Business Rules

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
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Webinar: Engaging Business Users with Drools

September 2, 2014

[ October 8, 2014; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. ] I am giving a webinar on Engaging Business Users with Drools with our partner, Plugtree, on October 8 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern:
Drools is a technically strong, high performance Business Rules Management System (BRMS). Drools has editors that can be configured so business analysts and business users can maintain and update business rules but many organizations trying [...]

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IIBA Webinar: Improve Your Process Models by Modeling Decisions

August 21, 2014

[ September 18, 2014; 8:00 am to 9:00 am. ] 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 the [...]

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First Look Progress Corticon 5.4 Update

August 19, 2014

It’s been a while since I had an update on Progress Corticon – the last time was an update for v5.2 back in 2012.
Progress Corticon is a mainstream Business Rules Management System with the usual Corticon Studio, Corticon Server and Corticon Enterprise Data Connector. In addition there is the Corticon BRMS for OpenEdge, linking Corticon [...]

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Live Event: BPM Panel at Siemens Innovations for Healthcare IT

July 3, 2014

[ August 11, 2014; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] 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, what [...]

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40% discount on my book thanks to IBM Press

July 3, 2014

IBM Press is 10 years old this month and to celebrate all books and eBooks are 40% off through the end of July! You can buy my book, Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics and get this discount. Just buy it here and use discount code IBM10YEARS during checkout.

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Decision Management Systems Past and Future: A video

July 2, 2014

A short video in which I discuss the past and future of Decision Management as part of celebrating IBM Press’ 10th year.

I published Decision Management Systems:A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics with IBM Press at the end of 2011 and you can but it direct from IBM Press here or amazon.com here.

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First Look: RulePlex

July 1, 2014

RulePlex is a business rules environment startup based in Orlando FL. The basic product consists of a Rule Manager that allows access to a set of policies. Each policy contains business rules and these rules can be written in different languages – Javascript, C# and Visual Basic with Python and Ruby to follow. Each policy [...]

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Live Tutorial: Decision Modeling with DMN: Extending BPMN to Decisions, Business Rules and Analytics

June 30, 2014

[ November 2, 2014; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. ] I am giving a tutorial on Decision Modeling with DMN: Extending BPMN to Decisions, Business Rules and Analytics at this year’s Building Business Capability conference in the afternoon of Sunday November 2.
Decision Modeling has recently been added to the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge® Guide v3 while a new standard, the Decision Model and Notation standard, [...]

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First Look: InRule 4.6 update

June 25, 2014

I last got an update on InRule back in 2011 with v4. They see four pillars to their Business Rules Management System:

Rule Authoring
Rule Storage and Management
Rule Execution
Rule Integration (SDK)

V4 focused on the rule authoring experience and since then they have had a couple of additional releases. 4.1 focused on improving the rule storage and management [...]

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Webinar: 6 Opportunities for Business Improvement with Decision Management

June 23, 2014

[ June 25, 2014; 9:00 am to 10:00 am. ] I am giving a webinar on “6 Opportunities for Business Improvement with Decision Management” Wednesday June 25 at 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern.
What opportunities are you looking for to improve your business performance? In this webinar you will learn six opportunities that are readily available when you adopt a decision management approach to business rules and predictive [...]

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Webinar: 6 Opportunities for Business Improvement with Decision Management

June 13, 2014

[ June 18, 2014; 9:00 am to 10:00 am. ] I am giving a webinar at 9am Pacific on June 25 – “6 Opportunities for Business Improvement with Decision Management”
What opportunities are you looking for to improve your business performance? In this webinar you will learn six opportunities that are readily available when you adopt a decision management approach to business rules and predictive analytics. [...]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Analytics and Fighting Fraud

June 12, 2014

An update next on IBM’s solution for counter-fraud.  For IBM fraud involves an intentional act that misrepresents and is both illegal and designed for financial gain. They further divide this into organized and opportunistic fraudsters for whom different kind of detection is required. Fraud is growing problem because:

Fraud schemes are increasingly sophisticated with organized crime moving it [...]

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PegaWorld – OnStar and Decision Management

June 9, 2014

OnStar presented at PegaWorld on their use of Pega Decision Management (the old Chordiant product) for managing telematics to improve customer experience. OnStar handles 7M customers worldwide and about 4 calls per second. It has handled more than 780M customer interactions to date including 3.8M emergencies and nearly 10M remote door unlocks. OnStar began as a [...]

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Pegaworld 2014 – Pega 7 Summary

June 9, 2014

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 and quicker to [...]

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Live Event: BABOK 3: What’s the big deal with decision modeling?

June 9, 2014

[ June 25, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] I am giving a presentation to the Bay Area Chapter of the IIBA on “BABOK 3: What’s the big deal with decision modeling?” June 25th at 6:30pm in Sunnyvale Palo Alto, CA
Decision Modeling is a new Technique in v3 of the BABOK(r) Guide. It’s also become a key element of the Business Intelligence and Business Process [...]

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PegaWorld 2014 Alan Trefler Opening Keynote

June 9, 2014

I am attending PegaWorld 2014 and we kicked off with the opening keynotes with a focus on becoming a digital enterprise.  New channels, more devices are driving an unprecedented degree of change according to Alan Trefler, CEO. Organizations must become digital by design, intentionally, focusing on three key areas:

The power to engage with customers, across [...]

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Decision Management Manifesto in French, Spanish, German and Portuguese

May 27, 2014

We published the Decision Management Manifesto to help organizations like yours use business rules and predictive analytics effectively. The Decision Management Manifesto White Paper explains the reasoning and value proposition and now there are French, Spanish, German and Portuguese translations. So if you want to know more about Decision Management, about the core principles involved and about how Decision Management maximizes the value of [...]

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First Look: FlexRule

May 27, 2014

FlexRule is a .Net business rules environment from Pliant Framework. The team began development on a free product in 2007 and commercialized the product in 2010 by founding Pliant Framework a product and services company. The product has a runtime, designer, repository (vault) and server. The product is under active development with releases happening regularly.
FlexRule [...]

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Decision Modeling and the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge

May 20, 2014

Some time back I participated in a large group of practitioners working on a new version of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® . After months of consolidating feedback and updating this (vry thorough) document, the IIBA has announced a public review of version 3. As their own newsletter says:
You can review the [...]

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