The spring 2015 issue of the IBM Business Process Management Journal welcomes the recent release of IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) with an issue devoted entirely to IBM ODM, including Decisions Server Insights, which is available with IBM ODM Advanced V8.7. Authors with experience in diverse aspects of IBM ODM and Decision Server Insights share their knowledge and experience with decision management.
by Scott Simmons
The new Decision Server Insights offering in IBM ODM Advanced V8.7 provides a solution that advances complex events processing to a new level with a foundation on a rich distributed architecture to enable real-time decision management.
In this issue
by Jose De Freitas and Peter Johnson
Learn how to install and configure an IBM ODM Decision Server Insights runtime production environment that meets non-functional requirements, including high availability, security and recoverability. The layout of the components of the environment described in this tutorial constitutes the Decision Server Insights reference topology.
by Scott Simmons, Hector H. Diaz, and Irina Singh
In our work assisting clients with smarter process applications, we are asked to detail leading practices for integrating decision services with business process management solutions. One question we encounter is when to use IBM Business Process Manager rules and when to use IBM ODM. The answer to this question is use-case specific, but there are criteria to consider for the target solution. This tutorial discusses the decisions to consider when developing applications that integrate business process management with decision services and provides a detailed example to illustrate the concepts.
by Jose De Freitas and Lewis E. Evans
Integrate Open Service Gateway initiative services into IBM Operational Decision Manager: Learn how to create an OSGi service and a corresponding business object model to make extended capabilities part of the natural rules language in IBM ODM. This tutorial shows how to use the OSGi service in a business rule as an integral part of your Decision Server Insights solution.
by Neil Delima
Logging and tracing play an integral role in problem diagnosis and understanding the flow of many applications. Common logging methods such as adding print statements placed through the code are often used to trace the flow of an application or a component during development. However, this method falls short on scalability and flexibility by making it difficult to dynamically and easily change and control the amount and destination of logged information. A logging framework, such as the logging APIs available in Java SE or Apache Log4J, provide feature rich, flexible logging mechanisms that aid with debugging and tracing.
by U. Siddiqui
IBM ODM offers a variety of options for optimal performance. Each organization's environment and needs are unique, so guidance about settings to increase performance and to streamline resource management is essential. This tutorial provides a brief overview of the different IBM ODM modules, how they interact with each other, and recommended settings for performance improvements that have been found to have the most impact on rule execution.
by Emilis Venckevicius and Stefanie Wüstemann
Learn practical ways to get up and running with DVS Made Easier, a testing approach for the Decision Validation Services (DVS) test framework that is available with IBM ODM. DVS Made Easier is a design pattern that was initially designed by Francis Friedlander in 2011, and since then has been used by other IBMers, clients, and business partners who are working with IBM ODM.
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