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First Look – Scorto Update

I last looked at Scorto back in 2010 (see this First Look). The firm continues to be focused on Decision Management and risk management solutions and now has 7 offices around the world focused on insurance and banking customers. In particular Scorto focuses on debt collection, customer acquisition, loan origination and risk management. The products [...]

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 [...]

This session is focusing on three specific functional areas – customer intelligence, financial crimes/fraud and risk management. Customer Intelligence The landscape of Customer Intelligence involves the growth of empowered consumers thanks to the proliferation of channels, the explosion of data and the evolving CMO role as they have to balance analytical and creative. SAS’s vision [...]

First Look – GDS Link Update

I got an update on GDS Link recently, having last written about them in 2010 (see this First Look on GDS Link). Since 2006 they have been helping banks and other credit issuers to build custom, tailored, customer-centric risk applications. DataView 360, the core product, was designed to address what they regard as the key [...]

First Look – FICO Model Central

FICO Model Central is the latest addition to FICO’s Decision Management platform and is focused on lifecycle management of predictive analytic models in the context of an overall Decision Management implementation. The original driver was a growing regulatory requirement in the banking industry to have a regular cycle of model validation and monitoring of predictive [...]

Jim Davis of SAS had an interesting post back in October – What do retail banking customers want?– in which he talked about the results of some consumer surveys and the banking industry’s response. The three results Jim discussed were clarity and fairness, easy access and quality customer experience. Interestingly I see all three of these [...]

The other session I got to see at FICO World was a panel discussion on analytic modeling tools with representatives from UniCredit (Italy), Ferratum (Finland), Nedbank (South Africa), and Citi. Challenges and rewards of building an analytic modeling team Always start from scratch with fresh, inexperienced teams and this is both challenging and rewarding Challenges [...]

Time for a quick session or two at FICO World. Chip Clarke and Andrew Beckman presented on the use of customer-level TRIAD to continuously improve their collection results for their retail banking products – to do “Adaptive Control”. Adaptive control, for those not familiar with the term, means continually challenging the way you make decisions [...]

Model Builder is FICO’s predictive analytic workbench remains focused on superior scorecard technology with advanced inferencing and reject inference (described in my review of Model Builder 7.1). Integration with the Blaze Advisor BRMS and integration for common variable libraries remains a largely unique feature. The focus of the newly announced Model Builder 7.2 is on [...]

One of my clients, Nomis Solutions has a number of jobs open: Client Director, Data Architect, Senior Optimization Engineer, Agile Developer, Technical/Customer Support Director, and Software Architect. Nomis Solutions provides Pricing and Profitability Management solutions to the financial services industry. Nomis Solutions is headquartered in San Bruno, California, with offices in London and representation in [...]

Silver Tail Systems was founded in 2008 by founders with a background in web search, trend analytics and fraud detection. After joining eBay to fight phishing and other kinds of fraud like fake auctions and fake bids, the team sat down and figured out the tools that would have been helpful tackling these fraud challenges. [...]

First Look – G Stat

G-Stat is a privately held Israeli company focused on advanced analytical and data mining solutions. The founder of G-Stat began his career as an econometrician, focusing on large time-series data initially. Then he worked at the Bank of Israel in IT helping translate what the economists and others needed into information systems. He rapidly became [...]

Human and automated judgment

Syndicated from International Institute for Analytics Tom Davenport pointed me to an interesting article recently – Judgment Call or Automated Decision—Or Both? – by Jan Abrams. It’s an interesting article and I go back and forth as I read it in terms of agreeing or disagreeing with Jan. First, let me say that the use [...]

I got an update from the folks at FICO on the new release of Model Builder, their predictive analytics workbench. My last update was for Blaze Advisor 6.9 and Model Builder 7.0 and this release, Model Builder 7.1, is the first point release for Model Builder on the new 7.x platform. For those of you [...]

FICO Banking Analytics Blog

The folks over at the FICO Banking Analytics blog responded to my post on experimentation with their own take – The culture of experimentation. Worth a read as is the blog more generally, especially for those working with analytics in banking.

I got an update on Modellica’s Decision Engine recently. I was referred to Modellica by the folks at GDS Link who use the Modellica rules capability in their DataView 360 product. Modellica is a European rules and decision management solution with 20 or so projects for 10 clients (one in the US, the rest in [...]

I followed up with Steve Culp of Accenture about their announcement of a new Risk Management practice earlier this year. Obviously Accenture has been doing risk management for a long time but they have now brought together people who were already working in this space in different verticals and in their information systems practice as [...]

National Australia Bank group (a 15 year Teradata customer) presented on their use of Teradata for multi-channel marketing. NAB has 10.9M customers worldwide and about 38,000 staff. Brock Lynch, from the marketing group within the retail bank, gave an overview of their analytical CRM approach. NAB sees its analytical CRM assets as: Complete customer data [...]

This is a piece I wrote for Chris Pratt’s quarterly financial institutions newsletter The use of technology to automate and manage decisions, especially high volume decisions essential to day-to-day operational execution, is expanding rapidly. Beginning with the consumer credit business, use of decision engines and decision management has spread to all aspects of financial services [...]

First Look – Scorto

I caught up with a new (to me at least) decisioning platform recently. Scorto works with credit organizations to manage credit risks and make objective decisions when selling mass credit products. They offer what they refer to as decision support (but I would call blended decision management and decision support) in everything from personal/small commercial [...]