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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, [...]

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 [...]

Sparkling Logic is focused on enabling business and data analysts to manage automate decisions better and faster – what they call Analytics driven Decision Management. Sparkling Logic was founded in 2010 and I have blogged a few times about their decisioning platform (most recently here). Customers include Equifax, Paypal, FirstRate, Accela, Northrop Grumman and others [...]

I am giving a webinar on Decision Modeling with DMN for RedHat JBoss BRMS Thursday May 26th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific in which I will demonstrate the new integration capability of DecisionsFirst Modeler Enterprise Edition with RedHat JBoss BRMS. In the webinar I will Introduce Decision Modeling with DMN Discuss the new integration of DecisionsFirst Modeler [...]

As Jan and I work on our book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN, we have been discussing some of the common misconceptions about decision modeling that we’ve encountered among adopters. This is going to be one of the chapters in the book, in which we analyze misguided applications of decision modeling and their consequences, but [...]

One of the fun things going on over at the Decision Management Community is a series of challenges based on various real or real-ish problems. For each the site encourages folks to develop and submit a decision model to show how the problem described could be solved. This month there was one on Port Clearance Rules [...]

First Look – ACTICO Rules

I got an update from a new player in the decision management market today - ACTICO. They aren’t really new, though, as they are using the Bosch SI business rules management system, Visual Rules (last reviewed by me in 2010). The Visual Rules business has been split with Bosch SI focusing on IoT and manufacturing and ACTICO focusing [...]

Decision Management Solutions joined the OneDecision.io consortium back in September and we have been working with them ever since both within the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standards process and to provide some integration between the OneDecision.io Java-based reference implementation for DMN execution (which supports basic decision tables, JSON data types, and the standardized DMN XML interchange format) [...]

I am working on a new book - Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN - with Jan Purchase and he recently posted another great post - How DMN Allows Business Rules to Scale. While decision modeling with DMN is not JUST about writing business rules (as I noted earlier), this is a great use case for it. [...]

As you may have noticed I am working on a new book - Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN - with Jan Purchase. Yesterday Jan had a great blog post - Why Decision Modeling? (In 1000 Words). Jan makes some great points, emphasizing the value of  decision modeling with DMN in: Transparency of the logic Separation  of [...]