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AI and Business Rule Engines for Excel Power Users

By : Alex Porcelli, Paul Browne
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AI and Business Rule Engines for Excel Power Users

By: Alex Porcelli, Paul Browne

Overview of this book

Microsoft Excel is widely adopted across diverse industries, but Excel Power Users often encounter limitations such as complex formulas, obscure business knowledge, and errors from using outdated sheets. They need a better enterprise-level solution, and this book introduces Business rules combined with the power of AI to tackle the limitations of Excel. This guide will give you a roadmap to link KIE (an industry-standard open-source application) to Microsoft’s business process automation tools, such as Power Automate, Power Query, Office Script, Forms, VBA, Script Lab, and GitHub. You’ll dive into the graphical Decision Modeling standard including decision tables, FEEL expressions, and advanced business rule editing and testing. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to share your business knowledge as graphical models, deploy and execute these models in the cloud (with Azure and OpenShift), link them back to Excel, and then execute them as an end-to-end solution removing human intervention. You’ll be equipped to solve your Excel queries and start using the next generation of Microsoft Office tools.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Free Chapter
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Part 1:The Problem with Excel, and Why Rule-Based AI Can Be the Solution
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Part 2: Writing Business Rules and Decision Models – with Real-Life Examples
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Part 3: Extending Excel, Decision Models, and Business Process Automation into a Complete Enterprise Solution
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Part 4: Next Steps in AI, Machine Learning, and Rule Engines
Appendix A - Introduction to Visual Basic for Applications

More help on Docker

If you need more help, it’s worth looking at the Docker website (these links are for Windows, but there is equivalent detail for macOS and Linux): https://docs.docker.com/desktop/windows/install/ and https://docs.docker.com/desktop/windows/troubleshoot/.

If you don’t like the style of these guides, there are many other videos and how-to guides to walk you through the process:

  • https://www.systemconf.com/2020/07/05/docker-installation-on-windows-10
  • https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/how-to-install-docker-on-macos/
  • https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-use-docker-on-ubuntu-20-04

There are also a lot of community forums to post questions and ask for help (both on Docker and third-party sites). And finally, if you don’t have colleagues to help you, there are many Docker experts that you can pay for support – Freelancer.com is a site I’ve used in the past, but there are many others out...