1)What is an incremental version and what is a standard one?
The difference between an incremental release(like Endevor v18.0) and a standard one (like v17) is that in the incremental release the product features are made available for customer implementation as soon as they are completed, rather than waiting for a list of features to complete like in a standard release. The new product features will be delivered in the format of an SMP/E PTF in multiple releases.
2)Version 18.0 for Endevor is currently beta version?
The base version of Endevor(v18.0.) was made generally available on August 28, 2015 so it cannot be considered a beta version that still requires testing. It is however delivered under the CA Incremental Release Program.
3)Should I go with upgrade to 17.0 version or 18.0 in production system?
The upgrade to the v18.0 will give you access to all the new features that were and will be developed for this version.
You can review the changes done in v18 here : https://docops.ca.com/ca-endevor-SCM/18/en/release-information
If you are interested in participating in the CA Incremental Release Program please read the following document and contact the CA Endevor Software Change Manager Product Owner (Pete McCullough, [email protected], 508-628-8164) to discuss the customer requirements recommended for participation.
In case you are not interested in the incremental program, a standard release like Endevor v17.0 would still be a good option, as the End of Service has not been yet announced.
4) I don't even see the documentation for Version 18.0 available in the documentation link.
Here is how to find the new documentation for Endevor V17 and V18, now available online:
If you want to download PDFs for the sections available online : https://docops.ca.com/ca-endevor-SCM/18/en/release-information/downloadable-pdfs
Why is Endevor going to incremental releases and how will it affect support of Endevor?
Release and Support Lifecycle Dates
Where can I find the new features PTFs for the v18 incremental?