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Create Decision Table based Rules

Create decision table type business rules to calculate bonus percentage based on eligibility dates and assignment factor of bonus plan custom business object.
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  • How to create decision table based business rules
ArchanaShuklaArchana ShuklaOctober 18, 2022
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May 15, 2019

Rule entity is the technical representation of a simple business rule to be applied to a business case. It defines a business logic that, once evaluated against live data, leads to a decision. A rule includes one or more conditions, and outputs that triggered upon satisfaction of the condition or conditions. Rules can be adapted to the increasing complexity of business cases by combining any number of rules to a rule set.Rule can be of different type like decision table rule or text rule.

Rule Expression Language is an expression language which enables to define condition and result values in decision table and text rule.

For more information, you can read the help documentation:


Rule Expression Language

  • Step 1
    1. Switch to Rules tab.

    2. Click + to add rule.

      create rule
    3. In the New Rule popup, enter the following:

      • Name: ELIGIBLE_BONUS_PERCENTAGE or any name of your choice

      • Type: Decision Table

    4. Click Create.

      enter rule props
    5. In the Details tab, enter the following values:

      • Label: Bonus Percentage Eligibility Rule or any label of your choice

      • Description: Calculate minimum bonus percentage based on custom business object of S/4HANA (which is: bonus plan) or any description of your choice

      enter rule props
  • Step 2
    1. Switch to Decision Table tab.

    2. Click Settings.

      open decision table setting
    3. In the Decision Table Settings popup, enter the following values and expressions:

      • To add Condition expression, go to the condition expression cell and press Ctrl + SPACE and then choose the value from the context help as given in the table below.

      • To add Fixed Operator, select the given operator from the drop down list.

      • To add a new row, click + at end of each row.

      Condition Expressions Fixed Operator
      decision table setting
      decision table setting
    4. In the Result type, click

      to add the output columns to the decision table.

    5. Click Apply.

      set result
    6. Decision table gets created with the selected condition columns and result column.

      There will also be one additional empty row added to the decision table.

      You can also Save the decision table. Then you need to click Edit to continue editing the decision table.

      view decision table
  • Step 3
    1. In the row, select the cell for each condition and use in-place rule authoring to enter the given values.

      • To enter the expression do the following:

        • Select the cell.

        • Press CTRL + SPACE.

        • From the options, select Fixed Value > Select date.

        • Choose a date from date picker.

        • Click OK.

        edit condition expression
        edit condition expression
        edit condition expression

      Depending upon the condition or result data type and operator, the options for rule authoring would change. For example, if the fixed operator is IN then you get options like [, ], .., fixed value, and so forth.

      edit condition expression
      Condition Expression Values
      • Filled decision table row looks like this:
      edited condition expressions
    2. Select the row and click Copy Row.

      copy row
    3. Select the row and click Paste Row.

      paste row
    4. Repeat copy & paste row and enter condition & result expression values so that the decision table look as shown in the screenshot.

      Creating 4-5 rows is not mandatory. You can just create one single row. This is to give you an experience with different modelling options with decision table.

      all decision table rows

    What operations are available with decision table?

  • Step 4

    Once you are done editing, click Activate to save and activate the decision table.

    all decision table rows

    If the decision table activation is successful, then the status will change to Active.

    activated decision table
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