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Humana presented at InterConnect 2017 on their use of business rules on z/OS. Humana is a 3M member health insurer and a user of IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM), IBM's Business Rules Management System and has been focusing on using it to modernize some of their key mainframe systems - something that Humana is focusing on [...]

State Farm presented at IBM InterConnect 2017 on their challenges with large scale deployment of IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) - IBM's Business Rules Management System. State Farm has a set of specific things it wants out of its BRMS: Well defined artifact lifecycle for auditing Rigorous deployment process support for confidentiality and consistency Self-service so authorized users [...]

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 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 [...]

Continuing in the analyst program at IBM's World of Watson event with Beth Smith, GM Offerings and Technology for IBM Watson, introducing some Watson elements for Conversation - one of the four C's of Watson (Cloud, Content, Compute and Conversation). Watson, at its core, is about finding knowledge in noisy data at enormous scale. Watson listens to [...]

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: DMWay

I got a briefing from a new predictive analytics vendor, DMWay. DMWay was founded in 2014 based on significant research over the previous decades. DMWay had a first VC round in 2015, have 20+ employees and dozens of customers. DMWay is focused on democratizing data science and automating machine learning so that those with business [...]

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 [...]

I am at the SAS Inside Intelligence event in Steamboat getting the annual update on all things SAS. First session of the day is the Executive Viewpoint. Jim Goodnight and Randy Guard kicked things off. Creating a single global organization was a big part of last year with legal, finance, sales, marketing and more becoming global [...]

Final session today focused on systems and architecture for Big Data Analytics. It began by talking about the friction between business and IT and how this is increasing, especially around information and analytics where business users want to be able to work with data without worrying about IT. This creates challenges for IT specifically: The [...]

Next up at IBM Insights is the Advanced Analytics keynote with a focus on how to get insight out of all these new data sources and infrastructure. The session is focused on Spark, on hybrid cloud-on premise solutions and on trusted data. Companies are moving up maturity curve they say, moving from cost reduction to [...]

Ron Bodkin of Think Big (founded in 2010 and acquired by Teradata in late 2014) came up next to talk about their consulting practice around hadoop and other big data infrastructure. They are now over 100 people (on shore and off shore) with a 100% focus on Big Data technology. They are run largely separately [...]

Back in May of last year, Wayne Eckerson published "Making Predictive Analytics Pervasive". It's a great report with some really useful data but one of the key headline result is that implementation rates are not rising – in fact fewer organizations are reporting successful implementation of predictive analytics (from 21% to 18%). This despite the [...]

First Look: Predixion 4.0

Predixion released 4.0 of Predixion Insight in October 2014 and I got a product update recently. First, some quick background on Predixion: They started back in 2009 based in California and Washington and recently added an office in Europe. 70 employees now with a core set of partners and investors. Their focus is on making [...]

Yseop Update

I got an update from Yseop recently, having last been briefed back in August 2013.Yseop has repackaged its capabilities into two products - Yseop Smart NLG (Natural Language Generation) and Yseop Smart Machine. Yseop Smart NLG is software that turns data into text and narrative, primarily working in finance, business analytics and business intelligence while [...]

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 [...]

I am often asked to give a business or an IT perspective on Decision Management. As part of some recent work with SAS on Decision Management we created two decision management videos - one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals: For Business Users an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and me on SAS® Decision Manager Insights: A high-level [...]

I blogged a little about the tech preview of IBM’s Operational Decision Manager – Advanced product when I was at IMPACT and I recently got a full briefing on the new ODM Advanced release. ODM Advanced has been under development for about 2 years with early access for customers back in late 2013 and technology [...]