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Neil Ward-Dutton of MWD Advisors kicked off the day at IBM's Process Summit talking about digital transformation and business processes.  Neil began with a key point - that "Digital Transformation" is more than just hype but that it is also a complicated and multi-faceted concept. Companies are being digitally disrupted because the internet and mobile [...]

My colleague Gagan Saxena is presenting with Andrew Ray of Goldman Sachs on Beyond Textbooks: Building the Modern Business Architecture at this year's Building Business Capability conference. A modern Business Architecture has been developed to align organizational change projects and to leverage new technologies. Value Streams, Capabilities, Processes, Decisions, Data, Events and Metrics have been lined up [...]

I am opening the second day of IBM's Process Transformation Summit in Napa this year. I'll be talking on "Transforming business operations one decision at a time." In this session I'll discuss the role of decision management in driving process and enterprise transformation. As cognitive operations come into focus and as organizations integrate business rules, analytics and cognitive capabilities on the [...]

I am giving a webinar on Analytics Teams: 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Deploy Your Model on November 15 [NEW DATE] at 11am Pacific Many Analytics Teams have experience with building what seems like a great model–valid, predictive, powerful–only to see disappointing or even no business impact. Some models are not deployed, or take [...]

I am giving a webinar on Analytics Teams: 6 Questions to Ask Your Business Partner Before You Model October 13 at 11am Pacific. Analytics Teams know that one of their biggest challenges is effective communication and collaboration with their business partners. Projects are plagued with too many iterations to get to a solution, too many detours [...]

I am giving a tutorial on Decision Modeling with DMN at this year's Building Business Capability conference and there's still time to register for it. Decision modeling is fast becoming a must know technique for business analysts and business architects. Decision modeling aligns processes, business rules and data in the most optimal way possible. When [...]

I was recently listed as one of the top Big Data/Data Science leaders on LinkedIn by KDnuggets. I was delighted to be on the list and to share it with some great thinkers and writers. My interest, as regular readers of the blog will know, is not really on how you build analytic models or apply data science techniques [...]

First Look: Enova Decisions

Enova Decisions was launched in January of 2016 as an outgrowth of Enova International’s existing technology and analytics capabilities, which are used to offer online consumer and small business loans to 11 brands in six countries including NetCredit and Headway Capital. Launched in 2004 as an online lender, Enova does all its own analytics for [...]

The folks over at ZS Associates sponsored a study by the Economist Information Unit on analytics titled “Broken Links: Why analytics investments have yet to pay off”. This report showed the classic challenge of analytics – 70% think analytics is very or extremely important but only 2% say their analytics efforts have a broad, positive impact. In [...]

I recently got a chance to catch up with the IBM SPSS team for an update. Analytics, in IBM’s view and mine, are increasingly necessary as digitization increases the scale of business data and digital disruptors increase the difficulty of making good decisions. For those being disrupted analytics offers a powerful way to fight back. [...]

I am giving a webinar with FICO and Automotive News on Strategies for Driving Real-time, 24x7 Business Outcomes through Analytically-Driven Decisions, July 12th at 2:30pm Eastern. The automotive industry has invested heavily in its Big Data, digital, business intelligence, and analytic infrastructures. But insights promised by these investments frequently remain hidden in the vast amount of [...]

I recently participated in an International Institute for Analytics webinar,  Prescribing The Right Decision With Prescriptive Analytics (I am a faculty member of IIA). In the webinar we did some surveys that had some interesting results. First off we asked the audience what they were using analytics for. This was interesting to me as it overlapped [...]

One of my students (from the UCI Extension Predictive Analytics Certificate in which I teach Business Goals for Predictive Analytics) sent me this article on Toyota Financial Services and its use of data science, predictive analytics, in collections. It's a great example of how to use analytics to improve your business outcomes and well worth a [...]

There is a great article from Bain and Company from 2013 that Elena Makurochkina (@elenamdata) pointed me to today - Infobesity: The enemy of good decisions. This is not only a fabulous phrase - infobesity feels viscerally correct as soon as you see it - but a great article too. Some quotes: Companies have overindulged in information. Some [...]

I am participating in an International Institute for Analytics webinar, 9am Pacific on June 23 "Prescribing the Right Decisions with Prescriptive Analytics" Automation of everyday activities holds the promise of consistency, accuracy and relevancy. When applied to business operations, the additional benefits of governance, adaptability and risk avoidance are realized. Prescriptive analytic empowers both systems [...]

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 [...]

Sparkling Logic is focused on enabling business and data analysts to manage automate decisions better and faster – what they call Analytics driven Decision Management. Sparkling Logic was founded in 2010 and I have blogged a few times about their decisioning platform (most recently here). Customers include Equifax, Paypal, FirstRate, Accela, Northrop Grumman and others [...]

This was my first briefing on Statistica since I reviewed v11 in 2012. Statsoft was established in 1984 and acquired by Dell in March 2014. The product has been continuously developed to the point where it has over 16,000 integrated functions.  Since acquisition, Dell has been focused on integrating it into Dell systems and processes [...]

First Look: Modelshop

Modelshop was founded by Tom Tobin, someone who has spent his career building analytic applications in credit origination, portfolio optimization, risk management and fraud detection for major financial institutions. Tom’s vision for Modelshop is to make the technologies that enable these types of solutions available to all organizations so they can make their analytics actionable. [...]

First Look: DMWay

I got a briefing from a new predictive analytics vendor, DMWay. DMWay was founded in 2014 based on significant research over the previous decades. DMWay had a first VC round in 2015, have 20+ employees and dozens of customers. DMWay is focused on democratizing data science and automating machine learning so that those with business [...]