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With its integration of web services and enhanced dovetailing of rules and processes, the new 6.2 release of the Visual Rules BRM software package significantly improves communication and data exchange between internal and external applications.
The use of web services is becoming an increasingly established state-of-the-art feature, particularly in service-oriented architectures. With more and more applications offering web services to end users, these services are steadily taking on a key role in IT environments which, in many cases, are already very heterogeneous. This poses a challenge to many companies as they seek ways to effectively connect up individual applications and link the shared utilization of their respective functionalities and data.
The new 6.2 release of Visual Rules helps users overcome this challenge by hugely simplifying the integration of external and internal web services and their respective data. Web services now appear in Visual Rules as a separate modeling element, which means they can be directly integrated in the modeling interface and used by business users. This makes it easier to link programs that were programmed in different languages, enabling them to communicate with each other significantly faster and more efficiently.
A wide range of web services can be preconfigured and then simply embedded in rules and invoked as required. For example, an online shop might use web service A to verify a credit card, web service B to check the address, web service C to determine the delivery costs, and web service D to fetch the latest currency exchange rate. In this example, the interface for exchanging the data is dictated by XML Schema definitions which are both quick and easy to import and export.
As well as simplifying the integration of external data from web services, the new 6.2 release of Visual Rules also optimizes interactions between rules and processes. As part of its software suite, Bosch Software Innovations combines rule processing with inubit, its reliable and proven software product for Business Process Management. Processes for data processing and/or data management can now be launched directly from Visual Rules. inubit then informs Visual Rules of the process results, which can be reincorporated in Visual Rules for further processing. To achieve this, the new version of the software includes a separate inubit modeling element that enables users to make direct use of the features in a similar way to web services.
Another new feature in Visual Rules 6.2 is its support for the new 3.3 release of Identity Management. Equipped with new support for clustering, Identity Management 3.3 is highly scalable and fail-safe, offering the ability to load balance web service access and synchronization across the cluster. It also enhances security by providing the option of enforcing central password policies (complexity, life cycle, number of unsuccessful attempts) – plus it allows Bosch Software Innovations software suite users to access all the suite components through a single sign-on process.
Visual Rules 6.2 forms part of the latest version of the Bosch Software Innovations software suite, a platform that enables fast and efficient linking of multiple elements of an ecosystem consisting of devices, end customers, businesses, and partners. The software suite makes it possible to actively incorporate devices, sensors, and other 'things' in business processes and offers new features designed to optimize existing business models and develop new ones.
Are you interested in more details about this release? You can either register for our release webinar or contact us directly.