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Cloud environments

 

The latest release of Operational Decision Manager on Cloud is out, and it checks off major boxes on users’ wish lists:

  • More execution environments to match development processes
  • Central deployment of rule applications across execution environments and data centers
  • Business console management of execution servers
  • Complete end-to-end tutorial on developing decision services in the portal

The following list takes you through the new features in this release.

General

Customer-defined cloud portals

Now you can configure the cloud environments to better support your development processes. New clients define their cloud environments during provisioning, and existing clients can buy additional execution servers. IBM sets up the environments for the clients.

Usage reports for decisions and managed artifacts

Now we send you reports on the usage of decisions and managed artifacts. You can use the reports to track your services and your subscription compliance. By default, we send the reports monthly, but you can request to receive your reports more frequently.

New password rules and duration

For your security, we have again updated the rules for making passwords. We keep the rules in sync with those from the US Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Among the changes is a shorter duration for the passwords, down from 90 days to 60.

Decision Center

Using Decision Center with multiple subscriptions

Now you can link the Decision Center of one cloud subscription to the execution environments of another subscription. As a result, you can make more execution environments available, and deploy rules to more than one data center.

Furthermore, you can use this setup in a hybrid environment in which the execution environment is on premises or another cloud portal. To support this setup, the Rule Execution Server console in the cloud environment must have a secure connection through the Internet or an outbound VPN. Ask your IBM representative for more information.

Managing servers in the Business console

Now permission managers can use the Business console to manage the servers for deployments, tests, and simulations. They can also restrict access to the servers to specific groups.

Offline updating of decision tables from the Business console

Now you can download a decision table from the Business console, edit it in an Excel spreadsheet, and import the table back into the Business console. As a result, when you import the table, you update the corresponding table in Decision Center.

Tutorials

Getting started in Operational Decision Manager on Cloud

We make Operational Decision Manager on Cloud accessible to business users and developers alike. The new getting started tutorial shows both the ins and outs of developing and deploying a decision service. And the truly adventurous can even set up and run a working client application.

Debugging a decision service in Rule Designer

No application under development is free of bugs. We accept this, and have equipped Rule Designer with a comprehensive set of tools for finding and fixes bugs. Follow this tutorial on debugging a decision service to get the most out of these tools.

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