OPA 12 – New Inclusion Feature
One of the more interesting pieces of news to filter out following the release of the latest quarterly update (the November 2015 release, in effect) of Oracle Policy Automation 12 for Private Cloud was the concept of adding an Inclusion to a Project. In short, it is now possible to “include” a project inside another project. Assets belonging to that project show up in your own. Each inclusion you make into a Project brings the Screens, Stages, Word and Excel documents, data model, lists of values, mappings in and out, custom CSS and more. Basically I could perhaps summarize this as a much-enhanced “Module” concept. But an example is probably more useful than a discussion.
Consider the following. I have, in my Oracle Policy Modelling Hub, a Project in the Repository called “Vehicle” with some very simple Entities describing a Bike and a Car.
This Project and it’s Assets are going to be the basis for a number of other related Projects. So I intend to use the “Inclusion” feature. I create this new Project “Leasing Project” in my local Policy Modeler and I look for the new Inclusion Icon on the left hand pane of the Project tab.
Clicking the Inclusion icon, and connecting to the appropriate Hub, I can see a list of currently saved Hub Projects. I will select the Vehicle Project.
When I do so, I can visualize the Assets that I am going to be receiving in my Project.
Notice the green plus icons, indicating that these elements will be added to my Project. When I look at the Data Tab, after clicking on the Download button shown in the picture above, I can clearly see the content that has been added to my new Project.
A Project can have multiple Inclusions, and an Inclusion can itself have Inclusions, since it is just a Project. Should I choose to “Remove” the inclusion I will get a warning concerning the Assets that will be removed.
Likewise, should the “included” Project undergo modifications, then I can see those modifications when I click the Update Inclusion button on the same Inclusion pane.
The act of adding, updating or removing an Inclusion is tracked for a Project as part of the general user tracking, so that it can be traced or reverted to just like any other part of a Project.
Exciting times in Oracle Policy Modeler. The Inclusion feature makes shared components and common Assets a reality and includes easy to follow visual aids to help understand what is included and what is natively in your Project. You can find a presentation of the new features of Version 12 November 2015 release here.
Until next time!