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New Visual Rules release 7.2 – quick and easy results

Find out about the most important enhancements in the new release of our BRM software.

Visual Rules 7.2: A quick and easy path from rule to execution

The latest Visual Rules release 7.2 comes with many improvements that will make working with Visual Rules a lot more efficient for IT specialists.

  • Uniform user interface for the complete rule lifecycle gets you in less clicks from rule modeling to execution
  • Modern microservice architecture provides high scalability and cloud readiness to meet challenging demands on computing power and stability
  • Simpler installation and monitoring of operations with standard tools like JMX, Graphite, Prometheus and Grafana
  • Rule repository based on Git standard allows IT specialists to work more efficiently
  • Improved data exchange for JSON documents – integrate Visual Rules with other applications with less effort.

Visual Rules Server: your new control center for rules

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Home page of the Visual Rules Server

The most notable improvement is the new Visual Rules Server. It comes as a single backend and combines the Team, Build and Execution component of Visual Rules in one uniform user interface. Users no longer have to switch between components. They can manage the complete lifecycle of rules in a single, easy-to-use interface,-moving more quickly from rule to execution — with less clicks!

Improved scalability and cloud readiness thanks to modern microservice architecture

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Components of the Visual Rules Server in the cluster setup

Visual Rules now uses a modern microservice architecture. That means that all components (Team, Build, Execution) support a cluster setup. This makes Visual rules highly scalable to support use cases that demand very high computing power or system stability.

As Visual Rules also follows the recommendations for so-called 12 factor apps, it is optimally designed for cloud and virtualization applications, i.e. it can be deployed using Docker, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or the Bosch IoT Cloud.

Visual Rules 7.2 is easy to install and saves operating costs

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Operation monitoring, for example with JMX

Visual Rules now comes with a single common configuration file for all components, which makes set-up and installation procedures a lot easier.

In operations, existing standard monitoring tools like JMX, Graphite, Prometheus or Grafana can be used for the entire Visual Rules Server, as well as standard virtualization tools like Docker. The support of these modern and standardized tools make this version of Visual Rules much more efficient to work with.

The team source repository, used to save and share rule projects within a team, now follows Git standard. As the use of Git gains broader acceptance, the majority of IT experts are familiar with it. In Visual Rules they can now easily work and exchange their rules projects as if doing so with Git. In addition to Git, the entire Visual Rules platform makes use of the very latest technology, based on Eclipse, Maven and Java.

Improved data exchange with other applications

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Mapping of JSON data in Visual Rules

Processing of data that follow the widely used JSON data format is now simpler and more flexible. Visual Rules provides a robust and flexible mapping of JSON data to Visual Rules data types without the need for glue code.