5 Things to Know about Decision Governance in ODM on Cloud
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IBM® Operational Decision Manager (ODM) is a platform for capturing, automating and governing business decisions and helps you make decisions faster, improve responsiveness, minimize risks and seize opportunities. ODM is also available as a Software as a Service offering known as ODM on Cloud.
ODM on Cloud offers many of the functionalities available in the full ODM product with some Cloud specific aspects that affect Decision Governance. Here are five things you need to know.
For users that have been using ODM for some time, ODM on Cloud will seem more restrictive as it does not offer the full ODM production functionality.
When using ODM on Cloud, you must use Decision Services which is the updated approach used for the packaging and deployment of decisions. If you are currently using Classic Rule Projects, you must migrate them to Decision Services before using ODM on Cloud.
Decision Engine is a new execution engine that manages memory much better than the Classic Rule Engine and that also offers a much better overall performance of the execution of the decisions. Before you synchronize your projects to ODM on Cloud you must make sure that your rule tasks use this Rule Engine. If you use the testing capabilities using Excel spreadsheets, the use of this engine will also force you to perform testing in the Business Console of the Cloud instance you are using.
More experienced users of ODM may be using automated scripts to perform some operations in their current Decision Governance implementation. Because ODM on Cloud is offered as a Software as a Service, these types of automated scripts and APIs are not available. Only the Rule Execution Server REST API is available for DevOps deployment operations.
To keep the environments as simple as possible, ODM on Cloud uses three predefined cloud environments:
The environments and the prescriptive workflow is shown in the figure below.
To learn more about how IBM Operation Decision Manager enables you to put Decision Governance in place and how it enables the business to make agile rule changes in a safe and governed way to give your business the competitive edge, view the IBM Redbooks publication “Gov
Eric Charpentier is an Operational Decision Manager Level 2 Support Engineer with IBM Hybrid Cloud in Canada. Before joining the support team, Eric was an ODM Consultant and helped clients implement ODM in projects of all sizes and in many different industries. As part of the support team, he helps clients troubleshoot and resolve issues around ODM. Eric co-authored the first version of this book and has presented on multiple topics including decision governance. Eric has a B. Eng. in Computer Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and an MBA from HEC Montréal.