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First Look: DataRobot

DataRobot is focused on automated machine learning and on helping customers build an AI driven business, especially by focusing on decisions that can be automated using machine learning and other AI technologies. DataRobot was founded in 2012 and currently has nearly 200 staff including 90+ data scientists. Since it was founded, over 200M models have [...]

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 [...]

Final session for me at Building Business Capability is Denis Gagne of Trisotech talking about the intersection of process, case and decision modeling - BPMN, CMMN and DMN - and the importance of these standards to business analysts. Denis reminds us that all organizations are facing a new digital future with rapid technology change, changing customer [...]

Continuing blogging from Building Business Capability and it's time for Jan Vanthienen to talk decision modeling for the business analyst. Jan is a leading researcher into decision modeling and decision tables at the University of Leuven. Observation 1: Decisions are important for business, not only processes. Too often, he says, the process is modeled with no [...]

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 to blog from Building Business Capability 2016 I am listening to Railin talking about next steps afterr getytingh funding for rules and process improvement. Railinc is a SaaS company supplying software to the rail industry. Railinc is modernizing how it implements rules and processes in their applications. The program covers all 6 product lines and [...]

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 [...]

We work with a lot of business rules architects and we see that more and more of them are using decision modeling as part of their business rules management system (BRMS) implementations. I recently wrote a series of blog posts - 3 Reasons Rules Architects Are Adopting Decision Modeling - over on our company blog. You can [...]

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 [...]

I am speaking at the ODM/iLOG BRMS Meetup on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 6pm Pacific in the IBM Offices at 1001 Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City (map) on Decision Modeling, DMN and IBM ODM. Decision Modeling with the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is a powerful way to maximize the ROI to be gained from [...]

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. [...]

As Jan and I work on our book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN, we have been discussing some of the common misconceptions about decision modeling that we’ve encountered among adopters. This is going to be one of the chapters in the book, in which we analyze misguided applications of decision modeling and their consequences, but [...]

I am giving a tutorial at this year's Building Business Capability Conference on Decision Modeling with DMN 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 analytics or business rules need to be integrated [...]

FICO made a series of announcements today at FICOWorld 2016. The event kicked off with a fun retrospective of the 60 year history of FICO. Bill Fair and Early Isaac founded the company in 1956 to use data and analytics to improve decision-making. This focus has not changed really in all the years since - FICO is still [...]

One of the interesting and useful things about the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard for decision models is how it handles the data required by a decision. Simply put, a Decision in DMN may have any number of Information Requirements and these define its data dependencies - the Decision requires this information to be available if the [...]

Next up at the SAS Inside Intelligence event are some technology highlights, each based around a day in the life of a particular role. Much of this is under NDA of course. Ryan Schmiedl kicked off with a quick recap of last year's technology - 150 significant releases across the SAS focus areas. In analytics for instance Factory [...]

I am delighted to announce a collaboration with Jan Purchase of LuxMagi on a new book, Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN. You can read the full announcement here and Real-world Decision Modeling with DMN will be available from MK Press in print and Kindle versions. As Richard Soley, who has graciously agreed to write a foreword for us, says: "A [...]

I am pleased to announce a new Decision Table Modeling online training offering taught by Professor Jan Vanthienen, a leading decision table expert. We are running a pilot of this class February 2-4 an you can get details, and a great price, here. To give you a taste of Jan's approach, here's a guest article by him. [...]

RapidMiner 2015 Update

It’s been a while since I last got an update on RapidMiner (RapidMiner 6 was the last version I reviewed) and they have some new positioning and product capabilities I wanted to catch up on. RapidMiner began as an open source product company founded in 2007. They moved to Open Core in 2010 and now [...]

If you are a business analyst and a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) then, like me, you have been waiting for the new version of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge or BABOK to be released. A little while back this wait was finally over and BABOK 3 was released (details here). If you [...]