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At Decision Management Solutions we have a long history of providing free resources to help drive the adoption of Decision Management, Decision Management technology and Decision Modeling. Today we continued this with our announcement of a free version of our decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. The free Basic Version delivers user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models for [...]

As you may know, Tom Debevoise and I recently published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling. The Business Process Model and Notation, BPMN 2.0, has established itself as the dominant standard for process modeling since its release in 2011. The publication [...]

Last week OpenText acquired Actuate and their CEO, Mark Barrenechea, blogged about the acquisition. As Mark says "analytics are a hot technology" so mergers and acquisitions in the analytic space are to be expected. With OpenText's focus on Enterprise Information Management and its strong content management capabilities, an analytics firm like Actuate makes good sense. OpenText already had content management, business process [...]

Tom Debevoise and I gave a webinar this week on 4 key benefits of using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standards. We highlighted the power of these two standards in combination, specifically in terms of: Streamlined processes A combination of process modeling and decision modeling produces simpler [...]

In a recent announcement, the Object Management Group made it clear that process people - those getting BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) certification specifically - should know about decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. In this press release OMG Updates Business Intermediate Level of BPM Certification Program the role of DMN in [...]

Tom Debevoise and I have just published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling and it's now available on Amazon. A little bit about the book: the landscape of process modeling has evolved as have the best practices. The smartest companies are using decision [...]

I will be giving the Decision Management and Business Rules 101 class at BPM Institute's New York event in November - Monday November 3 Decision Management and business rules allow the effective automation of decision-making combined with increased business agility. Adopting decision management and business rules technology improves customer service, enables 1:1 marketing, increases straight [...]

I recently published a new article over on the BPM Institute - Discovering Decisions in Your Business. Most organizations will initially identify decisions within their business processes – either finding tasks that are clearly decision-making tasks such as those handling validation, approval, calculations, assessments etc – or collapsing process complexity into a decision that was [...]

I am giving a webinar on Improve Your Process Models by Modeling Decisions for the IIBA on September 18 at 11am Eastern: Business analysts know that modeling business processes, rather than writing about them, defines them more accurately. Business process models make it easier to validate requirements, easier to see opportunities for improvement and easier to manage [...]

I am giving a webinar with Juergen Pitschke, our partner in Germany, on Getting Started with Decision Discovery September 9 at 10am Pacific. The path to a better bottom line is paved by large numbers of operational decisions made by people, by processes and by software applications. Systematically improving each operational decision - at scale - [...]

I am participating on a Business Process Management panel at the Siemens Innovations for Healthcare IT event in Tampa, August 10-13. I will be joined by Sandy Kemsley among others and we will be discussing the role of Business Process Management and Decision Management in addressing healthcare challenges, where we see these technologies headed in Healthcare, [...]

I am giving a webinar on "6 Opportunities for Business Improvement with Decision Management" Wednesday June 25 at 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern. What opportunities are you looking for to improve your business performance? In this webinar you will learn six opportunities that are readily available when you adopt a decision management approach to business rules and [...]

I am giving a webinar at 9am Pacific on June 25 - "6 Opportunities for Business Improvement with Decision Management" What opportunities are you looking for to improve your business performance? In this webinar you will learn six opportunities that are readily available when you adopt a decision management approach to business rules and predictive [...]

An update next on IBM's solution for counter-fraud.  For IBM fraud involves an intentional act that misrepresents and is both illegal and designed for financial gain. They further divide this into organized and opportunistic fraudsters for whom different kind of detection is required. Fraud is growing problem because: Fraud schemes are increasingly sophisticated with organized crime moving [...]

Beth Smith and Fred Balboni kicked things off at the IBM Big Data & Analytics Summit. IBM has been making big investments in data, Big Data and analytics. Increasingly they see customers using data for competitive advantage in new ways, taking advantage of the cloud for development and deployment. In particular they see their customers using [...]

Jeffrey Kuhn from BNY Mellon came up to talk about business transformation in the face of unprecedented and accelerating change. Technology is changing what is possible and allowing new competitors to emerge while offering new distruptors at every turn. We need, he says, to use these challenges to drive transformation in our organizations and this is [...]

Kerim Akgonul came up next to talk products, in particular Pega 7. Pega 7 was released last year and is being used around the world. Pega 7 focused on several elements: Visibility through the common case interface Speed and accuracy through automation of processes and decisions Speed and accuracy also of development, making it easier [...]

I am giving a presentation to the Bay Area Chapter of the IIBA on "BABOK 3: What's the big deal with decision modeling?" June 25th at 6:30pm in Sunnyvale Palo Alto, CA Decision Modeling is a new Technique in v3 of the BABOK(r) Guide. It's also become a key element of the Business Intelligence and Business [...]

Some time back I participated in a large group of practitioners working on a new version of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® . After months of consolidating feedback and updating this (vry thorough) document, the IIBA has announced a public review of version 3. As their own newsletter says: You can review [...]

A few extra items on IBM's mobile strategy from a panel here at IMPACT: IBM's Worklight Platform is continuing to evolve (see this review of their MobileFirst portfolio) with a focus both on providing great middleware for native apps and support for hybrid applications. Recent improvements include QA tools, running the Worklight foundation in the [...]