5 Things to Know about the Decision Governance Framework in IBM Operational Decision Manager
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Introducing the IBM Redbooks publication Governing Operational Decisions in an Enterprise Scalable Way
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. The Decision Governance Framework is the implementation of Decision Governance in ODM.
Here are 5 things to know about the Decision Governance Framework:
Governance is about performing the changes to the decisions in a controlled manner. The Decision Governance Framework guides the users through a workflow that is designed to reduce the chances of issues being introduced in a decision service when the decisions are being updated. It uses the concepts of Releases which contain Change Activities and Validation Activities.
Users, Groups and Permissions are key to the Decision Governance Framework and can be very powerful but also can become complex very quickly. It is recommended to keep the Users, Groups and Permissions as simple as possible so that their management does not become a burden for the Permissions Administrator. The IBM Redbooks publication “Governing Operational Decisions in an Enterprise Scalable Way” shows a sample configuration to achieve this goal.
When you are using the Decision Governance Framework, all changes to artifacts in the Decision Service must be completed as part of a Change Activity. This allows the framework to control who performs the changes and who approves the changes before they get validated.
It is recommended to avoid parallel changes to the same decision artifacts in different Change Activities. If the same artifact needs to be modified in two activities, it may be a sign that the separation of the Change Activities was not complete and may indicate that further analysis be performed. The Decision Governance Framework will prevent changes to an artifact that was modified in a separate change activity in the same release. If the situation arises, the authors for both Change Activities will need to communicate to coordinate their changes.
In the Decision Governance Framework, Validation Activities are optional. It is strongly recommended that at least one Validation Activity be created for every Release. This Validation Activity serves as a safeguard and should be used to manually verify the changes that were completed in the Change Activities and also to execute some tests that confirm that the changes were complete properly.
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 “Governing Operational Decisions in an Enterprise Scalable Way”, SG24-8395-00.
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.