Zilker Announces New Offering for Customer Engagement and Digital Experience

Looking to upgrade your IBM WebSphere Portal™, Web Content Mangement™ or Watson Commerce™? Is it the “right time” for a migration? Can’t determine if on-prem or Cloud are right for you? Zilker Implementation Methodology (ZIM) for Customer Engagement & Digital Experience (DX) is a proven repeatable implementation methodology for guiding customers to successful product upgrades.  ZIM for CE & DX is the latest of a long list of offerings Zilker is bringing to market.
Our process starts with a Blueprint phase that evaluates our customer’s current deployment, [more]


IBM ODM Rule Implementation Standards and Best Practices

Software products and code are used and edited by large number of people within the organization for many years, therefore following standards is extremely important in software development. IBM Operational Decision Management (ODM) rule development is no exception.  Following IBM ODM rule development standards and best practices is crucial for implementing a readable, reusable, robust and efficient rule application.
1.   Action Rules
     i.        Atomicity of the Rules
Atomicity applies to logic, not implementation. Because of performance considerations, [more]


Never Dull in the ZT Bus Series – Making It Legal

Matt “Never” Dull has been a technology consultant for over 15 years and is only famous for a few of things. The earliest was a 12’ x 6’ acrylic on canvas painting “Four Bluish Ballerinas” in 1993, if anyone locates it, please put the starting bid at $10. With a brain that can “never” say no to solving the strangest of business requirements, he has successfully delivered some of the most interesting and seemingly impossible integrations involving content management, [more]


Controlling ODM Rules Execution Order: Utilizing the ruletask properties in IBM ODM

Ruleflows in IBM Operational Decision Management (ODM) control the rule execution order. There are two levels of granularity within the ruleflows to control the execution: The Ruleflow level and Ruletask level. Ideally business requirements would drive the ruleflow design in ODM. There are best practices around constructing ODM ruleflows and their properties. This article describes the best practices around constructing ODM ruleflows, configuration of ruleflow/ruletask through ruletask properties.  I will also present a situation that frequently appears in “Legacy Modernization” projects, [more]