Frequently asked questions

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about IBM Operational Decision Manager

FAQ

Getting started with this product

How can I find out the right version for me?

How is IBM Operational Decision Manager for Developers delivered?

It’s delivered as a Docker image on Docker Hub. It’s combined with an Eclipse plugin for Rule Designer, which is the development environment. It is also available on IBM Cloud™ Private.

Can I start using the product on premises, private cloud, public Can I start using this product on premises, private cloud, public cloud or another combination?

Yes. It can be installed either on premises or on eligible public clouds. It’s also optimized for deployment with IBM Cloud Private and is supported in some containerized environments. You can use ODM Server in any combination of these deployments.

Is the product available on the Digital Business Automation (DBA) for Multicloud environment?

Yes, IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) Server is an entitled offering in DBA for Multicloud (DBAMC). You can deploy different DBAMC offerings by purchasing the product through the DBAMC license. You can change as your needs grow and also trade up from ODM Server to DBAMC.

What version should I start with for decision automation?

Decision automation is available in all editions of the IBM Operational Decision Manager portfolio (ODM, ODM on Cloud, ODM as part of Digital Business Automation, ODM as part of Digital Business Automation for Multicloud).

Which version is suitable for situation detection?

Situation detection is available as part of the IBM Operational Decision Manager Server on-premises edition through the Decision Server Insight component.

Pricing

Is Operational Decision Manager available on the cloud? What are the purchasing options?

Yes, you can get IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud as a monthly subscription, managed by IBM. With this option, you can develop, test and put rules into production. It’s available on IBM Cloud infrastructure and is compatible with ODM Server components and on-premises product.

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Other common questions

What is IBM Operational Decision Manager Server?

IBM Operational Decision Manager Server is part of the Digital Business Automation Platform that delivers decision automation to help you capture, automate and manage frequently occurring, repeatable business decisions and detect business situations in real time.

What are the deployment options for IBM Operational Decision Manager Server?

You can deploy on and off premises, on IBM Cloud Private and other compatible environments.

What is IBM Operational Decision Manager Server Express?

It’s an entry-level offering designed for small, rules-based applications. This edition is designed for a limited number of transactions that might need room for growth over time.

What’s not included in IBM Operational Decision Manager Server Express? Can I migrate to the full edition?

It excludes the real-time situation detection capability and has limited deployment capacity. You can start projects with ODM Server Express and upgrade to the full-featured ODM server when you need to.

What is IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS?

This edition offers transactional decision automation for z/OS® and compatible with the rule management component of the IBM Operational Decision Management Server product family.

What is IBM Operational Decision Manager for Developers?

It’s a free edition for development and evaluation purposes. It is supported with communities and forums.

What is IBM Operational Decision Manager on Cloud?

This is a collaborative, role-based software as a service that allows you to capture, automate, and manage frequently occurring, repeatable rules-based business decisions.

What is IBM Decision Composer?

Decision Composer is a free, streamlined edition of IBM Operational Decision Manager. It offers a user-friendly modeling environment where you can author, validate and run business rules. You'll find many examples, tutorials and videos, allowing you to learn decision automation in minutes.

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