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SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analytics 3.1 is the current release of the SAP predictive analytic suite. Like most in the analytics space, SAP sees its clients struggling to make use of massive amounts of data that are newly available while facing ever increasing business expectations, faster business decision cycles and an analytical skill gap. SAP therefore [...]

My old friend Carsten Ziegler and some colleagues just published a new book on business rules in an SAP environment in German: Business Rules Management mit ABAP The book is designed to help you integrate business rules with your ABAP environment. It shows how to model business rules in BRFplus to support and automate decisions. It discusses the benefits of [...]

I got an update from the folks at appStrategy today. appStrategy started in 2003 and is based in Washington DC with offices also in France and the UK. Their business rules product suite was announced today and consists of a business user studio, a plugin for Visual Studio, server products and tools for integration with [...]

The Hurwitz Group just published their Victory Index for Predictive Analytics. This is a great report on the core predictive analytic vendors written by Marcia Kaufman and Daniel Kirsch. The report covers Angoss, IBM, Megaputer, Pegasystems, Predixion, RapidMiner, Revolution Analytics, SAS, SAP, StatSoft. The report aims to assess four things about each vendor: Vision - how good the company's strategy [...]

Zementis, the company behind the ADAPA PMML engine (last reviewed here and a sponsor of our Standards in Predictive Analytics research), has been busy making their technology for deploying models based on the Predictive Model Markup Language or PMML more pervasive. They have launched on the Amazon AWS Marketplace. While they have supported AWS for [...]

SAP recently summarized their Advanced Analytic solution stack, putting all their various advanced analytic components into a single solution stack. SAP sees advanced analytics as important as being competitive in the future will rely on an ability to leverage all kinds of data. They see Big Data, the Internet of Things, the need for increasingly [...]

At Decision Management Solutions we are big believers in building decision models as a way to specify the requirements for business rules projects. Our cloud-based, collaborative decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler is ideal for building and managing these models. Not only that, it also works with any business rules management system, allowing you to link [...]

Back in 2008 I wrote this post - The small impact of business rules on the big players, bemoaning the lack of serious investment in business rules on the part of major software companies. As we enter 2014 I thought I would revisit this post and consider what a difference 5 years makes. Let's consider some [...]

I am giving a webinar with SAP on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud, November 7 at 1pm EST. Use predictive analytics throughout your operations with the cloud Recent independent research shows that the power of predictive analytics in the cloud to transform business results is clear. As more organizations transform their business using cloud-based predictive [...]

First Thoughts: SAP and KXEN

SAP recently acquired KXEN, a leading provider of predictive analytics technology, to complement SAP’s existing analytic products. I have previously written about both companies’ products and this week got a chance to chat with John Ball, CEO of KXEN, as well as a number of executives on the SAP side. This is an important acquisition [...]

I am giving a webinar on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud 2013 - Opportunities, Trends and the Impact of Big Data with Information Management, October 22 at 9am ET. Are you using or considering using predictive analytics in the cloud to improve your business? Is the growth in big data impacting your decision? Predictive analytics and [...]

This is the last week for our 2013 survey on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud - Use Cases, Trends and Big Data.  Please go right now and take the survey here - it's quick , anonymous and you have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. There’s been tremendous growth cloud and predictive analytics both [...]

I got an update from SAP on their Predictive Analytics products. Back in December I got a briefing on the Windows client (that went GA in November 2012) and the SAP HANA (SAP’s in-memory database) libraries related to it. SAP, like me, is seeing a lot of demand for predictive analytics with existing clients needing [...]

My colleague at Decision Management Solutions, Gagan Saxena, has just posted on Designing User Experience with SAP Screen Personas. As he and I have worked more with decision modeling (or decision requirements models as they are sometimes known) we have found more and more uses for them. As you can see from the role of decision requirements modeling [...]

A new week and a new white paper. This week’s it’s focused on the ROI of SAP's ABAP Business Rules Management System, SAP NetWeaver Decision Service Management: The business case for SAP NetWeaver Decision Service Management is clear—increased business value, decreased development and maintenance costs, and faster reaction to changing business needs. When business owners [...]

In conjunction with ASUG, the SAP user group,  I am giving a members only webinar on Managing and Evolving Decisions with DecisionsFirst Modeler and SAP Netweaver Decision Service Management, July 11 at 8am PT/11am ET. I am speaking with Carsten Ziegler, Architect and Chief Product Owner of SAP Netweaver Decision Service Management. Decision requirements models allow business analyst, [...]

It’s been over a year since I last got updated on Zementis (their 3.5 release of ADAPA and PMML Universal Plug-in). Since then they have been busy adding support for new platforms and signing new partnerships. Most recently they have announced a strategic alliance between Zementis and FICO, something Zementis sees as a big win for [...]

In-memory databases and in-memory analytics are interesting technologies when it comes to Decision Management Systems. Memory is thousands of times faster than disk and the amount of memory on a node is increasing rapidly. Putting data is put in memory and executing analytics against it, especially if the analytics engine has plenty of memory too, can [...]

As part of the ongoing blog series on Marketing Decision Management Solutions I got an update from SAP on Real-Time Offer Management. This is based on an acquisition made at the end of 2006 of a real time recommendation technology developed for the CRM market, with early adoption mainly by the competitive service industries - [...]

I am giving a webinar on Managing and Evolving Decisions with DecisionsFirst Modeler and SAP Netweaver Decision Service Management, May16 at 7am PT/10am ET / 16:00 CET. I am speaking with Carsten Ziegler, Architect and Chief Product Owner of SAP Netweaver Decision Service Management. Decision requirements models allow business analyst, architects and decision designers to describe the decision-making [...]