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  The Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report began in early 2012 as a way to share our research and experience in building Decision Management Systems. Since then we have extended, updated and revised the report many times. This week we released the latest version – Version 8 – with a new, easier to use format. There [...]

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 [...]

Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri asks “if analytics does not lead to more informed decisions and more effective actions, then why do it at all?” Specifically in a great post What Exactly The Heck Are Prescriptive Analytics? he says (emphasis mine) Prescriptive analytics is about using data and analytics to improve decisions and therefore the effectiveness of actions. Isn’t [...]

BPM Skills in 2017: Hot or Not?

Zbigniew Misiak posted a great set of tips from practitioners BPM Skills in 2017 – Hot or Not – with my contribution here.  This is a great way to get some quick advice from a wide range of practitioners and experts. As someone with a particular focus on decision management and decision modeling I was struck [...]

Tom Davenport had a great article recently on Data Informed – “Printing Money” with Operational Machine Learning. His intro paragraph is great: Organizations have made large investments in big data platforms, but many are struggling to realize business value. While most have anecdotal stories of insights that drive value, most still rely only upon storage cost [...]

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 [...]

Continuing with blogs from Building Business Capability I am self-blogging the session I co-presented with David Herring, who leads the Process Transformation and Decision Management Program at a leading Northern California Healthcare organization, on “Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling”. David works at a large not-for-profit health plan that does everything from inpatient, to home [...]

Continuing to blog at Building Business Capability 2016 with Ron Ross talking about operational excellence. [My comments in italics] He began by talking about the new technology available and its potential while expressing worries that technologies, and technological approaches, might not really change our businesses for the better. In particular he expressed concern that “channel mania” might [...]

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 [...]

Continuing with presentations at Building Business Capability, Kaiser Permanente and IBM presented on their decision management and cognitive platform for application development innovation. For those of you that don’t know, Kaiser is the Nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan. They do everything from inpatient, to home health, hospitals, hospice, pharmacy, and insurance. 10M+ members, 17,000 doctors and [...]

I spoke at the IBM Process Transformation Summit today on Transforming Business Operations One Decision At A Time. I began with some examples of operational excellence, showing how four pillars really matter – data, metrics, processes and decisions. Of these, it is decisions and processes that offer opportunity to transform business operations. Organizations that transform themselves in [...]

Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN is done! Jan and I have put the book to bed and we are just working through the remaining steps to getting it completely available. But if you are coming to Building Business Capability 2016 you can get the book there. First, if you sign up for my workshop Decision Modeling with [...]

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 presentation on Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling at Kaiser Permanente with David Herring at this year’s Building Business Capability conference. Well drafted guidelines help new users learn best practices, identify useful patterns and help enforce good governance. However, good guidelines are hard to develop and expensive as they involve significant investment from [...]

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 [...]

Many of you already own Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics – we’ve sold over 7,000 copies after all – but if you have been looking for the book recently on amazon you may have noticed something odd: the Kindle version is gone… This is not because the Kindle version does [...]

I am pleased to be the instructor for the upcoming BPMInstitute.org Decision Modeling with DMN course. This course is schedule is take place at the Hilton Arlington on Tuesday, September 27 and is part of a 4-day training event hosted by BPMInsittute.org. In this course I will discuss the primary goal of DMN, which is [...]

We are kicking off a number of business rules projects this months – some new, some part of existing programs – and we are going to be applying decision modeling in all of them. Why? Because decision modeling with DMN (the Decision Model and Notation standard) really works for business rules projects. When we work [...]

Join me for a free webinar 4 Reasons to Start with Decision Modeling on Your First BRMS Project on Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:00 AM PDT If you are kicking off your first BRMS project, don’t start by gathering the rules! Often teams will be advised to begin their project by gathering all the relevant rules, in a [...]