giant, IBM, has announced a novel experimental capability on its cloud platform, Bluemix, offering developers the ability to create apps that can instantly personalize users’ experience, without the need to write complicated code. Dubbed as IBM Decision Composer, the service will help developers to graphically model the data and logic which drives and shapes decisions within an app. According to Big Blue, these models take the place of code, allowing developers to use data to test multiple business scenarios and their outcomes, and then deploy and automate specific decisions directly into operations. For example if the user is going to get a discount on the basis of multiple touchstones, such as status, location, age, or loyalty – the algorithm is tough to change or update since it is directly embedded into the application code. According to the company, if a developer uses the Decision Composer, the data and logic used to determine a discount can be modeled and changed without involving a complex IT process. Thus, providing the flexibility to quickly respond to changes and develop intuitive apps. The company has a Business Rules service, which helps developers to capture, automate and govern frequent and repeatable business decisions. The Decision Composer will be a part of this service on IBM Cloud. According to the Big Blue, Decision Composer will feature an interactive and user-centric web interface to define decision-driving data and logic. It will have a cloud-based modeling application, eliminating the need for any installation or local storage before beginning to model and test decisions. It will also host a comprehensive template to bring together all elements needed to model a decision, including data; visual diagrams to describe high level decision structure; and business rules and decision tables which define core parts of a decision’s logic. And will also host the ability to test and deploy decisions on a larger scale. IBM states, its Decision Composer is inspired by the Decision Model and Notation standard (DMN), which is specifically devoted to describing and modeling repeatable decisions. Currently it is available as an experimental service on Bluemix and accessible from the Business Rules service. The company is aiming to gather feedback from the decision modeling community around Decision Composer, with the goal of making decision modeling as accessible as possible.
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