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You may have noticed articles about a chatbot recently that got a little out of line – an airline’s chatbot misstated the rules for a fare class (see The Guardian‘s article or The Washington Post‘s). The airline has, of course, been held accountable for its chatbot – just as it would have been for an [...]

Eric Siegel, author of Predictive Analytics and the Chair of Machine Learning Week, had a great article on Harvard Business Review recently – The AI Hype Cycle Is Distracting Companies. You should read it, as he makes a lot of great points about AI hype and its dangers. One comment, in particular, stood out for [...]

I got a chance to listen to Mike Gualtieri of Forrester talk about his recent Wave report on AI Decisioning Platforms. This focuses in on a core set of vendors and compares them in detail as a follow-up to his earlier AI Decisioning Landscape report (which included Decision Management Solutions with our DecisionsFirst Modeler product). [...]

In March 2023, three U.S. banks failed. This triggered a sharp decline in global bank stock prices and swift response by regulators to prevent potential global contagion. Banks across the US scrambled to respond to the crisis. Join me on May 24th for a discussion on how you can protect your business and be prepared [...]

Our friends at IBM are running ran a webinar on May 9 that is a great opportunity to see decision automation in action: As expectation grows for faster and more personalized digital experiences, business decisions are increasingly important – and often more complex. Intelligent decisions that fuse predictions and policies can deliver more effective decisions [...]

Our CTO Ryan Trollip is presenting with Scott Horwitz from FICO in a great webinar coming up on April 20th: Insurance claims management is a complex business. Customers want their claims processed and approved quickly. Insurance providers need to manage risk, improve scalability, retain institutional knowledge when staff changes, reduce overhead costs of management, and [...]

I got my hands of a copy of Krishna Pera’s new book, Big Data for Big Decisions recently. I met Krishna several years ago when he published some articles on being decision-driven not data-driven and on why it’s essential to prioritize decisions for your analytic efforts. He’d found some of my articles on being decision-centric [...]

We do a lot of work in insurance and we seem many companies spend heavily automating their claims process. Their intent is to improve their loss ratio – both by reducing losses due to fraud or bad claims and by reducing processing costs. But it often doesn’t make much difference because they are focused on [...]

An old friend, Guilhem Molines, has been working with some colleagues on a new book – Intelligent Automation with IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation – and I got a chance to read it recently. The book covers all the components of IBM’s Cloud Pak for Business Automation. Decision Management Solutions is an IBM Business [...]

The folks at CNET posted “Please Get Me a Live Human: Automated Phone Menus Are the Absolute Worst” – just the latest article I have seen on this topic. They make some good points (standard way to get a human, stop talking about changed menu options, don’t suggest the website, call backs etc) but they [...]

I recently bought a Specialized e-bike and it’s great. Every time I ride it I like it more. However, every time I get an email from Specialized, I get more irritated and less likely to recommend them to someone. Why? Well, let’s consider this week’s email newsletter. It’s clearly aimed only at e-bike riders and [...]

Over the years, Decision Management Solutions has helped many leading insurance businesses modernize. We’ve helped them radically improve their claims handling, driving high rates of straight through processing with less fraud and less waste. We’ve helped them improve their top line sales numbers with automated cross-sell/up-sell, Next Best Offer or Next Best Action systems. We’ve worked with [...]

Like many of you, I am sure, I am fan of xkcd. After all, any site that is both humorous and has a wiki to explain WHY it’s humorous (explainxkcd.com) must be good. A recent one struck a chord: We do a lot of work with companies that have been investing heavily in digitizing their [...]

I am super-excited to announce that an article I have been working on with Michael Ross has just been published on Harvard Business Review – Managing AI Decision-Making Tools The nature of micro-decisions requires some level of automation, particularly for real-time and higher-volume decisions. Automation is enabled by algorithms (the rules, predictions, constraints, and logic [...]

First Look: Zoot 2021 Update

It’s been a while since I did a product review on the blog, but I recently caught up with the team at Zoot and thought a blog post was in order. Zoot, for those of you who don’t know them, deliver capabilities and services for automated decisioning across the customer credit lifecycle. They’ve been at [...]

Today’s businesses are heavily digitized and must be structured so that while interacting through digital channels, the value gained from customer experience between humans and digital touchpoints can be handled seamlessly and effectively. As a result, the line between business and technology is gradually blurring. In addition, most organizations still face many challenges with the [...]

The single most critical and most neglected aspect of artificial intelligence (AI) projects is problem definition. All too often, teams start with data, determine what kind of machine learning (ML)/AI insights they can generate, and then go off to find someone in the business who can benefit from it. The result? Lots of successful AI [...]

Don’t jail your logic in code Our friends at Data Decisioning forwarded an article from The Register recently – Inflexible prison software says inmates due for release should be kept locked up behind bars. The basic building blocks of this story is that there is a module calculating release dates for prisoners that was clearly [...]

Decision-Driven Data Analytics

Bart de Langhe and Stefano Puntoni recently published a great article in the MIT Sloan Management Review called “Leading With Decision-Driven Data Analytics.” In contrast to so much of the literature that focuses first on data, they focus on decision-making. In fact they go so far as to say that: “Leaders need to make sure [...]

We help a lot of clients select, install and adopt a Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS). These clients are looking to get automate decision-making with transparency, deliver business control of their critical decision-making logic and establish an ability to drive continuous improvement through simulation and impact analysis. Adopted correctly, these benefits ensure that a BRMS [...]