OPA 12 – Whatever happened to…

OPA 12 – Whatever happened to…

Working through the Policy Modeler version 12, from time to time I notice little things that have dropped off the map. It should also be noted that the “Polishing your  Rulebase” PDF document now exists in two distinct versions, for 10.x and 12.x. This should be enough to tell the casual reader that not everything is identical.

Well before I get into a bad mood, let us focus for a second on the improvements made. There are many in the domain of usability, workflow and general fluidity of the Modelling user interface – not least the new Debugger with “everything under one roof”.

New OPA 12 Debugger

But there are some things I regret seeing the back of and I want to share one of them with you right now. It concerns document structuring.  The other day I was building a demonstration of the idea of isomorphism in source and design documents. I found myself adding structural elements to my Word document using numerals and the Tab key :

Doc Structure OPA 10

The following day I wanted to do the same thing in 12.x but got this instead. After trying a few different approaches I gave up, and noticed a posteriori that this particular page had disappeared from the latest version of the above-mentioned “Polishing” PDF file.

Doc Structure OPA 12

So that would appear to put an end to that common practice.  A shame, unless there is something else that can be used that has the same ease-of-typing. There are a number of areas that seem to have lost a little functionality and I am going to talk about another one of these in my next post, but in that case there is, at least for now, a happier outcome. The new user interface of version 12 is definitely improved in many areas, but it does require some readjustments as we have seen above.

Until next time!

Richard Napier

Author: Richard Napier

Richard Napier joined Siebel Systems in 1999 and took up the role of managing the nascent Siebel University in Southern Europe. He subsequently was Director of Business Development and Education for InFact Group (now part of Business & Decisions) for 8 years. He now runs his Consulting and mentoring company, On Demand Consulting & Education Ltd and has run ODCE since 2010. Owner of the OPA Hub, he also is Co-Founder of the Siebel Hub.

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