Can we disable Flash in CA PPM?

Document ID : KB000073227
Last Modified Date : 15/03/2018
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Question:

Flash Support ends by Adobe in 2020.

Many browser companies are restricting Flash access prior to this point in the default browser settings.

Can a CA PPM site disable use of Flash for its end users' browsers prior to this official end of life without adverse impact?
 

Environment:
CA Productivity Accelerator.
Legacy Xcelsius functionality.
 
Answer:
SUMMARY 

In short, yes. Flash is no longer used for any major components on the newer releases of CA PPM and third party browsers.

However, see below for more details.

Sites should also conduct their own use case testing with Flash disabled to confirm that there are no adverse impacts prior to making a production change.

BACKGROUND

The CA PPM Release Notes only contain some small notes regarding Adobe Flash Support. 
See "Additional Information" for these pages.

It is referenced in the CA PPM 14.4 Release Notes under Client Browser as "Added support for Adobe Flash Player version 11."
However, it only mentions that it is supported - not the functionality that it adds.

It is not referenced under the CA PPM 15.4 Release Notes, except as a specific example of something which is not supported - "CA PPM does not support Jaspersoft Flash charts."

Flash is not used in the core of the CA PPM application currently.

There is legacy Flash support for Xcelsius functionality. If you use this, then you will need to keep Flash enabled for now.

The main remaining component that used Flash technology in CA PPM, is the CA Productivity Accelerator (CAPA). The rest of this document references CAPA in particular.

DETAILS

The CA Productivity Accelerator (CAPA) component is underpinned by Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) technology.

The attached documents (See ZIP) from Oracle represent the UPK roadmap and findings.
 
After Internet Explorer (IE) 10 Flash is not utilized to view the CAPA product

From UPK Is there a Replacement for Adobe Flash (Doc ID 2293687.1)
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Flash is used only by older ID versions (10 and below) which are not supported any more even by Microsoft. So we are going to completely remove Flash from UPK player (in the next ESP). The native sound player feature of browsers is used instead of Flash. All of the recent browsers can play sound natively so Flash is not required any more. The recent UPK content works fine with native sound support of browsers and Flash is not used anyway. It is present for backward compatibility only.
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(The above extract is contained in the attached file  UPK Flash Discontinued.pdf.)

CA Support have run scenarios of CAPA here with Flash disabled, and have not identified any issues.

Flash will be reviewed by CA Technologies for full removal from our products, in line with any official End-of-Life Announcements from Adobe, which is currently set to 2020.

An example of the timeline that Microsoft will use to disable Flash features in MS Edge is contained here:
The End of an Era – Next Steps for Adobe Flash - Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

Testing your Business Use Cases

We recommend that if you are considering disabling Flash in your environment prior to the official end of life, that you:

1) Disable Flash and test against your key business use cases.

2) Test in a staged fashion with a small group of users in your production environment, prior to making a global change.

These precautions are to guard against unforeseen events, even though none are anticipated.

These two documents (See ZIP) advise how to disable Flash for test purposes.
 
Testing without Flash.pdf
Job Help- Remove Flash.pdf

Please check if you have any customisations or integrations that involve Flash prior to disabling it in your organisation.

Note that following the timeline above, browsers will start to default to not enabling Flash.
 
Additional Information:
File Attachments:
Testing without Flash.zip