Flexible Decision Management with Business Rules on z Systems

A draft IBM Redbooks publication


The IBM® Operational Decision Manager product family provides value to organizations that want to improve the responsiveness and precision of automated decisions. This decision management platform on IBM z/OS® provides comprehensive automation and governance of operational decisions that are made within mainframe applications. These decisions can be shared with other cross-platform applications, providing true enterprise decision management.

This IBM Redbooks® publication makes the case for using Operational Decision Manager for z/OS and provides an overview of its components. It is aimed at IT architects, enterprise architects, and development managers looking to build rule-based and business event-based solutions. Step-by-step guidance is provided about getting started with business rules and creating business events by using a scenario-based approach. This book provides detailed guidelines for testing and simulation and describes advanced options for decision authoring. Finally, it describes and documents multiple runtime configuration options.

This third edition, SG24-8014-02, of this IBM Redbooks publication updated the information presented in this book to reflect function available in IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS Version 8.7.1.

Table of contents

Part 1. z Systems with business rules
Chapter 1. The case for Operational Decision Manager
Chapter 2. Operational Decision Manager for z/OS
Chapter 3. Getting started with business rules
Chapter 4. Managing business decisions through the full lifecycle
Chapter 5. Invoking Operational Decision Manager from COBOL and PL/I clients
Chapter 6. Advanced topics for decision authoring
Part 2. System configuration
Chapter 7. Prerequisites and considerations before you start
Chapter 8. zRule Execution Server for z/OS stand-alone server
Chapter 9. zRule Execution Server for z/OS embedded server
Chapter 10. Configuring CICS to work with Operational Decision Manager
Chapter 11. Configuring IMS to work with Operational Decision Manager
Chapter 12. Liberty on z/OS
Chapter 13. Configuring WebSphere Optimized Local Adapters support
Chapter 14. Configuring Decision Warehousing
Chapter 15. Configuring the Rules Execution Servers for z/OS console with virtual IP addressing
Chapter 16. Configuring Operational Decision Manager to collect execution data using System Management Facilities (SMF)
Chapter 17. Problem determination
Part 3. Appendixes
Appendix A. Calling out from a ruleset to a VSAM file to augment data
Appendix B. Configuring runtime values by using variables defined in HBRINST
Appendix C. Additional material


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27 April 2015

Planned Publish Date
31 May 2015

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