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InRule Update 2015

I last got an update on InRule back in 2014 when I was updated on 4.6. Catching up with them recently I got a company and product update. They continue to focus on healthcare (insurance and delivery), insurance, banking and government. Some of their new customers are using InRule with Microsoft Dynamics CRM as part [...]

First Look: WebAction

I got an update from WebAction recently. WebAction was founded in 2012, is backed by Summit Partners and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. The founders come from working together at GoldenGate and some prior companies, such as WebLogic. WebAction’s focus is on what they call “Data Driven Apps” - on moving from data presentation [...]

RapidMiner today announced a new Platform-as-a-Service offering for deploying and managing predictive analytic models in the cloud. RapidMiner consists of a Studio product for developing analytic models and a Server product that allows for collaboration, batch model execution and interactive dashboards etc. I have blogged about RapidMiner before and the product is in our Decision [...]

First Look: BigML Update

I got an update from BigML recently – I first blogged about them back in December. BigML has continued to grow since then, opening the product to general use (you can sign up here). They now have over 4,600 users and more than 100 paying customers. The product still offers a simple interface underpinned by [...]

First Look: [24]7

As part of our ongoing series on Marketing Decision Management solutions, I got an update from [24]7 recently. Based in Campbell, [24]7 was founded back in 2001 and is focused on helping companies deliver an intuitive customer experience. Still privately held, they were originally focused on managing contact centers, but for several years their primary [...]

First Look: Idio

As part of my ongoing series on Marketing Decision Management Solutions I got my first look at a new take on next best action systems the other day with the folks from Idio. Idio focuses on what they call “intelligent customer experiences through content.” They have what amounts to a real time decisioning platform focused [...]

SAS and Cloud #sassb

Keith Collins was up next to talk about Cloud. This is an area where I have done some research before - check out the results from our Predictive Analytics in the Cloud research. Keith presented the NIST definition of cloud with its 5 characteristics - one demand, broad network access, measured service (subscription), resource pooling [...]

IBM IMPACT Day 2 Keynotes

Johan Gerber of MasterCard kicked things off on day 2. MasterCard does not actually issue the cards with their logo on, they are a technology company that provides a network to link consumers, 32,000,000 businesses and 22,000 card issuers. The network is very high performance, handling 100 pieces of information and processing each transaction in [...]

The Forbes Mini Main Tent was kicked off by Mike Perlis, CEO of Forbes. Mike focused on how to build a business as strong as the Forbes brand – something with four legs: Keep print business on track Build the digital business for growth Develop brand extensions like conferences and international Become a great technology [...]

First Look – BigML

While there are many machine learning packages out there, BigML is trying to make them usable by people with just a little experience – to improve the learning curve of machine learning techniques. At the same time they also address the scale challenge as Gigabytes of data override the traditional algorithms. Their product is therefore [...]

First Look – Web Rule 2.0

I have blogged about code effects’ Web Rule product before. This rule editor and execution environment supports both execution rules (that have an action to take) and evaluation rules (that just return true/false) as well as an IntelliSense/type ahead editor based on an XML object model. Rules in this product are closer to a ruleset [...]

Session 2420 at IBM's IMPACT is titled "From Business Rules to a Decision-Centric Organization" and is being presented jointly by me and a client of mine - Gagan Saxena of Apple Vacations. Apple Vacations is expanding its B2C business by improving consumer experience, adding intelligent personalization and dynamically creating product packages - a dramatic shift [...]

I got an update from Predixion Software recently. Predixion, as I have blogged before, was founded in 2009 and is focused on disrupting the predictive analytics market by making it easier to build and deploy predictive analytics. Their core belief is that success with predictive analytics is going to require the broadening of the range [...]

SAS is making a big push around cloud. They want to provide a cloud enabled platform, manage their existing SAS Applications in the cloud, build new applications in the cloud and create a cloud app store for their customers. They want to ensure that all the business analytics solutions based on SAS - whether SAS [...]

Four themes in business visualization: Consumer-oriented BI Walk up and use, understanding through visualization, self-service Deriving value from big data Analytics and visualization that scales with in-memory Approachable analytics Integration into the user's world Outlook, Office, mobile The new product (coming in March) has four components: Environment Manager for setup and monitoring Visual Analytics Explorer for [...]

First Look – Ideate

Ideate is an Application Framework from a company called Consilience International that was started about 2 years ago by a couple of process folks looking to do something that was more suitable for highly evolvable, dynamic environments where runtime adaption was important. These kinds of dynamic applications are increasingly a focus for companies. Consilience’s view [...]

First Look – Spotfire 4.0

I got a quick update on Spotfire 4.0 recently (announced today - I last reviewed Spotfire in February). This release was aimed primarily at getting analytics to a wider audience through analytic dashboards and social collaboration. As we all know, many people work with others in different locations and time zones. This requires strong context [...]

First Look – Web.rule.control

I got a quick update on an interesting startup company – CodeEffects.com – with a very lightweight web widget for business rules. This web business rules widget is the outgrowth of some work the company has been doing with clients who are users of business rules management systems. These clients wanted a lightweight rule editor [...]

Retailing today had an interesting article - "Best Buy, Sears, Target tops in cross-channel performance" - about the importance and challenges of becoming a cross-channel retailer. I was struck by the potential of Decision Management Systems to improve cross-channel experiences in a couple of key areas: 60% had inconsistency across in-store and online promotions; Obviously [...]

First Look – Causata

Causata is a software company founded in early 2009 with a heritage from the online space - behavioral targeting on the web and database marketing. They are headquartered here in Silicon Valley with engineering in London and the team has experience across companies like Touch Clarity, Omniture, Interwoven, DoubleClick, RedHat, Skype, eBay and others. Causata [...]