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Two live events in July on Predictively Enabling Your Organization

July 17, 2014

I am presenting at a couple of evening events in July on Predictively Enabling your Organization. Sponsored by Predixion, these events will introduce you to predictive analytics and will share practical tips on how to leverage predictive analytics to improve results across your business. I’ll discuss the power of Predictive Analytics, how to get started and how to [...]

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IBM Big Data & Analytics: Transform adoption with cloud

June 11, 2014

Cloud, says IBM, is changing people’s expectations – they want the same kind of pricing, time to value, flexible access, ease of install for analytics that they get from other cloud applications. IBM is therefore very focused on delivering analytics in the cloud through a mixture of private, public and hybrid clouds. They are going to use [...]

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PegaWorld – McKinsey on digitization

June 10, 2014

McKinsey came on stage talking about digitization. They see that different industries are at different points in the digital disruption. New trends begin and early adopters grow, start transforming mainstream companies and then a tipping point is reached where some incumbents die. So, for instance, disruption of retail banking is just starting while traditional media/video stores, for instance, [...]

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Smarter Process Update #IBMIMPACT 2014

April 30, 2014

IBM announced Smarter Process last year, pulling a number of capabilities into a single story with a particular focus on customer centricity. This year IBM’s customers are very focused on growth – 60% of them say it is their top issue, up from 41% the year before. The Smarter Process team this year is focused [...]

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The Mobile Enterprise: Driving the Need for Better Decisions #IBMIMPACT 2014

April 29, 2014

I just presented on The Mobile Enterprise: Driving the Need for Better Decisions & Smarter Processes.
Here are the slides:

The Mobile Enterprise: Driving the Need for Better Decisions & Smarter Processes from Decision Management Solutions
The consumerization of technology in enterprises, increasingly mobile employees and the demands of more social, mobile and connected consumers [...]

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IBM General Managers Panel #IBMIMPACT 2014

April 29, 2014

A very high powered executive panel – Bob LeBlanc, 6GMs and a Global Leader from GBS – took questions. No particular structure but here are some key takeaways:

IBM has made, and continues to make, investments in a broad range of flexible cloud approaches supporting public, private, hybrid and localized cloud. It sees the flexibility of [...]

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A cloud panel at #IBMIMPACT 2014

April 29, 2014

Some great technical experts participated in a panel on cloud technology at IMPACT.  Working the way up the stack:

Key element in Softlayer that drove the acquisition was the flexibility of their technology – that they could support various application types and workload, matching the available infrastructure to thee needs. The intent of rolling out Softlayer [...]

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More on mobile at #IBMIMPACT 2014

April 29, 2014

A few extra items on IBM’s mobile strategy from a panel here at IMPACT:

IBM’s Worklight Platform is continuing to evolve (see this review of their MobileFirst portfolio) with a focus both on providing great middleware for native apps and support for hybrid applications. Recent improvements include QA tools, running the Worklight foundation in the cloud [...]

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Mobile and Cloud at #IBMIMPACT 2014

April 28, 2014

Tangerine Bank, an IBM customer, kicked off IBM IMPACT 2014 discussing how they are using technology to re-imagining and simplifying banking. In particular Tangerine is focused on becoming a mobile-centric or mobile first bank. They are trying to raise the bar on mobile banking applications, adding things such as voice activation and offline access. Working with [...]

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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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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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#BBCCon Session: Closing thoughts from the chairs

November 15, 2013

Final session at this year’s Building Business Capability conference with some closing thoughts from the chairs of the conference. Panels are always tough to blog but here are some takeaways:

Strategy is central to anything you do at any scale
And I would add that they should be linked to the processes and decisions.
Many projects have problems [...]

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Sneak Peek Survey Results for Predictive Analytics in the Cloud 2013

October 3, 2013

First, there’s still time to take our survey on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud – just go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/PACloud2013. If you have already taken it, or even if you haven’t, why not register for the results webinar over on Information Management?
To encourage you to do either or both of these things, here are some sneak peek early [...]

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Predictive Analytics in Software Part 4: Land and Expand

September 24, 2013

Most software products have multiple opportunities for using predictive analytics to enhance decision-making. Because the use of predictive analytics is new for many software companies, and because handling decisions explicitly is also new, care must be taken not to bite off too much at once. A land and expand strategy that begins with a localized [...]

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Predictive Analytics in Software Part 3: Automation that scales

September 17, 2013

For a software company it is also important that this automation scales appropriately. In particular any automated analytic model development tool you use should provide flexibility in deployment to match your own, manage any variability between your customers’ data models and be easy to deploy, focused on the “last mile” of analytic model development. For most [...]

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Predictive Analytics in Software Step 2: Focusing on automation

September 10, 2013

Once you have identified decisions that could usefully be improved by predictive analytics you must develop predictive analytic models for each decision. Each decision is going to require a different predictive analytic model, perhaps several. Some predictive analytic models, such as predicting the future value of a customer for instance, may be useful in multiple [...]

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Predictive Analytics in Software Step 1: Focusing on Decisions

September 3, 2013

To become predictive, to use predictive analytics to differentiate a software product, you need to identify the decisions that can be made more profitably, more accurately, more precisely or more reliably. Unless the predictive analytics embedded in your product improve some decision-making then they will offer no real value. At best such analytics will be [...]

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Embedding predictive analytics in your software product: A series

August 28, 2013

Everyone knows that enterprise software is an intensely competitive business. Today “Big Data” and “Analytics” are two of the hottest topics in organizations of any size and  as companies race to invest in this new space, product managers must find ways to respond. The functionality of enterprise software products must be extended to include new analytic [...]

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Another role for decision models – designing screen personas

July 9, 2013

My colleague at Decision Management Solutions, Gagan Saxena, has just posted on Designing User Experience with SAP Screen Personas. As he and I have worked more with decision modeling (or decision requirements models as they are sometimes known) we have found more and more uses for them. As you can see from the role of decision requirements modeling [...]

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The role of decision modeling in a data-driven culture

July 9, 2013

I recently checked out The Evolution of Decision Making - How leading organizations are adopting a data-driven culture, a new white paper from the Harvard Business Review sponsored by SAS:
People have long preached the benefits of relying on data and insights from business intelligence (BI) and analytics to help make better and timelier decisions. A reliance on [...]

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