Business Rules

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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WEBINAR: Making Decisions at the Velocity of Change

September 29, 2014

[ October 29, 2014; 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] I am giving a webinar with Emericon on October 29 at 2pm ET/11am PT on Making Decisions at the Velocity of Change
Many leading organizations see the need to align business and IT to better meet market demand. The velocity of change is continually increasing and organizations are expected to keep pace to stay competitive and relevant. [...]

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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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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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