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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 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 [...]

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 was talking to a customer the other day about a particular decisioning problem they have. There’s an operational decision that they take several thousand times a year. Not a transactional one but a pretty high volume one. Sometimes these decisions have a large financial impact but often they have a smaller one. Today the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Eric Siegel and I had a great discussion about doing Machine Learning BACKWARDS recently – you can watch the recording below or on our YouTube Channel. Eric, if you don’t know, is the founder of Predictive Analytics World, a leading consultant, and author of “Predictive Analytics“. You can also check out Eric’s new Coursera class. This [...]

A few months back, Scott Adams posted a great Dilbert that I have been meaning to write about for a while (click on the image to see the original). In the strip, Dilbert says “You don’t go to war with the data you need. You go to war with the data you have.” Now Scott [...]

Working with companies that are investing in becoming analytic enterprises, we have determined that there are three critical success factors. Whether you are focused on business analytics, data mining, predictive analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or all of the above, these factors will be critical. Check out these videos that talk about them: Analytic Enterprises [...]

Gartner recently published a piece “Top 10 Trends in Data and Analytics, 2020” that you can currently get from our friends at ThoughtSpot (registration required). It’s an interesting report you should definitely check out. My favorite section was the one on Decision Intelligence, within which they include the kind of digital decisioning or decision management [...]

Last quarter Mark Breading of Strategy Meets Action wrote a couple of interesting pieces – COVID-19: A tipping point for insurance digital transformation? and Will COVID-19 Be The Tipping Point for Digital Transformation? I blogged about the general sense that digital transformation is being pushed by COVID-19 last week. But Mark makes a compelling case [...]

A survey in CIO magazine on IT leaders’ thinking in the current crisis revealed that a plurality (37%) chose digital transformation as their first priority to help the business persevere through the current disruption. Moreover, a full 61% of respondents agreed with the statement that the effects of the pandemic are actually accelerating digital transformation [...]