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#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 [...]

At Decision Management Solutions we have a long history of providing free resources to help drive the adoption of Decision Management, Decision Management technology and Decision Modeling. Today we continued this with our announcement of a free version of our decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. The free Basic Version delivers user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models for [...]

Information Management just published my latest column An Analytics Capability Landscape discussing our recent research on decision-led, role-centric, style-based selection of analytic capabilities.

Last week OpenText acquired Actuate and their CEO, Mark Barrenechea, blogged about the acquisition. As Mark says "analytics are a hot technology" so mergers and acquisitions in the analytic space are to be expected. With OpenText's focus on Enterprise Information Management and its strong content management capabilities, an analytics firm like Actuate makes good sense. OpenText already had content management, business process [...]

I have recently completed some research on the increasingly broad portfolio of analytic capabilities available today. These capabilities range from traditional Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities like reporting and ad-hoc query to modern visualization and data discovery capabilities as well as data mining and advanced analytics. These capabilities are often presented as part of a maturity curve, where [...]

Joe Dager of Business901 interviewed me for his podcast series recently - check out The systems and processes of Decision Management. In it we talk about Decision Management, Decision Modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation standard and more. You can also download the MP3, check out the Business901 iTunes Store, the mobile version or the Android APP. If [...]

DMN approved!

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) 1.0 standard was accepted by the OMG Architecture Board yrsterday 12/12/14 at the Long Beach, CA, OMG Technical meeting. We have a standard! Check out our white paper or the new book on BPMN/DMN that I wrote with Tom Debvoise. You can also try our DMN decision modeler DecisionsFirst [...]

Tom Debevoise and I have just published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling and it's now available on Amazon. A little bit about the book: the landscape of process modeling has evolved as have the best practices. The smartest companies are using decision [...]

Decision modeling as part of the requirements phase or iteratively during agile projects makes it easier for business users to fully participate in Drools implementations and maintenance. If you missed our webinar, Engaging Business Users with Drools, the presentation and webcast are now available. In the webinar Mariano De Maio, CTO of Drools experts Plugtree and I present how [...]

I recently published a new article over on the BPM Institute - Discovering Decisions in Your Business. Most organizations will initially identify decisions within their business processes – either finding tasks that are clearly decision-making tasks such as those handling validation, approval, calculations, assessments etc – or collapsing process complexity into a decision that was [...]

Join us at Decision Camp 2014, October 13-15, 2014 in beautiful San Jose, CA hosted by PayPal. Decision Camp is an event by decision management practitioners for practitioners - and registration is free! Practitioners are Business Analysts, Business Experts, Developers or Architects that use or consider using Decision Management technologies such as Business Rules, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence [...]

Earlier this week we announced the release of the Enterprise Edition of our cloud-based decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. This new Enterprise Edition extends our user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models by integrating them with implementation platforms such as business rules management systems (BRMS) and predictive analytic workbenches. By linking business user-friendly decision requirements models to often complex [...]

Brian McDonough has been writing (with Dan Vesset, Steve Hendrick, Henry Morris and others) on Decision Management at IDC for many years and he has recently published an IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Decision Management Software Platform 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report has an IDC MarketScape figure, IDC's opinion on the Decision Management market, process and software as well as some [...]

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 [...]