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What’s New in Oracle Policy Automation 18C?

What’s New in Oracle Policy Automation 18C?

It’s August and it must be time for another Oracle Policy Automation release! The team at Oracle have been beavering away and have unleashed lots of really cool new features in 18C. Here is a quick run-down of the things that will bring a smile, hopefully, to your face!

New REST API Functionality

Now we can really automate the processes that are involved in setting up Oracle Policy Automation. In addition to the existing REST interfaces for deployments and user management, there are now three new endpoints available in 18C:

  • Connections REST API – Creation and management of connections for any Policy Automation Hub. Programmatically insert Connection information like URLs, service information and so on
  • CORS Whitelist REST API – manage your whitelist for Cross Origin Scripting
  • SSL Certificates REST API –  if you use a custom root certificate for a Web Service Connection, now you can manage that with REST as well

New Build Feature

Using the OPMBuild command-line tool you can now  build deployment snapshots.

Obtain the Current Locale

Amusingly enough only a few days ago we were discussing language and locale on this site, and now we have a new function we can use in our Oracle Policy Automation rules to facilitate just that! The CurrentLocale() function returns strings like “en-GB”. When the user changes language in a multi-lingual interview, this value is updated too. Of course this opens up all sorts of interesting possibilities like locale sensitive help, URL links, or redirects at the end of an interview. Cool!

OPA 12 - 18C Locale Function

And of course once the information is available, you can display it in your Interview or otherwise use it as you see fit.

OPA 12 - 18C CurrentLocale in InterviewOther enhancements

Amongst the other enhancements are valuable new features in :

  • More Data Entry Options for X-to-One relationships – Yay!
  • PDF Form Fields (allowing TTF fonts)
  • Deployment as a Web Service now offering two choices : Assess / Answer  or Interview Service
  • In multi-input date controls, the ability to specify the Year Range and Second Increment

Now, if your chosen date entry style is the multi-input version, you can customize easily the date range:

OPA 12 - 18C Multi Input Date Options

In the next few weeks we will be investigating some of these in more detail. Good Job Oracle Policy Automation!

What’s New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017 #1

What’s New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017 #1

The freshest and most recent version of Oracle Policy Automation has hit the shelves and as usual the OPA Hub website is reviewing the new stuff for you. What’s New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017?

  • Find Unused Attributes

Sometimes its the smallest things that make a difference : you can now look for unused attributes. This  is an awesome way of realizing how many different ways you have misspelled your attributes! Seriously though this option to find unused attributes is a very useful thing indeed.

What's New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017 - Find Unused Attributes

  • Make Your Interview Accessible

You can now select a Web Content Accessibility Guidelines level and Oracle Policy Modelling will warn you if you are straying from the path of accessibility, based on the level you have chosen. There are also some generic warning since Oracle Policy Modeling cannot check external content that you may have in your interview.

  • Decide when Error Messages are Shown

Sometimes you need messages to be shown control-by-control as the user types. Sometimes you need to aggregate the experience and show them when the user tries to leave the Oracle Policy Automation interview screen. Now you can choose, on a Screen by Screen basis.

What's New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017 - Show Errors

There are also some cosmetic changes. The Oracle Policy Automation Hub now sports a different look and feel, one that is more in line with the latest generation of Oracle Cloud applications. As an added bonus you can change the language once you have logged in, fixing the issue with externally-authenticated users having to stick with the default language because they never saw the drop-down on the login page.

What's New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017 - New Hub Theme

Finally for this first post in the series, the Hub also offers a new statistic when reviewing deployed Projects : time per screen.

The next post in this series will include a video which shows you in a hopefully interesting and entertaining way what these changes will do for your workflow and day-to-day experience with Oracle Policy Automation. The OPA Hub Website will be back in a couple of days to show you some more exciting changes that have been made in this new release, as we review What’s New in Oracle Policy Automation August 2017 # 2.

Note : Video added to Video Gallery.

OPA - PDF Form Assistant

Oracle Policy Automation May 2017 – New Features #1

Oracle Policy Automation May 2017 – New Features #1

As you may have noticed the latest version of Oracle Policy Automation has hit the virtual shelves. And so, in the fine tradition of the OPA Hub Website, we are going to be reviewing some of these new features.

The first subject is an easy one – the ability to add and work with PDF files as Forms, as well as the traditional RTF files. The workflow is exactly the same – create attributes, give them public names, write rules, then bind explanations to the Form in the Project Tab, Form Pane before opening the Form in your chosen Editor – Word for BI Publisher Desktop, or any PDF Form editor. Clearly Acrobat Reader will not do the job.

The new possibility is accompanied by a new PDF Form Assistant, that looks a little like the screenshot you can see here – notice the ability to select Fields or Explanations, Repeating Fields and so forth to add to the PDF document you are building.

OPA - PDF Form Assistant

For those of you that prefer to watch a walk-through video, we have that too. Just click on the video at the end of the post and see the OPA Hub Website running through a quick PDF Form creation with an example Project as a sort of mini OPA tutorial, with as a bonus some magic disappearing menu items. There will be more about Oracle Policy Automation May 2017 in the next few posts here on the OPA Hub Website.