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John Rymer and Mike Gualtieri of Forrester Research have just published a new piece of research – The Dawn Of Digital Decisioning: New Software Automates Immediate Insight-To-Action Cycles Crucial For Digital Business. This is a great paper – not only does it mention some Decision Management Solutions’ clients as examples, it makes some great points [...]

This year Predictive Analytics World is coming to Las Vegas June 3-7, 2018, for the largest Predictive Analytics World event ever. There’s a packed agenda and I am kicking off the Analytics operationalization and management track, which is full of great sessions focused on how to take analytics (and AI) and get real business value from [...]

Building a data-driven culture, where evidence-based decisions support bottom-line business objectives and AI is embedded into workflows across your organization. Ensure data is secure and accessible, wherever it lives, and get insights from data and turn them into competitive advantage. Use the entire spectrum of data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning to lay a [...]

I have written before on how a decisions-first approach is ideal for success with AI. After reading David Roe‘s article 11 Questions Organizations need to Ask Before Buying into AI I thought a few more comments were in order: If you focus on decisions first and on how you must/could/want to make the decision, you can [...]

SAS Decision Manager is SAS’ platform for decision automation and is getting a significant update in December 2017. I wrote a product review of SAS Decision Manager in 2014 and a number of things have changed in the new release, which is on the new SAS Platform and leverages new SAS Viya technologies. SAS Decision [...]

All industry standards offer interchange. Successful standards offer skills interchange not just a technical interchange format. The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) decision modeling standard has a published XML interchange format, of course, and several of the committee’s members are working really hard to iron out the remaining issues and make the XML interchange more [...]

I am joining Eric Kavanagh of the Bloor Group to discuss Easy as Pi – Why Mathematicians Rock Data Science Thursday November 16 at 3pm Eastern. Do the math! Using analytics to drive business value often boils down to a formula of some kind. That’s why mathematicians are in such high demand these days. Whether for [...]

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 [...]

DecisionCAMP 2017: DMN Day

The first day at Decision CAMP 2017 is focused explicitly on the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. Alan Fish introduced the ongoing work on 1.2. He quickly summarizes the new features in 1.1 – such as text annotations and a formal definition of a decision service. Then he went through the new features, starting [...]

When the famous nerd webcomic XKCD pokes fun at how you use technology, it’s probably time to try a different approach. Recently he posted on Machine Learning and took a swipe at the mindless way some people approach machine learning.  His characters discuss a “machine learning system” that involves pouring data into a big pile of linear [...]

First Look: DataRobot

DataRobot is focused on automated machine learning and on helping customers build an AI driven business, especially by focusing on decisions that can be automated using machine learning and other AI technologies. DataRobot was founded in 2012 and currently has nearly 300 staff including 150+ data scientists. Since it was founded, well over 200M models have [...]

The Rexer Data Science survey is one of the best and longest running polls of data mining, analytic and data science professionals. I regularly refer to it and blog about it. It’s time to take this year’s survey – and the survey is aimed at all analytic people, no matter whether they consider themselves to be Data Analysts, [...]

SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics 3.1 is the current release of the SAP predictive analytic suite. Like most in the analytics space, SAP sees its clients struggling to make use of massive amounts of data that are newly available while facing ever increasing business expectations, faster business decision cycles and an analytical skill gap. SAP therefore [...]

First Look: Reltio Cloud

Reltio Cloud is a modern data management Platform as a Service (PaaS) company focused on delivering data-driven applications, founded in 2011 by folks from Siperian which was acquired by Informatica. Unlike most data integration and MDM platforms, which are IT-focused, Reltio’s mission to make it possible for business and IT teams in enterprises to “Be [...]

I am presenting at DecisionCAMP 2017 – The Role of Decision Models in Analytic Excellence – at 11:25am, Thursday July 14 Organizations are increasingly investing in data analytics to improve decision-making. Dashboards, self-service BI, data mining, predictive analytics, machine learning and cognitive technologies are being evaluated, deployed and used as organizations push to adopt data-driven [...]

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 [...]

First Look: Conductrics 3.0

I caught up with the folks from Conductrics to learn about their 3.0 release (I have blogged about Conductrics before). Conductrics has been in the decision optimization business for many years now. At its core Conductrics is about assigning customers to experiences. They recently released 3.0 with some new features. Conductrics Express is a point-and-click [...]

BPM Skills in 2017: Hot or Not?

Zbigniew Misiak posted a great set of tips from practitioners BPM Skills in 2017 – Hot or Not – with my contribution here.  This is a great way to get some quick advice from a wide range of practitioners and experts. As someone with a particular focus on decision management and decision modeling I was struck [...]

I am giving a webinar with the International Institute for Analytics on Bringing Clarity to Analytics Projects with Decision Modeling: A Case Study on February 2 at Noon Eastern To succeed, an analytics or data science team must effectively engage with business experts who are often inexperienced with advanced analytics, machine learning and data science. They need a [...]

Tom Davenport had a great article recently on Data Informed – “Printing Money” with Operational Machine Learning. His intro paragraph is great: Organizations have made large investments in big data platforms, but many are struggling to realize business value. While most have anecdotal stories of insights that drive value, most still rely only upon storage cost [...]