IBM Digital Business Automation for Multicloud V18.0.2 delivers the ability to run containers on certified Kubernetes environments and enhancements for the IBM Business Automation Insights dashboard

IBM United States Software Announcement 219-072
February 12, 2019

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(Corrected on June 20, 2019)

The Overview section is revised.



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Overview

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IBM® Digital Business Automation (DBA) for Multicloud delivers a robust, end-to-end solution for business automation needs within your enterprise. In the current competitive marketplace, digital companies use software automation to achieve higher revenue per employee than their traditional counterparts. Automation can maximize revenue per employee by reinventing the client experience while reducing costs.

DBA for Multicloud platform delivers an integrated and managed collection of containerized or virtualized DBA services that enable rapid deployment and reduce operational costs. DBA for Multicloud also digitizes all aspects of business operations and can extend the workforce with digital labor to enable businesses to scale.

DBA for Multicloud V18.0.2 delivers enhancements that include the ability to:

  • Deploy and run DBA for Multicloud containers on a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-certified Kubernetes environment of choice.
  • Collect events from IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) into IBM Business Automation Insights and work with a pre-built dashboard
  • Upgrade to the latest release of ODM (V8.10.1).

For additional benefits of Digital Business Automation for Multicloud, see IBM Knowledge Center.



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Key requirements

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Digital Business Automation for Multicloud requires:

  • Workstation with a supported operating system
  • Supported web browser

For additional requirements, see the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date

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March 22, 2019: Electronic distribution



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Description

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The DBA for Multicloud V18.0 offering includes containerized forms of the following programs:

  • Business Automation Workflow V18.0 (5737-H41)

    Business Automation Workflow V18.0 combines IBM Business Process Manager (IBM BPM) and IBM Case Manager into one workflow offering. It unites information, process, and users to provide a 360-degree view of work. In addition to process management and case management,

    • Uses advanced analytics, business rules, and collaboration to drive more successful, optimized business outcomes.
    • Provides:
      • Tools that simplify designing and deploying business solutions
      • A ready-to-use interface that is flexible and customizable and can be extended to create role-based client experiences
      • An active-content infrastructure that manages the persisted case object model and enables content-based events for case activities
      • A common environment for straight-through processing, human, and case-oriented workflows
      • Rich analytics to track and measure workflow business performance
      • Methods to help users to gather the right content, apply analytics for more accurate decisions, and take necessary actions to assure better business outcomes
      • Ability to identify and incorporate both structured and unstructured content into workflows, regardless of where that content lives either on premises, in the cloud, or in the field with mobile devices

    For additional information on Business Automation Workflow, see Software Announcements:

  • IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.10 (5725-B69)

    IBM Operational Decision Manager (IBM ODM) is an advanced business rules management system. It is part of the DBA platform that helps clients capture, automate, and govern frequent, repeatable business decisions. ODM adds real-time decision making to clients' day-to-day operations. It can help ensure that client applications remain current and well aligned with their changing business objectives. It:

    • Supports integration with IBM Machine Learning for z/OS® (ML for z/OS).
    • Includes new decision modeling in Decision Center, with a focus on ease of use and speed for the early stage of a decision automation project.
    • Delivers additional features that are integrated in Decision Center Business Console.
    • Includes upgraded components, with Rule Designer and Insight® Designer that is now based on Eclipse 4.7.3.

    ODM V8.10 supports organizations in virtually every industry by:

    • Automating and governing operational decision making across business processes and applications to help improve business insight and ensure consistent outcomes
    • Easily and consistently helping business stakeholders to implement, test, and deploy decision changes to meet new market demands and policy requirements
    • Helping stakeholders understand how business decisions that drive operations are made
    • Applying decisions consistently across applications

    Components include:

    • Decision Server Rules

      Provides specific runtime and development components that are designed to automate and manage decision logic that is based on business rules.

    • Decision Center

      Provides an integrated repository and management components for line-of-business, subject-matter experts to directly participate in the definition and governance of rules-based, decision logic. Decision Center includes the Business Console that can provide business and IT functions that can work collaboratively to align the entire organization in the implementation of automated decisions. It can also accelerate the maintenance lifecycle as businesses evolve based on new external and internal requirements.

    For additional information on ODM, see Software Announcements:

  • FileNet® Content Manager V5.5.2 (5724-R81)

    FileNet Content Manager provides enterprise content management to enable clients to manage their organizations' content and documents. The scalable software offers:

    • Lifecycle management
    • Transactional content processing
    • Document management
    • Content consolidation
    • Content-based application development
    • Compliance and governance

    It helps clients gain secure, mobile, anytime access across content stores and supports their business processes.

    For additional information on FileNet Content Manager V5.5, see Software Announcements:

  • Business Automation Insights

    Business Automation Insights is a platform-level component that provides visualization and insights to business owners. It feeds a data lake to infuse artificial intelligence in DBA. Based on state-of-art open source technologies, Business Automation Insights:

    • Allows the capture of events generated by the operational systems implemented with the DBA products.
    • Aggregates operational data in business relevant KPIs
    • Presents operational data in meaningful dashboards that allows lines of business to have a real-time view on their business operations.
    • Takes advantage of the valuable data that is generated by operational systems implemented with DBA, to apply machine learning algorithms that can infuse intelligence in the platform, and that allows guiding knowledge workers and business owners. Potential applications include:
      • Recommending decisions
      • Predicting process duration
      • Advising next best task
      • Predicting bottlenecks or SLA breakage
      • Optimizing processes

    In this release, artificial intelligence (AI) potential is illustrated in the form of Jupyter notebooks examples that data scientists and developers can take advantage.

    Designed as an open platform, Business Automation Insights can be enriched with new dashboards, new aggregates, and new Machine Learning algorithms to be even more relevant to specific business domains or objectives.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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Reference information

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For additional information on Digital Business Automation for Multicloud, see Software Announcements:

For additional information on Digital Business Automation offering, see Software Announcements:

For additional information on IBM Cloud™ Private, see Software Announcements:

For additional information on ODM, see Software Announcements:

For additional information on Business Automation Workflow, see Software Announcements:

For additional information on FileNet® Content Manager, see the following Software Announcements:



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5737-I23 18.0.2 IBM Digital Business Automation for Multicloud


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For more information about available education offerings, see the IBM Skills Gateway website.



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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

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Publications

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Effective March 22, 2019, documentation will be available on IBM Knowledge Center.



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Technical information

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Effective March 22, 2019, see the current hardware requirements on the Software Products Compatibility Reports website and specify the product name in the search box.

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IBM Digital Business Automation for Multicloud V18.0.2 (5737-I23)

Ordering information is unchanged from information that which was announced in the following Software Announcements:


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IBM Digital Business Automation for Multicloud V18.0.2 (5737-I23)

Ordering information is unchanged from information that which was announced in the following Software Announcements:

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Clients must use the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) unless they meet the exceptions described on the ILMT website.

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Terms and conditions

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The terms and conditions for Digital Business Automation for Multicloud as previously announced in Software Announcement 218-417, dated September 18, 2018, are unchanged except for the following:

License Information number

L-ASAY-B8FFJB

The program's License Information will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website.



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Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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The prices are unchanged by this announcement.

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