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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 [...]

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 [...]

Decision modeling as part of the requirements phase or iteratively during agile projects makes it easier for business users to fully participate in Drools implementations and maintenance. If you missed our webinar, Engaging Business Users with Drools, the presentation and webcast are now available. In the webinar Mariano De Maio, CTO of Drools experts Plugtree and I present how [...]

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 [...]

I am giving a webinar on Plugtree, on October 8 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern: Drools is a technically strong, high performance Business Rules Management System (BRMS). Drools has editors that can be configured so business analysts and business users can maintain and update business rules but many organizations trying to engage their business users in this [...]

Westech, a project to produce lower cost healthcare infrastructure that is part of the West Health initiative, is looking for a Drools/jBPM developer. The job is based in La Jolla CA and they are looking for a full time hire. West Health Institute is looking for a creative and hands-on jBPM Software Developer for an [...]

Back in 2008 I wrote this post - The small impact of business rules on the big players, bemoaning the lack of serious investment in business rules on the part of major software companies. As we enter 2014 I thought I would revisit this post and consider what a difference 5 years makes. Let's consider some [...]

First Look: Decisions on Demand

Decisions on Demand is a new cloud-based rules platform designed to bring the power of a business rules management system, and especially of decision tables, to users of Salesforce.com and other SaaS applications. The product comes in two flavors at present – Decisions on Demand for Salesforce and the Decisions on Demand Platform. The product [...]

I got an update on Red Hat JBoss BRMS recently. I last wrote about them with release 5.2 back in 2011 and JBoss BRMS 5.3 is the current release and includes their support for business rules, business process and event processing (based on the Drools and jBPM open source community projects) with a repository, runtime [...]

I last got briefed by Sparkling Logic back in August 2012 and I got an update on their new Kyoto release. The new release has a big focus on the user interface and on making the information in the system more accessible. First off SMARTS now immediately shows information about new features including links to [...]

I last got a briefing from Sapiens last year and I recently got an update on Sapiens DECISION release 3.2. Obviously Sapiens DECISION is focused on a robust and complete implementation of The Decision Model as described by KPI. Governance has seen a major update in the recent release. Users create a Business Change Request [...]

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. [...]

A customer of mine is looking for a Drools developer to be based in Ann Arbor, MI: HealthMedia, a member of Johnson & Johnson's Family of Companies, is recruiting for a dynamic Java/Drools Developer to join our top-notch software development team, located in Ann Arbor, MI. This talented individual will be building applications using Drools/Java/J2EE [...]

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 [...]

I got an overview of JBoss’s new intelligent, integrated enterprise approach as well some of their new product announcements. They are adding new data services, BPEL support, productizing their event/rules combination and adding some new connectivity elements. The world has obviously changed in the last few years. The fully automated processes of the past, JBoss [...]

I am giving a webinar on Active Decisions for the “Aware” Organization with RedHat on September 29  at 10am Pacific. Organizations need systems that allow them to respond to fast changing conditions. These systems must be easy to change as requirements change and be able to respond to what is happening in real-time. Rules-based decision management [...]

I am giving a webinar on Driving Decisions with Business Rules with RedHat on September 15  at 10am Pacific. Business rules management systems (BRMS) are a mature technology that has been available for many years. Capturing business policies, regulations and domain expertise so that they can drive system behavior is a compelling proposition. Systems that automate [...]

Here is a recap of Decision Management product news for Q2 2011 Business Rules First Look Corticon 5 A long established vendor in the business rules management space, Corticon describe themselves as focused on delivering better, faster decisions by automating business rules. First Look – OpenRules Decision Management System OpenRules allows business users to manage [...]

Update – Zementis

I got a chance to catch up with Zementis. I last got an update from them on the product back in May 2010 when they released 3.0 with their support of Drools as well as PMML. Zementis is reporting good momentum with large customers such as the US Army and Verizon as well as a [...]

First Look – Drools Planner

Drools Planner is a sub project of the Drools project that started 4 years ago as Drools Solver. Drools Planner is focused on “NP complete” planning problems where a solution is hard to find, but easy to prove feasible once found. Examples include scheduling, bin packing and timetabling for instance. Drools Planner is particularly good [...]