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Announcement letter for IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS V8.5



IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) for z/OS , V8.5, the next generation of business rules, provides an elegant development environment, along with a dedicated business user interface, for automating and governing frequently occurring, repeatable business decisions. IBM ODM for z/OS V8.5 planned availability date will be on 21 June 2013. This document contains a brief overview of IBM ODM for z/OS V8.5 and a link to the announcement letter.



The offering provides end-to-end, lifecycle support for business decisions invoked from COBOL and PL/I applications. This includes capabilities for decision testing and simulation within the zRule Execution Server (zRES) for z/OS environment and the ability to trace the execution of how a business decision is made in the zRule Execution Server through the Decision Warehouse feature.

IBM ODM for z/OS provides multiple, business-rule execution choices for z/OS customers. This includes a business rule deployment option for Enterprise COBOL, PL/I, and IMS batch applications, which can run stand-alone or hosted within a CICS 4.x or CICS 5.x region. IBM ODM for z/OS also provides support for decision evaluation for COBOL and PL/I applications in IMS environments, both online and batch (support of IMS V10 and later) with the zRule Execution Server for z/OS .

New and enhanced capabilities in IBM ODM for z/OS , V8.5:

  • Support for PL/I Language - Extends your ability to utilize decision management and modernize your applications.
  • Improved CICS and IMS integration with the Decision Engine - Includes performance improvements and persistent connection support.
  • Expanded support for Decision Engine - Now available on WebSphere Application Server for z/OS .
  • Simpler deployment configuration - Includes control card-based deployment definitions.
  • Comprehensive change management and governance - Includes a design that is based on the new Decision Governance Framework, a ready-to-use, prescriptive approach for both large enterprises and small and medium businesses.
  • New integration options with IBM Integration Bus (IIB) - Allows software architects and developers to more easily integrate IBM ODM decision services.

IBM ODM for z/OS and IBM Business Rules for z/OS , available as a separate product, help enable organizations in virtually every industry to improve the quality of transaction, batch, and process-related decisions that are made repeatedly within mainframe applications and to determine the appropriate courses of action for each customer, partner, and internal interaction by:
  • Automating and governing operational decision making across business processes and applications to help improve business outcomes
  • Helping detect opportunities and risks in real time
  • Easily and consistently implementing changes to meet new market demands or policy requirements
  • Supporting incremental modernization of existing CICS , IMS , and batch applications written in COBOL or PL/I without a complete re-write
  • Facilitating consistent decision evaluation across platforms, projects, and processes by allowing the reuse of business models between rule projects in z/OS and distributed applications
  • Detecting events and event patterns in real time to enable situational awareness and response of actionable situations ( IBM ODM)
  • Automating the response of highly variable decisions based on the specific context of a process, transaction, or interaction
  • Managing and governing rules-based decision logic separately from application code in order to provide better visibility, understanding, and maintainability compared to traditional application development
  • Integrating with a number of other z/OS technologies to create comprehensive decision management solutions written in COBOL or PL/I, using CICS , IMS , or z/OS batch execution environments.

For more details, see the US Announcement Letter for IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS V8.5
Information for other country announcement letters is located here.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
Business Integration WebSphere ILOG Decision Validation Services General AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS Enterprise
Business Integration WebSphere ILOG Rule Solutions for Office General Windows All Editions
Business Integration WebSphere ILOG Rule Team Server AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows, z/OS Enterprise
Business Integration WebSphere Business Events AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows All Editions
Business Integration WebSphere ILOG JRules Platform Independent Enterprise

Product Alias/Synonym


Document information

More support for: IBM Operational Decision Manager

Software version: 8.0

Operating system(s): z/OS

Reference #: 1635533

Modified date: 25 April 2013

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