Business Rules

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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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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