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Oracle Policy Automation Cloud 2019 Certification

Oracle Policy Automation Cloud 2019 Certification

I’m not sure if we have mentioned it before, but the latest incarnation of the Oracle Policy Automation Certification (to give it it’s commonly used name) is now live and available as a proctored examination, as well as a remote examination in some jurisdictions. It’s called Oracle Policy Automation Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials.

The examination has the following characteristics:

  • Format:  Multiple Choice
  • Duration: 120 minutes, 80 questions, 68% passing score
  • Examination Code : 1Z0-1035

It is the gateway to the Oracle Policy Automation Cloud Service 2019 Certified Implementation Specialist certification.

Workshops for Oracle Policy Automation

Now, as many of you know, the OPA Hub Website runs Workshops to help people get to grips with Oracle Policy Automation. If you want to know if a Workshop can help you and your team prepare for the certification examination or indeed just to improve your knowledge of the product, then you can learn about it in the video below which gives you an example.

The three day workshop we describe in the video can be extended to four days, or can include a variety of different content areas which you can read about on the Education page. Of course most of our workshops about Oracle Policy Automation use the book Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation 2019 edition as their support materials as well as presentations and exercises.

Amazon Availability Issues – Solved

If you have been trying to get a copy of the book and you have noticed that the lead time on Amazon is too long, you can get the book in record time by using our other approved channel, the Book Depository. You can get the Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation 2019 Edition here, and they ship worldwide. Otherwise you can of course go to the publisher, P8 Tech and order it there.

Prepare and Test Yourself ready for Certification

There are hundreds of questions on this site to help you get ready for certification or an interview. Go and try one of our mini-quizzes or the Prize Quiz, they are all free to enter.

Have a great day and see you soon!

Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation [2019 Edition]

Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation [2019 Edition]

Getting Started with Oracle Policy AutomationI’m happy to say that the 2019 edition of Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation has hit the shelves. It is available for purchase now on the publisher’s website, and will be up on the various versions of the Amazon website in the next few days (although it is often quicker and less expensive if you buy direct from the publisher).

This edition features completely updated screenshots, and extended or new content on

  • Inferred Entities
  • Custom Controls & Styling
  • Mobile App
  • Interview Controls
  • Explanations

Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation 2019 Edition. The new edition has a new cover so that it is easier to find in your local bookstore. We will be giving away a few copies over the coming weeks as we launch our various quizzes and learning tools. I’d like to thank all the fellow members of the consulting community who helped with this edition (you know who you are), and of course Oracle Corporation for producing such an incredible product.

Of course I want to thank all my customers, consulting and education, whose questions and ideas also helped flesh out many of the chapters, and last but by no means least James at P8 Tech for his guidance and patience with editing and producing the book.

If you want to go and see the Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation Book Page, just click on the link to the P8 Tech Web Site. I’ll post the Amazon pages when they are updated.

I look forward to meeting some of you at Modern CX Las Vegas in March 2019, please stop me and say hello if you find me wandering through the slot machines (that’s a joke by the way).

Watch this space for more book and content announcements, coming soon. It’s going to be an exciting year for Oracle Policy Automation and Oracle Policy Modeling.

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships

The other day I had cause to discuss Relationships with an Oracle Policy Automation developer, and as a result of the discussions and the level of interest expressed in the learning curve, I thought I would share here the project that I used to illustrate some of the main concepts used when working with them in an Interview. Firstly, to put Back to Basics Fun with Relationships in context, here are the entities we will discuss :

  • Global (of course)
  • the car
  • the passenger

The entities are in part received from another system, and look like this:

To simulate the external system in this demonstration, the data for the cars is coming from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which infers various vehicles. The passengers are manually entered in the Interview and then different relationships are using to construct the connections between the cars and the passengers. In this case, we need to identify the passengers in each car (which has been called the car’s passengers here), and then to specify which passenger is sitting in the front seat (which has been called the copilot here). So the car entity has the following reference relationships, both of them with the passenger but of different cardinality.

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships 3

When we look at the first two Screens there is not much to report. The first displays the cars and the second gets the passengers.

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Cars Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Passengers

The third Screen is where some students can go wrong. The key is to display the relationship (the car’s passengers) . In the case shown, a label has been added to display the car name. Notice how the choice of display is limited to Checkbox because of the cardinality of the relationship. This makes for a situation where the user can choose the passengers and of course a passenger can only be in one car. Selecting the same passenger for two cars produces an error (as it should, even if the error message is generic).

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Choose Passengers

  1. The relationship is added to the Screen
  2. The selection control is displayed
  3. Only Checkbox is available

The Screen looks like this in the Debugger:

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Selecting Passengers for Cars

Finally, the fourth Screen will allow the selection of one of the passengers to be assigned as the front seat passenger (a.k.a the copilot). The Screen is displayed below and the key areas highlighted:

  1. Again we add the relationship to the Screen
  2. The cardinality means the default display option is a Drop-down, although others are available in the Toolbar this time (fixed list or radio buttons). I wish these were customizable using Control Extensions but they are not…as of 18A.
  3. The display will allow you to select a copilot, and filtering the data ensures that only passengers of the correct car are available. In this way, the first relationship (the car’s passengers) drives the second (the copilot).

The Screen looks like this in the Debugger:

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Copilot

Finally there was a requirement to associate the copilot with the car in a more direct fashion. Specifically, the car entity had attributes to contain the name of the copilot. The basics (not complete) of this are shown below:

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Mapping

So the car has a front seat occupant boolean attribute and the value is retrieved from the passenger entity and the copilot relationship and copied into the car attribute. The relationships and the entities allow us to retrieve data in the structure and place it in the car.

Back to Basics Fun with Relationships Data Tab

Hopefully this example will let you imagine how relationships can be used to enhance your Oracle Policy Modelling. I hope you enjoyed this Back to Basics Fun with Relationships post. As always the official Oracle Policy Automation documentation can be found here.

Oracle Policy Automation / Siebel : Live Classes in Toronto in February

Oracle Policy Automation / Siebel : Live Classes in Toronto in February

Oracle Policy Automation / Siebel : Live Classes in Toronto in February Update : thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to return to Toronto and deliver Oracle Policy Automation training. It was tremendous fun and I hope everyone had a good time. [16/2/18]

I wanted to tell you about the following events that I am hoping to run as in-class sessions in Toronto. Our friends at DesTech Toronto are hosting the following training events in February. I’ll be delivering them both so I would be very happy to see my Canadian colleagues and friends for these training sessions. Here are the details of the Oracle Policy Automation / Siebel : Live Classes in Toronto in February 2018:

Both of these need just a few more enrolments to confirm they will happen. I figure that a live class with a live instructor will be more effective for OPA customers and colleagues, as opposed to a virtual class. I’m happy to chat about OPA, OSVC, Siebel or anything else (ERP, AI, Bots 🙂 )

If you would like to enrol anyone on these courses, please let Patrice Brown pbrown@destech.com know urgently. I’m counting on you to spread the word!

PS : Every student will get a free copy of my Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation [2018 Edition] with my compliments. That’s a CAD 65 gift for each attendee.

Oracle Policy Automation Training – Toronto 25 Sept. 2017

Oracle Policy Automation Training – Toronto 25 September 2017

Oracle Policy Automation TrainingTogether with our great friends at DesTech in Toronto, the OPA Hub is organizing some Oracle Policy Automation training in the Fall. The plan is to deliver the following two training courses. If they go ahead (of course we will be dependent on the numbers of students enrolling) then they will be completely official Oracle University training courses with the manuals and training environments you would expect. Added to which the location of DesTech in downtown Toronto near to many transport hubs (airports, railway stations and subways) is just perfect.

Monday : Introduction to Oracle Policy Automation 

“This Oracle Policy Automation training introduces you to the skills and tools for capturing, analyzing, publishing and maintaining business policies and regulations. Working hands-on, you’ll learn how you can efficiently use this fast and accurate policy modeling, guidance and decision automation solution.”

Tuesday to Thursday :  Oracle Policy Modeling for Policy Experts

This course provides many hands-on exercises with Oracle’s leading policy automation and modeling product. It is highly recommended for anyone working with Policy Modeling, or collaborating with a Policy Automation project team. All team members that complete the course will understand the key concepts and terminology for Policy Automation projects. The course is aimed at a non-technical audience, with a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word being the only recommended prior knowledge.”

These two courses can be seen as “Oracle Policy Automation Essentials for Version 12”. Students will get a free copy of our book, Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation [2017 Edition] and if anyone is interested I will happily chat about Siebel and Oracle Policy Automation as well : integration, Web Services, The Hub and so on.

If you are interested

Please get in touch with Patrice from DesTech using the details on this page. Alternatively, post a comment on this article and I will get you talking to him.

New OPA Video : Getting Started with Oracle Policy Modeling #1

New OPA Video : Getting Started with Oracle Policy Modeling #1

As part of our oft-stated objective to make Oracle Policy Automation and Oracle Policy Modeling more accessible to new starters, we have just begun a new series of video sequences aimed at demystifing what the family of Policy Automation applications actually does.

Evangelization is a very important part of the education process that has to take place, not just here on the Web but of course at every customer where Oracle Policy Automation is going to be used. It’s not because it is new and shiny and because it uses Microsoft Word that everyone is going to be welcoming it with open arms, far from it. So we address this in a hopefully amusing and slightly breathless (less than 8 minutes!) video. Enjoy and check back for more in the coming days.

Oracle Policy Modeling

Getting Started with Oracle Policy Modeling #1

There will be more videos in this series about Oracle Policy Automation coming soon. You can follow them either on the Youtube Channel or on our Video Gallery page.

Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation [2017 Edition]

Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation [2017 Edition]

I’m delighted to announce that P8 Tech Publishing has just released the second edition of my book, Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation, the 2017 Edition which covers up to and including the November 2016 release. The book is available as a glossy, colour-filled book or as an eBook. You can pick up your copy using any of the links below. It clocks in at 270 pages plus the index, considerably larger than the previous version. Of course I would like to thank fellow OPA Hub Writer Raj, and all the other helpers who worked behind the scenes to get this new release of Getting Started with Oracle Policy Automation into the shops right at the beginning of the year.

Happy Reading! Keep an eye out for an announcement about our next book project!

 

Competition Coming Soon

Keep your eyes peeled also for an upcoming competition to win a copy of the eBook! I will also be at CX Las Vegas in April, come and say hello if you see me wandering around looking vague (Las Vegas always has that effect on me). I would love to hear ideas for new books or Oracle Policy Automation related content for the OPA Hub Website.