Wednesday, 21 June 2017

IBM Redbook - Governing Operational Decisions in an Enterprise Scalable Way

Penned, in part, by two of my immediate colleagues in the IBM Professional Cloud Services here in the UK :-)

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces operational decision governance and describes in details how to implement it using the IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) platform. ODM allows businesses to automate and manage day to day operational decisions. It provides an integrated repository and management components for line-of-business, subject-matter experts to directly participate in the definition and governance of rules-based, decision logic, organized in decision services. Governance of changes to decision services is of particular importance and value.

This book describes how organizations can choose between the built-in ODM decision governance framework or a custom governance based on manually managed branches. Related topics such as access control, permissions and user management are covered and give a full view on decision service governance. You will find this book valuable if you are using or considering the usage of an operational decision management system in your organization, either with ODM on-premises or ODM on Cloud offerings.

This book was written to help assist the following target audience in applying Decision Management technology successfully: IT Project Managers, need to understand how Decision Governance differs from IT Governance and how ODM straddles both worlds to facilitate agile change.

IT Technical Architects, need to understand how to architect ODM to sit inside both the IT and business worlds.
Business Analyst, need to understand the processes for changing business policies using ODM Decision Center.
Business Rule Development Team, need to understand the best way to structure rule projects for scalability and maintainability.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Decision governance for project managers
Chapter 3. Roles and responsibilities in governing decisions
Chapter 4. Securing Decision Center 
Chapter 5. Designing decision services
Chapter 6. Processes
Chapter 7. Decision Governance Framework
Chapter 8. Deployment
Chapter 9. ODM DevOps
Chapter 10. ODM on Cloud
Chapter 11. Branching and merging
Chapter 12. Conclusion
Appendix A. Acronyms

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