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Second keynote at IBM’s World of Watson is on the role of cloud and data as the foundation for cognitive systems and businesses. Bob Picciano from IBM’s analytics business kicked things off. Bob began with a discussion of how IT’s value has changed – from a focus on processing and how fast/cheap it can be done to a [...]

A long time ago I came across a company called Erudine and blogged about the Erudine Behaviour Engine. At that time, Erudine came out of the defence, aerospace and nuclear power industries where the slightest mistake can lead to disaster. Today, Erudine’s more recent focus has been in the banking, financial services and investment sectors. [...]

Dataiku, a company founded in 2013 and based in France, launched their product, Data Science Studio (DSS), in February 2014. DSS is a web-based analytic software platform designed for data scientists and analysts. The product is designed to improve the effectiveness and productivity of data teams especially when it comes to turning raw data into [...]

First Look: WebAction

I got an update from WebAction recently. WebAction was founded in 2012, is backed by Summit Partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. The founders come from working together at GoldenGate and some prior companies, such as WebLogic. WebAction’s focus is on what they call “Data Driven Apps” – on moving from data presentation [...]

I am giving a webinar on Improve Your Process Models by Modeling Decisions for the IIBA on September 18 at 11am Eastern: Business analysts know that modeling business processes, rather than writing about them, defines them more accurately. Business process models make it easier to validate requirements, easier to see opportunities for improvement and easier to manage [...]

I am giving a tutorial on Decision Modeling with DMN: Extending BPMN to Decisions, Business Rules and Analytics at this year’s Building Business Capability conference in the afternoon of Sunday November 2. Decision Modeling has recently been added to the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge® Guide v3 while a new standard, the Decision Model and Notation [...]

Some great technical experts participated in a panel on cloud technology at IMPACT.  Working the way up the stack: Key element in Softlayer that drove the acquisition was the flexibility of their technology – that they could support various application types and workload, matching the available infrastructure to thee needs. The intent of rolling out [...]

Tangerine Bank, an IBM customer, kicked off IBM IMPACT 2014 discussing how they are using technology to re-imagining and simplifying banking. In particular Tangerine is focused on becoming a mobile-centric or mobile first bank. They are trying to raise the bar on mobile banking applications, adding things such as voice activation and offline access. Working with [...]

Please describe your current role and title DecisionViz is a management consultant that helps companies build leadership in the processes, people, and culture around data visualization. We work with senior management to elevate visualization from the activity of reporting and making charts to being integrated with their daily decision-making. I founded the company in 2012. [...]

As part of our ongoing “Meet our Partners Series” I caught up with Claye Greene of TechBlue, a Decision Management Solutions partner. Claye and I made this recording of a webinar on legacy modernization. Please describe your current role and title and tell us a little about your company I’m Claye Greene, Managing Director of TechBlue. TechBlue is [...]

We are running our “Decision Management and Decision Modeling” online in February. This 6-session online live training class will prepare you to be immediately effective in using the Decision Management approach and a modern, collaborative and standards-based approach to decision modeling.You will learn how to identify and prioritize the decisions that drive your success, see [...]

I am going to attend and blog a few sessions at the Building Business Capability conference. First up are folks from Unum talking about how they are evolving their business rules management policies and practices. Unum is a group of life and health insurance companies, mostly in the US but also in the UK and [...]

Register Today! Decision modeling is the cornerstone of the Decision Management approach to design and requirements gathering for business rules and predictive analytic technology projects. Join me for this 6-part live online training class. The class will prepare you to be immediately effective in using the Decision Management approach and a modern, collaborative standards-based approach [...]

I am attending IBM’s Analyst Insights this week and blogging all the sessions not under NDA. First up is Bridget van Kralingen on The New Client Agenda: Driving Transformation with Big Data Analytics. IBM believes that Big Data is not inherently going to generate value, it is going to take using it in new ways [...]

In conjunction with ASUG, the SAP user group,  I am giving a members only webinar on Managing and Evolving Decisions with DecisionsFirst Modeler and SAP Netweaver Decision Service Management, July 11 at 8am PT/11am ET. I am speaking with Carsten Ziegler, Architect and Chief Product Owner of SAP Netweaver Decision Service Management. Decision requirements models allow business analyst, [...]

I am giving a webinar on Creating and Managing Executable Decision Models with DecisionsFirst Modeler and OpenRules®, May 7 at 10:00am Pacific / 1:00pm Eastern. This webcast will demonstrate how graphical decision requirement models can be integrated with executable decision models. Decision requirements models allow business analyst, architects and decision designers to describe the decision-making they [...]

The purpose of business analysis is to accurately describe the requirements for an information system (more or less). Business Analysts use a variety of techniques to do this. They use techniques designed to help them find out what is required, to elicit the requirements, and they use techniques to describe and model those requirements in [...]

3. It will take too long to get results This excuse gets trotted out for one of two reasons – either the organization feels it is just too busy to take on something new or someone has heard that the technology requires a large up-front investment in time. Let’s take these one at a time. [...]

IBM IMPACT Day 2 Keynotes

Johan Gerber of MasterCard kicked things off on day 2. MasterCard does not actually issue the cards with their logo on, they are a technology company that provides a network to link consumers, 32,000,000 businesses and 22,000 card issuers. The network is very high performance, handling 100 pieces of information and processing each transaction in [...]

The Forbes Mini Main Tent was kicked off by Mike Perlis, CEO of Forbes. Mike focused on how to build a business as strong as the Forbes brand – something with four legs: Keep print business on track Build the digital business for growth Develop brand extensions like conferences and international Become a great technology [...]