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Avola Decision is a decision model-based decisioning platform migrating from supporting the proprietary TDM (The Decision Model) approach to support for the DMN (Decision Model and Notation) open standard. I reviewed the previous product and since then the team has been working on a new product. The new Avola Decision is .Net based on the [...]

InRule Update 2015

I last got an update on InRule back in 2014 when I was updated on 4.6. Catching up with them recently I got a company and product update. They continue to focus on healthcare (insurance and delivery), insurance, banking and government. Some of their new customers are using InRule with Microsoft Dynamics CRM as part [...]

It’s been a while since I had an update on Progress Corticon – the last time was an update for v5.2 back in 2012. Progress Corticon is a mainstream Business Rules Management System with the usual Corticon Studio, Corticon Server and Corticon Enterprise Data Connector. In addition there is the Corticon BRMS for OpenEdge, linking [...]

First Look: RulePlex

RulePlex is a business rules environment startup based in Orlando FL. The basic product consists of a Rule Manager that allows access to a set of policies. Each policy contains business rules and these rules can be written in different languages – Javascript, C# and Visual Basic with Python and Ruby to follow. Each policy [...]

I last got an update on InRule back in 2011 with v4. They see four pillars to their Business Rules Management System: Rule Authoring Rule Storage and Management Rule Execution Rule Integration (SDK) V4 focused on the rule authoring experience and since then they have had a couple of additional releases. 4.1 focused on improving [...]

First Look: FlexRule

FlexRule is a .Net business rules environment from Pliant Framework. The team began development on a free product in 2007 and commercialized the product in 2010 by founding Pliant Framework a product and services company. The product has a runtime, designer, repository (vault) and server. The product is under active development with releases happening regularly. [...]

First Look – Web Rule 2.0

I have blogged about code effects’ Web Rule product before. This rule editor and execution environment supports both execution rules (that have an action to take) and evaluation rules (that just return true/false) as well as an IntelliSense/type ahead editor based on an XML object model. Rules in this product are closer to a ruleset [...]

First Look – Web.rule.control

I got a quick update on an interesting startup company – CodeEffects.com – with a very lightweight web widget for business rules. This web business rules widget is the outgrowth of some work the company has been doing with clients who are users of business rules management systems. These clients wanted a lightweight rule editor [...]

Analytics can transform your business. Last time I shared with you how to transform your marketing with analytics. This time I’d like to share with you the power of analytics to optimize customer retention and how to use a Decision Management approach to give you a competitive edge. Conventional wisdom is that the cost of [...]

Companies need to develop a loyal customer base and market effectively to them. But customers increasingly shop in multiple channels and formats, and have more choices than ever before. Your company can leverage the power of analytics to overcome these challenges. You can develop the capability to target customers with personalized marketing, building brand loyalty [...]

I saw an interesting press announcement the other day about Activant’s new business rules functionality. Activant (who recently agreed to be acquired and merged with Epicor) is an ERP provider focused on distribution and retail - 60% of revenues come from retail and 40% from distribution. Activant as a whole has 15,000 customers concentrated in [...]

First Look – InRule v4

I got a chance to catch up with the folks from InRule Technology® recently to discuss the new release of their business rules management system– InRule® v4 (I previously blogged about the product and the InRule 3.2 upgrade). The focus of this release is the authoring interface. Based on a lot of customer feedback, InRule [...]

First Look – Microsoft Analytics

I got an update from Microsoft recently. We covered lots of different products in and around data/analytics – some public, some under NDA. Microsoft is making a serious investment in SQL Server as well as into SharePoint and Excel. BI tools, they say, are not getting to most people and Microsoft sees this as an [...]

Model Builder 7.0, Decision Optimizer 6.1, Blaze Advisor 6.9 Decision Management remains the core focus for FICO with both a Decision Management platform and decisioning applications. The applications are increasingly built on top of the platform, sharing execution and modeling infrastructure. FICO still sees business rules as the basis for decisions, being improved and extended [...]

I got an update on Modellica’s Decision Engine recently. I was referred to Modellica by the folks at GDS Link who use the Modellica rules capability in their DataView 360 product. Modellica is a European rules and decision management solution with 20 or so projects for 10 clients (one in the US, the rest in [...]

I have blogged about the folks at IDIOM before and I recently heard that they are making IDIOM Decision Manager available under a new free/very low cost price plan. Not a trial or test plan, but a real pricing model that supports commercial development and full ownership of generated code at what can only be [...]

Wolf Frameworks is a USA/India PaaS company started in 2006 as a pure play cloud computing platform. They have a front end (AJAX) using XML to communicate to a .NET backend on C#. They have about 3,000 plus people designing software using the platform and have about 13 plus solution providers covering 7 countries. They [...]

My friends at InRule have an interesting announcement today - they are partnering with a SharePoint-based Business Process Management Solution called ShareVis. The combination of SharePoint with ShareVis and InRule will, I believe, help companies take SharePoint from document management to forms automation and ultimately to real process management. The combination, still in its early [...]

This week's event calendar is below. The intent of this weekly post is to focus on web events coming in the next few weeks and conferences in the coming months. If you know about web or physical events around business rules, analytics, optimization or decision management, please let me know - james@decisionmanagementsolutions.com. Web Events: Silverlink: [...]

As previewed yesterday, ILOG (now an IBM company) is releasing the 7.0 products of their business rule management system (BRMS) family. These mark a big step forward for the ILOG product range. ILOG BRMS 7.0 has the standard BRMS components – an Eclipse-based development environment (Rule Studio), a web-based collaboration environment for non-technical users (Rule [...]