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What’s new in Oracle Policy Automation 18D?

What’s new in Oracle Policy Automation 18D?

The dust from Oracle OpenWorld has hardly settled and here we are with the final release of Oracle Policy Automation for 2018, the eponymous 18D. So what is new in this final release 18D? Here are the big picture items that may have impact on your daily life. Note that as of the date of this post, only the Documentation was available, the product is not yet Generally Available.

Enhanced Attachments

Now,  Service Cloud Interviews can organize their uploads better. You can create upload groups (sort of categories) as well as setting the number of files, allowed extensions and underlying Entity mapping. If you are upgrading a Project, you get a single Upload group per Entity that has an upload. This functionality is not available for Engagement Cloud yet.

What's new in Oracle Policy Automation 18D

Version Pinning

This is probably going to be a big impact (in a very positive way) for many large customers. It provides, starting in 18D, the ability on the OPA Hub to defer a Project Upgrade and do it at a later time rather than when prompted by your 19A or whatever later version you happen to have installed.

What's new in Oracle Policy Automation 18D

Client Authentication for Web Services

When your Oracle Policy Automation Connection is getting or setting data that is sensitive in nature, you want to have client authentication enabled : only authorised sites (Oracle Policy Automation instances) that have the certificate will be accepted, and the communication will therefore be two-way SSL.

Forms on Mobile

Forms using collected data and decisions made can now be generated when an Oracle Policy Automation mobile assessment is submitted to Oracle Service Cloud and sent to the appropriate Object in Service Cloud.

Calendar Input Choices

To align with the data entry standards of some large public sector organizations, you can now specify different data entry for Date and Time or Date Controls. Interview Extensions can further extend these controls.

What's new in Oracle Policy Automation 18D

Add Form or Signature multiple times

Now you can have forms (PDF forms) generated for multiple entity instances in the Project, and have all of them sent back to your connected data source.

Entity and Container styling in interview extensions

On the Extensions front, a new compound tabularContainer is available in the Styling Extension API, allowing for changes to be made to the tabular layouts familiar in Entity-related elements like Collect or Container. Sub elements like header row, cells, odd and even and so forth allow programming access to the Styling options we are used to seeing in the Styles dialog.

What’s new in Oracle Policy Automation 18D Summary

As usual the Oracle Policy Automation team has produced another great release with some really useful features. Onwards and upwards! If you want to read more online, the new documentation can be found here.

OPA 12 – New Inclusion Feature

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.

OPA - Hub Project for Inclusion Demo

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.

OPA - New Project before Inclusion

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.

OPA - New Inclusion

When I do so, I can visualize the Assets that I am going to be receiving in my Project.

OPA - View Inclusion Project Content

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.

OPA - View Inclusion in Data Tab

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.

OPA - Remove Inclusion

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.

OPA - Update Inclusion

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!

Rich@rd