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Bill Gassman spoke on the role of Business Intelligence – BI – in process improvement. Bill means “big BI” – everything to do with intelligence about your business, the discipline of BI and analytics, not just a “BI” product. The road to intelligent operations he says has “haves” and “have nots” – some have BI [...]

I am participating in a DM Radio event Thursday September 22d at 3 ET along with guests Matt Creason of Sybase, Sarah Kohler of Trillium Software, and Russ Johnson of ASA. Register here.

The folks at IDC (Dan Vesset, Maureen Fleming, Steve Hendrick, Henry Morris and others) have just released Worldwide Decision Management Software 2010–2014 Forecast: A Fast-Growing Opportunity to Drive the Intelligent Economy – the first ever market sizing for “Decision Management”. This is exciting – it’s great to have a leading research organization like IDC pull [...]

Update – Visual Rules 5.0

I got an update from the folks at Innovations Software while I was attending this year’s Building Business Capability conference. This week sees the release of Visual Rules 5.0 and it has some great new features. I last wrote about release 4.5 last year. The big news with this release is web-based authoring of business [...]

There have been a number of twitter conversations around the recent SAP/Sybase news that make me want to write more than 140 characters in response. These fall into three main categories: Does the announcement have an impact on those considering decision management strategies What, exactly, do mobile workers need and does Sybase deliver this for [...]

The nice folks over at IDC let me take a look at IDC – Worldwide Application Development and Deployment: 2010 Predictions. I have a somewhat narrow focus (Decision Management) so only two are really in my zone. First, #10: 10. Decisioning Products Will Be Unified to Deliver a Decision Management Platform This is obviously right [...]

I am giving a webinar for SAP on business rules and decisions in BPM. You can register here and the recordings will be available. This is one of a series promoting SAP’s new book on BPM, which I am writing a couple of chapters for. You can also download a white paper I wrote for [...]

I have blogged about the folks at IDIOM before and I recently heard that they are making IDIOM Decision Manager available under a new free/very low cost price plan. Not a trial or test plan, but a real pricing model that supports commercial development and full ownership of generated code at what can only be [...]

A hands on session at SAP TechEd discussing business rules in the context of SAP Netweaver BPM. The basic pitch was reiterated – business rules embedded in code are hard to maintain, hard to expose to the business users and hard to estimate change costs while rules outside the system are scattered and hard to [...]

Carsten Ziegler started off re-iterating the same benefits of business rules that came up when the BPM team discussed rules. He used an insurance policy application and pricing scenario as an illustration. The rules for this scenario are organized into a catalog that contains various rulesets, either if..then rules or a decision table, just like [...]

This session was a quick overview of business rules. Business rules, Michael says, represent the constraints and behaviors of your business – your policies, not just your IT rules like database integrity rules. Business rules are owned by the business – eligibility, pricing, CRM practices and so on. Michael divided these rules up into things [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ I got an interesting comment on my recent post about the top 4 concerns of CIOs. Joanne makes a number of points in her comment that I thought should be addressed: a business rules engine is not nearly enough. What is needed instead is a means to model manage and measure the [...]

Jim Sinur on the topic of business rules management – BRM – and its role as the misunderstood partner for process.  Jim argues you cannot survive, much less thrive, if you do not know your business rules. In particular, you must pull out and make explicit the 30% ff your most volatile rules. These rules [...]

The fifth webinar in the series. What do you really need to know when you start implementing a business rules management system? What can go wrong and what must you watch carefully? In this webinar you will learn 10 hard-earned rules for successful adoption and implementation of business rules management systems. Claye Greene is the [...]

SAP NetWeaver BPM reviewed

Sandy Kemsley has posted a long and detailed review of SAP Netweaver BPM on her blog. It sounds like they have done some good work integrating the Yasu rules engine. Obviously she has better luck getting people at SAP to brief her than I do! Hopefully one day I will have something to add on [...]

I just published an article on BR Community – A Realistic View of Business Rules Engines – and as the four fallacies I tackle are pretty widely held you should check it out.

Business Rules performance

Ralph and Steve over at Illation have begun publishing about the new business rule engine benchmarks they have put together. First up is Drools – a nice detailed post comparing Drools 4 and Drools 5.

New books on JBoss Drools

Syndicated from ebizQ I have recently been a reviewer for Michal Bali’s new book on Drools (Drools JBoss Rules 5.0 Developer’s Guide), which will soon be generally available. In the meantime you could check out an example of the style by reading this two part article on Drools JBoss Rules 5.0 Flow – Part 1 [...]

Yesterday Innovations Software Technology announced the latest release of Visual Rules – 4.5. This is the third in a series of related release and the enterprise components of Visual Rules (Team Server, Execution Server) have been the focus of the last few releases (4.3, 4.4 and now 4.5). I talked about 4.3/4.4 previously and got [...]

ILOG, now an IBM company, is releasing the 7.0 version of their business rule management system (BRMS) family tomorrow (June 17th). Based on the demonstrations I saw, these mark a big step forward for the ILOG product range. I am going to post a full review tomorrow but I thought I would give everyone a [...]