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First Look: BigML Update

I got an update from BigML recently – I first blogged about them back in December. BigML has continued to grow since then, opening the product to general use (you can sign up here). They now have over 4,600 users and more than 100 paying customers. The product still offers a simple interface underpinned by [...]

Adaptive Planning was founded just over 10 years ago to deliver cloud financial planning solutions. They have about 1,600 customers across all industries in 80 countries with about 400 partners worldwide. Focused on management planning, reporting, consolidation and analysis they are increasingly in use beyond the finance organization, moving into sales and other operational areas. [...]

There’s a great article over on Computerworld – 12 predictive analytics screw-ups. They asked some of my favorite data miners (John Elder and Jeff Deal of Elder Research, Eric Siegel of Prediction Impact and Dean Abbott of Abbott Analytics) what they saw as the top ways to screw up predictive analytic projects. The list of 12 [...]

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 recently checked out The Evolution of Decision Making – How leading organizations are adopting a data-driven culture, a new white paper from the Harvard Business Review sponsored by SAS: People have long preached the benefits of relying on data and insights from business intelligence (BI) and analytics to help make better and timelier decisions. A reliance [...]

Just a quick note today on the power of Decision Management in customer service. I am on my health plan’s site, logged in and authenticated. I’m looking for some forms (because I have to fax a change in to them) but the site simply lists ALL the forms available. Why didn’t it DECIDE which forms [...]

Information Management just published my latest column – Performance Management or Just Performance Monitoring? I am often struck by the investments companies make in monitoring their performance without any matching investment in being able to manage the systems that drive that performance. Decision Management and Performance Management should be a pair, driving true business cockpits. Enjoy.

My colleague Gagan Saxena is giving the first of our new 30 minute webinars on Designing Smart Portals with Decision Management, July 11th 9am Pacific. How to design intuitive, relevant and personalized Portals using the power of Big Data, Analytics and Business Rules. Traditional Portals are geared towards presenting the best Information for users to make [...]

I am giving a tutorial at Building Business Capability 2013 on Modeling Decisions to Put Big Data Analytics to Work Improving Business Results on Tuesday November 12 at 9:00am Pacific As organizations invest in Big Data infrastructure they are looking for ways to show a return on this investment. They need an approach that will turn insights [...]

I am presenting at Building Business Capability 2013 on Lessons Learned Modeling Decisions in Aerospace, Banking, Insurance and Healthcare on Thursday November 14 at 2:10pm Pacific Companies across a broad range of industries are applying business rule and analytic technology to improve the way their systems make day to day decisions. Knowing where to start, how to [...]

First Look: Via Science

I got a chance to catch up with Via Science recently [Post updated June 2014 to reflect some changes in terminology]. Via Science is focused on “Big Math” for “big data.” They see big data companies spanning from data collection to search/storage to analysis/visualization. Big Math – the category in which they like to put [...]

A solution-focused session next with Marcus Hearne talking about analytic marketing solutions. Marketing remains focused on its traditional imperatives – how to focus on customers to maximize the value of each interaction, how to measure effectiveness, what marketing mix to use etc. However the new empowered, social consumer is putting pressure on marketing as people [...]

After a couple of customer conversations Stephen Gold of IBM came back on time to discuss Watson. I have blogged about Watson a couple of times (including this one on what Watson means for decision management).  Recently IBM has started working with clients around customer engagement, not least because it has become increasingly practical to [...]

Bob Picciano and Les Rechan came up next to discuss Big Data and Analytics: Fueling Competitive Advantage in the New Era of Smart. Five years ago IBM launched the Smarter Planet initiative. On a smarter planet, they say, everything is connected and instrumented and this is reflected in the explosion of Big Data. To drive value [...]

First Look: OpenL Tablets

I got an update from Exigen Services recently on their OpenL Tablets business rules product. Exigen Services is a global IT company focused on core systems transformations and management consulting. They have 10 delivery centers around the world and about 1,500 professionals.  They work in most industries with a focus on insurance, financial services, pharma, [...]

There are lots of articles these days about the challenges of recruiting enough data scientists, predictive analytic specialists or data miner (whatever you call them). There’s not enough of them and it’s hard for most companies to compete with Google, Amazon, Facebook et al let alone political campaigns and startups. For most companies simply going [...]

It’s been over a year since I last got updated on Zementis (their 3.5 release of ADAPA and PMML Universal Plug-in). Since then they have been busy adding support for new platforms and signing new partnerships. Most recently they have announced a strategic alliance between Zementis and FICO, something Zementis sees as a big win for [...]

As part of the ongoing blog series on Marketing Decision Management Solutions I got an update from SAP on Real-Time Offer Management. This is based on an acquisition made at the end of 2006 of a real time recommendation technology developed for the CRM market, with early adoption mainly by the competitive service industries – [...]

Next session for me at FICO World is one focused on where customer decisioning is going. John Rymer of Forrester began by presenting some of the major trends found in a recent Forrester survey conducted for FICO: Customer modeling is getting much more sophisticated as companies try and understand large numbers of customers more precisely [...]

Larry Rosenberger, FICO Research fellow, ex-FICO CEO and generally fascinating analytic thinker was up next to discuss analytics and the internet of things. For all the “speculative” in the title, Larry things the whole area of the internet of things is becoming more real and less speculative. Larry began by defining the internet of things. [...]