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What's new in V5.4 - System Administration, Security and Performance

Updated on October 9, 2012


NewAnnounced in February 2008, Process Commander V5.4 offers dozens of new capabilities for developers, application users, and system administrators, and resolves issues found in earlier versions.This announcement page summarizes V5.4 enhancements in three areas:

To learn about V5.4 features in other areas, see What's New in Process Commander 5.4.

System administration

These facilities support system administrators and others who operate Process Commander systems:

  • Importing ZIPDuring import of a ZIP archive, you can select individual rules or other instances to be imported. See How to Rename a Class
  • The Organization, Division, and Organization Unit forms each have a Chart tab that allows additions and changes to the organization structure. Similarly, new tabs on the RuleSet, Access Role, Privilege, and Access Group forms provide fast access to these related rules.


Application rules belong to the Security category. In V5.4, application rules assume a central role in providing users with access to RuleSets, and in linking applications to use cases, actors, and the business objectives of the application.


Version 5.4 includes performance enhancements that require no changes to your applications. Additional tactics for improved performance include:

  • Faster Searches — Two new methods provide high-performance alternatives to use of the Obj-List method for searching instances. See Comparing the Obj-List-View, Obj-Browse and Obj-Filter methods.
  • Reduced network traffic.A new rule type (Rule-File-Bundle) and new data compression techniques reduce the size and number of HTTP messages needed to present a portal window. JavaScript and CSS files needed together are sent as a "bundle".
  • An optional feature lets you reduce the number of work history details that are created automatically during flow execution. See How to control history instances written to the audit trail
  • The Pega-RULES agent automatically prunes files and directories containing static content that are more than three days old.
  • V5.4 preprocesses and compresses the source code text of JavaScript files before sending them to a browser. By eliminating comments and spaces, this reduces network traffic and workstation memory demand.
  • The Usage Daemon uses less processing and requires less space for the hourly Log-Usage snapshots.
  • Work object forms based on V5.4 standard rules can require less workstation memory than earlier forms; certain JavaScript code is not included by default.

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