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After yesterday's pre-conference day on DMN, the main program started today. All the slide decks are all available on the DecisionCAMP site. Edson Tirelli started things off with a session to demystify the DMN specification. DMN does not invent anything, he says, but takes some of these concepts and defines a common language to express [...]

It's opening keynote time at IBM's World of Watson 2016 and we kicked off with a video history of Watson from Jeopardy to today. Dr John Kelly of IBM got us started, emphasizing how rapidly interest in Watson has grown over the last year or two.  In August 2007, he says, a small team of researchers [...]

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 [...]

The 2015 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey has launched. This survey is a great asset for the analytic and data mining community. Like many who look forward to the results I would like to ensure that the survey reaches a large and diverse group of analytic professionals, students and academics. The survey is for all analytic [...]

The third post in my series on standards in Predictive Analytics is on R, a hot topic in analytic circles these days. R is fundamentally an interpreted language for statistical computing and for the graphical display of results associated with these statistics. Highly extensible, it is available as free and open source software. The core environment [...]

First Look: RapidMiner 6 Update

I last got an update on RapidMiner back in March 2012. The company was founded in 2007 and has 40 employees worldwide. The free product has reached 10,000 downloads a month and the product has some 35,000 active deployments with over 500 customers worldwide (40 added in the last 6 months). The company recently secured [...]

I last got a briefing from Sapiens last year and I recently got an update on Sapiens DECISION release 3.2. Obviously Sapiens DECISION is focused on a robust and complete implementation of The Decision Model as described by KPI. Governance has seen a major update in the recent release. Users create a Business Change Request [...]

I am attending FICO World and blogging some sessions. First up is one presented by Doug Clare and Sally Taylor-Schoff talking about the impact of showrooming on financial services. Showrooming, of course, is the practice of examining a product in a physical location and then buying it online. Consumers have more and more apps to [...]

I went to listen to the folks from Cardinal Health talking about their supply chain and their use of BPM, Decision Management and analytics. Cardinal Health delivers products to medical facilities with 60,000 sites delivered to daily, 86% of US hospitals use them and 30,000 employees are involved. Cardinal Health is focused on helping improve cost-effectiveness and quality of [...]

SmartData Collective is  looking for a Community Manager. I really like the work they are doing and if you are interested in data, analytics, BI etc this could be a fun gig. They are looking for someone who can handle: Original content and content strategy: Interviews with thought leaders (skype or in person) Coverage of events [...]

It's that time again - time to take the Rexer Analytics survey so we can see what's happened in the world of data miners over the last year. You can take the survey here: www.RexerAnalytics.com/Data-Miner-Survey-2013-Intro.html and use access code: NT1F2 I always find this survey really useful. It's important to know that it is aimed at all [...]

I have been going to IBM IMPACT for a couple of years now. This year's event is just around the corner - it starts on Sunday - and I am particularly excited about this one. While it's not the first at which I have spoken, nor the first where there have been sessions on Decision [...]

Sapiens has been around for over 25 years developing technology solutions around business rules and model-based development, specifically in financial services and insurance. Established in 1982 and NASDAQ traded, they have $100M in annual revenues post a couple of recent mergers. They have over 750 employees in US, Canada, UK, Japan, Australia, Belgium and Israel. [...]

KNIME is an open source data analytics product based in Zurich, Switzerland that I last wrote about a couple of years ago. They have been working away on the product since then (having started development in 2004 and released their enterprise components in 2010) and have been refining their business plan at the same time. [...]

I got an overview of JBoss’s new intelligent, integrated enterprise approach as well some of their new product announcements. They are adding new data services, BPEL support, productizing their event/rules combination and adding some new connectivity elements. The world has obviously changed in the last few years. The fully automated processes of the past, JBoss [...]

Update – Zementis

I got a chance to catch up with Zementis. I last got an update from them on the product back in May 2010 when they released 3.0 with their support of Drools as well as PMML. Zementis is reporting good momentum with large customers such as the US Army and Verizon as well as a [...]

First Look – Calpont InfiniDB

I got my first chance to catch up with Calpont recently. Calpont is a privately held company based in Frisco TX with 25 employees. They have been developing their analytics database technology over the past 2.5 years. InfiniDB Enterprise is the commercial product released in February 2010 and InfiniDB GPL version was launched in October [...]

Keynote at the Drools bootcamp

I am giving a keynote at the Drools bootcamp in San Diego. The bootcamp has some days focused on the healthcare industry as well as some more general sessions

I wrote an article on the basic steps to Decision Management for BR Community this month and you can check it out here: How to Get Smarter with Decision Management. BR Community requires a (free) registration and is well worth it for those interested in business rules.

New article on smarter systems

My latest column on BR Community has been published - "Smarter Systems:  Action-oriented, Flexible, Predictive, Learning," Business Rules Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Feb. 2010), URL:  http://www.BRCommunity.com/a2010/b524.html Enjoy