Overview

This course is also available as self-paced virtual (e-learning) course Managing Decisions in IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.9 (ZB401G). This option does not require any travel.

This course introduces business analysts to IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.9. You learn the concepts and skills that are necessary to capture, author, validate, and manage business rules with Operational Decision Manager.

IBM Operational Decision Manager provides a complete platform for managing business rules by helping to automate and govern decisions across processes and applications. This course focuses on the iterative nature of working collaboratively with business policy experts and development teams on rule projects. Through instructor-led presentations and hands-on lab exercises, you learn about the core features of Operational Decision Manager. You also receive intensive training in modeling business rule vocabulary, rule discovery, rule authoring, and rule governance and management. The course uses realistic scenarios and a case study to illustrate the principles and good practices for discovering, analyzing, and authoring business rules.

The lab environment for this course uses Windows 2012 Server R2 Standard.

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Audience

This course is designed for business analysts.

Prerequisites

  • Experience with identifying and defining business policies and rules
  • A basic understanding of business models

Objectives

  • Describe the benefits of implementing an Operational Decision Manager solution
  • Identify the main user roles and tasks that are involved in designing and developing an Operational Decision Manager solution
  • Explain modeling concepts and the UML notation that is relevant to modeling for business rules
  • Define and implement object models for business rules
  • Set up the rule authoring environment in Designer by working with decision services and synchronizing across development and business environments
  • Transform business policy into rule statements and make sure that they form a complete and coherent set of rules
  • Use the Operational Decision Manager rule editors to author business rules and decision tables
  • Run tests and simulations in the Decision Center Business console to validate decision logic and rule changes
  • Work with Decision Center decision service administration tools
  • Manage user access and permissions in the Business console
  • Use Operational Decision Manager tools to support decision governance

Topics

Course introduction
Introducing IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.9
Exercise: Operational Decision Manager in action
Modeling for business rules
Exercise: Building the model on paper
Exercise: Implementing the model
Understanding decision services
Exercise: Setting up a decision service
Working with the BOM
Exercise: Working with the BOM
Introducing Decision Center
Exercise: Exploring the Decision Center Business console
Introducing rule authoring
Exercise: Understanding the case study
Discovering and analyzing rules
Exercise: Discovering rules
Exercise: Analyzing rules
Working with conditions in rules
Exercise: Working with conditions in rules
Working with definitions in rules
Exercise: Working with definitions in rules
Writing complete rules
Exercise: Writing complete rules
Authoring decision tables
Exercise: Authoring decision tables
Exercise: Authoring rules: Putting it all together
Running tests and simulations
Exercise: Running tests and simulations in the Business console
Working with Decision Center administrative tools
Exercise: Working with management features in Decision Center
Exercise: Managing user access in Decision Center
Introducing decision governance
Exercise: Working with the decision governance framework
Course summary

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The course begins with an overview of Operational Decision Manager, which is composed of two main environments: Decision Server for technical users and Decision Center for business users. The course outlines the collaboration between development and business teams during project development.

Through instructor-led presentations and hands-on lab exercises, you learn about the core features of Decision Server, which is the primary working environment for developers. You design decision services and work with the object models that are required to author and execute rule artifacts. You gain experience with deployment and execution, and work extensively with Rule Execution Server. In addition, you become familiar with rule authoring so that you can support business users to set up and customize the rule authoring and validation environments. You also learn how to use Operational Decision Manager features to support decision governance.

The lab environment for this course uses Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition.

For information about other related courses, see the IBM Training website:

ibm.com/training

Audience

This course is designed for application developers.

Prerequisites

  • Experience with the Java programming language and object-oriented concepts
  • Knowledge of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE)
  • Basic knowledge of Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Basic knowledge of the REST API and RESTful architecture

Objectives

  • Describe the benefits of implementing a decision management solution with Operational Decision Manager
  • Identify the key user roles that are involved in designing and developing a decision management solution, and the tasks that are associated with each role
  • Describe the development process of building a business rule application and the collaboration between business and development teams
  • Set up and customize the Business Object Model (BOM) and vocabulary for rule authoring
  • Implement the Execution Object Model (XOM) that enables rule execution
  • Orchestrate rule execution through ruleflows
  • Author rule artifacts to implement business policies
  • Debug business rule applications to ensure that the implemented business logic is error-free
  • Set up and customize testing and simulation for business users
  • Package and deploy decision services to test and production environments
  • Integrate decision services for managed execution within an enterprise environment
  • Monitor and audit execution of decision services
  • Work with Operational Decision Manager features that support decision governance

Topics

Course introduction
Introducing IBM Operational Decision Manager
Exercise: Operational Decision Manager in action
Developing decision services
Exercise: Setting up decision services
Programming with business rules
Developing object models
Exercise: Working with the BOM
Exercise: Refactoring
Orchestrating ruleset execution
Exercise: Working with ruleflows
Authoring rules
Exercise: Exploring action rules
Exercise: Authoring action rules
Exercise: Authoring decision tables
Customizing rule vocabulary with categories and domains
Exercise: Working with static domains
Exercise: Working with dynamic domains
Working with queries
Exercise: Working with queries
Debugging rules
Exercise: Executing rules locally
Exercise: Debugging a ruleset
Enabling tests and simulations
Exercise: Enabling rule validation
Managing deployment
Exercise: Managing deployment
Exercise: Using Build Command to build RuleApps
Executing rules with Rule Execution Server
Exercise: Exploring the Rule Execution Server console
Auditing and monitoring ruleset execution
Exercise: Auditing ruleset execution through Decision Warehouse
Working with the REST API
Exercise: Executing rules as a hosted transparent decision service (HTDS)
Introducing decision governance
Course summary

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