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Syndicated from ebizQ Inspired by this post by Vijay on Art of Software Reuse (Risks With Pursuing BPM Without SOA) I thought I would write something about the risks of pursuing BPM without decisioning – without decision management. When BPM is pursued without pursing decision management in parallel the direct consequence is that decisions become [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Sharon Machlis had a great piece over on Computerworld titled Opinion: I’ve looked at code from both sides now on her experience of being a developer on a project where she was usually a user. It’s an interesting experience that she describes and I was struck particularly by a couple of comments. [...]

Integrating customer preferences

Syndicated from ebizQ I was talking to an interesting company today – TOA Technologies (review tomorrow) – and as we were talking we touched on something I think it both a great idea and underrated – the use of business rules to integrate customer preferences. We all know that giving customers an ability to influence [...]

Removing decisioning from the SDLC

Syndicated from ebizQ My friends at IDIOM had a great tweet today – @Intelligentform said: #Decisioning objective:nothing less than the removal of decision management from the SDLC – automated decisions should be managed as content I retweeted it (I’m @jamet123) but I thought it warranted a longer blog post about why this is a good [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ As the summer doldrums roll on I thought I would try and stir things up a little with a “2.0” post – specifically some thoughts on a software stack for “Application Development 2.0”. Such a stack would: Model processes, events and decisions as first class objects Support declarative (rules-based) approaches to developing [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Following on from yesterday’s post on analytics, let’s talk about predictive analytics. Another phrase I picked up while working at FICO was this one: Predictive analytics turn uncertainty about the future into usable probability Again, I don’t know if the phrase originated there or was just in common usage but it always [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ With IBM’s announcement this week that it was acquiring SPSS I have been talking to a lot of folks about analytics. Analytics is one of those topics that is often on the edge of what IT people know so I thought a couple of posts on analytics might be useful. Now analytics [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Paul Brasch wrote a nice piece on Is the Speed of Decision Making Accelerating. He concludes, and I agree, that it is in fact doing so – the need to decide while customers are on the phone or on the website and the need for real-time systems to communicate and act instantaneously [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Michael Cote of Redmonk had a nice piece on over on his People over Process blog. He made a series of great points about the risk of business and IT people not being aligned – risks to the business and to IT. In particular I was struck by this comment: What happens [...]

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 [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Mike Gualtieri is always interesting over at the Forrester Blog For Application Development & Program Management Professionals. This week he has a post called Do Application Developers Need To Change Their Ways? In the post he asks developers to look at the person in the mirror (he’s been listening to Michael Jackson’s [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Noam Tamarkin had a post recently on Efficient or Effective in software development in which he asked an important question – would you rather be more efficient or more effective when it came to developing software. Most would, like Noam, answer that they preferred to be effective. Yet I see many programming [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Robert Grossman had a nice post – Five Common Mistakes in Analytic Projects that made me think about the role of decision management in putting predictive analytics to work. Of Robert’s 5 mistakes, 3 are directly addressed by decision management: There is not a good plan for deploying the model Because decision [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Gary Comerford posted about Bex Huff’s identification of How one bad business process doomed GM. Like Gary I appreciated the analysis. However, the title is all wrong. This is not about a business process – I am prepared to bet that GM’s PROCESS for selecting and acquiring parts, signing up vendors etc [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Mike Gualtieri of Forrester Research recently wrote a nice piece called Deputize End-User Developers To Deliver Business Agility And Reduce Costs. The report is available from Forrester (for subscribers and for those who purchase it) but the summary is on their website: The ranks of businesspeople who are capable of developing applications [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Jim Sinur had a short post on The Power of Visibility with BPM Enabled Processes that made me think about another kind of visibility – visibility of decisions. One of the most powerful benefits of adopting business rules to manage decisions is that the approach generates increased visibility into the decision making [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Kirk Knoernschild had a great post on Application Platform Strategies Blog: Increasing Your Agility. I often blog about the power of business rules to improve agility (check out Decision Services and designing for change,Decision Management and software development – Agile and Achieving Agility – some notes after Gartner for instance) and I [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Today is the official release day for the new release of JBoss Enterprise BRMS – Drools 5.0 as was. Key features in this release are the repository/repository management tools and the new features that let business users and business analysts participate directly in editing the rules. Craig Muzilla, the VP Middleware Business [...]

Beyond Predictive BI

Syndicated from ebizQ David Linthicum‘s recent blog post Approaching Predictive BI made me want to reiterate some of my thinking around BI (on which I have a whole category) on my blog. I often talk about going “beyond BI” with decision management. I distinguish between BI and Decision Management because BI helps you understand your [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ With Drools 5, JBoss and the open source community have delivered a true business rules management system for the first time. Using Drools, organizations can take control of the logic that drives their operational decisions using an open source platform. Some time ago I wrote a little forward for Paul Browne and [...]