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Java LTS - SI/B2BI needs a defined roadmap plan for Java Long Term Support adoption (e.g. Java 11 & Java 17)
A path and solid timeline for upgraded Java Long Term Support version adoption needs to be defined for the entire suite of IBM Sterling products. Information Risk Management teams and groups are requiring all applications to migrate and leverage updated Java versions, including Java 11 and many are only recommending Java 17 LTS at this point. IBM Sterling is still stuck running on an "out-of-date" Java 8 JDK/JRE backend and needs badly to be brought to currency.
Active standard support for non-IBM Java version 11 is slated to end next month on 30-Sep-2023 and standard support had already ended for Java 8 in March 2022. Is there some alignment between the IBM/Oracle/OpenJDK versioning we should expect to see?
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Support for up-to-date versions of Long Term Support (LTS) Java JDK and JRE environments will greatly reduce the number of security exceptions being filed and should reduce the never-ending line of questioning we get about why these applications are still using/running legacy Java 8.
In our case, Java 17 is the recommended version for apps moving forward beyond 2023. To our knowledge, there have been no formal plans announced by IBM/Sterling to support newer Java versions beyond 1.8 / 8.
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