IBM WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 enhances the user experience for managing change and implementation of decision logic that drives critical business systemsIBM United States Software Announcement 212-102
April 24, 2012
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IBM® WebSphere® Operational Decision Management V8.0 provides capabilities to:
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IBM WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0, the next generation of business rules technology, delivers comprehensive automation and governance of operational decisions that control the actions of critical business systems.
WebSphere Operational Decision Management enables organizations in virtually every industry to improve the quality of transaction and process-related decisions that are made repeatedly, determining the appropriate course of action for each customer, partner, and internal interaction:
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The ability to effectively automate decision making within and across operational business systems is imperative for maximizing organizational efficiency, increasing employee productivity, and improving the quality of actions that are made repeatedly in the course of the business day. In many cases, making the best decision at a given moment requires an understanding of a number of different factors, including:
WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 addresses decision-automation challenges by enabling organizations to build highly flexible, adaptable solutions that can detect and react to data patterns as they occur within a specified time period, as well as provide the appropriate decision response to transactional and process-oriented business systems.
The offering is built on the market-leading, IBM business rules management technology (formerly WebSphere ILOG® Business Rule Management System). It is enhanced with IBM capabilities for detecting time-based events in order to drive more responsive actions to business opportunities or risk conditions (formerly WebSphere Business Events).
WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 consists of two orderable products, which together form a comprehensive platform for the management and execution of business rules and business events:
WebSphere Operational Decision Management enables the creation of applications to intelligently automate a wide range of decisions. Some examples of these kinds of decision-management applications include:
WebSphere Operational Decision Management provides the ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions, align across business and IT, and act with precision and reliability.
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Decision management is an approach combining software and expertise to increase the value of the frequent customer, partner, and internal interactions that take place within and across business systems. It involves both being able to make the best possible decision at the current moment based on data and situational context, as well as being able to use data to discover insights that can be used to continually improve decisions over time.
These decisions may be fully automated (for example, through an online application or a self-service point-of-sale system) or they may be used to provide decision support to people (for example, through a system used at a call center, branch, or store location, or in the back-office).
There are two primary technology areas that fit within the decision:
While these two technology areas are highly complementary, they can be used separately or together as part of a decision management solution. Each area brings a different focus to improve process and transactional decisions.
WebSphere Operational Decision Management provides the power to intelligently automate a wide range of decisions across business processes and applications, uniting market-leading IBM capabilities for business rules management and business event processing in order to drive more responsive actions to business opportunities or risk conditions. By enhancing the market-leading IBM business rules repository to also govern event-based decisions, this offering gives organizations comprehensive capabilities to define and maintain the logic that will drive the actions of critical business systems.
Benefits of migrating to WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0
The enhancements and items of interest for customers of existing precursor products with current Support and Subscription agreements
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For withdrawn and replacement programs announced in support of this new version, refer to Software Withdrawal Announcement 912-058, dated April 24, 2012.
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-B69 8.0.0 IBM WebSphere Operational Decision Management
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Consulting and services
Professional Services are available to help clients get into production quickly and, if desirable, to assist with planning and growing into full-blown business integration solutions. These services can be provided through our IBM Business Partner community or through IBM Global Services.
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IBM delivers a comprehensive portfolio of education services to help customers successfully deploy and integrate WebSphere Application and Integration middleware products to their maximum potential.
Education is a key component to ensuring software success. The IBM education team is committed to providing the highest quality education available to help your company prosper in today's competitive marketplace. We take pride in our ability to deliver successful education programs that provide your people with the skills necessary to make your business profitable using IBM software.
The IBM education team works closely with IBM product developers and IBM services organizations to ensure that the courses we offer provide the most up-to-the-minute technical and product information. Our courses place an emphasis on the advanced knowledge and insight that only these sources can provide. We draw from a deep pool of IBM technical experience in the development of our courses, and pass that knowledge on to our students.
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The following publication is shipped with this program:
The documentation for WebSphere Operation Decision Management for z/OS, V8.0 is provided as an information center
For product family infocenter:
For Decision Center infocenter
For Rule Execution Server Console infocenter
The information center will be available on June 22, 2012.
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Specified operating environment
For details, refer to the Software requirements section.
Visit the following website for a complete detailed list of hardware and software requirements for WebSphere Decision Server V8.0 and WebSphere Decision Center V8.0.
The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.
The WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 product package includes:
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Security, auditability, and control
IBM WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 uses the security and auditability features of the host software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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IBM Software Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our lab-based, software services team and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, we extend our IBM Software Services reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an extensive portfolio of capabilities. Together, we provide the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support a wide range of critical business needs.
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Product group: Application and Integration Middleware Product: IBM WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 (5725-B69) Product category: WebSphere
Program name PID number Charge metric IBM WebSphere Operational 5725-B69 Processor Value Unit Decision Management V8.0
Processor Value Unit (PVU)
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Resource Value Unit Conversion Table
From 1 to 20 Resources, 1.00 RVUs per Resource From 21 to 50 Resources, 20 RVUs plus 0.83 RVUs per Resource above 20 From 51 to 100 Resources, 45 RVUs plus 0.80 RVUs per Resource above 50 From 101 to 250 Resources, 85 RVUs plus 0.76 RVUs per Resource above 100 From 251 to 500 Resources, 199 RVUs plus 0.60 RVUs per Resource above 250 From 501 to 1,000 Resources, 349 RVUs plus 0.50 RVUs per Resource above 500 From 1,001 to 5,000 Resources, 599 RVUs plus 0.47 RVUs per Resource above 1,000 From 5,001 to 10,000 Resources, 2,479 RVUs plus 0.40 RVUs per Resource above 5,000 From 10,001 to 25,000 Resources, 4,479 RVUs plus 0.36 RVUs per Resource above 10,000 For more than 25,000 Resources, 9,879 RVUs plus 0.33 RVUs per Resource above 25,000
Here is the complete listing of part numbers for WebSphere Operational Decision Management (5725-B69).
Part Program name/Description number WebSphere Decision Server per PVU License + SW D0G80LL S&S 12 Months WebSphere Decision Server per PVU Annual SW E0AI1LL S&S Renewal WebSphere Decision Server per PVU SW S&S D0G81LL Reinstate 12 Months WebSphere Decision Center per PVU License + SW D0IIZLL S&S 12 Months WebSphere Decision Center per PVU Annual SW E0BQ5LL S&S Renewal WebSphere Decision Center per PVU SW S&S D0IJ1LL Reinstate 12 Months WebSphere Decision Server per RVU License + SW D0IM9LL S&S 12 Months WebSphere Decision Server per RVU Annual SW E0BR5LL S&S Renewal WebSphere Decision Server per RVU SW S&S D0IMALL Reinstate 12 Months
WebSphere Decision Server for Non-Production E0DK5LL Environment Processor PVU Annual SW S & S Renewal WebSphere Decision Server for Non-Production D0P08LL Environment PVU License + SW S & S 12 months WebSphere Decision Server for Non-Production D0P09LL Environment PVU SW S & S Reinstatement 12 Months
Passport Advantage trade up
You must have previously acquired licenses for the following precursor products to be eligible to acquire equivalent licenses of the trade-up products.
Precursor product Trade-up product Trade-up part number WebSphere Decision Server WebSphere Decision D0IL8LL Rules Edition PVU Trade-up Server per PVU License + SW S&S 12 Month WebSphere Decision WebSphere Decision D0P0ULL Server for Non-Production Server Processor Value Environment PVU License + Unit (PVU) SW Subscription & Support 12 Months Trade Up
WebSphere Decision Server WebSphere Decision D0IL9LL Events Edition PVU Server per PVU Trade-up License + SW S&S 12 Month WebSphere Decision Server WebSphere Decision D0IL6LL Rules Edition PVU Server for Linux on Trade-up License + System z® per PVU SW S&S 12 Month WebSphere Decision Server WebSphere Decision D0IL7LL Events Edition PVU Server for Linux on Trade-up License + System z per PVU SW S&S 12 Month
WebSphere Decision WebSphere Decision D0P0VLL Server for Non-Production Server for Linux on Environment for Linux System z PVU on System z PVU License + SW S&S 12 Months Tradeup WebSphere Decision Server WebSphere Decision D0LS8LL for Rules RVU Trade-up Server per RVU License + SW S&S 12 Month
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Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details
Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.
Entitled maintenance offerings Part description number WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 5725-B69 Part Media packs description number WebSphere Operational Decision Management V8.0 B801BML Multiplatform Multilingual Media Pack
Cross-platform product for use on System z Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines
Order the part numbers that follow when the product is intended to run on the Linux operating system on System z Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) engines. If the product is not intended to run on the Linux operating system on System z IFL engines, order from the other set of part numbers in this announcement. This set of part numbers provides the identical supply and authorization as the other set in this announcement.
Part Program name/Description number WebSphere Decision Server per PVU D0G7JLL for Linux on System z License + SW S&S 12 Months WebSphere Decision Server per PVU E0AHVLL for Linux on System z Annual SW S&S Renewal WebSphere Decision Server per PVU D0G7KLL for Linux on System z SW S&S Reinstate 12 Months
WebSphere Decision Center D0IIVLL per PVU for Linux on System z License + SW S&S 12 Months WebSphere Decision Center E0BQ4LL per PVU for Linux on System z Annual SW S&S Renewal WebSphere Decision Center D0IIWLL per PVU for Linux on System z SW S&S Reinstate 12 Months
WebSphere Decision Server for Non-Production E0DK4LL Environment Processor Value Unit (PVU) for zEnterprise BladeCenter® Extension and Linux on System z Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal WebSphere Decision Server for Non-Production D0P05LL Environment Processor Value Unit (PVU) for zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension and Linux on System z License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months WebSphere Decision Server for Non-Production D0P06LL Environment Processor Value Unit (PVU) for zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension and Linux on System z SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months
Processor Value Unit (PVU) sub-capacity licensing
This software product is eligible for sub-capacity licensing. Customers must accept the terms of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement Attachment for Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms (attachment), and must obtain PVU Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) for the maximum processor core capacity available to an eligible sub-capacity product when deployed in an eligible virtualization environment. This is also referred to as sub-capacity or virtualization capacity licensing.
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Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit 5725-B69 WebSphere Operational Decision Processor Value Units Management V8.0
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