5 Benefits of Migrating to IBM ODM on Cloud

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As more companies of all sizes are adopting a cloud strategy, it has become evident that this model offers multiple benefits.

Businesses that adopt cloud are benefiting from flexible infrastructure capacity, rapid deployment, and faster time to market. This has recently been accentuated by the need for agility and resiliency. However, gaining agility and resiliency is much harder if the decision logic that drives operational business is buried within complex and rigid applications.

IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud (ODMoC) is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that provides the ability to surface and easily manage complex decisions through an enterprise scalable cloud platform. ODM on Cloud is a monthly subscription package providing everything you need to develop, test, and put decision-automation projects into productions.

Adopting ODM on Cloud will result in the following five benefits for your business

1. Faster time to market

Operational business decisions are high-volume transactions that are repeated thousands or millions of times every day (e.g., claim or loan processing, customer self-service, or eligibility determination). Traditionally, these decisions are directly buried into business application codes. Using a business rules management system (BRMS), businesses can externalise those decisions as business rules. 

With no CAPEX needed and within 48 hours after purchase, businesses adopting IBM ODM on Cloud can start building decision-automation projects. Additionally, ODM on Cloud provides a web-based environment where business analysts and IT can effectively collaborate. When changes to business rules are required, business users can quickly update them, providing the agility and speed needed to meet changing business demands or regulations.

2. Respond to market demand efficiently

IBM ODM on Cloud lets you focus on managing and automating decisions. IBM is responsible for the uptime, monitoring, backup, high availability, disaster recovery, updates, and maintenance. Because your focus is on decision projects and application development and not on infrastructure and network, you are able to respond to market changes more efficiently.

Volatile customer demand is a reality to many industries and has brought more challenges to operational decisions. It is critical, now more than ever, to be able to quickly scale up and down both environments and entitlements. If needed, entitlements in decisions executed and managed artifacts can easily be scaled up and down based on your needs (e.g., to manage a temporary surge due to an unpredictable event). Flexibility on cloud allows for a much faster deployment cycle and elasticity.  

3. Benefit from a cost-effective offering

IBM ODM on Cloud allows you to pay a monthly subscription rate based only on your usage and needs. There are different volumes of entitlements that would fit your needs. Below is a comparison table between an on-premises setup for a BRMS technology vs. ODM on Cloud:

Below is a comparison table between an on-premises setup for a BRMS technology vs. ODM on Cloud

No numbers are provided here as this is for general illustrative purposes, but clearly, ODM on Cloud can provide a better ROI and prevent hidden costs.

4. Empower remote employees

Many enterprises have adopted a cloud-first strategy and are finding ways to give business users autonomy with self-service capabilities.

With ODM on Cloud you won’t need to have to manage your server infrastructure onsite. Lines of business have the ability to implement new use cases from anywhere using a web browser, with shortened implementation time. No face-to-face review or approval is required because ODM on Cloud integrates a governance framework that allows the release manager to manage the whole lifecycle of decision projects and all stakeholders to collaborate through the same online tool.

5. Gain more flexibility

While ODM on Cloud facilitates the ability to scale up based on business needs, it also enables a hybrid approach where decisions can be authored on cloud and run on-premises on the environment of your choice, including Linux on System z. This is particularly useful when some workloads can be managed on the cloud for global enterprises (e.g., where subsidiaries or other lines of business can manage specific decision automation projects when they don’t have enough IT resources to manage infrastructures).

ODM on Cloud is also available as part of an IBM Digital Business Automation on Cloud subscription with which businesses can choose the capabilities — such as workflow, content services, or analyser — within the DBA platform they want to deploy and can change over time as needs change.

ODM on Cloud is also available as part of an IBM Digital Business Automation on Cloud subscription with which businesses can choose the capabilities — such as workflow, content services, or analyser — within the DBA platform they want to deploy and can change over time as needs change.

Get started with IBM ODM on Cloud

IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud provides all the advantages of moving to a cloud environment by eliminating typical inhibitors like capital expenditure, hardware availability and skills for installing and operating an enterprise-scale decisions management platform. With a low-price entry point and value-based pricing approach, this offering was created for businesses of any size. 

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