Today I am going to talk about Cloud Computing feature of OPA. Since every company, in the corporate world, is switching to cloud based solutions, which enables ubiquitous sharing of data, it is inevitable that we incorporate this computing functionality. Oracle Policy Automation lets you write a set of business rules in natural language and it requires simple input, which is given by the user, for processing. We have been focusing on the on-premise version/non-cloud version of OPA (10.4) for a long time now. Let’s do a peek at the OPA Cloud, OPA Hub and put some glimmer of light over it.
The natural-language capabilities of Oracle Policy Automation, which let’s you build dynamic questionnaire based interface as per your business requirements, along with the latest cloud feature makes this a quintessential product.
OPA 12 – Installation
To get started with the rule authoring you need to download and install the latest version of Oracle Policy Modeling. The tool is freeware and is available to download from Oracle website. Just Accept the license agreement and login using your Oracle account, create one if you don’t have, and your download will start automatically.
The latest version, OPA Feb 2016, is available once you download and try connecting to the hub. I got my hub and tool updated last week. Download, Unzip and double click on the .exe file. Once the installation is over you can find the program listed in your start menu.
Oracle Policy Modeling 12 is compatible with the projects developed in older versions of the tool and NOT vice-versa. However, it is strongly recommended to set a scope on which version to use before you start your project.
Connecting to OPA Hub
Like I said, OPM 12 is all about going cloud. With this move, Oracle is giving you cloud space and server for deploying your rules safe and secure. Now you don’t need to worry about the rule deployment, WAR file creation like you used to do in OPM 10. All you need to do is write the rule using OPM, click the deploy option from the menu bar and your rule is up and running. You will get options like webservices, determinations screens and mobile options.
OPA Hub requires Oracle license and they charges per sessions. Without OPA Hub you can write rules, create screens, create test scripts, batch processing and even see how the rule execute using the debug options. For rule deployment you need to buy OPA Hub license.
Once you have opened the tool, to get connected to the OPA Hub, click on the Hub Projects option under Projects tab. In the pop-up enter the hub details like url, username and password. The hub instance URL will be given to you once you purchase the license.
The OPA Hub acts like a repository for your projects. You can create user accounts and control the hub access among your employees. There is also a web interface where you can see all the deployments, create services to integrate Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow) and more.
I will be sharing more about the OPA Hub, Dashboard options on coming posts. Please subscribe to free email newsletters and like my Facebook page to stay updated. Thank you for reading.