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Marie Wieck came back to discuss how to create the kind of composable business  IBM discussed on day 1. It’s critical, she says, to keep customers at the center and drive a new process from this. It’s key to use data to make better decisions, and it’s important to have the kind of scalable infrastructure [...]

I am speaking at IBM’s IMPACT 2014 on The Mobile Enterprise – Driving the Need for Better Decisions & Smarter Processes (SPD-2798), Tuesday April 29 at 3:45pm The consumerization of technology in enterprises, increasingly mobile employees and the demands of more social, mobile and connected consumers are putting increased pressure on enterprises. Adopting mobile management and [...]

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 [...]

WebSphere Strategy #ibmimpact

In the analyst track we got an update on WebSphere. Marie Wieck kicked off with a quick overview of the WebSphere business and on the persistent themes, largely the same as the ones highlighted in the opening keynote (open, mobile) but also emphasizing IBM’s increased outreach to and support of developers, its focus on improving [...]

Ford and IBM kicked off IBM IMPACT 2013 with a discussion of the amount of code (and the number of sensors) in a modern car to control everything from safety systems, self parking and more. This means that Ford has to get good at developing software, and software suitable for use in the car as [...]

I am speaking on Decision Management Cases: Agility & Adaptability in Insurance, Travel & Healthcare at IBM’s IMPACT 2013, April 30 4:00-5:00pm Business rules are a powerful technology with a proven track record building Decision Management Systems. Successful projects deliver business agility, empowering business users to manage the decision-making in their systems so they can [...]

The last two weeks have been very focused on analytics, especially predictive analytics. First I attended the IBM Analyst Summit where they formally launched their big new focus on Decision Management (see my blog series here). This event was a big deal, I believe, because it showed IBM’s increased focus on Decision Management – moving [...]

Deepak Advani came back on stage to give more details on Decision Management software from IBM. Obviously Decision Management 6 came out a while ago, bring rules and analytics together. With the new release there are several new features: Integration of CPLEX The new release integrates the ILOG CPLEX Optimization engine Entity Analytics The integration [...]

IBM made a big announcement about Decision Management today. They are marking what they see as a new era of computing, cognitive computing that allows us to build systems that learn and, in my words, make decisions. All these new technologies, analytics and more, are about making better decisions. As Mike Rodin put it, the [...]

After a great introductory session from Walter Isaacson (biographer of Einstein, Franklin and Jobs), we kicked off the main session at IBM’s largest IMPACT conference with over 8,500 attendees with a focus on re-thinking IT. Marie Wieck started by discussing how core applications are changing. IBM claims that $5Trillion run on IBM hardware. These systems [...]

I have been going to IBM IMPACT for a couple of years now. This year’s event is just around the corner – it starts on Sunday – and I am particularly excited about this one. While it’s not the first at which I have spoken, nor the first where there have been sessions on Decision [...]

Steve Mills kicked off the IBM Smarter Analytics Leadership Summit. Business Analytics matter, he says, as shown by the focus of CEOs (8 out of 10 expect complexity to increase, enterprises applying analytics are more successful etc). The need for analytics is pervasive, with every industry seeing a massive expansion in the volume of data [...]

Erick Brethenoux, Pierre-Henri Clouin and Asit Dan presented on IBM’s Decision Management approach – a nice chance to see both the Business Analytics and WebSphere bits of IBM talking about the same problem. CEOs consistently tell IBM that volatility, uncertainty and complexity are continuing issues. CIOs with a mandate to transform the business are responding [...]

IBM is announcing a new product and product positioning today. With the tag line “Turning Automated Decision Management into Real-time Operational Advantage” they have announced WebSphere Operational Decision Management. This new product is an evolution of the market-leading business rules management system, WebSphere ILOG JRules BRMS, united with IBM’s WebSphere Business Events. It brings business [...]

Here is a recap of Decision Management product news for Q2 2011 Business Rules First Look Corticon 5 A long established vendor in the business rules management space, Corticon describe themselves as focused on delivering better, faster decisions by automating business rules. First Look – OpenRules Decision Management System OpenRules allows business users to manage [...]

I am back home after a couple of days at IBM IMPACT 2011 in Las Vegas and as promised here are a couple of closing thoughts. Decision Management has gone mainstream IBM put Decision Management front and center alongside Business Process Management. For someone like me who has been writing and talking about Decision Management [...]

Final IBM IMPACT session for me this year is If P&C Insurance talking about the role of process and rules in claims processing. If is the largest property and casualty insurer in the Nordic region and covers all sorts of risks across personal and commercial lines of business. Insurance Customer Satisfaction can seem like an [...]

Westenrot and Wurttembergbische AG is a German financial services company covering insurance, home loans and savings. W&W had a set of business processes for order processing across all the products sold by the bank. These processes validated, completed and stored the order data and then generate a PDF to send to the customer/archive and update [...]

Three folks from Nationwide Insurance introduced their ILOG business rules implementation. Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies with multiple brands offering products in property and casualty, mortgages, lines of credit, retirement plans and more. They are 124 on the Fortune 500, 16M policies and 32,000 staff. This project focused on [...]

IBM IMPACT 2011 Day 2 Keynotes

Steve Mills kicked off day 2 to talk about the kind of IT architecture that supports business agility. Your IT architecture, he says, must enable business processes run reliably and securely across application silos. Business must own their processes and their data, not have them be subsumed into siloed packaged applications. IT must enable these [...]