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Last day of blogging from Building Business Capability and the first topic is modern business architecture with Gagan Saxena, VP of consulting at Decision Management Solutions, and Andrew Ray of Goldman Sachs. The presentation is focused on a new approach to business architecture to address problems in the legacy approaches - one that connects business at rest to business [...]

I am attending this year's Building Business Capability conference and blogging sessions like this one from Jim Sinur of Aragon Research. I gave a tutorial earlier in the week on decision modeling with DMN and will be speaking later in the week with David Herring of Kaiser Permanente (and signing my new book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling [...]

Last session for me at IBM's World of Watson is the keynote from IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty. Another very slick video on the different ways IBM's cognitive, cloud and analytic solutions are being used around the world got us started. And again, IBM emphasized "with Watson" as part of their ongoing positioning of Watson as additive to people, [...]

Second keynote at IBM's World of Watson is on the role of cloud and data as the foundation for cognitive systems and businesses. Bob Picciano from IBM's analytics business kicked things off. Bob began with a discussion of how IT's value has changed - from a focus on processing and how fast/cheap it can be done to a [...]

It's opening keynote time at IBM's World of Watson 2016 and we kicked off with a video history of Watson from Jeopardy to today. Dr John Kelly of IBM got us started, emphasizing how rapidly interest in Watson has grown over the last year or two.  In August 2007, he says, a small team of researchers [...]

Jerome Boyer of IBM presented a methodology - Best Practices for Managing a Cognitive Business Operations (CBO) Journey Proven Method. Cognitive, in this context, is about extracting intent from unstructured text using natural language and thus improve process execution. By adding Watson services to a BPM/ODM installation, organizations can improve interactions, improve assignments, improve advice and deliver faster reactions. For [...]

Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors kicked off the day at IBM's Process Summit talking about digital transformation and business processes.  Neil began with a key point - that "Digital Transformation" is more than just hype but that it is also a complicated and multi-faceted concept. Companies are being digitally disrupted because the internet and mobile [...]

My colleague Gagan Saxena is presenting with Andrew Ray of Goldman Sachs on Beyond Textbooks: Building the Modern Business Architecture at this year's Building Business Capability conference. A modern Business Architecture has been developed to align organizational change projects and to leverage new technologies. Value Streams, Capabilities, Processes, Decisions, Data, Events and Metrics have been lined up [...]

Last session of the day is a freeform executive Q&A so I will just list bullet points as they come up: Open Source R is obviously a hot topic in analytics and SAS' focus on more open APIs that are broadly accessible and their renewed focus on academic partnerships are designed to "leave R in the [...]

I am at the SAS Inside Intelligence event in Steamboat getting the annual update on all things SAS. First session of the day is the Executive Viewpoint. Jim Goodnight and Randy Guard kicked things off. Creating a single global organization was a big part of last year with legal, finance, sales, marketing and more becoming global [...]

Bill Fair, one of the founders of Fair Isaac, once said that to succeed with analytics you had to "grab the decision by the throat and don't let go". As Big Data and analytics become ever more central to organizations, and as more and more money is spent on analytics, this advice seems particularly timely. As [...]

I am giving a webinar with Sandy Kemsley on "Smarter Mobile Apps with Process and Decision Management", January 19th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern Mobile devices have gained enough traction with consumers and employees to require mobile applications as a part of an enterprise strategy. However, these mobile apps must be more than mere information presenters. In [...]

I am speaking at this year's Deluxe Exchange Feb 8-10 in Boca Raton, Florida. I am presenting on "How to Create Big Data Opportunities" at 10:30am Eastern on the 9th: Many companies today are struggling to take advantage of “Big Data.” Join James Taylor as he defines just we mean by Big Data, what it [...]

Final session today focused on systems and architecture for Big Data Analytics. It began by talking about the friction between business and IT and how this is increasing, especially around information and analytics where business users want to be able to work with data without worrying about IT. This creates challenges for IT specifically: The [...]

#IBMInsight 2015 Opening Keynotes

I am attending IBM Insight 2015 and will blog about a few of the sessions. First up, the opening keynote on the insight economy. IBM is focusing on the disruption caused by analytics and insight across all industries. Internal and external data and increasingly sophisticated analytics are changing how companies interact with customers, manage risk [...]

Karl Rexer sent me a few highlights from his 2015 Data Science Survey. This was formerly known as the Rexer Data Miner Survey but the term Data Scientist has surged in popularity so it has been renamed. I have blogged in the past about the survey and like many in the business I look forward to the [...]

John Boyd, author of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) once said Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless This seems to me to be a clarion call for Decision Management and its combination of operational and analytic systems into Decision Management Systems: A typical analytic system, a Business Intelligence or dashboard [...]

I am faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and recently completed a new research brief on Framing Requirements for Predictive Analytic Projects with Decision Modeling. The Research Brief is behind the paywall for IIA clients with an Enterprise Research Subscription. If you are interested in IIA membership and the research that IIA produces check out the site. IIA does a [...]

Ron Bodkin of Think Big (founded in 2010 and acquired by Teradata in late 2014) came up next to talk about their consulting practice around hadoop and other big data infrastructure. They are now over 100 people (on shore and off shore) with a 100% focus on Big Data technology. They are run largely separately [...]

Day two of the Teradata Influencers event started with Hermann Wimmer, co-president. Hermann gave us an introduction to the overall company strategy. Teradata has two co-presidents, one focused on data and analytics and one focused on marketing applications with some shared services. This allows  them to focus on the three markets there see for their [...]