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Second keynote at IBM’s World of Watson is on the role of cloud and data as the foundation for cognitive systems and businesses. Bob Picciano from IBM’s analytics business kicked things off. Bob began with a discussion of how IT’s value has changed – from a focus on processing and how fast/cheap it can be done to a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Join me for a free webinar on 3 Reasons to Adopt Decision Modeling in your BRMS Program Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:00 AM PDT Decision modeling address 3 key challenges of a existing BRMS program, improving traceability, sustaining business engagement and maximizing re-use while minimizing duplication. A decisions-first, decision modeling approach using the Decision Model Notation [...]

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 [...]

The folks over at ZS Associates sponsored a study by the Economist Information Unit on analytics titled “Broken Links: Why analytics investments have yet to pay off”. This report showed the classic challenge of analytics – 70% think analytics is very or extremely important but only 2% say their analytics efforts have a broad, positive impact. In [...]

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 [...]

I am co-hosting TDWI’s Solution Summit on Business Innovation through Analytics and Big Data Architectures with Philip Russom, April 10-12 in Savannah, GA Business, analytics, and big data are colliding to create new and innovative ways of running a business, regardless of organizational size or industry. From one direction, organizations are collecting data from new sources, [...]

Besides working on Real World Decision Modeling with DMN  I recently contributed a piece on the use of decision modeling for framing predictive analytics to The Big Analytics Book, a book being produced by the folks at AnalyticsWeek. AnalyticsWeek rounded up 60+ thought leaders in analytics, including yours truly, and got us all to write a [...]

I have just finished updating Enterprise Scale Analytics with R with new data from the Rexer Analytics Survey for 2015. As R has become more popular, the role of analytics has become increasingly important to organizations of every size. Increasingly, the focus is on enterprise-scale analytics—using advanced, predictive analytics to improve every decision across the [...]

I will kick off Predictive Analytics and Big Data 2016 in San Francisco with the opening keynote on Monday March 14 at 8:30am. Predictive Analytics and Big Data are more than just buzzwords – they are defining modern business in ways unimaginable even a decade ago. Organizations can now tap into vast oceans of internal and external data to gain insights, [...]

We are running our regularly scheduled, and highly reviewed, Decision Modeling with DMN training again March 1-3, 9:30am-11:30am Pacific each time. Decision modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is fast becoming the definitive approach for building more effective processes and for specifying requirements for business rules and predictive analytic projects. With decision modeling, [...]

I recently wrote a new white paper on how System Integrators (and perhaps internal consultants) can Sell Business Rules: System Integrators (SIs) often deal with complex logic and decision-making in mission critical systems that directly impact their client’s business. One way to ease managing the logic is through technology – like a business rules management [...]

As part of the Building Business Capability conference I have gave a workshop on Business Analysis and Architecture with Decision Modeling. It’s hard to blog my own sessions but here are the takeaways: Focus on decisions Transactional, operational decisions Decisions that control your processes Manual or automated, rules-based or analytical Model Decisions Decision Requirements Models clarify [...]

Mark Clare, the Global Head of Data/Information Management and CDO at HSBC, came up next to be interviewed by Jill Dyche of SAS. Mark has been a CDO previously and took his latest role in large part because it is a business role focused on driving data into the operations of several division. He and [...]

Jack Philips kicked off this year’s International Institute for Analytics Chief Analytics Officer Summit emphasizing the power and pervasiveness of analytics. Analytics, he says, is a classic disruptive innovation with most companies seeing a slow start and then a sudden inflexion point to rapid adoption and growth. Now the challenge is how to scale analytics, [...]

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 [...]

I am giving a webinar on How to Succeed with Advanced Analytics at Scale on October 15 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern Leading organizations today are looking to scale their advanced analytics capabilities, especially data mining and predictive analytics, to improve business performance, reduce fraud and improve customer responsiveness. However traditional analytic project approaches are hard [...]

I am giving a webinar on Decision Modeling for Predictive Analytics Projects at 11am Eastern on September 29, 2015 for the International Institute for Analytics The effective use of predictive analytics is becoming more important as projects move “out of the lab”. Organizations need to frame problems to create proper requirements for predictive analytics projects, engage people beyond the [...]

I am faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and recently completed a new research brief on Framing Requirements for Predictive Analytic Projects with Decision Modeling. The Research Brief is behind the paywall for IIA clients with an Enterprise Research Subscription. If you are interested in IIA membership and the research that IIA produces check out the site. IIA does a [...]