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Organization Setup superseded by New Application Wizard

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

The Organization Setup Wizard has been retired in PRPC 7.1.3.  This feature was previously launched from the Designer Studio > Org & Security > Organization > Organization Setup menu. Users are encouraged to run the New Application Wizard (also known as Application Express) instead:

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This tool quickly generates an application along with all of the artifacts previously offered by the Organization Setup Wizard. This includes, but is not limited to, the class hierarchy, application rule, organization/division/unit rules, and all relevant data instances.

See the following PDN article for more details on the New Application Wizard:

Create new applications quickly and easily with Application Express

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.

DCO

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

In this release, specification support in Case Designer was improved.  Also, improvements and fixes were made to the New Application Wizard.

  • Changes were made to support a split schema environment
  • Shared and Component RuleSets can be copied.
  • Can edit in Word from either Grids or Lists.
  • More than 50 case types are now supported for an application.

Updated Word merge support with Microsoft Silverlight plug-in

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Starting in this release, Pega 7 features that integrate with the Word merge capability are now cross-browser. ActiveX controls (which are only compatible with Internet Explorer) have been replaced with Microsoft Silverlight. This plug-in must be downloaded separately from Microsoft because it is not shipped with Pega 7.

Common features that are affected by this change include the Specification form and Case Type landing page.

Prior to using these features, see the release note Word merge support with Microsoft Silverlight plug-in for more information about setting up their client systems.

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.

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.

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