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First Look: Modelshop

Modelshop was founded by Tom Tobin, someone who has spent his career building analytic applications in credit origination, portfolio optimization, risk management and fraud detection for major financial institutions. Tom’s vision for Modelshop is to make the technologies that enable these types of solutions available to all organizations so they can make their analytics actionable. [...]

First Look: DMWay

I got a briefing from a new predictive analytics vendor, DMWay. DMWay was founded in 2014 based on significant research over the previous decades. DMWay had a first VC round in 2015, have 20+ employees and dozens of customers. DMWay is focused on democratizing data science and automating machine learning so that those with business [...]

Final set of announcements at FICO World relates to Cybersecurity or Cyber Threat Analytics. Obviously cyber attacks are increasing and driving a lot of fraud and abuse – phishing, malware, personal record theft etc. The big challenge in all this is the timespan. 60% of data theft happens with minutes or hours of a breach but [...]

Continuing with product announcements at FICO World, next up is the new products for fraud prevention and compliance. Financial crime is on the minds of consumers right now with 2/3 worrying about having their credit card data compromised or having their accounts used fraudulently. FICO has launched a new FICO Consumer Fraud Control product. This [...]

FICO made a series of announcements today at FICOWorld 2016. The event kicked off with a fun retrospective of the 60 year history of FICO. Bill Fair and Early Isaac founded the company in 1956 to use data and analytics to improve decision-making. This focus has not changed really in all the years since – FICO is still [...]

First Look – SAS Viya

Back when I was attending the SAS Inside Intelligence analyst day they briefed us under embargo about their new Viya platform. This was announced today from SAS Global Forum. Ultimately all the SAS products will be moving to the SAS Viya platform and the platform is designed to ensure that all SAS products have some common characteristics: All [...]

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 [...]

I last got an update from Rapid Insight in 2014 and caught up again with them recently to discuss their 3.0 release. Rapid Insight was founded in 2003 and has over 200 client sites across education, healthcare and other companies. The product set is focused on predictive analytics, ad-hoc analysis and self-service data preparation. Rapid [...]

First Look: CRIF

I got an update from CRIF recently. CRIF is headquartered in Italy with $450M in revenue and 1,884 employees. They have customers in over 50 countries, offer credit bureau services in over 15 countries and credit decisioning solutions worldwide. Most customers are financial institutions though they have customers in other industries such as telco, utilities, [...]

SAS has been focusing on in-memory analytics recently with its new Visual Analytics products for instance. Teradata and SAS have been working together to enable these in-memory products for Teradata customers and today announced a new appliance. The expansion to the Teradata Appliance for SAS, Model 750 now supports SAS High Performance Analytics (HPA) Products, [...]

First Look: XMPro

I got a chance recently to catch up with the folks from XMPro. XMPro is a .NET-based Intelligent Business Operations Platform with headquarters in Dallas and offices in Denver, Sydney, London and South Africa. The folks from XMPro see the world as a very event-driven environment with work arriving in an increasingly dynamic fashion day [...]

First Look: IBM ODM on Cloud

I have blogged about IBM ODM (Operational Decision Management – their Business Rules Management System) many times before (most recently about ODM Advanced here). IBM has a new cloud offering – IBM ODM on Cloud – that was announced in early October. IBM ODM has offered various deployment options for a while – on premise, [...]

First Look: Dataiku 2.0

I last got an update from Dataiku in November of 2014. Since then they have raised money and opened an office in New York. New features and capabilities have been added to the product and they are seeing good interest in the product from US customers as they expand here. The 2.0 version has been [...]

First Look: BusinessOptics

I got a briefing from a company that’s new to the US but that I have been aware of for a while – BusinessOptics. The company was founded in South Africa and started about four years ago. The product itself was first released about two years ago and the initial customers are primarily in South [...]

I got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a [...]

IBM’s advanced analytics portfolio contains its descriptive analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics products (everything from Cognos to SPSS to optimization and decision management). Within this portfolio is IBM’s decision optimization portfolio that contains the solver technology embedded in many IBM and external products. This demand for decision optimization involves enterprise Operations Research (OR) teams, [...]

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. [...]

First Look: Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder is based in Germany (Karlsruhe) and was founded in 2008 by an ex-CERN researcher, Prof. Michael Feindt and focusing on solving big data problems such as demand estimation. Several solutions targeted at retail were released over subsequent years. In 2013 they launched their Data Science Academy. The Blue Yonder platform for predictive applications [...]

First Look: Predixion 4.0

Predixion released 4.0 of Predixion Insight in October 2014 and I got a product update recently. First, some quick background on Predixion: They started back in 2009 based in California and Washington and recently added an office in Europe. 70 employees now with a core set of partners and investors. Their focus is on making [...]

I got an update from the folks at appStrategy today. appStrategy started in 2003 and is based in Washington DC with offices also in France and the UK. Their business rules product suite was announced today and consists of a business user studio, a plugin for Visual Studio, server products and tools for integration with [...]