Business and IT perspectives on Decision Management – some videos

October 22, 2014

I am often asked to give a business or an IT perspective on Decision Management. As part of some recent work with SAS on Decision Management we created two decision management videos – one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals:

For Business Users an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and me on SAS® Decision Manager Insights:

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First Look: IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced

October 22, 2014

I blogged a little about the tech preview of IBM’s Operational Decision Manager – Advanced product when I was at IMPACT and I recently got a full briefing on the new ODM Advanced release.
ODM Advanced has been under development for about 2 years with early access for customers back in late 2013 and technology previews [...]

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A new book on decision modeling and process modeling with BPMN/DMN

October 21, 2014

Tom Debevoise and I have just published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling and it’s now available on Amazon.
A little bit about the book: the landscape of process modeling has evolved as have the best practices. The smartest companies are using decision modeling [...]

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SAS Decision Manager Product Review

October 20, 2014

As part of working with SAS on their Decision Management initiatives I got to talk with their about their new product – SAS Decision Manager.  As part of this I recorded some wrote a product review:
SAS Decision Manager delivers more precise, accurate, and traceable decisions into operational processes using analytics and business rules. SAS Decision Manager closes the [...]

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Some new Decision Management assets

October 15, 2014

I recently did some work with the folks at SAS on Decision Management and they helped me create some new decision management assets. We recorded three short webinars on core decision management topics:

Operationalizing Analytics With Decision Management.

Where decision management fits in your analytic environment.
How to modernize analytical business processes.
The value of operational analytics.

Manage Business Risk With Decision Management.

Methods that [...]

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First Look: FICO Analytic Modeler suite

October 14, 2014

FICO Analytic Modeler is FICO’s in-browser analytic tool suite – the evolution of the Model Builder product line post the InfoCentricity acquisition. These offerings are part of the FICO Analytic Cloud, a cloud-based environment for building and managing analytic models and deploying analytics into decisioning applications.  It also features a marketplace for analytic solutions.
The FICO [...]

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Engaging Business Users with Drools: Presentation and Webcast

October 9, 2014

Decision modeling as part of the requirements phase or iteratively during agile projects makes it easier for business users to fully participate in Drools implementations and maintenance. If you missed our webinar, Engaging Business Users with Drools, the presentation and webcast are now available. In the webinar Mariano De Maio, CTO of Drools experts Plugtree and I present how [...]

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Article on discovering decisions suitable for decision management

October 6, 2014

I recently published a new article over on the BPM Institute – Discovering Decisions in Your Business.
Most organizations will initially identify decisions within their business processes – either finding tasks that are clearly decision-making tasks such as those handling validation, approval, calculations, assessments etc – or collapsing process complexity into a decision that was previously [...]

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DecisionsFirst Modeler Enterprise Edition announced

October 2, 2014

Earlier this week we announced the release of the Enterprise Edition of our cloud-based decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. This new Enterprise Edition extends our user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models by integrating them with implementation platforms such as business rules management systems (BRMS) and predictive analytic workbenches. By linking business user-friendly decision requirements models to often complex [...]

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IBM Watson Analytics Cloud – Executive Panel

September 16, 2014

Last up an executive panel focused on Watson Analytics:
How much data, how complex or what kind of data drives value from Watson Analytics?

Self-service is core to the value proposition more than the kind of data or volume of data
If you have only a little data then one of the interesting aspects is the ability to [...]

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IBM Watson Analytics Cloud – A focus on Watson

September 16, 2014

Steve Gold came up to talk about how IBM Watson. Watson, of course, started with the focus on analyzing unstructured data to present hypotheses and learn from the results. Watson brought together lots of IBM projects and technology and Watson Analytics is similar – a combination of various technologies and projects to solve a new problem. [...]

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IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Business Partner Panel

September 16, 2014

Next up at the IBM Watson Analytics Cloud announcement is a partner panel with SugarCRM, AVENT and Truven Health Analytics:

AVENT is a global technology company with a deep services company with a group focused on using analytics.
SugarCRM is a CRM software company focused on helping businesses create extraordinary customer relationships.
Truven Health is focused on using analytics to drive [...]

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IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Customer Panel

September 16, 2014

Next up a customer panel with cspire, xo communications and Purdue University.
First question was what new things can you do with Watson Analytics?

Easily convert data into a story in the context of a business
The cloud supports a very distributed workforce allowing  more people to access more advanced analytics
Empowering people who would otherwise have asked an [...]

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IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Announcement KickOff

September 16, 2014

Dave Laverty kicked off IBM’s big Watson Analytics announcement event in New York.  The focus today, he says, is the reinvention of the analytic experience with a degree of simplicity that puts analytic power in the hands of everyone. Bob Picciano joined him to make the key announcements.
Back in January IBM announced the Watson business unit, a vertically integrated [...]

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New Decision Management MarketScape from IDC

September 15, 2014

Brian McDonough has been writing (with Dan Vesset, Steve Hendrick, Henry Morris and others) on Decision Management at IDC for many years and he has recently published an IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Decision Management Software Platform 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report has an IDC MarketScape figure, IDC’s opinion on the Decision Management market, process and software as well as some [...]

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Help us with some research on mobile platform capabilities

September 15, 2014

Sandy Kemsley (of column2.com fame) and I are doing some research into the potential for BPM and Decision Management technology in mobile application development. As part of this research we are gathering information on the use, development and support of mobile applications and we would like your help – we would like you to take our survey:
surveymonkey.com/s/smartermobile
The [...]

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Challenges Scaling Open Source R – Part 2

September 4, 2014

I recently did some research on the requirements for enterprise-scale analytics and the challenges of using open source R in this context. In my first post (Requirements for Enterprise Scale Analytics with R – Part 1) I outline some of the requirements I see for enterprise scale analytics. In this second post I will discuss the challenges of R [...]

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First Look: WebAction

September 3, 2014

I got an update from WebAction recently. WebAction was founded in 2012, is backed by Summit Partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. The founders come from working together at GoldenGate and some prior companies, such as WebLogic. WebAction’s focus is on what they call “Data Driven Apps” – on moving from data presentation [...]

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Requirements for Enterprise Scale Analytics with R – Part 1

September 2, 2014

I recently did some research on the requirements for enterprise-scale analytics and the challenges of using open source R in this context. In this first post I wanted to outline some of the requirements I see for enterprise scale analytics and in a second post I will discuss the challenges of R in that context.
As advanced analytics, [...]

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MITSloan Article: Four traps of predictive analytics

August 27, 2014

Michael Fitzgerald wrote a great piece of the MIT Sloan Management Review this week – The Four Traps of Predictive Analytics. Michael saw me present at an event for Predixion in Boston and then went on to chat with me a couple of times. It’s a great piece, highlighting four critical issues around predictive analytics:

The need [...]

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