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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 [...]

Ginni Rometty kicked off day two of the IBM Interconnect conference, with a pitch that cloud is changing IT, business and indeed society. Cloud, and the IBM Cloud in particular, she says will allow a new generation of business and change the world. Cloud is already 17% of IBM’s business and clearly Ginni sees this [...]

I am going to be at IBM InterConnect this week. I am speaking with Kaiser Permanente at 2pm on Monday – Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling at Kaiser Permanente – so come by and here me and Renee speak about our successes with decision modeling with DMN (Decision Model and Notation), business rules and IBM Operational [...]

I am speaking at IBM’s InterConnect with Renee Trinidad of Kaiser Permanente on “Pioneering Decision Services with Decision Modeling at Kaiser Permanente“, 2:00pm on March 20. Kaiser Permanente is developing clinical decision support (CDS) applications that automate real-time decision services using IBM ODM. Well-designed decision services can replace existing guideline documents in all areas of [...]

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 [...]

Last session for me at IBM’s World of Watson is the keynote from IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty. Another very slick video on the different ways IBM’s cognitive, cloud and analytic solutions are being used around the world got us started. And again, IBM emphasized “with Watson” as part of their ongoing positioning of Watson as additive to people, [...]

Continuing in the analyst program at IBM World of Watson we got an update on the evolution of IBM’s Cloud Platform from Bill Karpovich. Cloud, he says, is strategic. Vendors must disrupt with cloud or be disrupted by it. Over the last few years, cloud has evolved from efficient public cloud infrastructure to new applications [...]

One of the announcements at IBM’s World of Watson is of the new Watson Machine Learning Service. I got a chance to ask a few questions about this new capability. A couple of key elements emerged regarding the current platform and the immediate announcement. First, some context. The Watson Data Platform (also announced at World of [...]

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 [...]

Jerome Boyer of IBM presented a methodology – Best Practices for Managing a Cognitive Business Operations (CBO) Journey Proven Method. Cognitive, in this context, is about extracting intent from unstructured text using natural language and thus improve process execution. By adding Watson services to a BPM/ODM installation, organizations can improve interactions, improve assignments, improve advice and deliver faster reactions. For [...]

I am opening the second day of IBM’s Process Transformation Summit in Napa this year. I’ll be talking on “Transforming business operations one decision at a time.” In this session I’ll discuss the role of decision management in driving process and enterprise transformation. As cognitive operations come into focus and as organizations integrate business rules, analytics and cognitive capabilities on the [...]

Many of you already own Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics – we’ve sold over 7,000 copies after all – but if you have been looking for the book recently on amazon you may have noticed something odd: the Kindle version is gone… This is not because the Kindle version does [...]

I will be attending a local meetup in Pleasanton on July 26 to discuss how a leading healthcare provider brought surgeons and IT professionals together to create a process to prevent potential heart attacks. This discussion will explore the OMG’s decision model notation (DMN) standard, Decision Management Solutions’ DMN platform, DecisionsFirst, data management, and the IBM’s BRMS Operational Decision Manager [...]

I recently got a chance to catch up with the IBM SPSS team for an update. Analytics, in IBM’s view and mine, are increasingly necessary as digitization increases the scale of business data and digital disruptors increase the difficulty of making good decisions. For those being disrupted analytics offers a powerful way to fight back. [...]

We work with a lot of business rules architects and we see that more and more of them are using decision modeling as part of their business rules management system (BRMS) implementations. I recently wrote a series of blog posts – 3 Reasons Rules Architects Are Adopting Decision Modeling – over on our company blog. You can [...]

I am giving a webinar on DecisionsFirst Modeler and IBM ODM Integration Wednesday June 22 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific in which I will demonstrate the integration capability of DecisionsFirst Modeler Enterprise Edition with IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM). In the webinar I will Quickly introduce DecisionsFirst Modeler as a platform for decision modeling with DMN Discuss the integration of [...]

I am speaking at the ODM/iLOG BRMS Meetup on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 6pm Pacific in the IBM Offices at 1001 Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City (map) on Decision Modeling, DMN and IBM ODM. Decision Modeling with the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is a powerful way to maximize the ROI to be gained from [...]

Final session today focused on systems and architecture for Big Data Analytics. It began by talking about the friction between business and IT and how this is increasing, especially around information and analytics where business users want to be able to work with data without worrying about IT. This creates challenges for IT specifically: The [...]

Next up at IBM Insights is the Advanced Analytics keynote with a focus on how to get insight out of all these new data sources and infrastructure. The session is focused on Spark, on hybrid cloud-on premise solutions and on trusted data. Companies are moving up maturity curve they say, moving from cost reduction to [...]