Sneak Peek : Web Authoring – Modules

Having recently installed an Oracle Policy Modeling 19A platform, in an On Premise / Private Cloud scenario, I proceeded, as per usual, to dig around and see what was new behind the scenes. One item that caught my attention was a parameter, in the usual table (I’m not going to mention which table, since if you have an On Premise installation you will know which table I mean, and if you are in the Cloud, you won’t have access to it anyway) called feature_web_rules_enabled.  Web Rule Authoring has been on the radar for a while, and mentioned under safe harbor at a few events recently. So what’s behind this idea of Web Authoring?

Simply put, it’s the idea that some users might want to develop rules without Microsoft Word or Excel.

Having recently installed an Oracle Policy Modeling 19A platform, in an On Premise / Private Cloud scenario, I proceeded, as per usual, to dig around and see what was new behind the scenes. One item that caught my attention was a parameter, in the usual table (I’m not going to mention which table, since if you have an On Premise installation you will know which table I mean, and if you are in the Cloud, you won’t have access to it anyway) called feature_web_rules_enabled.  Web Rule Authoring has been on the radar for a while, and mentioned under safe harbor at a few events recently. So what’s behind this idea of Web Authoring?

Simply put, it’s the idea that some users might want to develop rules without Microsoft Word or Excel.

So, I couldn’t help but switch the parameter on. Now, obviously this is a work in progress, and the finished product will look very different, but it is always exciting to see what the Oracle Policy Automation team are working on. It is especially true in respect of authoring without Microsoft Word or Excel. Web Authoring – “Modules” have the potential to provide a new approach to rule creation. Perhaps targeting a more technically savvy audience, whilst Microsoft Word and Excel could continue to provide the well-known and well-loved platform for more busines-oriented users. Of course, that is just my subjective opinion : I’m sure Davin and the team have their own very exciting vision of the future.

So, I couldn’t help but switch the parameter on. Now, obviously this is a work in progress, and the finished product will look very different, but it is always exciting to see what the Oracle Policy Automation team are working on. It is especially true in respect of Rules Authoring without Microsoft Word or Excel. Web Authoring – Modules have the potential to provide a new approach to rule authoring, perhaps for a more technically savvy audience, whilst Microsoft Word and Excel would continue to provide the well-known and loved platform for business users. Of course, that is just my subjective opinion : I’m sure Davin and the team have their own very exciting vision of the future.

So here are the things I was able to look at, once I had enabled the parameter:

Web Rules Modules

A funky new icon, which is a combination of Repository and Deployment arranged to look like a set of epaulettes that an airline captain might wear. Good Choice!

At it’s heart, obviously, a new interface for entering rules, complete with auto-detection of attributes and operators (watch for the formatting and indenting in the video below), plus Rule Assistant-style pop-up suggestions as you type, complete with functions. And secondly, the ability to quickly deploy the Module and pick up the WSDL from this “one-shot” screen.

As I said at the start : the end product will I’m sure look completely different, but isn’t it exciting to see the development of a new feature already taking shape? What do you think of the potential of this?