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I am giving a session at this year's Building Business Capability conference on "Lessons Learned from the Real-Life Deployment of Decision Management at Scale"at 8:00am on the Friday of the show. With initial success adopting decision management technologies, large, global, organizations have begun rolling out decision management and decision modeling using the new Decision Model and Notation [...]

Paul Harmon of BPTrends had an interesting post last month - What Techniques Should a Process Methodology Support? - that made me want to make a pitch for decision modeling as a core technique for process modelers. In his article he quotes a friend as saying that this friend "didn't include Decision Management (or Business Rules) in process, [...]

If you are a business analyst and a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) then, like me, you have been waiting for the new version of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge or BABOK to be released. A little while back this wait was finally over and BABOK 3 was released (details here). If you [...]

At Decision Management Solutions we have a long history of providing free resources to help drive the adoption of Decision Management, Decision Management technology and Decision Modeling. Today we continued this with our announcement of a free version of our decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. The free Basic Version delivers user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models for [...]

As you may know, Tom Debevoise and I recently published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling. The Business Process Model and Notation, BPMN 2.0, has established itself as the dominant standard for process modeling since its release in 2011. The publication [...]

Last week OpenText acquired Actuate and their CEO, Mark Barrenechea, blogged about the acquisition. As Mark says "analytics are a hot technology" so mergers and acquisitions in the analytic space are to be expected. With OpenText's focus on Enterprise Information Management and its strong content management capabilities, an analytics firm like Actuate makes good sense. OpenText already had content management, business process [...]

I got an update from the folks at appStrategy today. appStrategy started in 2003 and is based in Washington DC with offices also in France and the UK. Their business rules product suite was announced today and consists of a business user studio, a plugin for Visual Studio, server products and tools for integration with [...]

Happy New Year everyone. Now that the Decision Model and Notation standard (DMN) has been approved by the OMG, why not kick off the new year with our online training in Decision Modeling with DMN? Still time to register - class starts on Tuesday January 6!

Tom Debevoise and I gave a webinar this week on 4 key benefits of using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standards. We highlighted the power of these two standards in combination, specifically in terms of: Streamlined processes A combination of process modeling and decision modeling produces simpler [...]

In a recent announcement, the Object Management Group made it clear that process people - those getting BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) certification specifically - should know about decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. In this press release OMG Updates Business Intermediate Level of BPM Certification Program the role of DMN in [...]

I am giving a webinar with Tom Debevoise on 4 Key Benefits of Integrating BPMN and DMN on December 2 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern The landscape of process modeling has evolved as have the best practices. The smartest companies are using decision modeling in combination with process modeling. The principle reason is that decisions and processes are [...]

We have just posted a great new case study on the power of decision modeling with a story from the Finnish Tax Authority. In Decision Modeling Closes the Gap Between Processes and Business Rules at the Finnish Tax Administration, Timo Laukkanen, Process Director at the Finnish Tax Administration (FTA), describes how decision modeling has filled [...]

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 [...]

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: [...]

I am giving a webinar on Improve Your Process Models by Modeling Decisions for the IIBA on September 18 at 11am Eastern: Business analysts know that modeling business processes, rather than writing about them, defines them more accurately. Business process models make it easier to validate requirements, easier to see opportunities for improvement and easier to manage [...]

I am participating on a Business Process Management panel at the Siemens Innovations for Healthcare IT event in Tampa, August 10-13. I will be joined by Sandy Kemsley among others and we will be discussing the role of Business Process Management and Decision Management in addressing healthcare challenges, where we see these technologies headed in Healthcare, [...]

McKinsey came on stage talking about digitization. They see that different industries are at different points in the digital disruption. New trends begin and early adopters grow, start transforming mainstream companies and then a tipping point is reached where some incumbents die. So, for instance, disruption of retail banking is just starting while traditional media/video stores, for instance, [...]

Brad Strock of PayPal presented on innovation. He laid out the three stages of money: Money 1.0 is what you might call traditional coinage and notes. Money 2.0 was the credit revolution with revolving debt, credit and debit cards etc. These have become the pre-eminent means of payment for many people. Money 3.0 is what PayPal [...]

Jeffrey Kuhn from BNY Mellon came up to talk about business transformation in the face of unprecedented and accelerating change. Technology is changing what is possible and allowing new competitors to emerge while offering new distruptors at every turn. We need, he says, to use these challenges to drive transformation in our organizations and this is [...]

Kerim Akgonul came up next to talk products, in particular Pega 7. Pega 7 was released last year and is being used around the world. Pega 7 focused on several elements: Visibility through the common case interface Speed and accuracy through automation of processes and decisions Speed and accuracy also of development, making it easier [...]