First Look: appStrategy Business Rules Engine

January 15, 2015

I got an update from the folks at appStrategy today. appStrategy started in 2003 and is based in Washington DC with offices also in France and the UK. Their business rules product suite was announced today and consists of a business user studio, a plugin for Visual Studio, server products and tools for integration with […]

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First Look: TIBCO Spotfire Recommendations

January 14, 2015

I got a quick update on TIBCO Spotfire recently having last been updated on TIBCO Spotfire 6.5. Since then TIBCO has acquired Jaspersoft and created their TIBCO Analytics group. In addition TIBCO has been taken private though no organizational or business strategy changes have resulted. The various analytic products continue to be fairly independent though […]

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BigML Update 2015

January 8, 2015

I last got an update from BigML back in 2013 when they updated us on their predictive analytics/machine learning platform. Since then they have been adding new algorithms, especially in unsupervised machine learning techniques, and generally updating the interface and workflow. With about 15,000 registered users Big ML is moving into enterprise customers more and […]

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New podcast on decision modeling and DMN

January 2, 2015

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 you […]

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Kick off the new year with DMN training

December 31, 2014

Happy New Year everyone. Now that the Decision Model and Notation standard (DMN) has been approved by the OMG, why not kick off the new year with our online training in Decision Modeling with DMN? Still time to register – class starts on Tuesday January 6!

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DMN approved!

December 12, 2014

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 Modeler for […]

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The benefits of using BPMN and DMN together

December 4, 2014

Tom Debevoise and I gave a webinar this week on 4 key benefits of using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standards. We highlighted the power of these two standards in combination, specifically in terms of:

Streamlined processes
A combination of process modeling and decision modeling produces simpler business processes […]

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Process modeling certification now requires decision modeling Knowledge

November 24, 2014

In a recent announcement, the Object Management Group made it clear that process people – those getting BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) certification specifically – should know about decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. In this press release OMG Updates Business Intermediate Level of BPM Certification Program the role of DMN in […]

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New Article on in-database analytics

November 19, 2014

I recently published a new article in the Teradata Magazine – Get Closer to Your Data
If data holds the secrets to better business decisions, then advanced analytics is the means to getting data to reveal that information. That’s why organizations striving to be more data driven are adopting advanced analytics.
New and improved techniques offer solutions to business […]

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First Look: Dataiku’s Data Science Studio

November 17, 2014

Dataiku, a company founded in 2013 and based in France, launched their product, Data Science Studio (DSS), in February 2014. DSS is a web-based analytic software platform designed for data scientists and analysts. The product is designed to improve the effectiveness and productivity of data teams especially when it comes to turning raw data into […]

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Great new case study on the power of decision modeling

October 30, 2014

We have just posted a great new case study on the power of decision modeling with a story from the Finnish Tax Authority. In Decision Modeling Closes the Gap Between Processes and Business Rules at the Finnish Tax Administration, Timo Laukkanen, Process Director at the Finnish Tax Administration (FTA), describes how decision modeling has filled […]

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#IBMInsight Internet of Things

October 28, 2014

Jake Porway came back to talk about the coming explosion of data. With the Internet of Things, drones and more sensors everywhere, our current view of “big data” is going to seem quaint in the not too distant future. So much more data is going to come flooding in we have to adopt new technologies and new […]

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#IBMInsight Keynote: Seize this moment – transform your industry

October 28, 2014

Second day at Insight 2014 and the opening keynote is about transforming your industry. Mike Rhodin kicked things off by discussing how people think – by observing, interpreting what we see based on our experience and biases, and then we decide what we are going to do.  But there is a limit to how well we can do […]

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#IBMInsight Powerful Analytics for Everyone

October 27, 2014

Pej Javaheri come on to talk about the use of analytics to “be essential”. Analytics, he said, has arrived across marketing, sales, finance, IT and more. The results from applying analytics are clear and powerful, with research showing very strong ROI. IBM, he says, is focused on putting analytics in the hands of everyone while making it easy […]

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#IBMInsight Keynote: Envision you journey: Are you ready for real-time decision-making?

October 27, 2014

Shanker Ramamurthy kicked off the session, describing how, as the world’s economy is digitized, the use of Big Data and analytics to compete in the new real-time economy becomes essential. The latency with which enterprises much develop and implement solutions is collapsing to zero. Customers are demanding more value for money at the same time, requiring not just faster […]

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Opening #IBMInsight Keynote: Seize This Moment: Envision Your Future

October 27, 2014

At IBM Insight 2014 this week to hear about IBM’s latest data and analytics offerings. Tomorrow I will be speaking myself on how event-centric decisions represent an inflection point in real-time decision making. For now though it’s going to be all IBM.
After some great rah-rah intro material from Jake Porway and Jeff Jonas, Bob Picciano came on […]

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Business and IT perspectives on Decision Management – some videos

October 22, 2014

I am often asked to give a business or an IT perspective on Decision Management. As part of some recent work with SAS on Decision Management we created two decision management videos – one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals:

For Business Users an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and me on SAS® Decision Manager Insights:

A high-level description of […]

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First Look: IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced

October 22, 2014

I blogged a little about the tech preview of IBM’s Operational Decision Manager – Advanced product when I was at IMPACT and I recently got a full briefing on the new ODM Advanced release.
ODM Advanced has been under development for about 2 years with early access for customers back in late 2013 and technology previews […]

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A new book on decision modeling and process modeling with BPMN/DMN

October 21, 2014

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 modeling […]

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SAS Decision Manager Product Review

October 20, 2014

As part of working with SAS on their Decision Management initiatives I got to talk with their about their new product – SAS Decision Manager.  As part of this I recorded some wrote a product review:
SAS Decision Manager delivers more precise, accurate, and traceable decisions into operational processes using analytics and business rules. SAS Decision Manager closes the […]

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