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Many of you already own Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics - we've sold over 7,000 copies after all - but if you have been looking for the book recently on amazon you may have noticed something odd: the Kindle version is gone... This is not because the Kindle version does [...]

One of the most persistent problems with decision modeling in my experience is the tendency of people to think of decision modeling as a one-time requirements effort. Many teams are convinced that building a decision model using the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard (white paper here) is going to help them with their business rules [...]

Lisa Kart and Roy Schulte recently published a new research report Develop Good Decision Models to Succeed at Decision Management (subscription required). This is the first piece of formal research published by Gartner on decision modeling. Their introduction text says The industry trends toward algorithmic business and decision automation are driving wider adoption of the decision management [...]

I am faculty member of the International Institute for Analytics and Bob Morison has recently published some great research (to which I made a very modest contribution) on Field Experience In Embedded Analytics - a topic that includes Decision management. If you want access to the full research you will need to become an Enterprise Research [...]

The Call for Speakers is open for DecisionCAMP 2016 until April 1st. This year DecisionCAMP will be hosted by the International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML) on July 7, 2016 at Stony Brook University, New York, USA. This event will aim to summarize the current state in Decision Management with a particular focus on the use of the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) [...]

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 [...]

Jan Purchase of LuxMagi and I are working away on our new book, Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN. Real-world Decision Modeling with DMN will be available from MK Press in print and Kindle versions in the coming months and I wanted to take a moment to talk about why Jan and I are the right people to be [...]

This year DecisionCAMP will be hosted by the International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML) on July 7, 2016 at Stony Brook University, New York, USA. This year's event will aim to summarize the current state in Decision Management with a particular focus on the use of the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. As always it will show [...]

As regular readers know I have been working on a new decision modeling book - Real World Decision Modeling with DMN - with Jan Purchase. While you wait for this book from Meghan-Kiffer press you might want to check out Questioning BPM? This was a fascinating exercise in which Paul Harmon and Roger Tregear asked a whole [...]

Besides working on Real World Decision Modeling with DMN  I recently contributed a piece on the use of decision modeling for framing predictive analytics to The Big Analytics Book, a book being produced by the folks at AnalyticsWeek. AnalyticsWeek rounded up 60+ thought leaders in analytics, including yours truly, and got us all to write a [...]

I am delighted to announce a collaboration with Jan Purchase of LuxMagi on a new book, Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN. You can read the full announcement here and Real-world Decision Modeling with DMN will be available from MK Press in print and Kindle versions. As Richard Soley, who has graciously agreed to write a foreword for us, says: "A [...]

I have just finished updating Enterprise Scale Analytics with R with new data from the Rexer Analytics Survey for 2015. As R has become more popular, the role of analytics has become increasingly important to organizations of every size. Increasingly, the focus is on enterprise-scale analytics—using advanced, predictive analytics to improve every decision across the [...]

I have spoken at Predictive Analytics World a few times and it's a great event. Predictive Analytics World for Business is coming up April 3-7, 2016 in San Francisco. This is one of the best events for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners. The conference focuses on case studies about data science, on their business impact and [...]

#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 [...]

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is starting to get some real traction in the market. We have a growing number of clients adopting the modeling techniques (described in this white paper if you are not familiar with decision modeling with DMN) and a number using our decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler. In a few [...]

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 [...]

I am a faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA). I have been working on some research on framing predictive analytics project requirements. As part of this research I have published an IIA research brief and recorded a briefing. These discuss decision modeling, a new technique for framing a business problem so it can be [...]

OneDecision, DMN and DecisionsFirst

Those of you who follow the news on the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard will have seen that we have become a supporter of the new OneDecision.io open source initiative. OneDecision is working on making it easy to execute a well defined DMN decision table - essentially taking a DMN interchange file defined [...]

If you are interested in Decision Management or Decision Modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard, check out these three training opportunities: Online Training: Introduction to Decision Management August 25-27, 10:00-11:30am Pacific This 3-part online live training class will prepare you to adopt Decision Management or expand existing business rules/analytic efforts into true [...]

Our Partner Azinta is running a Decision Management and Decision Modeling class in the UK in July: 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 projects that integrate process models, business rules and predictive analytics.  Watch [...]