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ZB401G - Managing Decisions in IBM Operational Decision Manager v8.9


Duration: 5.0 days
This course is also available as classroom course Managing Decisions in IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.9 (WB401G).

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.

If you are enrolling in a Self Paced Virtual Classroom or Web Based Training course, before you enroll, please review the Self-Paced Virtual Classes and Web-Based Training Classes on our Terms and Conditions page, as well as the system requirements, to ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements for this course.


  • 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


This course is designed for business analysts.


1. Course introduction

2. Introducing IBM Operational Decision Manager V8.9

  • Exercise: Operational Decision Manager in action

3. Modeling for business rules

  • Exercise: Building the model on paper
  • Exercise: Implementing the model

4. Understanding decision services

  • Exercise: Setting up a decision service

5. Working with the BOM

  • Exercise: Working with the BOM

6. Introducing Decision Center

  • Exercise: Exploring the Decision Center Business console

7. Introducing rule authoring

  • Exercise: Understanding the case study

8. Discovering and analyzing rules

  • Exercise: Discovering rulesExercise: Analyzing rules

9. Working with conditions in rules

  • Exercise: Working with conditions in rules

10. Working with definitions in rules

  • Exercise: Working with definitions in rules

11. Writing complete rules

  • Exercise: Writing complete rules

12. Authoring decision tables

  • Exercise: Authoring decision tables
  • Exercise: Authoring rules: Putting it all together

13. Running tests and simulations

  • Exercise: Running tests and simulations in the Business console

14. Working with Decision Center administrative tools

  • Exercise: Working with management features in Decision Center
  • Exercise: Managing user access in Decision Center

15. Introducing decision governance

  • Exercise: Working with the decision governance framework

16. Course summary


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



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