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Decision Strategy Manager

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Fixes were made that improve the configuration and execution of Batch Decisions. In particular,  the capability to use Structured Data has been enhanced. Some notable improvements have also been made to the UI of Visual Business Director.

  • The structured data input configuration will now work even though there is no data.
  • VBD has been enhanced to work with Version 7.1.
  • The structured data input configuration will now work with nested structures.
  • Association rules from Version 6.3 will now work with 7.1 structured data.

User Interface

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Issues for cross-browser support for Designer Studio have been addressed. Improvements were made in run-time performance for data pages with grids, and a number of cosmetic changes and fixes were made.

  • Improved loading of Javascript files during saving Harness rules.
  • Login Performance improvements
  • A cursor pointer issue was addressed in Case Manager.
  • In reports, data in columns will now right-align.
  • Improved section validation functionality
  • Harnesses with screen layouts will now save when there is a refresh condition on a panel.
  • Outline View tree has been improved.
  • Improvements to Repeat Grids using Data Pages as a source.
  • Formatted text cells can be put into a grid to display the value of a property retrieved from a Report Definition join.
  • Designer Studio changes to support IE9 and IE10.
  • Improved designer studio layout
  • Designer Studio changes to support quirks mode in IE8 and IE9.
  • Improvements to SmartLabels in Data Pages
  • Tab groups will take parameters for pre-activities in a defer load setup.
  • Sections support nested dynamic layouts.

Use repositories as sources for File data sets

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

You can configure remote repositories, such as Amazon S3 or JFrog Artifactory, or a local repository, as data sources for File data sets. By referencing an external repository from a File data set, you enable a parallel load from multiple CSV or JSON files, which removes the need for a relational database for transferring data to Pega Platform™ in the cloud.

For more information, see Creating a File data set record for files on repositories and Configuring a remote repository as a source for a File data set.

Define a taxonomy by using the Prediction Studio interface

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Create a topic hierarchy and define keywords for each topic in Prediction Studio faster and more intuitively than by editing a CSV file. If you have already defined a taxonomy in a CSV file, you can import that file and modify existing topics and keywords by using the Prediction Studio interface.

For more information, see Creating-keyword-based topics for discovering keywords and Tutorial: Configuring a topic detection model for discovering keywords.

Improved performance of decision strategies

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Strategy rule performance has been improved through the implementation of a new engine. You can perform single and batch test runs to analyze strategy performance, locate and prevent potential issues, and optimize strategy components. Test runs now support data sets and data flows with multiple key properties. The redesigned Test run panel improves the display of information and highlights the most immediately relevant details.

For more information, see Configuring a single case runs and Configuring a batch case runs.

Extract summaries from the analyzed text

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

You can now configure a Text Analyzer rule to extract information-rich blocks of text from the analyzed content and combine them into a comprehensive and coherent summary. By summarizing large documents, such as emails, you can facilitate making business decisions without having to read an entire document. In Text Analyzer rules, you can combine summarization with other types of text analysis, such as topic or entity detection, to extract the full context from a message.

For more information, see Configuring text extraction analysis and Tutorial: Extracting email context with Text Analyzer rules.

Test ID added to repeating dynamic layouts

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

A unique Test ID property has been added to repeating dynamic layouts to support automated testing, enabling you to write dependable automated tests against any Pega application. By including this unique identifier in your automated testing, you ensure a higher level of productivity and reliability within your applications.

For more information, see Test ID and Tour ID for unique identification of UI elements.

Additional adaptive model predictors based on Interaction History

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Customer interactions are now automatically used in adaptive models to predict future customer decisions. For example, a phone purchase registered in Interaction History allows an adaptive model to predict that a customer is more likely to accept supplementary coverage for a new device. Such interactions, collected in a predefined Interaction History summary, are applied as an additional set of predictors in an adaptive model.

The aggregated Interaction History summary predictors are enabled by default for every adaptive model configuration.

For more information, see Enabling Interaction History predictors for existing adaptive models.

Update text analytics models instantly through an API

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Use the pxUpdateModels API to automatically retrain text analytics models for which you gathered feedback as a result of the pxCaptureTAFeedback activity. The pxUpdateModels API provides an option to update the model with the latest feedback without having to open Prediction Studio. Instead, you can use the activity from your application, for example, through a button control.

For more information, see Feedback loop for text analytics.

Autogenerated controls have unique IDs

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Autogenerated controls have a unique ID by default. This unique ID ensures that the Document Object Model (DOM) is HTML5-compliant and avoids problems that can be caused by elements having the same ID. The setting to enable or disable unique IDs is on the HTML5 Application Readiness page.

For more information, see Unique IDs in autogenerated controls.

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