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I am delighted to announce that Jan Purchase, founder of Lux Magi, and I have finished what we believe is the definitive guide to decision modeling with the Object Management Group’s Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard, Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN. The book is now on general release and available for purchase from Amazon and Barnes [...]

Our Partner Azinta is running a Decision Management and Decision Modeling class in the UK in July: Decision modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is fast becoming the definitive approach for building more effective processes and for specifying requirements for projects that integrate process models, business rules and predictive analytics.  Watch [...]

Happy New Year everyone. Now that the Decision Model and Notation standard (DMN) has been approved by the OMG, why not kick off the new year with our online training in Decision Modeling with DMN? Still time to register - class starts on Tuesday January 6!

DMN approved!

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) 1.0 standard was accepted by the OMG Architecture Board yrsterday 12/12/14 at the Long Beach, CA, OMG Technical meeting. We have a standard! Check out our white paper or the new book on BPMN/DMN that I wrote with Tom Debvoise. You can also try our DMN decision modeler DecisionsFirst [...]

In a recent announcement, the Object Management Group made it clear that process people - those getting BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) certification specifically - should know about decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. In this press release OMG Updates Business Intermediate Level of BPM Certification Program the role of DMN in [...]

I am giving a webinar on Improve Your Process Models by Modeling Decisions for the IIBA on September 18 at 11am Eastern: Business analysts know that modeling business processes, rather than writing about them, defines them more accurately. Business process models make it easier to validate requirements, easier to see opportunities for improvement and easier to manage [...]

I am giving a webinar with Juergen Pitschke, our partner in Germany, on Getting Started with Decision Discovery September 9 at 10am Pacific. The path to a better bottom line is paved by large numbers of operational decisions made by people, by processes and by software applications. Systematically improving each operational decision - at scale - [...]

Well it's official - the Object Management Group's Board of Directors has voted to publish the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) specification. You can see the press release here. Decision Management Solutions is excited to be a submitter for this new standard. As I say in the press release: "Decision modeling is transforming how organizations adopt powerful [...]

As I announced earlier in the week, the Decision Model and Notation specification is now (barring a few technicalities) a Beta specification at the OMG. While members can get access to the submission, non-members would normally have to wait a few more weeks. With the permission of the other submitters, however, I have posted it [...]

I have been blogging and writing about the Decision Model and Notation standard on the blog for a while now (check out these posts on the goal of a standard from 2011 and these on the approach and the submission itself). Today was a big day because the key boards at the Object Management Group approved our submission, [...]

Well all our hard work has paid off and we submitted a proposed standard to the Object Management Group on Decision Model and Notation. This standard is intended to provide a standard business-friendly notation that can be used for initial decision requirements, for detailed decision models, and even to manage technical implementation of decisions in [...]

4. It will never work There is sometimes an almost irrational fear that this stuff does not work. Old school programmers who resist any technology that does not require JCL Organizations where it's "just not how we do things here" "We are using methodology X and business rules does not fit" "We do agile programming [...]

Last week I posted from an Object Management Group standards meeting on efforts to develop a Decision Model and Notation standard. You can see my kick-off presentation and the table of contents in the first post of the sequence - OMG Decision Model Notation - Importance of Decisions. In response to this sequence one of [...]

Warning –this is a post about a standards process so there are a fair number of abbreviations – I tried to describe the key ones. There is a large community of users of business rules management systems, with thousands of large companies using them to automate and improve decisions. In addition, there is a strong [...]

CEP and Decision Management

Paul Vincent of Tibco presented to the OMG Decision Modeling Notation day on the impact of event processing and real-time event handling on decision management. In particular the increasing need for true real-time, almost snap decisions. Tibco sees demand for these kinds of decisions across banking and trading, supply chains, telecommunications and more. Paul used [...]

The Rule Management Group presented next to the OMG meeting on Decision Model Notation. The Rule Management Group is a Dutch firm focused on how to extract business logic from various sources when building decisions – especially on how to extract logic from text documents. They typically work with legal documents and legal experts to [...]

Christian de Sainte Marie from the ILOG group at IBM presented to the OMG Decision Model Notation day on the role of decisions in the ILOG Business Rules Management System. Christian started by describing a BRMS (see my brief on what is a BRMS) and the ILOG BRMS in particular. He drilled down a little [...]

The KPI Decision Model

Barb von Halle and Larry Goldberg from KPI and one of their clients presented to the Object Management Group session on the KPI Decision Model (Barb recorded a webinar on the Decision Model for me some time back). KPI has been working on the Decision Model for some time and published a book on this [...]

Jan Vanthienen of the University of Leuven presented to the Object Management Group's session on Decision Modeling Notation. He began by discussing how business processes need flexibility and this means you cannot hard code rules and decisions in your processes – processes often don’t change even when the decisions within them do. Rule Tasks in [...]

I am attending the Object Management Group's Decision Modeling Notation day. OMG is a standards body that is issuing a request for proposals on a notation and model for decision modeling. I kicked off the day by presenting on the importance of decisions. Here are my slides: Importance of decisions OMG View more presentations from [...]