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Dr. Robert Hecht-Nielsen PhD

In May, 2019 the analytics community lost a true pioneer. I met Robert Hecht-Nielsen in 2001 when the company he co-founded, HNC Software, purchased the Blaze Advisor business unit of Brokat Technology, where I worked. The following year, HNC Software was acquired by the company now known as FICO. He was well known to all [...]

Meet us at IBM THINK this week

Ryan Trollip, CTO of Decision Management Solutions, and Charlotte DeKeyrel, one of our experienced decision modeling consultants, and I are all going to be at IBM THINK February 11th – February 14th, 2019 in San Francisco. Ryan and I are speaking on Thursday and you’ll find us at events involving Decision Management and IBM’s decisioning [...]

Digital Insurance’s Insurance Analytics and AI event is coming to New York, November 27-28 (new venue and date) Austin September 27-28, 2018. This is going to be a great place to learn how to use analytics, machine learning, data science and AI to modernize your insurance business. I’ll post more as the details firm up but [...]

Karl Rexer of Rexer Analytics is at Predictive Analytics World this week (as am I) and he gave some quick highlights from the 2017 Rexer Analytics Data Science Survey. They’ve been doing survey since 2007 (and I have blogged about it regularly) and the 2017 is the 8th survey with 1,123 responses from 91 countries. Full [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Customers, IBM says, are moving to the cloud but they are transitioning through a hybrid solution. IBM is investing heavily in its cloud in terms of partnerships, technology, patents, volume, data centers etc. They announced two new partnerships this week – Cloudlfare and New Relic. The One Cloud architecture is particularly focused on AI and [...]

Ginni Rometty kicks off the main event with her opening keynote focusing on putting smart to work. Her premise is that everything could be changing now because business and technology architectures are changing at the same time – something that does not happen very often. The opportunity is for exponential change across all businesses thanks [...]

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 [...]

The Decision Management Community is trying to establish a most influential people list for Decision Management specifically. The plan is to have members of the community vote based on nominations provided here. So if you have someone you think has demonstrated leadership, engagement and innovation in the Decision Management community, why not go ahead and [...]

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 [...]

Last week, Silicon Valley research firm Aragon Research cited Decision Management Solutions as a visual and business-friendly extension to digital business platforms and named us a 2017 Hot Vendor in Digital Business Platforms. We’re delighted about this and feel pretty strongly that this validates our vision of a federated digital decisioning platform as an essential ingredient [...]

The Rexer Data Science survey is one of the best and longest running polls of data mining, analytic and data science professionals. I regularly refer to it and blog about it. It’s time to take this year’s survey – and the survey is aimed at all analytic people, no matter whether they consider themselves to be Data Analysts, [...]

DecisionCAMP 2017 is coming up July 11-14, 2017 at Birkbeck College, University of London. This is going to be a great opportunity to learn about decision modeling, the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard and related topics. In fact the week is full of great things to do if you are in London or can [...]

Ginni Rometty kicked off day two of the IBM Interconnect conference, with a pitch that cloud is changing IT, business and indeed society. Cloud, and the IBM Cloud in particular, she says will allow a new generation of business and change the world. Cloud is already 17% of IBM’s business and clearly Ginni sees this [...]

I am going to be at IBM InterConnect this week. I am speaking with Kaiser Permanente at 2pm on Monday – Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling at Kaiser Permanente – so come by and here me and Renee speak about our successes with decision modeling with DMN (Decision Model and Notation), business rules and IBM Operational [...]

I am delighted to announce that Jan Purchase, founder of Lux Magi, and I have finished what we believe is the definitive guide to decision modeling with the Object Management Group’s Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard, Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN. The book is now on general release and available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes [...]

Continuing in the analyst program at IBM World of Watson we got an update on the evolution of IBM’s Cloud Platform from Bill Karpovich. Cloud, he says, is strategic. Vendors must disrupt with cloud or be disrupted by it. Over the last few years, cloud has evolved from efficient public cloud infrastructure to new applications [...]

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 [...]