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!