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I am speaking at the Global Big Data Conference in Santa Clara, CA in March and participating in the keynote panel on Solving Business problems using Predictive Analytics This looks like being a great panel - Prateek Joshi (Founder, Pluto AI) is moderating and I will be joined by Feyzi Bagirov (Professor, Faculty of Analytics, Harrisburg [...]

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 [...]

  The Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report began in early 2012 as a way to share our research and experience in building Decision Management Systems. Since then we have extended, updated and revised the report many times. This week we released the latest version - Version 8 - with a new, easier to use format. There [...]

First Look: Conductrics 3.0

I caught up with the folks from Conductrics to learn about their 3.0 release (I have blogged about Conductrics before). Conductrics has been in the decision optimization business for many years now. At its core Conductrics is about assigning customers to experiences. They recently released 3.0 with some new features. Conductrics Express is a point-and-click [...]

I have trained a lot of practitioners in the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) - I am closing in on 1,000 decision modeling trainees now - and one of the interesting questions is always their motivation for using decision models. As I look back across all the folks I have trained, four motivations seem to bubble [...]

I am speaking at the Global Big Data Conference in Santa Clara, CA in March on Don't Apply Big Data Analytics To The Wrong Problem: Put Decisions First One of the biggest challenges for analytics Teams is effective communication with their business partners. Too many projects fail to connect problems in the business environment to [...]

Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri asks "if analytics does not lead to more informed decisions and more effective actions, then why do it at all?" Specifically in a great post What Exactly The Heck Are Prescriptive Analytics? he says (emphasis mine) Prescriptive analytics is about using data and analytics to improve decisions and therefore the effectiveness of actions. Isn’t [...]

I recently wrote three articles for KDnuggets on the potential for decision modeling in the context of the CRISP-DM methodology for analytic projects: Four Problems in Using CRISP-DM and How To Fix Them CRISP-DM is the leading approach for managing data mining, predictive analytic and data science projects. CRISP-DM is effective but many analytic projects neglect key [...]

BPM Skills in 2017: Hot or Not?

Zbigniew Misiak posted a great set of tips from practitioners BPM Skills in 2017 – Hot or Not - with my contribution here.  This is a great way to get some quick advice from a wide range of practitioners and experts. As someone with a particular focus on decision management and decision modeling I was struck [...]

Tom Davenport had a great article recently on Data Informed - “Printing Money” with Operational Machine Learning. His intro paragraph is great: Organizations have made large investments in big data platforms, but many are struggling to realize business value. While most have anecdotal stories of insights that drive value, most still rely only upon storage cost [...]

I am giving a webinar on November 16 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern with Oracle on "Innovations Driving the ROI of Real-Time Analytics" New innovations are making it more practical than ever to deliver real-time operational analytics. As costs decline and technical barriers are overcome, organizations in every industry can improve their operational decisions with better, [...]

I am participating in a webinar on "The citizen data scientist: Can you democratize analytics for better business outcomes?" with Information Management, sponsored by Dell. Analytics is about better understanding customers, markets, and other phenomena that impact business performance. So while PhDs in mathematics and computer science play an important role in analytics success, employees with [...]

Continuing with blogs from Building Business Capability I am self-blogging the session I co-presented with David Herring, who leads the Process Transformation and Decision Management Program at a leading Northern California Healthcare organization, on “Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling”. David works at a large not-for-profit health plan that does everything from inpatient, to home [...]

An additional blog post here on a session at Building Business Capability that I missed - Business Analysis for Data Science teams. I know Susan Meyer who presented it and we talked several times about her presentation. It's a really key topic so I wanted to present a summary. Here goes: There is a lot [...]

Continuing with presentations at Building Business Capability, Kaiser Permanente and IBM presented on their decision management and cognitive platform for application development innovation. For those of you that don’t know, Kaiser is the Nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan. They do everything from inpatient, to home health, hospitals, hospice, pharmacy, and insurance. 10M+ members, 17,000 doctors and [...]

I am attending this year's Building Business Capability conference and blogging sessions like this one from Jim Sinur of Aragon Research. I gave a tutorial earlier in the week on decision modeling with DMN and will be speaking later in the week with David Herring of Kaiser Permanente (and signing my new book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling [...]

AllAnalytics recently asked its readers "What is the greatest danger spot for analytics projects?" and the results are pretty clear. Here's a snapshot (the percentages have been pretty stable): Top of the heap is "Identifying the Business Problem" with over 40% Then it's a close run thing between "Data sourcing" and "Putting data into action", both at 20% [...]

Second keynote at IBM's World of Watson is on the role of cloud and data as the foundation for cognitive systems and businesses. Bob Picciano from IBM's analytics business kicked things off. Bob began with a discussion of how IT's value has changed - from a focus on processing and how fast/cheap it can be done to a [...]

It's opening keynote time at IBM's World of Watson 2016 and we kicked off with a video history of Watson from Jeopardy to today. Dr John Kelly of IBM got us started, emphasizing how rapidly interest in Watson has grown over the last year or two.  In August 2007, he says, a small team of researchers [...]

I spoke at the IBM Process Transformation Summit today on Transforming Business Operations One Decision At A Time. I began with some examples of operational excellence, showing how four pillars really matter - data, metrics, processes and decisions. Of these, it is decisions and processes that offer opportunity to transform business operations. Organizations that transform themselves in [...]