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One of the fun things going on over at the Decision Management Community is a series of challenges based on various real or real-ish problems. For each the site encourages folks to develop and submit a decision model to show how the problem described could be solved. This month there was one on Port Clearance Rules [...]

Jan Purchase of LuxMagi and I are working away on our new book, Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN and one of the questions we have been asking ourselves is who we are aiming the book at - who builds decision models? Jan had a great post on Who Models Business Decisions? recently to address this question and I wanted [...]

Besides working on Real World Decision Modeling with DMN  I recently contributed a piece on the use of decision modeling for framing predictive analytics to The Big Analytics Book, a book being produced by the folks at AnalyticsWeek. AnalyticsWeek rounded up 60+ thought leaders in analytics, including yours truly, and got us all to write a [...]

As you may have noticed I am working on a new book - Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN - with Jan Purchase. Yesterday Jan had a great blog post - Why Decision Modeling? (In 1000 Words). Jan makes some great points, emphasizing the value of  decision modeling with DMN in: Transparency of the logic Separation  of [...]

I am pleased to announce a new Decision Table Modeling online training offering taught by Professor Jan Vanthienen, a leading decision table expert. We are running a pilot of this class February 2-4 an you can get details, and a great price, here. To give you a taste of Jan's approach, here's a guest article by him. [...]

We are running our regularly scheduled, and highly reviewed, Decision Modeling with DMN training again March 1-3, 9:30am-11:30am Pacific each time. 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 business rules and predictive analytic projects. With decision modeling, [...]

I presented on the lessons we have learned deploying decision management and decision modeling at scale at various clients, specifically some large financial institutions. We have some case study like papers available (contact us for a copy) and here are the key takeaways: Decision Modeling Widely Accessible, Collaborative Lots of people can build and use [...]

Jan Vanthienen of the University of Leuven presented on business and decision analysis. We visualize the business using process, data and rules models he says to visualize it, to automate it and to eliminate confusion and ambiguity. But there are concerns about just modeling processes. In particular if one tries to model the whole of one's [...]

I got a chance to hear Roger Burlton and Sasha Aganova of the Process Renewal Group talk about a recent case study of theirs concerning risk and management and processes. This is a hot topic of course with new regulations and new requirements for financial services firms. Compliance with these risk management regulations, though, can't be seen [...]

Jacob Feldman of OpenRules and I presented on Good Old UServ Product Derby in the Brave New World of Decision Management at the Building Business Capability Conference. We began by introducing DMN a little (check out this white paper for more details on decision modeling with DMN). He and I see a lot of interest in DMN [...]

As part of the Building Business Capability conference I have gave a workshop on Business Analysis and Architecture with Decision Modeling. It's hard to blog my own sessions but here are the takeaways: Focus on decisions Transactional, operational decisions Decisions that control your processes Manual or automated, rules-based or analytical Model Decisions Decision Requirements Models clarify [...]

My second session at IBM Insight is Hamilton Faris Chief Data and Analytics Officer of MetLIfe – a past customer of ours – talking about Predictive Analytics.  MetLife of course is a big insurer with 100M customers in 47 countries. The group Hamilton runs focuses on bringing analytics to the forefront of the decision-making process [...]

The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is starting to get some real traction in the market. We have a growing number of clients adopting the modeling techniques (described in this white paper if you are not familiar with decision modeling with DMN) and a number using our decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler. In a few [...]

Karl Rexer sent me a few highlights from his 2015 Data Science Survey. This was formerly known as the Rexer Data Miner Survey but the term Data Scientist has surged in popularity so it has been renamed. I have blogged in the past about the survey and like many in the business I look forward to the [...]

I am a faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA). I have been working on some research on framing predictive analytics project requirements. As part of this research I have published an IIA research brief and recorded a briefing. These discuss decision modeling, a new technique for framing a business problem so it can be [...]

I am giving an online class Decision Modeling with DMN in three 120 minute sessions November 23,24,25 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 business rules and predictive analytic projects. With decision modeling, you can: Build more effective business [...]

I am giving a webinar on Decision Modeling for Predictive Analytics Projects at 11am Eastern on September 29, 2015 for the International Institute for Analytics The effective use of predictive analytics is becoming more important as projects move "out of the lab". Organizations need to frame problems to create proper requirements for predictive analytics projects, engage people beyond the [...]

John Boyd, author of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) once said Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless This seems to me to be a clarion call for Decision Management and its combination of operational and analytic systems into Decision Management Systems: A typical analytic system, a Business Intelligence or dashboard [...]

If you are interested in Decision Management or Decision Modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard, check out these three training opportunities: Online Training: Introduction to Decision Management August 25-27, 10:00-11:30am Pacific This 3-part online live training class will prepare you to adopt Decision Management or expand existing business rules/analytic efforts into true [...]

I am faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and recently completed a new research brief on Framing Requirements for Predictive Analytic Projects with Decision Modeling. The Research Brief is behind the paywall for IIA clients with an Enterprise Research Subscription. If you are interested in IIA membership and the research that IIA produces check out the site. IIA does a [...]