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Actian has recently released its new Actian Analytics Platform (blogged about here) to deliver scale, parallelism, advanced analytics etc. Following on from this they announced a new offering, Clear Path. The Clear Path Program is designed to provide blueprints to help customers adopt this platform and deliver “transformational value”. Clear Path Analytics Blueprints package up [...]

Les Rechan and Niel Isford came up to wrap up the first day to talk about IBM’s focus on Client Experience. The products, as was noted earlier, are focusing on being Easy, Simple and Fast to make them easier to consume. From a licensing perspective IBM is working with clients on an IBM Unlimited License [...]

Bob Picciano and Les Rechan came up next to discuss Big Data and Analytics: Fueling Competitive Advantage in the New Era of Smart. Five years ago IBM launched the Smarter Planet initiative. On a smarter planet, they say, everything is connected and instrumented and this is reflected in the explosion of Big Data. To drive value [...]

I do a lot of work with companies and organizations adopting business rules and Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS) such as BRFplus and NetWeaver BRM. I wanted to share two things (as I head off to Sapphire/ASUG). First, I often find that when organizations start with business rules they begin by just trying to capture [...]

Session 2420 at IBM’s IMPACT is titled “From Business Rules to a Decision-Centric Organization” and is being presented jointly by me and a client of mine – Gagan Saxena of Apple Vacations. Apple Vacations is expanding its B2C business by improving consumer experience, adding intelligent personalization and dynamically creating product packages – a dramatic shift [...]

We got a quick overview of SPSS Decision Management (see my post on SPSS DM 6 or indeed the whole blog for my view of this). SPSS Decision Management combines predictive analytics, business rules and optimization/simulation to optimize high volume decisions like “should I search this car at the border” or “should I investigate this [...]

Dean Hager from Lawson came on to follow-up on the dynamic business applications story. Dynamic means “continuous change, activity, or progress” and Enterprise Applications “suck at this” to use his words. But this is a problem as the world is changing – people change, events cause change, the business climate changes and more. He asked [...]

Scope <> Business Rules

Jeff Jonas wrote an interesting post – Custom Software Scope Changes (Not) – that reminded me of my ongoing battle to argue that rules are not requirements. Jeff argues that we take far too little time designing custom software before we start to build it. A summary quote from his post illustrates his point: I [...]