Business Rules

First Look: Pegasystems Decision Management 7

April 17, 2014

I recently got an update from Pegasystems focused on their recent release 7 of the Pegasystems Decision Management product. Last year (2013) Pegasystems had a good year, breaking $500M in revenue while showing a 55% increase in license and backlog. They are forecasting $576M in 2014 and report particular interest in predictive analytics, analytic marketing [...]

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Get better results by linking Decision Models to implemented business rules

April 15, 2014

At Decision Management Solutions we are big believers in building decision models as a way to specify the requirements for business rules projects. Our cloud-based, collaborative decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler is ideal for building and managing these models. Not only that, it also works with any business rules management system, allowing you to link [...]

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White Paper of the Week: BPM and BDM: State of Play

April 14, 2014

While many, most, organizations know they need to focus on business processes, a matching focus on operational decisions is less common. The effective combination of Business Process Management (BPM) with Business Decision Management (BDM) is emerging as a critical element in successful organizations. has been providing insight and education on the relationship between business rules/Business Decision Management [...]

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Job: Drools and jBPM developer in SoCal

April 11, 2014

Westech, a project to produce lower cost healthcare infrastructure that is part of the West Health initiative, is looking for a Drools/jBPM developer. The job is based in La Jolla CA and they are looking for a full time hire.
West Health Institute is looking for a creative and hands-on jBPM Software Developer for an innovative [...]

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IBM IMPACT: The Mobile Enterprise: Better Decisions & Smarter Processes

April 8, 2014

[ April 29, 2014; 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm. ] I am speaking at IBM’s IMPACT 2014 on The Mobile Enterprise – Driving the Need for Better Decisions & Smarter Processes (SPD-2798), Tuesday April 29 at 3:45pm
The consumerization of technology in enterprises, increasingly mobile employees and the demands of more social, mobile and connected consumers are putting increased pressure on enterprises. Adopting mobile management and development [...]

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Decision Modeling now on the GSA

April 7, 2014

We get a steady stream of interest from government agencies here in the US – agencies and departments looking to modernize legacy applications with business rules, develop simpler and more agile business processes or adopt more advanced analytics. Decision Modeling, the first step in Decision Management, is a powerful tool to help these projects succeed. [...]

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Systems of coordination and the need to move beyond BPMN: a report

April 2, 2014

I recently met Neil Ward-Dutton of mwd advisors at bpmNEXT and we chatted about decision modeling – I was there giving a demo of DecisionsFirst Modeler and its support for the new Decision Model and Notation standard. Neil pointed me to his recent report CMMN and DMN: new notations for systems of co-ordination – what are [...]

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Decision Modeling, BPMN, Business Rules and Predictive Analytics: A live demo

March 31, 2014

I recently gave a presentation at bpmNEXT showing how you can apply decision modeling, using the new Decision Model and Notation standard, to build simpler, smarter and more agile processes. The actual presentation was recorded and I will blog when it goes live but as part of preparing I recorded the demo itself and we [...]

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Some excellent Gartner advice on Decision Management

March 20, 2014

Lisa Kart, Roy Schulte and Teresa Jones of Gartner recently published Find the Best Approach to Decision Management. It’s a great piece and if you are a Gartner subscriber you should definitely read it and share it around your organization. Even if you are not you should seriously consider getting it from Gartner as it makes [...]

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An update on IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio

March 19, 2014

IBM has made significant investments in the mobile market in recent years. Various acquisitions and internal development efforts have resulted in a portfolio of product and service offerings under the banner of IBM MobileFirst. IBM recently summarized the state of the mobile market and its MobileFirst portfolio for analysts.
It’s worth noting up front that IBM [...]

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Some legacy modernization resources

March 12, 2014

We recently completed a series of posts on the role of decision management in legacy modernization so I thought I would gather the various resources up in one place:

First I wrote this piece with 4 reminders about legacy modernization.
I followed up with a 5 step processs for decision-centric legacy modernization
Claye Green or our partner TechBlue and I [...]

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BPM and Decision Management: An Interview with Juergen Pitschke

March 11, 2014

As part of our ongoing “Meet our Partners Series” I caught up with Juergen Pitschke of BCS, a Decision Management Solutions partner. Juergen and I are giving a webinar on April 1 - Getting Started with Decision Management.
Please describe your current role and title and tell us a little about your company
I’m Juergen Pitschke the founder of BCS, [...]

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Some thoughts on (and a discount for) bpmNext

March 10, 2014

I am attending bpmNEXT this month to talk about decision modeling and I am delighted to let you know that you can get a 30% discount on attending by entering the code DMS.
bpmNEXT is a different kind of event – as Sandy Kemsley said of last year’s event it focuses on demos, not presentations; keeps its short [...]

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Webinar: Getting Started with Decision Management

March 6, 2014

[ April 1, 2014; 7:00 am to 8:00 am. ] I will be giving a webinar on Getting started with Decision Management with Dr. Juergen Pitschke, Founder and Managing Director at BCS on April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST, 16:00 CET
Organizations like yours are improving results, streamlining operations and personalizing customer transactions by automating the repeatable decisions central to their operations. These organizations are using [...]

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Live Online: BPM Institute Decision Management and Business Rules 101

March 3, 2014

[ April 9, 2014 11:00 am to April 10, 2014 2:00 pm. ] I am teaching a live online version of the BPM Institute’s Decision Management and Business Rules 101 class on April 9 and 10th, 1-5pm ET each day.
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, [...]

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5 steps to decision-centric legacy modernization

March 3, 2014

Last week I emphasized four key facts about legacy modernization. To move forward you need to find the legacy code that represents business decisions such as a pricing engine (what price is this product for this customer), eligibility logic (is this customer eligible for this offer or service), approval rules (can this claim be auto-approved) and replace [...]

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Live Event: bpmNEXT Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes

February 26, 2014

[ March 27, 2014; 10:45 am to 11:15 am. ] I am presenting (demonstrating really) on Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes at bpmNEXT March 27.
A live demonstration of DecisionsFirst Modeler, a collaborative cloud-based environment for decision modeling, will show how the Decision Model and Notation standard works. In addition, you’ll see how teams can collaborate on these models, how they can link to [...]

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4 reminders about legacy modernization

February 25, 2014

Legacy systems remain critical to many (most) organizations and so legacy modernization is still a hot topic (which is why we have this recording of a webinar on legacy modernization we did with our partner TechBlue). With that in mind, as at is has been a while since I blogged on this topic, I thought I would [...]

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Legacy Modernization and Decision Management: An Interview with Claye Greene

February 18, 2014

As part of our ongoing “Meet our Partners Series” I caught up with Claye Greene of TechBlue, a Decision Management Solutions partner. Claye and I made this recording of a webinar on legacy modernization.
Please describe your current role and title and tell us a little about your company
I’m Claye Greene, Managing Director of TechBlue. TechBlue is a management [...]

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Some Decision Management and Compliance Resources

February 17, 2014

After our successful webinar last week I wanted to highlight the various resources for those using Decision Management and Business Rules to develop compliant systems. Compliance, and the need to automate compliance across multiple processes and systems, drives many organizations to adopt business rules and Business Rules Management Systems. Combining this technology with a Decision Management [...]

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