Business Rules

First Look: Erudine Behaviour Engine Update

March 12, 2015

A long time ago I came across a company called Erudine and blogged about the Erudine Behaviour Engine. At that time, Erudine came out of the defence, aerospace and nuclear power industries where the slightest mistake can lead to disaster. Today, Erudine’s more recent focus has been in the banking, financial services and investment sectors. […]

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Free Version of Decision Modeling Software DecisionsFirst Modeler Now Available

February 3, 2015

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 up […]

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Yseop Update

January 21, 2015

I got an update from Yseop recently, having last been briefed back in August 2013.Yseop has repackaged its capabilities into two products – Yseop Smart NLG (Natural Language Generation) and Yseop Smart Machine. Yseop Smart NLG is software that turns data into text and narrative, primarily working in finance, business analytics and business intelligence while […]

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First Look: appStrategy Business Rules Engine

January 15, 2015

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 […]

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Kick off the new year with DMN training

December 31, 2014

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!

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DMN approved!

December 12, 2014

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) 1.0 standard was accepted by the OMG Architecture Board yrsterday 12/12/14 at the Long Beach, CA, OMG Technical meeting.
We have a standard!
Check out our white paper or the new book on BPMN/DMN that I wrote with Tom Debvoise. You can also try our DMN decision modeler DecisionsFirst Modeler for […]

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The benefits of using BPMN and DMN together

December 4, 2014

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 business processes […]

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Process modeling certification now requires decision modeling Knowledge

November 24, 2014

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 […]

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Great new case study on the power of decision modeling

October 30, 2014

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 […]

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#IBMInsight Internet of Things

October 28, 2014

Jake Porway came back to talk about the coming explosion of data. With the Internet of Things, drones and more sensors everywhere, our current view of “big data” is going to seem quaint in the not too distant future. So much more data is going to come flooding in we have to adopt new technologies and new […]

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Live at IBM Insight: Customer-Centric Enterprises Leverage IBM ODM Advanced to React Accurately to Risks and Opportunities

October 27, 2014

[ October 28, 2014; 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm. ] I am speaking at IBM Insight on Customer-Centric Enterprises Leverage IBM ODM Advanced to React Accurately to Risks and Opportunities at 1:45pm Pacific in Mariners B.
Business rules combined with predictive analytics address a proven solution to a wide array of traditional business problems where micro decisions are to be made about individual customers at well defined […]

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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:

A high-level description of […]

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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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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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Training: Decision Management and Business Rules 101 (BPM Institute)

October 8, 2014

[ November 3, 2014; 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] I will be giving the Decision Management and Business Rules 101 class at BPM Institute’s New York event in November – Monday November 3
Decision Management and business rules allow the effective automation of decision-making combined with increased business agility. Adopting decision management and business rules technology improves customer service, enables 1:1 marketing, increases straight through […]

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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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Decision Management Solutions at Decision CAMP

October 2, 2014

[ October 13, 2014 to October 15, 2014. ] Join us at Decision Camp 2014, October 13-15, 2014 in beautiful San Jose, CA hosted by PayPal.

Decision Camp is an event by decision management practitioners for practitioners – and registration is free! Practitioners are Business Analysts, Business Experts, Developers or Architects that use or consider using Decision Management technologies such as Business Rules, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence and […]

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Decision CAMP 2014: Decision Management 101

September 30, 2014

[ October 13, 2014; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Decision Management is both an approach and a technology stack. In this opening day workshop at Decision CAMP 2014, Decision Management consultant and author James Taylor will introduce both.

We’ll begin with the discovery and modeling of suitable decisions, move into the construction of decision services and wrap up with the importance of decision analysis for […]

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