data with your stakeholders, or calculate cumulative metrics for subsets of incidents, such as the mean time to respond to 'Critical' incidents — whatever the reason, you'll be happy to know we've added an Export button to the Incidents list:

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Don't forget that you can use the available filters and columns selector to refine the list to just the timeframe and data you're interested in before you export. This will save you from having to do a lot of clean up or manipulation to the downloaded .xlsx file before you share or analyze it.

Support notes (week of March 14-18)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-45619 Groups - Dynamic Teams: Corrected an issue that caused users to see a deprecated page when selecting an observer role for a dynamic team.
COR-45373 Flow Designer (usability enhancements): Fixed some minor issues in Flow Designer that resulted in improved usability.
COR-45554 Groups - Calendar (usability enhancements): Improved the behavior of the user content card when navigating the calendar.

COR-45595

(SUP-24080)

Incidents: Corrected an issue that prevented users with the appropriate roles and permissions from editing the summary or description of an incident.
COR-43995 xMatters mobile app - Microsoft Teams: Fixed an issue that prevented users from opening the Incidents Tab from Microsoft Teams on either Android or iOS mobile devices. 
COR-45590
(SUP-24078)
Incidents - Timeline: Corrected an issue to ensure timeline entries display properly after the sort order is changed.
COR-45545
(SUP-24073)
Alerts report - User Delivery Summary: Fixed an issue that prevented users from seeing details when they click a link in the User Delivery Summary. 

March 7-11, 2022

Improved navigation of the service dependencies map

The service dependencies map now includes a mini-map! If you've used Flow Designer before, then you may already be familiar with how the mini-map works:

  • Zoom in or out by clicking the plus (+) and minus (-) icons below the map.
  • Click and drag the mini-map box so it highlights the area you want to show on-screen.
  • Use the 'Auto Layout' button to optimize how the current map is displayed.

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ServiceNow San Diego certification

If you're using the latest and greatest version of ServiceNow, then you'll be happy to hear that Version 5.6 of the xMatters application for ServiceNow is certified with Paris, Quebec, Rome and now San Diego!

For more information about getting integrated with ServiceNow, see our integration guide.

Support notes (week of March 7-11)

xMatters Internal Reference No. Summary
COR-45519 Flow Designer: Fixed an issue preventing users from saving a flow after making changes to steps.
COR-45515
(SUP-24063)
Reports - User Delivery tab: Ensured the User Delivery tab displays alerts in the expected sort order. 
COR-45467
(SUP-24072)
Groups - shifts: Corrected an issue preventing the search bar from displaying the drop-down list of search matches.

About the early access delivery process

Customers can choose to opt their non-production environments into an Early Access Program (EAP) to see new functionality before it's released. If you're considering signing up for the early access program, there are a couple of important things to know:

  • Enrollment in EAP can be turned on any time through a support request.
  • Exiting EAP can only be done on quarterly boundaries (you cannot opt in and out between quarterly releases).

For full details, refer to the official On-Demand Deployment Process & Early Access article.

 

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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of March 14-18, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Export incidents in bulk
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of March 21-25, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Create dynamic teams based on user roles
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    Karla Poplawski

    Support notes added for week of March 28-April 1, 2022.

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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of April 4-8, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Broadcast groups available in EAP
    • Export alerts as CSV
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    Don Clark

    Highlights and support notes added for week of April 11-15, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Callable flows are now available!
    • More convenient step development
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of April 18-22, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Workflows for Everbridge Signal and Cherwell
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of April 25-29, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Mobile: iOS 4.16

      • Customize repeat notifications by alert priority
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of May 2-6, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Microsoft Teams as a device
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    Highlights and support notes added for week of May 9-13, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Automatically create, update, & add comments to work items in Azure Boards
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    • Notify service owners to engage from the service dependencies map
    • Move services around on the map
    • Find alerts with a conference bridge
    • Early Access: Easier ways to manage your step connections
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of May 16-20, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Pole Position Quarterly Release dates
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of May 23-27, 2022

    Updates include:

    • Flow Designer: Delete Microsoft Teams channels
    • Flow Designer: New Datadog steps
    • User Upload: Update device statuses
    • Easier ways to manage your step connections
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      • Find users without a failsafe device
      • Search terms can include spaces & other delimiting characters
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of May 30-June 3, 2022.

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    Support notes added for week of June 6-10, 2022.

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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of June 13-17, 2022.

    Updates include:

    • Pole Position release overview available tomorrow!
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      • Monitor impacted services' incident engagement status
      • View inactive users & groups in search
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    Karla Poplawski

    Highlights and support notes added for week of June 20-24, 2022.

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    • Pole Position Release Overview
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    Support notes added for week of June 27-July 1, 2022.

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