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I am co-hosting the TDWI Solution Summit in Coronado this June. The summit is an invitation-only event focused this year on Strategies for Delivering Results with Analytics and Data Science. There are some great speakers and sessions lined up and I am giving a keynote on Succeeding with Analytics by Putting the Last Mile First.

I am speaking with Ryan Trollip, CTO of Decision Management Solutions, and Stephane Mery of IBM on Delivering Excellent Customer Experiences with Analytics and Automation at IBM THINK. Many customers are struggling to deliver consistent digital experiences across customer channels and touch points. Adopting a decision-first approach is a step in the right direction to [...]

I have known Tom for many years and enjoyed his books. He recently sent me a copy of his latest one – The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work (Management on the Cutting Edge). Tom does his usual excellent job of introducing a technical topic – AI and machine learning [...]

We’ve blogged recently about some of the challenges in analytics and AI – How More Companies Can Maximize the Potential of Analytics and 80% of insurance carriers aren’t delivering high impact analytics – building on some great McKinsey research. They recently published another article, this time targeted at Chief Analytics Officers – Rebooting analytics leadership: Time to move beyond the [...]

Recently we have posted on the Decision Management Solutions blog about a couple of interesting pieces of McKinsey research that discuss the unfortunate truth – most companies are NOT succeeding with advanced analytics. First, there’s this general research How More Companies Can Maximize the Potential of Analytics: “Senior executives tell [McKinsey] that their companies are struggling to [...]

I blogged last week about IBM’s AI approach and one piece was still under NDA – new capabilities around trust and transparency. These capabilities were announced today. As part of trying to address the challenges of AI, IBM has added a trust and transparency layer to its ladder of AI capabilities (described here). They see [...]

IBM Event: Making Data Ready for AI

Daniel Hernandez kicked things off with a discussion of data for AI. AI adoption, IBM says, is accelerating with 94% of companies believing it is important but only 5% are adopting aggressively. To address perceived issues, IBM introduced its ladder to AI Trust based on Automate (ML) based on Analyze (scale insights) based on Organize [...]

IBM is hosting an event on its AI strategy. Rob Thomas kicked off by asserting that all companies need an AI strategy and that getting success out of AI – 81% of projects fail due to data problems – involves a ladder of technology with data at the bottom and AI at the top. It’s [...]

Digital Insurance’s Insurance Analytics and AI event is coming to New York, November 27-28 (new venue and date) Austin September 27-28, 2018. This is going to be a great place to learn how to use analytics, machine learning, data science and AI to modernize your insurance business. I’ll post more as the details firm up but [...]

I am giving a webinar on Delivering the Business Value of Analytics, August 14th at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. Many organizations still struggle to get a business return on their investment on advanced analytics. The biggest barrier? An inability to integrate analytics, especially predictive analytics, into frontline systems and business processes. Work with a number of [...]

We are relaunching our newsletter, in a GDPR-compliant way, with a focus on DecisionsFirst Digital Transformation. We were probably GDPR-compliant before but better safe than sorry. We send emails about every 3 or 4 weeks with information about resources, events and articles on Decision Management topics. For example, case studies in digital transformation; decision modeling as a [...]

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 [...]