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Skill Set Inventory

Informatica Professional Certifcation Examination S

PowerCenter 8 Mapping Design
The PowerCenter 8 Mapping Design examination is composed of the fourteen sections listed below. In
order to ensure that you are prepared for the test, review the subtopics associated with each section.
The Informatica documentation is an excellent source of information on the material that will be
covered in the examination. If you are thoroughly knowledgeable in the areas mentioned in this Skill
Set Inventory, you will do well on the examination.
The examination is designed to test for expert level knowledge. Informatica strongly
urges you to attain a complete understanding of these topics before you attempt to take
the examination. Hands-on experience with the software is the best way to gain this
1. Terminology and Architecture
A. Explain the purpose of Informatica PowerCenter
B. Defne terms used in PowerCenter
C. Name major PowerCenter components and describe their functions
2. Mapping Fundamentals
A. Create Source and Target defnition objects from fat fles and relational tables
B. Create a Mapping using existing Source and Target defnitions
C. Use links to connect ports
3. Workfow basics
A. reate a Workfow and link its tasks
!. "un a Workfow# monitor its e$ecution# and %eri&y the results
'. ($pressions and F)lters
A. *se ($pression trans&ormations to per&orm calculations on a row+by+row basis
!. *se Filter trans&ormations to pass rows based on user+de,ned conditions
-. .oining and Merging /ata
A. Use pipeline branches in Mappings
B. Join homogeneous Sources using the Source Qualifer transformation
C. Defne heterogeneous joins using the Joiner transformation
D. Merge records from multiple places to one record set using the Union transformation
0. 1ookup Trans&ormation
A. *se 1ookup trans&ormations to bring in additional data related to a row
!. *se unconnected 1ookup trans&ormations to pro%ide %alues on an as+needed basis
2. 3orter and Aggregator Trans&ormations
A. alculate %alues based on data in a set o& records using the Aggregator trans&ormation
!. 4rder a set o& records based on one or more ,elds using the Aggregator trans&ormation
5. *pdating Target Tables
A. *se an *pdate 3trategy trans&ormation to determine how the Target should handle
6insert# update# delete7
8. /ebugger
A. *se the /ebug wi9ard and toolbar to debug a Mapping
1:. Mapping Techni;ues
A. Set and use system and Mapping variables and parameters
B. Create and use reusable transformations
C. Use a Router transformation to divide a single set of records into multiple sets of records
11. Mapplets and Worklets
A. Describe Mapplets
B. Know how to use mapplet Output transformations and output groups.
C. Know the rules regarding active and passive mapplets.
D. Use Mapplets in Mappings
E. Describe Worklets
12. ontrolling Workfows
A. Set and use Workfow variables
B. Use link conditions and Decision tasks to control the execution of a Workfow
C. Create and use other Workfow tasks including Email, Event Wait, Event Raise, and
D. Explain the purpose of the pmcmd utility
E. Schedule workfows to run automatically
13. Mapping /esign
A. Follow recommended best practices &or Mapping design
1'. Workfow /esign
A. Follow recommended best practices &or Workfow design