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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 to blog from Building Business Capability 2016 I am listening to Railin talking about next steps afterr getytingh funding for rules and process improvement. Railinc is a SaaS company supplying software to the rail industry. Railinc is modernizing how it implements rules and processes in their applications. The program covers all 6 product lines and [...]

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 [...]

First Look: Precog

Precog was founded in late 2010 to solve the challenges identified by the founder when he was working on developing an online advertising platform. An online ad platform generates a tremendous amount of data, data that can be used to target ads or select specific creative for an ad, but managing and using this data [...]

First Look – SQLStream

The move over recent years has been towards increasingly distributed processing of data, both in terms of the underlying model and in terms of the processing architectures available. More and more of this data is also streaming and SQLstream is focused on effective access to streaming big data. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San [...]

I thought I would re-run a top 10 list from a while ago - an oldie but a goodie - on the top 10 excuses for not adopting business rules and a Business Rules Management System. #10 - We tried before and got no results There are two root causes for this excuse - over-hyping [...]

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. [...]

First Look – USoft

USoft has been a vendor in the Decision Management space for a while. They started as Comtecno in 1986, become part of Unisys in 1995 then Ness Benelux in 1999 before returning to their current status as an independent Dutch software company in 2010 as USoft B.V. The software has had a much more consistent [...]

First Look – Starview

Starview Inc. have just launched their new platform – Business Analytics and Optimization Platform (BAOP). Growing out of a long standing consulting practice, the company sees an opportunity for a platform aimed at the continuous optimization of decision-making. They are focused on Telco, Finance, Energy and Manufacturing (especially Semiconductor) and they have a vertically-oriented strategy, [...]

First Look – Ideate

Ideate is an Application Framework from a company called Consilience International that was started about 2 years ago by a couple of process folks looking to do something that was more suitable for highly evolvable, dynamic environments where runtime adaption was important. These kinds of dynamic applications are increasingly a focus for companies. Consilience’s view [...]

First Look – Sparkling Logic

Sparkling Logic is a new company founded by a couple of old colleagues of mine and focused on what they call “Social Logic”. They have developed a social, cloud-based environment designed to help companies find the best, most defined decision logic that launched today at the Gartner BPM Summit. Fundamentally the new platform aims to [...]

Three folks from Nationwide Insurance introduced their ILOG business rules implementation. Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies with multiple brands offering products in property and casualty, mortgages, lines of credit, retirement plans and more. They are 124 on the Fortune 500, 16M policies and 32,000 staff. This project focused on [...]

Christian de Sainte Marie from the ILOG group at IBM presented to the OMG Decision Model Notation day on the role of decisions in the ILOG Business Rules Management System. Christian started by describing a BRMS (see my brief on what is a BRMS) and the ILOG BRMS in particular. He drilled down a little [...]

Insurers face huge challenges with their installed base of legacy mainframe applications.  Many systems are 15-20 years old and are impeding insurers’ ability to respond to the market demands for new products and to the increased rate of consumerization. Maintenance costs are high and staffing challenges continue to mount. Growing consumer buying power will force [...]

Update – Visual Rules 5.0

I got an update from the folks at Innovations Software while I was attending this year's Building Business Capability conference. This week sees the release of Visual Rules 5.0 and it has some great new features. I last wrote about release 4.5 last year. The big news with this release is web-based authoring of business [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ John Reynolds had an interesting post a little while back where he shared some thoughts on Perfect development tools. His emphasis was on support for things like iterative and test-driven development but it seems to me that there is also a need to move application development beyond code. While developers do need [...]

Lisa posted an interesting comment on an old post of mine (Why don’t you replace COBOL with something useful (not Java)) in which she make some interesting comments: I understand your last point that using a declarative “model” such business rules would be preferable to replace legacy COBOL applications instead of using a procedural language. [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Phil Murphey, over at Forrester, had a post on  Apps Modernization - What are Your Top Priorities in 2010/11? that reminded me I wanted to write about modernization a little before the year got too far advanced. As Phil says the coming years are going to be really interesting: Leading edge technologies [...]

Bruce Silver wrote a couple of interesting posts on this topic - Integrating Process and Rules – Part 1 and Part 2. Reading Bruce's posts, and thinking back on the various posts I have written about business process and business decision management (Risks of pursuing BPM without decisioning, Adding decisioning to your BPM initiative or [...]