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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 [...]

Earlier this week we announced the release of the Enterprise Edition of our cloud-based decision modeling software, DecisionsFirst Modeler. This new Enterprise Edition extends our user-friendly, DMN standards-based graphical decision models by integrating them with implementation platforms such as business rules management systems (BRMS) and predictive analytic workbenches. By linking business user-friendly decision requirements models to often complex [...]

Decision Management is both an approach and a technology stack. In this opening day workshop at Decision CAMP 2014, Decision Management consultant and author James Taylor will introduce both. We’ll begin with the discovery and modeling of suitable decisions, move into the construction of decision services and wrap up with the importance of decision analysis [...]

I am giving a class at the TDWI World Conference “Evolving Your Requirements Approach to Advanced Analytics with Decision Management” in Boston, July 20-25. This is a new class for TDWI that builds on my successful class at the University of California Irvine Extension program. Big data makes it hard to scale human interpretation, forces [...]

At Decision Management Solutions we are big believers in building decision models as a way to specify the requirements for business rules projects. Our cloud-based, collaborative decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler is ideal for building and managing these models. Not only that, it also works with any business rules management system, allowing you to link [...]

If you are interested in decision modeling and in the new Decision Model and Notation standard there’s still time to come to this quarter’s online training. We are running our highly recommended online Decision Modeling training live and online February 18, 19, 20, 2014 from 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET to 11:30 AM PT/ 2:30 [...]

If you have been following the new Decision Model and Notation standard and want to understand a little more about how to do decision modeling using the approach, check out our white paper Decision Modeling with DMN. This white paper describes the four iterative steps to complete a Decision Requirements Model using the forthcoming Decision Model and [...]

Well it’s official – the Object Management Group’s Board of Directors has voted to publish the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) specification. You can see the press release here. Decision Management Solutions is excited to be a submitter for this new standard. As I say in the press release: “Decision modeling is transforming how organizations adopt powerful [...]

I have been giving a class on Defining Business Goals for Predictive Analytics as part of the University of California Irvine Extension’s Predictive Analytics Certificate program. Predictive analytics can be used to seek out increasingly small margins and understand a company’s customers, products, channels, partners, and more. However, predictive analytics is only part of the [...]

There was a great article in Predictive Analytics Times recently by my friend Dean Abbott – A Good Business Objective Beats a Good Algorithm. Dean, like me, talks about the importance of the “three legged stool” of business, analytics and IT. But it was the title that particularly struck me. As Dean says, it’s easy to [...]

One of our clients was up next with Principal Financial Group presenting on A Practical Approach Using Decision Management and Decision Modeling at The Principal Financial Group. Doris and Don presented on their decision-centric approach for business rules implementation. While Principal is focused on getting to good business rules, the right business rules, they take a [...]

We are exhibiting at Building  Business Capabilities 2013 this week and talking about decision modeling a lot so the white paper of the week this week is Decision Modeling for Business Rules Projects There is an emerging consensus that Decision Requirements Modeling is the best way to specify this decision-making. Decision Requirements Modeling is also central [...]

As I announced earlier in the week, the Decision Model and Notation specification is now (barring a few technicalities) a Beta specification at the OMG. While members can get access to the submission, non-members would normally have to wait a few more weeks. With the permission of the other submitters, however, I have posted it [...]

DREAMing of decision requirements

I recently spoke at the DREAM event in the Netherlands  – the Dutch Requirements Engineering and Management event. This was a great event, focused on requirements engineering and I spoke on “Simpler, smarter and more agile: Modeling decision requirements to simplify processes and effectively apply business rules.” Here’s the gist of the presentation Business rules are [...]

As I am teaching a class on decision modeling this week, the white paper of the week this week is Decision Modeling for Business Rules Projects There is an emerging consensus that Decision Requirements Modeling is the best way to specify this decision-making. Decision Requirements Modeling is also central to a forthcoming standard, the Object Management [...]

Well all our hard work has paid off and we submitted a proposed standard to the Object Management Group on Decision Model and Notation. This standard is intended to provide a standard business-friendly notation that can be used for initial decision requirements, for detailed decision models, and even to manage technical implementation of decisions in [...]

I recently finished a new white paper Decision-Centric, Intelligent Processes. This was sponsored by Blueriq (formerly Aquima) and is available on their site here. Organizations, both commercial and governmental, are increasingly focused on their business processes. By modeling, implementing and managing business processes these organizations improve control, reduce costs and increase efficiency. Yet for all [...]

I gave a webinar today on Improving Analytics Results with Decision Modeling in association with the International Institute for Analytics. If you would like to see the recording, check it out here. We have also posted the slides to our Slideshare channel: Finally don’t forget the great white paper we have on Decision Modeling for [...]