About Intelligent Advisor Certification #2

In this second post about Intelligent Advisor Certification I want to highlight, as in the previous post in the series, a few question types that you are likely to be confronted with if you choose to take the Intelligent Advisor Certification exam in the near future. While we are on the subject, it is obviously in your interest to take the examination if you are ready, because it is an objective measure of your knowledge of the product. We all know that it is an imperfect measure, and that you may start at an advantage or disadvantage depending on your background, native language and so forth. But it is better than nothing.

So, without further preamble, on to the subject at hand. You will certainly come across the following question type.

The Memory Question

Bob and Janet work together. Janet has already begun working on a project in Intelligent Advisor and has stored it in the repository. Bob wants to work on the same project and add some rules to the existing project. What are the minimum steps to achieve this. If a step is required more than once, only note the first time it is done.

And so you will be required to make some sort of very long process guide:

Login to Hub > Download Oracle Policy Modeling > Enter Hub Details > Download Project > Open Word and Validate Changes > Upload Changes > Deploy Changes

(these are just example steps)

I’ve seen it come up several times with similar concepts. What I can give you as advice is

  • Think very carefully about the correct (as in, official) way to do things. For example, a lot of people might not actually install Oracle Policy Modeling themselves, or they might get it from edelivery.oracle.com or elsewhere. But it can be downloaded from the front page of your Hub, from the hyperlink shown below. It’s very easy to miss it.
Intelligent Advisor Certification  Question Example
  • Again, think about every step – downloading, uploading, validating, and so on. Practice a few times so you can really get the feel of it. If you have a self-study environment, create two users and play around with the process. I used to have an VM with one user and my laptop with the other. It’s a great way to see all the error messages and conflicts that can happen.

The Visual Structure Question

These have been in the exam for as long as I remember, and they vary in form but all revolve around the same idea – get the student to demonstrate they understand the vocabulary of logical operators and show they can think logically.

The diagram below represents a policy model with a goal, A. B is derived from a disjunction of D and E. C is derived from a conjunction of E and F. A is derived from a conjunction of B and C. What is the minimum set of base attribute values that must be provided to successfully conclude A?

Intelligent Advisor Certification  Diagram Example
Some Balls in a Diagram

First things first : a disjunction is OR, and a conjunction is AND. So now you can write out the different elements:

B is true if D or E are true. C is true if E and F are true. A is true if B or C are true. And finding the fastest route to A becomes much easier. There are several of this nature, often using a mixture of mathematic (disjunction, conjunction) and Policy Modeling (base, intermediate, goal, inferred) vocabulary.

So that’s it for today, with these two it is very simple – practice and practice. Make your own project in Oracle Policy Modeling and experiment with these concepts until you are comfortable “regurgitating” it all on paper.

In the next part of the series, we will look at two more common question types. Remember you can learn more about the certification and learning path here. And of course you can get details of our own online learning right here.

Richard Napier

Author: Richard Napier

Richard Napier joined Siebel Systems in 1999 and took up the role of managing the nascent Siebel University in Southern Europe. He subsequently was Director of Business Development and Education for InFact Group (now part of Business & Decisions) for 8 years. He now runs his Consulting and mentoring company, On Demand Consulting & Education Ltd and has run ODCE since 2010. Owner of the OPA Hub, he also is Co-Founder of the Siebel Hub.

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