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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 [...]

Predictive analytics is a powerful tool for managing risk, reducing fraud and maximizing customer value. Those already succeeding with predictive analytics are looking for ways to scale and speed up their programs and make predictive analytics pervasive. But they know there is often a huge gap between having analytic insight and deriving business value from it - predictive [...]

I am giving a webinar on Predictive Analytics Deployment to Mainframe or Hadoop with Mike Zeller of Zementis on Thursday, March 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM PST The big challenge for analytics-driven organizations today is closing the gap between deriving an analytic result and getting the ROI. Organizations need a consistent and efficient way to deploy analytic results [...]

I am giving a webinar with IBM on Transforming Operational Systems: Analytics and Decision Management, August 11 at 11am Eastern Organizations today face rapidly changing environments where operational systems need to do more than just process high volume transactions quickly. They must also be able to execute informed business decisions for greater customer service and personalization. This [...]

Marie Wieck came back to discuss how to create the kind of composable business  IBM discussed on day 1. It's critical, she says, to keep customers at the center and drive a new process from this. It's key to use data to make better decisions, and it's important to have the kind of scalable infrastructure [...]

Legacy systems remain critical to many (most) organizations and so legacy modernization is still a hot topic (which is why we have this recording of a webinar on legacy modernization we did with our partner TechBlue). With that in mind, as at is has been a while since I blogged on this topic, I thought I would [...]

Insurers face huge challenges with their installed base of legacy mainframe applications.  Many systems are 15-20 years old and are impeding insurers’ ability to respond to the market demands for new products and to the increased rate of consumerization. Maintenance costs are high and staffing challenges continue to mount. Growing consumer buying power will force [...]

I saw this white paper by IBM on Legacy Modernization with business rules and thought I should quickly re-summarize my point of view on this and link to my various posts on the topic. The white paper does a nice, if IBM-centric, job of outlining the key issues: You don't need to modernize the whole [...]

Lisa posted an interesting comment on an old post of mine (Why don’t you replace COBOL with something useful (not Java)) in which she make some interesting comments: I understand your last point that using a declarative “model” such business rules would be preferable to replace legacy COBOL applications instead of using a procedural language. [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Phil Murphey, over at Forrester, had a post on  Apps Modernization - What are Your Top Priorities in 2010/11? that reminded me I wanted to write about modernization a little before the year got too far advanced. As Phil says the coming years are going to be really interesting: Leading edge technologies [...]

For those of you who could not attend the webinar I gave with Claye Greene of technologyblue, here are the slides: SOA Mainframe Decision Management

webinar is on June 2nd at 7:30am Pacific time (scheduled specifically for folks in Pittsburgh and vicinity) and will cover how applying Decision Management, SOA and Business Rules Management Systems can renovate your existing applications. Used together these approaches dramatically reduce maintenance costs and increasing business agility. You will see how to use the techniques [...]