Interesting announcements last week from three companies I have reviewed recently – Predixion, Zementis and Lyzasoft. Predixion has developed some interesting cloud-based predictive analytic technology – tools to load data from Excel and build predictive models from it – while Lyzasoft has a nice collaborative business intelligence environment and Zementis has a cloud-based deployment engine for business rules and predictive analytic models (using PMML to bring models in from many modeling tools). The two announcements – Predixion/Lyzasoft and Predixion/Zementis – make an interesting set. With these products you could create a rich decision support/decision management environment in the cloud.
Your data miners and analytic experts could use their favorite tool and produce the output as PMML. You could load that up to the cloud and have it execute there using Zementis. You could load up more data into the cloud, using Predixion and enhance it with the scores calculated from your PMML models before building additional models and doing other sophisticated analytic modeling tasks in a nice Excel-based UI. New models built using Predixion could drive in-the-cloud decisioning (using the Predixion API) when combined with rules using Zementis’ ability to run Drools on the amazon.com compute cloud. And for the transactions you could not handle automatically, your business users could use Lyzasoft to collaborate on figuring out a solution – while retaining access to the same models.
In Smart (Enough) Systems Neil and I wrote about the sliding scale between pure decision support systems (human decision maker supported by a system) and pure decision management systems (automated decision making). These three products can give you a wide range of options long this scale, all in the cloud.