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I recently met Neil Ward-Dutton of mwd advisors at bpmNEXT and we chatted about decision modeling - I was there giving a demo of DecisionsFirst Modeler and its support for the new Decision Model and Notation standard. Neil pointed me to his recent report CMMN and DMN: new notations for systems of co-ordination – what are [...]

I recently gave a presentation at bpmNEXT showing how you can apply decision modeling, using the new Decision Model and Notation standard, to build simpler, smarter and more agile processes. The actual presentation was recorded and I will blog when it goes live but as part of preparing I recorded the demo itself and we [...]

I am attending bpmNEXT this month to talk about decision modeling and I am delighted to let you know that you can get a 30% discount on attending by entering the code DMS. bpmNEXT is a different kind of event - as Sandy Kemsley said of last year's event it focuses on demos, not presentations; keeps its [...]

I am presenting (demonstrating really) on Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes at bpmNEXT March 27. A live demonstration of DecisionsFirst Modeler, a collaborative cloud-based environment for decision modeling, will show how the Decision Model and Notation standard works. In addition, you’ll see how teams can collaborate on these models, how they can link [...]

I have just been announced as the new Editorial Director for Business Decision Management on BPMInstitute.org. The plan is that I will guide the direction of the Business Decision Management or BDM content as well as teach a number of new and improved training courses. BPMInstitute.org is a great outfit and I am excited to [...]

As I announced earlier in the week, the Decision Model and Notation specification is now (barring a few technicalities) a Beta specification at the OMG. While members can get access to the submission, non-members would normally have to wait a few more weeks. With the permission of the other submitters, however, I have posted it [...]

Well all our hard work has paid off and we submitted a proposed standard to the Object Management Group on Decision Model and Notation. This standard is intended to provide a standard business-friendly notation that can be used for initial decision requirements, for detailed decision models, and even to manage technical implementation of decisions in [...]

Bosch Software Innovations (the company that emerged from Bosch’s acquisition of Innovations Software Technology with its Visual Rules BRM suite some years ago) acquired inubit last year and has been working to develop an integrated portfolio. The inubit acquisition came after a number of joint projects where customers used both inubit Suite for BPM and [...]

Update – Software AG

I got an update from Software AG after they announced webMethods 8.2 and ARIS 7.2.These two releases are the end result of work since Software AG acquired both companies. The releases contain features specific to both products based on their long standing roadmaps but Software AG also invested in improved integration of the two products. [...]

The new Business Process Manager 7.5 brings together the WebSphere Lombardi Edition and WebSphere Process Server in a single go-forward product. IBM wanted to bring the power of the WPS runtime and the simplicity of the Lombardi platform while significantly improving design time governance and end to end  visibility. The new product has: Process Server [...]

Warning –this is a post about a standards process so there are a fair number of abbreviations – I tried to describe the key ones. There is a large community of users of business rules management systems, with thousands of large companies using them to automate and improve decisions. In addition, there is a strong [...]

Jan Vanthienen of the University of Leuven presented to the Object Management Group's session on Decision Modeling Notation. He began by discussing how business processes need flexibility and this means you cannot hard code rules and decisions in your processes – processes often don’t change even when the decisions within them do. Rule Tasks in [...]

I got an update from the folks at Alfresco recently. This company is an open source content management project, begun by a team that left Documentum some years ago. The project now has about 2M downloads and is a commercial open source company with 1,200 paying customers – mostly among those typically comfortable with open [...]

Bruce Silver wrote a couple of interesting posts on this topic - Integrating Process and Rules – Part 1 and Part 2. Reading Bruce's posts, and thinking back on the various posts I have written about business process and business decision management (Risks of pursuing BPM without decisioning, Adding decisioning to your BPM initiative or [...]

SAP Research is a hidden group almost with hundreds of researchers around the world working on a variety of projects like semantic interoperability, data management and analytics and more. For instance they have been using Google Wave (Gravity) for instance for collaborative BPM, some iphone applications and some cool technology using text analytics. We discussed [...]

First Look – Vitria M3O

I got an update on Vitria for the first time in a few years a little while back. Vitria started back in 1994 with Enterprise Application Integration capabilities and has added Business Process Management, Business Activity Monitoring and ultimately Business Event Management/Complex Event Processing functionality over the last few years. They are using "Operational Intelligence" [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ I have posted a couple of times recently on the interaction of decisions and processes - Another way decision management and process interact, More on keeping decisions and processes separate and Here's how decision management simplifies process management. This last one prompted Stephen Zisk (of Pega) and Dan Selman (of ILOG) to [...]

I got an update from Ishmael Ghalimi at Intalio this week. I have blogged about Intalio a few times, including a set of posts from their user group - check out the intalio tag. Intalio is a company built on a variant of the open source model with 80% of their code in open source, [...]

A reader asked me last week about how I saw business rules engines fitting in with UML, SOA and Microsoft. The article discusses whether Microsoft's Oslo strategy for SOA will be based on UML or merely offer support for it among many standards. First, let me say that I think it is increasingly clear that [...]

Shao Fang presented the D3 (Demand Driven Development) program and their work on integrating business rules into the Intalio BPMS. A few notes on the D3 program: Not custom development Community suggested projects Customers put up money for features they really want and get credit for them Some are decoupled and done offshore, some more [...]