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  The Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report began in early 2012 as a way to share our research and experience in building Decision Management Systems. Since then we have extended, updated and revised the report many times. This week we released the latest version - Version 8 - with a new, easier to use format. There [...]

I am giving a webinar on November 16 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern with Oracle on "Innovations Driving the ROI of Real-Time Analytics" New innovations are making it more practical than ever to deliver real-time operational analytics. As costs decline and technical barriers are overcome, organizations in every industry can improve their operational decisions with better, [...]

We are running our regularly scheduled, and highly reviewed, Introduction to Decision Management training again July 12-14, 10am-11:30am Pacific each time. A concise course for executives, managers and stakeholders stressing the key concepts and terminology of the proven decision management approach. This approach underpins the successful deployment of business rules management systems (BRMS) and predictive [...]

The Call for Speakers is open for DecisionCAMP 2016 until April 1st. This year DecisionCAMP will be hosted by the International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML) on July 7, 2016 at Stony Brook University, New York, USA. This event will aim to summarize the current state in Decision Management with a particular focus on the use of the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) [...]

I am working on a new book - Available now! Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN - with Jan Purchase and he recently posted another great post - How DMN Allows Business Rules to Scale. While decision modeling with DMN is not JUST about writing business rules (as I noted earlier), this is a great use case for it. [...]

I am giving a workshop tutorial at BBC 2015 on Business Analysis and Architecture with Decision Modeling Monday November 2, 1:30pm: The proven technique of decision modeling is fast becoming the go-to approach for extending business architectures and system requirements to include business decisions. Modeling business decisions as peers to business processes is central to accurately [...]

Continuing the IBM Big Data and Analytics event we come to Watson. Watson is designed to understand natural language, human-style communication. Watson then trawls through a potentially very large amount of material to create and score some hypotheses as answers for these questions and returns them. With each interaction it also learns what works, what the better answer [...]

I am co-chair, with Fern Halper,of the TDWI Solution Summit: Beyond BI to Advanced Analytics for Business Advantage in San Diego, June 1-3. Business analytics has become an important new trend for companies that want to be competitive—and stay that way. While certain kinds of advanced analytics have been on the market for decades, adoption is [...]

Hurwitz & Associates will update their Victory Index on Advanced Analytics in 2014. This report will summarize key trends in advanced analytics, provide information on vendor offerings, and report on vendor strengths and weaknesses from an end user perspective. In order to help guide end users who are making a decision on selecting an advanced [...]

I am speaking on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud: Use Cases and Trends at Predictive Analytics World San Francisco 2014. Predictive analytics are the most effective way to put Big Data to work. Cloud technologies both deliver new data sources and provide a scalable, pervasive platform for analytics. The intersection is creating new opportunities for value [...]

I am going to attend and blog a few sessions at the Building Business Capability conference. First up are folks from Unum talking about how they are evolving their business rules management policies and practices. Unum is a group of life and health insurance companies, mostly in the US but also in the UK and [...]

I am attending IBM IMPACT and this is a duplicate post for one running on the IBM IMPACT Blog. Business rules get everywhere – we have business rules in our user interfaces, in data quality, in business processes and more. But when organizations adopt a business rules management system they are focused on improving decision-making. [...]

Marketing is a great use case for Decision Management and we see this reflected in the  growing interest in using Decision Management Systems  to improve retention, increase cross-sell and up-sell, develop customers over time and improve customer satisfaction - key objectives of a successful marketing organization. In fact using analytics, especially predictive analytics, business rules [...]

First Look: Decisions

I caught up with the wonderfully named Decisions recently. Back in the 90s the founders started OOP.com to separate what programmers did (build new components) from business users (who assembled and managed components) in complex decisions. This was sold to become the platform for a voice recognition product in the UK. In 2004 they started [...]

I am giving a web class with 7DEE on April 1 at 2:00pm ET on Use Cases for Big-Data Analytics in the Cloud. This session will be a 30-40 minute audio presentation (slides provided in advance) followed by 30-45 minutes of chat questions/answers. The session will cover: The intersection of big-data and the cloud offers unique [...]

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 [...]

As many of you know, Decision Management Solutions publishes a report on Decision Management Systems platform technologies. We have just released a new version with more vendor information, links to product reviews and great new content on best practices and key product characteristics. To recap: Decision Management Systems are agile, analytic and adaptive. They are [...]

I thought I would re-run a top 10 list from a while ago - an oldie but a goodie - on the top 10 excuses for not adopting business rules and a Business Rules Management System. #10 - We tried before and got no results There are two root causes for this excuse - over-hyping [...]

There is a nice article over on Modern Analyst on documenting decisions separately from use cases in which Mark Monteleone lays out the case for this. As he says: I do propose making decisions visible. By visible, I mean aseparate and explicit step for each decision being made. These steps help the developer identify where possible alternate and [...]

An interesting discussion started on twitter this week with @BigBlueMilky saying "Decision Management is so much more that just using business rules" - something I strongly agree with. @JeffreyGoodReq followed up by adding "But you must start with business rules" and, when I disagreed and said you must start with Decisions added "rules = context [...]