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Can one upgrade an existing Assistant standard instance and continue to use a custom orchestration engine?

  • 1.  Can one upgrade an existing Assistant standard instance and continue to use a custom orchestration engine?

    Posted Thu April 07, 2022 03:31 PM
    Given a previous post and corresponding response about combining dialog + action skills in one assistant within the new experience, I am starting to believe that I may not be able to ever upgrade a Standard instance of Watson Assistant unless I also do away with my current custom orchestration engine. The reason is that apparently the new experience requires that one create an assistant in order to be able to create any dialog and/or action. If I am correct in my suspicion, this would be very unfortunate, as I was previously under the impression that I'd be able to do so -that is, upgrade to a plus instance-, and continue using my dialog skill via API v1 with the existing orchestration engine. I'd appreciate if somebody from IBM could clarify this for me. Also, for new Assistant instances, is the option of employing such custom orchestration engines even possible now or planned to be possible in the near future?

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    Patricia Goldweic
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  • 2.  RE: Can one upgrade an existing Assistant standard instance and continue to use a custom orchestration engine?

    Posted Mon April 18, 2022 02:20 PM
    Edited by System 13 days ago
    hi @Patricia Goldweic

    Let me make sure I understand what you are asking.  You have an integration engine that​ calls out to WA (Standard Plan) using the v1 API.  Now your question is what to do when you change to the Plus plan.

    If you have an orchestration layer that has been using v1 API to invoke WA, once you have migrated WA to the Plus plan, then you also update the API call to us the v2 API call to call WA.  The changes should not be too drastic.  It's just calling a different API.

    Hope this answers your question.  Feel free to contact me offline if you need consultants to help you with the implementation.  Thanks. 



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  • 3.  RE: Can one upgrade an existing Assistant standard instance and continue to use a custom orchestration engine?

    Posted Mon April 18, 2022 02:41 PM
    Hi, thanks for your reply. It seems to be somewhat of a simplistic response to my question although perhaps I wasn't clear enough in my post . Our engine happens to call the V1 API *also* for authoring purposes, dynamically. The reality is that we do not need any 'assistants' when working with the 'standard' Watson instance, and so a move to the V2 API would not make sense in our case, unless we were ready to use an assistant (or perhaps I should understand your answer as a 'NO", meaning that *we are required* to create an assistant like it or not, and deal with the added complexity that that entails). I hope that the question can be answered with a simple YES/NO once you understand it fully (the point is whether we can continue to use the same orchestration engine and avoid creating an assistant in the upgraded instance). Thanks.

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    Patricia Goldweic
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