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First Look: Avola Decision

The founders of Avola began working together in 2012 as an incubator called Bizzotope, intended as a venue for starting a number of innovative ventures. The first company was Bizzomate – a business and IT consulting firm focused on low-code platforms like Mendix and agile/Scrum approaches. Platforms like these generally lack process and decisioning capabilities [...]

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. [...]

Final set of announcements at FICO World relates to Cybersecurity or Cyber Threat Analytics. Obviously cyber attacks are increasing and driving a lot of fraud and abuse – phishing, malware, personal record theft etc. The big challenge in all this is the timespan. 60% of data theft happens with minutes or hours of a breach but [...]

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 [...]

First Look – SAS Viya

Back when I was attending the SAS Inside Intelligence analyst day they briefed us under embargo about their new Viya platform. This was announced today from SAS Global Forum. Ultimately all the SAS products will be moving to the SAS Viya platform and the platform is designed to ensure that all SAS products have some common characteristics: All [...]

Last session of the day is a freeform executive Q&A so I will just list bullet points as they come up: Open Source R is obviously a hot topic in analytics and SAS’ focus on more open APIs that are broadly accessible and their renewed focus on academic partnerships are designed to “leave R in 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 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 [...]

One of my pet peeves is people who develop mobile applications and then insist on writing all their business logic as Javascript or Node.Js or something. As if the fact of delivering a mobile application overrides the need to be able to have business/IT collaboration around business logic, reduces the need for business agility or obviates requirements [...]

I last got an update from Rapid Insight in 2014 and caught up again with them recently to discuss their 3.0 release. Rapid Insight was founded in 2003 and has over 200 client sites across education, healthcare and other companies. The product set is focused on predictive analytics, ad-hoc analysis and self-service data preparation. Rapid [...]

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 [...]

#IBMInsight IBM Watson Analytics

After a quick catch up with the IBM Operational Decision Manager (business rules) and IBM SPSS Modeler teams to talk about their cloud and Spark enhancements respectively, it’s time for more on Watson Analytics. I last blogged about Watson Analytics last year so it will be interesting to see what’s been going on since then. [...]

#IBMInsight 2015 Opening Keynotes

I am attending IBM Insight 2015 and will blog about a few of the sessions. First up, the opening keynote on the insight economy. IBM is focusing on the disruption caused by analytics and insight across all industries. Internal and external data and increasingly sophisticated analytics are changing how companies interact with customers, manage risk [...]

First Look: IBM ODM on Cloud

I have blogged about IBM ODM (Operational Decision Management – their Business Rules Management System) many times before (most recently about ODM Advanced here). IBM has a new cloud offering – IBM ODM on Cloud – that was announced in early October. IBM ODM has offered various deployment options for a while – on premise, [...]

First Look: BusinessOptics

I got a briefing from a company that’s new to the US but that I have been aware of for a while – BusinessOptics. The company was founded in South Africa and started about four years ago. The product itself was first released about two years ago and the initial customers are primarily in South [...]

Day two of the Teradata Influencers event started with Hermann Wimmer, co-president. Hermann gave us an introduction to the overall company strategy. Teradata has two co-presidents, one focused on data and analytics and one focused on marketing applications with some shared services. This allows  them to focus on the three markets there see for their [...]

I am attending the Teradata Influencers Summit in lovely Del Mar, California. First up is Oliver Ratzesberger, Senior VP of Software, to talk about recent technology innovations and technology strategy. Oliver highlighted some of the key trends and themes for Teradata. He began with a maturity model for “the sentiment enterprise” (video here): Agile Data [...]

IBM’s advanced analytics portfolio contains its descriptive analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics products (everything from Cognos to SPSS to optimization and decision management). Within this portfolio is IBM’s decision optimization portfolio that contains the solver technology embedded in many IBM and external products. This demand for decision optimization involves enterprise Operations Research (OR) teams, [...]

InRule Update 2015

I last got an update on InRule back in 2014 when I was updated on 4.6. Catching up with them recently I got a company and product update. They continue to focus on healthcare (insurance and delivery), insurance, banking and government. Some of their new customers are using InRule with Microsoft Dynamics CRM as part [...]

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 [...]