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State Farm presented at IBM InterConnect 2017 on their challenges with large scale deployment of IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) - IBM's Business Rules Management System. State Farm has a set of specific things it wants out of its BRMS: Well defined artifact lifecycle for auditing Rigorous deployment process support for confidentiality and consistency Self-service so authorized users [...]

Continuing to blog at Building Business Capability 2016 with Ron Ross talking about operational excellence. [My comments in italics] He began by talking about the new technology available and its potential while expressing worries that technologies, and technological approaches, might not really change our businesses for the better. In particular he expressed concern that "channel mania" might [...]

Join me for a free webinar on 3 Reasons to Adopt Decision Modeling in your BRMS Program Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:00 AM PDT Decision modeling address 3 key challenges of a existing BRMS program, improving traceability, sustaining business engagement and maximizing re-use while minimizing duplication. A decisions-first, decision modeling approach using the Decision Model Notation [...]

We are kicking off a number of business rules projects this months - some new, some part of existing programs - and we are going to be applying decision modeling in all of them. Why? Because decision modeling with DMN (the Decision Model and Notation standard) really works for business rules projects. When we work [...]

We work with a lot of business rules architects and we see that more and more of them are using decision modeling as part of their business rules management system (BRMS) implementations. I recently wrote a series of blog posts - 3 Reasons Rules Architects Are Adopting Decision Modeling - over on our company blog. You can [...]

I am giving a webinar on DecisionsFirst Modeler and IBM ODM Integration Wednesday June 22 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific in which I will demonstrate the integration capability of DecisionsFirst Modeler Enterprise Edition with IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM). In the webinar I will Quickly introduce DecisionsFirst Modeler as a platform for decision modeling with DMN Discuss the integration of [...]

One of the most persistent problems with decision modeling in my experience is the tendency of people to think of decision modeling as a one-time requirements effort. Many teams are convinced that building a decision model using the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard (white paper here) is going to help them with their business rules [...]

I am giving a webinar on Decision Modeling with DMN for RedHat JBoss BRMS Thursday May 26th at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific in which I will demonstrate the new integration capability of DecisionsFirst Modeler Enterprise Edition with RedHat JBoss BRMS. In the webinar I will Introduce Decision Modeling with DMN Discuss the new integration of DecisionsFirst Modeler [...]

I am speaking at the ODM/iLOG BRMS Meetup on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 6pm Pacific in the IBM Offices at 1001 Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City (map) on Decision Modeling, DMN and IBM ODM. Decision Modeling with the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is a powerful way to maximize the ROI to be gained from [...]

One of the interesting and useful things about the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard for decision models is how it handles the data required by a decision. Simply put, a Decision in DMN may have any number of Information Requirements and these define its data dependencies - the Decision requires this information to be available if the [...]

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 [...]

One of my pet peeves is people who develop mobile applications and then insist on writing all their business logic as Javascript or Node.Js or something. As if the fact of delivering a mobile application overrides the need to be able to have business/IT collaboration around business logic, reduces the need for business agility or obviates requirements [...]

Gagan Saxena, also of Decision Management Solutions kicked off the first day of sessions for me at this year’s Building Business Capability show in Las Vegas. Gagan has been working on a large financial services client’s regulatory initiative and presented on the role of decisions and DMN-based decision models on regulatory compliance. A business architecture [...]

Tom Debevoise and I have just published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling and it's now available on Amazon. A little bit about the book: the landscape of process modeling has evolved as have the best practices. The smartest companies are using decision [...]

I attended bpmNEXT a little while ago and gave a demonstration of Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes. This was a live demonstration of DecisionsFirst Modeler, our collaborative cloud-based environment for decision modeling and showed how the Decision Model and Notation standard works. In addition, I showed how teams can collaborate on these models, [...]

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 [...]

I recently gave a presentation at bpmNEXT showing how you can apply decision modeling, using the new Decision Model and Notation standard, to build simpler, smarter and more agile processes. The actual presentation was recorded and I will blog when it goes live but as part of preparing I recorded the demo itself and we [...]

I am presenting (demonstrating really) on Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes at bpmNEXT March 27. A live demonstration of DecisionsFirst Modeler, a collaborative cloud-based environment for decision modeling, will show how the Decision Model and Notation standard works. In addition, you’ll see how teams can collaborate on these models, how they can link [...]

Welcome to Part Two  of my interview with Jan Purchase, Director and Co-Founder of LuxMagi (Part One of the interview is here). Lux Magi are experts in helping their clients automate complex, legal and regulatory compliance processes using business rules technology and decision management.  Jan and I gave a webinar on Agile and Cost Effective Financial Compliance: Going [...]

I was pointed to a blog post today from the folks at Forrester talking about their Governance Risk and Compliance Platform wave report.  In an era of increasing regulation and increasing costs for compliance failures, these kinds of platforms are clearly important. These platforms help you manage documentation, track overall levels of risk, generate required reporting, [...]