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Jacob Feldman of OpenRules and I presented on Good Old UServ Product Derby in the Brave New World of Decision Management at the Building Business Capability Conference. We began by introducing DMN a little (check out this white paper for more details on decision modeling with DMN). He and I see a lot of interest in DMN [...]

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 [...]

Gagan Saxena, also of Decision Management Solutions kicked off the first day of sessions for me at this year’s Building Business Capability show in Las Vegas. Gagan has been working on a large financial services client’s regulatory initiative and presented on the role of decisions and DMN-based decision models on regulatory compliance. A business architecture [...]

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is starting to get some real traction in the market. We have a growing number of clients adopting the modeling techniques (described in this white paper if you are not familiar with decision modeling with DMN) and a number using our decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler. In a few [...]

OneDecision, DMN and DecisionsFirst

Those of you who follow the news on the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard will have seen that we have become a supporter of the new OneDecision.io open source initiative. OneDecision is working on making it easy to execute a well defined DMN decision table – essentially taking a DMN interchange file defined [...]

John Boyd, author of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) once said Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless This seems to me to be a clarion call for Decision Management and its combination of operational and analytic systems into Decision Management Systems: A typical analytic system, a Business Intelligence or dashboard [...]

If you are interested in Decision Management or Decision Modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard, check out these three training opportunities: Online Training: Introduction to Decision Management August 25-27, 10:00-11:30am Pacific This 3-part online live training class will prepare you to adopt Decision Management or expand existing business rules/analytic efforts into true [...]

Jacob Feldman of OpenRules and I are giving a session at this year’s Building Business Capability conference on “Good Old UServ Product Derby in the Brave New World of Decision Management“at 4:50pm on the Wednesday of the show. More than 10 years ago the Business Rules Forum hosted a highly popular Business Rules vendors competition [...]

I am speaking on A New Approach to Defining BI Requirements at the Bay Area Microsoft BI User Group on July 2nd I will introduce the core concepts of DMN and show how it can be used to drive more effective requirements for BI, dashboard, and analytic projects.  You’ll also see a demo of DecisionsFirst Modeler, a decision [...]

We just published a new white paper on Framing Analytic Requirements. This paper shows how you can achieve analytical, data-driven decisions by using decision modeling and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard to frame your analytical requirements. The value proposition of analytics is almost always to improve decision-making. Whether you are data mining, building predictive analytic models, [...]

We have been doing more and more work with decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation standard recently – we have a large FSI rolling out decision modeling and DMN worldwide, we have trained over 700 people in DMN, and we are using DMN with clients in manufacturing, banking, insurance and healthcare. And [...]

If you are a business analyst and a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) then, like me, you have been waiting for the new version of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge or BABOK to be released. A little while back this wait was finally over and BABOK 3 was released (details here). If you [...]

I am giving a workshop tutorial at BBC 2015 on Business Analysis and Architecture with Decision Modeling Monday November 2, 1:30pm: The proven technique of decision modeling is fast becoming the go-to approach for extending business architectures and system requirements to include business decisions. Modeling business decisions as peers to business processes is central to accurately [...]

Ray Wang of Constellation Research published a report early this year “The Elements of Business Architecture for Digital Transformation.” In the report Ray identifies some interesting boardroom priorities (this is just some of them): Consistent Customer Experience Mass automation Insights-driven business models Cost-effective regulatory compliance All of these are reasons given by our clients as they invest [...]

I am giving a webinar on “Framing Analytic Requirements with Decision Modeling” April 2, 9am Pacific/Noon Eastern: One of the most important steps in a predictive analytic effort is correctly framing the problem a way that creates a shared understanding of the business problem across business, IT and analytics teams. Established analytic approaches such as CRISP-DM stress [...]

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 [...]

One of my big focus areas right now is using decision requirements models to frame predictive analytic projects. We are working with a few insurance companies as well as a couple of manufacturing companies to apply decision requirements modeling in their analytic requirements process and I am excited by the potential. I recently wrote an article for [...]

At Decision Management Solutions we have a long history of providing free resources to help drive the adoption of Decision Management, Decision Management technology and Decision Modeling. Today we continued this with our announcement of a free version of our decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. The free Basic Version delivers user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models for [...]

As part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, I introduced an approach to selecting analytic capability that is decision-led, role-centric and style-based. I go into the approach more in the research report but I wanted to highlight a few points in a series of blog posts. First decision-led: Given the focus we saw [...]

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 [...]