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Decision Management Systems are the next generation of information systems. Agile, analytic and adaptive, Decision Management Systems put business rules management systems, predictive analytics and optimization to work improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your operations. Decision Management Systems are agile – easy to change, easy to keep compliant and transparent in their behavior. They [...]

I will be hosting a three part free webinar series How to Build Decision Management Systems this Fall. Decision Management Systems are the next generation of information systems. Agile, analytic and adaptive, Decision Management Systems put business rules management systems, predictive analytics and optimization to work improving the effectiveness and efficiency of your operations. Decision [...]

How to transform your marketing with analytics Companies need to develop a loyal customer base and market effectively to them. But customers increasingly shop in multiple channels and formats, and have more choices than ever before. Your company can leverage the power of analytics to overcome these challenges. You can develop the capability to target [...]

I want to share with you the collective wisdom of over 50 companies that have transformed their business using analytics. These companies tackled core business issues like customer retention, marketing, patient care, student achievement, and customer centricity in industries as varied as Retail, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Education, Government, Insurance and Banking. Tomorrow I will kick off [...]

As part of our ongoing efforts at Decision Management Solutions to promote the discipline of Decision Management we have been updating our white papers. I already blogged about a new white paper focused on Business Process Management – The Decisions at the heart of your process – and our update of Maximizing the value of [...]

A new white paper is posted to Decision Management Solutions company site, “Maximizing the Value of Business Rules – Decision Management streamlines and focuses business rules projects for faster, more effective deployment“. Summary: Business rules management systems deliver on the promise of costs savings, agility and happy customers. Yet for many companies, business rules efforts remain point [...]

A new white paper is up on Decision Management Solutions company site, “The Decisions at the Heart of Your Processes – How Decision Management simplifies business processes and improves results.” It is a companion paper to the workshop I gave last week at Gartner BPM 2011. Summary: Companies applying Business Process Management can create simpler and [...]

Operational Intelligence Panel

A panel of customers (TXU Energy, Pfizer, NY State Dept Taxation and Finance – one of my favorite Decision Management stories and included in this white paper for instance) discussed how to link processes to performance management with Daryl Plummer  of Gartner and the folks from ebizQ. No attempt to make a coherent story, just [...]

Roy Schulte of Gartner gave a rapid fire session on business rules. Business rules he says can be used in multiple ways in a Business Process Management context. It can be used to make applications smarter and more flexible by externalizing rules. You can also use them to control process flow. And you can use [...]

I am giving a workshop on Decision Management: Practical Steps to Get More From Your Business Rules Investment Monday October 31, 1:30-4:30pm Eastern at the Building Business Capability 2011 conference in Florida. The business rules approach, and business rules management systems, work. Organizations adopting them show clear benefits and a positive return on investment. Practical [...]

First Look – SAS/OR

I have been doing more thinking about optimization recently and thought I should get caught up with the OR (Operations Research) folks at SAS to see what they are doing. They see OR technologies as part of the overall analytics spectrum and feel that anything that improves the rigor of decision making without unduly constraining [...]

Tom Davenport kicked off the second day of Predictive Analytics World with a keynote on the new era of quantitative, or data-driven business. Various analytic threads – web analytics, HR analytics, actuarial, predictive marketing and supply chain – are coming together in really what is best described as Enterprise analytics. The world is changing and [...]

First Look – Conductrics

I got a briefing from Conductrics recently. Conductrics is a start up delivering an agent-based decision optimization solution focused on next best action or next best message. Designed for a website, mobile application or even a POS it uses machine learning techniques to optimize the behavior of the site/application to meet some overarching objectives – [...]

IBM and MIT/Sloan recently published “Analytics – the new path to value“. This study had a lot of interesting points and was very decision management centric in my mind. Some thoughts: The main challenges for companies adopting analytics were innovating to be deliver competitive differentiation and growing revenue. Reducing costs, gaining efficiencies and profitably retaining [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ The McKinsey Quarterly had an article today on Ten Tech-enabled business trends to watch and number 5 caught my eye -Experimentation and big data. As the authors say What if you could analyze every transaction, capture insights from every customer interaction, and didn’t have to wait for months to get data from [...]

Syndicated from B-Eye-Network I recently wrote an article for the IIA on decisions, decision management and analytics. This was prompted by Tom Davenport’s recent interview on the Sloan Business Review on Reengineering your decision making processes about analytics and how companies make decisions. This interview also prompted Boris Evelson of Forrester to write this blog [...]

I got a quick update from Roger Ahern at Experian recently. Roger runs a recently founded group focused on hosted decisioning applications. Experian also has a Decision Analytics group with teams handling software (their Strategy ManagementSM and ProbeSM products), fraud products (like Precise IDSM) and Decision Sciences (custom analytic models and related services).  Experian’s Credit [...]

Syndicated from Smart Data Collective I often tell companies and other organizations that they should treat decisions and decision making as assets. In Smart (Enough) Systems, the book I wrote with Neil Raden, we said Operational Decision Making as a Corporate Asset If operational decisions must be made well for your organization to deliver on [...]

Make Better Decisions

Tom Davenport published a new article recently in the Harvard Business Review titled Make Better Decisions. In it he gives some examples of bad decisions and asks why this decision-making disorder? First, because decisions have generally been viewed as the prerogative of individuals—usually senior executives. The process employed, the information used, the logic relied on, [...]

I gave a keynote at the Business Rules Forum today on Smarter systems for uncertain times.  I gave the presentation without slides and had planned to use my notes as a post but, as the notes ran to 5,000 words, I have decided to write a white paper based on them instead! To keep you [...]