First Look: Teradata Appliance for SAS, Model 750

October 26, 2015

SAS has been focusing on in-memory analytics recently with its new Visual Analytics products for instance. Teradata and SAS have been working together to enable these in-memory products for Teradata customers and today announced a new appliance. The expansion to the Teradata Appliance for SAS, Model 750 now supports SAS High Performance Analytics (HPA) Products, […]

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Decision Model and Notation (DMN) at Building Business Capability 2015

October 21, 2015

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 […]

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First Look: XMPro

October 20, 2015

I got a chance recently to catch up with the folks from XMPro. XMPro is a .NET-based Intelligent Business Operations Platform with headquarters in Dallas and offices in Denver, Sydney, London and South Africa.
The folks from XMPro see the world as a very event-driven environment with work arriving in an increasingly dynamic fashion day by […]

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Some early results from the Rexer Analytics Data Science Survey

October 13, 2015

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 […]

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First Look: IBM ODM on Cloud

October 8, 2015

I have blogged about IBM ODM (Operational Decision Management – their Business Rules Management System) many times before (most recently about ODM Advanced here). IBM has a new cloud offering – IBM ODM on Cloud – that was announced in early October.
IBM ODM has offered various deployment options for a while – on premise, Bluemix, […]

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Decision Modeling for Predictive Analytics at IIA

October 6, 2015

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 […]

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OneDecision, DMN and DecisionsFirst

September 29, 2015

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 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 […]

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First Look: Dataiku 2.0

September 9, 2015

I last got an update from Dataiku in November of 2014. Since then they have raised money and opened an office in New York. New features and capabilities have been added to the product and they are seeing good interest in the product from US customers as they expand here.
The 2.0 version has been available […]

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First Look: BusinessOptics

September 8, 2015

I got a briefing from a company that’s new to the US but that I have been aware of for a while – BusinessOptics. The company was founded in South Africa and started about four years ago. The product itself was first released about two years ago and the initial customers are primarily in South […]

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Using Decision Management to avoid pointless and reckless

August 11, 2015

John Boyd, author of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) once said
Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless
This seems to me to be a clarion call for Decision Management and its combination of operational and analytic systems into Decision Management Systems:

A typical analytic system, a Business Intelligence or dashboard system for instance, […]

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Upcoming Decision Management and Decision Modeling Training Opportunities

August 10, 2015

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 Decision Management […]

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New IIA research brief on framing analytic requirements

August 6, 2015

I am faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and recently completed a new research brief on Framing Requirements for Predictive Analytic Projects with Decision Modeling. The Research Brief is behind the paywall for IIA clients with an Enterprise Research Subscription. If you are interested in IIA membership and the research that IIA produces check out the site. IIA does a […]

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White Paper of the Week: Framing Analytic Requirements

July 20, 2015

I have been thinking a lot about using decision modeling for advanced analytic projects recently as we have several clients in this area as well as a number of users of DecisionsFirst Modeler in this space. So much so I thought I would do a white paper of the week  for our paper on Framing Analytic […]

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Gartner talking Decision Management and real-time analytics

June 24, 2015

Roy Schulte of Gartner gave a webinar last week on “Best Practices for Real-Time Analytics and Decision Management”
Digital business is driving CIO and senior IT leader awareness of decision management, an emerging discipline comparable to data management and business process management. Decision management improves business effectiveness by embedding real-time analytics and business rules into the […]

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White paper of the week: Maximizing the Value of Business Rules (Updated)

June 22, 2015

We have just released an updated version of Maximizing the Value of Business Rules
Components of a BRMSDecision Management streamlines and focuses business rules projects for faster, more effective deployment.
Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS) deliver on the promise of costs savings, agility and happy customers. Yet for many organizations, these efforts remain point solutions. Decision Management is […]

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Live Training in the UK in July: Decision Management and Decision Modeling

June 18, 2015

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 this […]

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Decision Modeling – a technique for Process Modelers

June 15, 2015

Paul Harmon of BPTrends had an interesting post last month – What Techniques Should a Process Methodology Support? – that made me want to make a pitch for decision modeling as a core technique for process modelers. In his article he quotes a friend as saying that this friend
“didn’t include Decision Management (or Business Rules) in process, but […]

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Teradata Aster AppCenter #td3pi

June 4, 2015

John Thume wrapped up the day with a session on Aster Operationalizing Analytics and the new Aster AppCenter. Success in Big Data Analytics requires several things he said:

It’s all about People and Process not technology he says. The technology has evolved hugely but the people and the process they have to change remain challenging.
Aster is […]

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Teradata Aster Comments #TD3PI

June 4, 2015

Randy Lea came back on o talk about Teradata Aster. He started by re-emphasizing what he sees as the value of big data and big data management. Teradata, he says, has a strong infrastructure for acquisition, integration and access to data. Adding Big Data into this environment is about allowing data to be landed quickly […]

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