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First Look: IBM Decision Composer

IBM has been developing Decision Composer since 2017 and is releasing it as part of its core Business Rules Management System, Operational Decision Manager, in December 2018. Decision Composer is a browser-based tool, currently available on the IBM cloud, that uses a decision model metaphor to design decision logic and deploy it as a decision [...]

First Look: OpenL Tablets 5.21

EIS OpenL Tablets is a product of EIS Group focused on using a spreadsheet paradigm to manage business rules. I last spoke to OpenL Tablets in 2013 and recently got an update on the product. EIS OpenL Tablets is available as open source and in a commercial version. EIS Group is an insurance innovation company [...]

First Look: ACTICO Modeler 8

ACTICO has just released ACTICO Modeler 8 – the latest version of the product previously known as Visual Rules for Finance (see most recent review here). ACTICO Modeler is a project-based IDE. ACTICO users can now select whether to create a “classic” Rule Modeling project or a Decision Model and Notation (DMN) project. The DMN [...]

All industry standards offer interchange. Successful standards offer skills interchange not just a technical interchange format. The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) decision modeling standard has a published XML interchange format, of course, and several of the committee’s members are working really hard to iron out the remaining issues and make the XML interchange more [...]

Silvie Spreeuwenburg of LibRT came up after lunch to talk about a rules-based approach to traffic management. Traffic management is a rapidly changing area, of course, thanks to IoT and self-driving cars among others. When one is considering traffic, there are many stakeholders. Not just the road user, also businesses reliant on road transport, safety [...]

Little bit of  a late start for me so I am starting with Geoffrey De Smet from Red Hat talking about constraint planning. He points out that some decisions cannot be easily solved with rules-based approaches – they can be described as decision (and as a DMN decision model in our experience) but not readily [...]

Bastian Steinart of Signavio came up after the break. Like Jan and I, he focused on their experience with DMN on Decision Management projects and the need for additional concepts. Better support for handling lists and sets, handling iteration and multiplicity for instance is also something they find essential. They have developed some extensions to [...]

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 [...]

DecisionCAMP 2017: DMN Day

The first day at Decision CAMP 2017 is focused explicitly on the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. Alan Fish introduced the ongoing work on 1.2. He quickly summarizes the new features in 1.1 – such as text annotations and a formal definition of a decision service. Then he went through the new features, starting [...]

Avola Decision is a decision model-based decisioning platform migrating from supporting the proprietary TDM (The Decision Model) approach to support for the DMN (Decision Model and Notation) open standard. I reviewed the previous product and since then the team has been working on a new product. The new Avola Decision is .Net based on the [...]

I am teaching a tutorial at Building Business Capability 2017 on Decision-Centric Business Transformation: Decision Modeling, Monday November 6 at 1:30pm. Whether simplifying business processes; increasing straight through processing; applying big data, advanced analytics or AI/cognitive technology; or looking for dramatic reductions in time to market, many transformation opportunities require a focus on decision-making. In fact, [...]

Humana presented at InterConnect 2017 on their use of business rules on z/OS. Humana is a 3M member health insurer and a user of IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM), IBM’s Business Rules Management System and has been focusing on using it to modernize some of their key mainframe systems – something that Humana is focusing on [...]

BPM Skills in 2017: Hot or Not?

Zbigniew Misiak posted a great set of tips from practitioners BPM Skills in 2017 – Hot or Not – with my contribution here.  This is a great way to get some quick advice from a wide range of practitioners and experts. As someone with a particular focus on decision management and decision modeling I was struck [...]

Continuing blogging from Building Business Capability and it’s time for Jan Vanthienen to talk decision modeling for the business analyst. Jan is a leading researcher into decision modeling and decision tables at the University of Leuven. Observation 1: Decisions are important for business, not only processes. Too often, he says, the process is modeled with no [...]

Continuing with blogs from Building Business Capability I am self-blogging the session I co-presented with David Herring, who leads the Process Transformation and Decision Management Program at a leading Northern California Healthcare organization, on “Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling”. David works at a large not-for-profit health plan that does everything from inpatient, to home [...]

Continuing with presentations at Building Business Capability, Kaiser Permanente and IBM presented on their decision management and cognitive platform for application development innovation. For those of you that don’t know, Kaiser is the Nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan. They do everything from inpatient, to home health, hospitals, hospice, pharmacy, and insurance. 10M+ members, 17,000 doctors and [...]

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 [...]

We have a set of online training coming up in July: Introduction to Decision Management to introduce the key concepts and terminology of Decision Management and provide a framework for successful business rules and analytic projects Decision Modeling with DMN to learn how to model requirements using the Decision Model and Notation standard, the cornerstone technique for [...]

We are running our new, highly reviewed Decision Table Modeling with DMN training featuring leading decision table expert Jan Vanthienen July 26-28 9:30am-11:30am Pacific each time. When representing and analyzing business decisions in real business situations and processes, decision tables have always proven a powerful approach. Decision table methodology, however, is more than putting some rules in a few [...]

We are running our regularly scheduled, and highly reviewed, Decision Modeling with DMN training again July 19-21, 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, [...]