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Equifax has been expanding beyond credit bureau data in recent years by providing better access to a broad range of their own fraud, employment, wealth, commercial and alternative data sources as well as 3rd party data to position themselves as an insights company. As part of this focus, their Decision Management platform, InterConnect, was rebuilt [...]

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 [...]

Continuing with presentations at Building Business Capability, Kaiser Permanente and IBM presented on their decision management and cognitive platform for application development innovation. For those of you that don’t know, Kaiser is the Nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan. They do everything from inpatient, to home health, hospitals, hospice, pharmacy, and insurance. 10M+ members, 17,000 doctors and [...]

Sparkling Logic is focused on enabling business and data analysts to manage automate decisions better and faster – what they call Analytics driven Decision Management. Sparkling Logic was founded in 2010 and I have blogged a few times about their decisioning platform (most recently here). Customers include Equifax, Paypal, FirstRate, Accela, Northrop Grumman and others [...]

IBM announced Smarter Process last year, pulling a number of capabilities into a single story with a particular focus on customer centricity. This year IBM’s customers are very focused on growth – 60% of them say it is their top issue, up from 41% the year before. The Smarter Process team this year is focused [...]

I have been interviewing analytic practitioners periodically – last year I interested Andrea Scarso, CEO of MoneyFarm and more recently I interviewed Tracy Allison Altman, co-founder of Ugly Research.  Next up is Nauman Sheikh, a seasoned professional of Data & Analytics. Nauman was introduced to me by a client who really liked his book Implementing Analytics: A [...]

First Look: IBM SPSS Modeler 16

IBM has recently released IBM SPSS Modeler 16 with three distinct packages: Professional with everything for structured data Premium adds text analytics, entity analytics and social network analysis Gold adds the Decision Management capabilities to the Premium package IBM SPSS Analytical Decision Management (ADM) will increasingly be included in the IBM SPSS Modeler Gold package [...]

Jim Sinur, Gartner Emeritus, is next at Building Business Capability talking about the possibilities of transformation resulting from BPM and process models. Businesses, he says, are in a battle to lead in revenue per hour worked. This means a constant focus on increasing productivity and the linkage of every action to desired business outcomes. It [...]

First Look: IBM ODM 8.5

I last got an update on IBM’s Operational Decision Management (release 8) back in April 2012. IBM is positioning its Operational Decision Management capability as part of its Smarter Process stack, alongside Business Process Management and Case management. The ongoing focus is on managing business policies at scale and providing enterprise-class governance. With ODM 8.0 [...]

First Look: Via Science

I got a chance to catch up with Via Science recently [Post updated June 2014 to reflect some changes in terminology]. Via Science is focused on “Big Math” for “big data.” They see big data companies spanning from data collection to search/storage to analysis/visualization. Big Math – the category in which they like to put [...]

As part of our series on Marketing Decision Management Solutions, I got an update on SAS Real-time Decision Manager. SAS Real-time Decision Manager is a complete solution that delivers decision capabilities around customer intelligence for marketing and I was last updated on it back in 2010. The solution provides a unified capability for making customer [...]

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 – [...]

Pegasystems had good years in 2011 and 2012 they say, with Q4 2012 being particularly strong and good results from their decision management products. They have over 2,000 employees as they go into their 30th year and are targeting $500M this year. Pegasystems maintains its focus on a platform business with a number of specific [...]

It’s been a while since I last got an update from IDIOM – several years since this update on IDIOM charging by the rule. To recap, IDIOM was founded back in 2001, has 12-15 FTE staff and is solidly based in New Zealand with largely NZ investors and about 80% of their revenue from Australia [...]

First Look: Aha! Update

I got an update from Aha! recently on their Aha! Analytics Platform. Aha! believes that organizations must embed and automate analytic disciplines at the operational level so that people running the business day to day can apply analytics. To deliver on this they have been expanding their analytic platform capabilities, supporting big data and more. [...]

Version 3 of our widely read report on Decision Management System platform technologies is now available. Many thousands of people have downloaded this report since we started publishing it – remember it is free to download and share. This release contains a large section on use cases, giving lots of examples of Decision Management Systems and [...]

I got to hear Jim Sinur (@jimsinur)talk about intelligent business operations – what he sees as the future of business process and business rules at Building Business Capability 2012. Jim sees two critical trends – a focus on incremental transformation and a new business/IT gap driven by the business’ focus on business process and IT’s focus [...]

SAP NetWeaver Decision Service Management is designed to externalize decision-making logic from application code while still supporting deployment to an ABAP environment. Decision Service Management is installed on a central design system. This single system can support multiple deployment/integration systems – as long as they are connected to the central design system the data in [...]

I wrote about Blaze Advisor 7.0 back in September. FICO is about to release Blaze Advisor 7.1 and key themes for 7.1 are a focus on increased business control and flexibility, faster time to deployment and more integrated simulation. The key driver for this comes from the steady increase in business user engagement – the [...]

We recently updated our popular Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report for 2012. Available online or as a downloadable PDF, this report is the most comprehensive description of the technologies available for building Decision Management Systems. It covers business rules and Business Rules Management Systems, data mining and predictive analytics workbenches, optimization suites and solvers as [...]