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Cassie Kozyrkov, the Chief Decision Intelligence Engineer at Google wrote an article recently titled  Is your AI project a nonstarter in which she identified 22 check list items for a candidate AI project. It’s a great article and you should definitely read it. In particular you should note the quote at the top: Don’t waste [...]

First Look: IBM Decision Composer

IBM has been developing Decision Composer since 2017 and is releasing it as part of its core Business Rules Management System, Operational Decision Manager, in December 2018. Decision Composer is a browser-based tool, currently available on the IBM cloud, that uses a decision model metaphor to design decision logic and deploy it as a decision [...]

We are running Jan Vanthienen’s highly reviewed, Decision Table Modeling with DMN training again December 11-13, 9:30am-11:30am Pacific each time. When representing and analyzing business decisions in real business situations and processes, decision tables have always proven a powerful approach. Decision table methodology, however, is more than putting some rules in a few tables. Hear all [...]

We are running our regularly scheduled, and highly reviewed, Decision Modeling with DMN training again December 4-6, 9:30am-11:30am Pacific each time. Decision modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is fast becoming the definitive approach for building more effective processes and for specifying requirements for business rules and predictive analytic projects. With decision modeling, [...]

I am giving a webinar on Delivering the Business Value of Analytics, August 14th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. Many organizations still struggle to get a business return on their investment on advanced analytics. The biggest barrier? An inability to integrate analytics, especially predictive analytics, into frontline systems and business processes. Work with a number of [...]

I’m a big believer in decision models using the DMN industry standard notation and Decision Management Solutions uses it on all our projects – we’ve modeled over 3,000 decisions and trained over 1,000 people. But we don’t use executable decision models very often and strongly disagree with those that say the only good decision model [...]

We are relaunching our newsletter, in a GDPR-compliant way, with a focus on DecisionsFirst Digital Transformation. We were probably GDPR-compliant before but better safe than sorry. We send emails about every 3 or 4 weeks with information about resources, events and articles on Decision Management topics. For example, case studies in digital transformation; decision modeling as a [...]

A recent article on Dig-in talked about How insurers can think strategically about AI. It contained a killer quote from Chris Cheatham of RiskGenius: A lot of times people jump in and try AI without understanding the problem they’re trying to solve. Find the problem first, then figure out if AI can solve it, and what [...]

John Rymer and Mike Gualtieri of Forrester Research have just published a new piece of research – The Dawn Of Digital Decisioning: New Software Automates Immediate Insight-To-Action Cycles Crucial For Digital Business. This is a great paper – not only does it mention some Decision Management Solutions’ clients as examples, it makes some great points [...]

First Look: ACTICO Modeler 8

ACTICO has just released ACTICO Modeler 8 – the latest version of the product previously known as Visual Rules for Finance (see most recent review here). ACTICO Modeler is a project-based IDE. ACTICO users can now select whether to create a “classic” Rule Modeling project or a Decision Model and Notation (DMN) project. The DMN [...]

Jim Sinur of Aragon Research recently published a new blog Mounting Pressure for Better Decisions. He argues, correctly, that decision making is under pressure because there is more data available than ever before, a need for faster change in the way organizations make decisions to respond to evolving circumstances and a general need for speed in [...]

Maureen Fleming of IDC presented at IDC Directions on How Does Decision-Centric Computing Drive Digital Transformation? She kindly shared this presentation with me. Decision-centric computing, she says: continuously receives and analyzes data to predict when decisions need to be made, systematically learns how to automate those decisions, and acts on each decision to improve performance. [...]

Jim Sinur, VP of Research and Aragon Fellow at Aragon Research recently posted “Better Decisions with Decision Management” to his blog. Jim begins by describing Decision Management as “another discipline that will help consistently deliver better decisions”, especially when added to analytics and AI. It’s great to have Jim’s focus turn to a Decision Management [...]

DecisionCAMP 2018 in in Europe – Luxembourg to be precise – September 17-19. This is a great event and well worth your time if you are interested in the nuts and bolts of decisioning technology, Decision Management or decision modeling. Last year’s event in London was great with a wide range of presentations and lots [...]

March 27-29 I am teaching a 3-part online live training class that will prepare you to be immediately effective in a modern, collaborative and DMN standards-based approach to decision modeling. You’ll learn how to identify and prioritize the decisions that drive your business, see how to analyze and model these decisions, and understand the role these decisions [...]

I have written before on how a decisions-first approach is ideal for success with AI. After reading David Roe‘s article 11 Questions Organizations need to Ask Before Buying into AI I thought a few more comments were in order: If you focus on decisions first and on how you must/could/want to make the decision, you can [...]

Back in November I posted a humorous Thanksgiving guest decision model to LinkedIn. I just repeated the exercise with a decision model to help you assess a New Year’s Resolution. While these are just for fun, I thought it might be worth sharing how I built this one. Normally we like to work top-down talking [...]

All industry standards offer interchange. Successful standards offer skills interchange not just a technical interchange format. The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) decision modeling standard has a published XML interchange format, of course, and several of the committee’s members are working really hard to iron out the remaining issues and make the XML interchange more [...]

AI is a hot topic and we get asked a lot by clients how they can succeed with AI or cognitive technology. There’s often a sense of panic – “everyone is doing AI and we’re not!” – and a sense that they have to start a completely separate initiative, throw money at it and hope [...]

I am giving a webinar on Boost Straight Through Processing in Your Claims System with Decision Automation at 10am Pacific on November 16. Register for this free webinar to see how you can automate decisions to handle more claims without manual intervention. Boost your Jet or Straight Through Processing rates to new heights to reduce costs, [...]