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As promised when I was blogging from the Object Management Group standards meeting, I caught up with OpenRules recently. OpenRules was founded in 2003 by people who had previously developed a business rules management system. Their immediate focus was on business analysts and on empowering subject matter experts to build business rules with minimal IT [...]

First Look – Drools Planner

Drools Planner is a sub project of the Drools project that started 4 years ago as Drools Solver. Drools Planner is focused on “NP complete” planning problems where a solution is hard to find, but easy to prove feasible once found. Examples include scheduling, bin packing and timetabling for instance. Drools Planner is particularly good [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Jim Falgout of Pervasive DataRush presented on best practices for custom big data applications. I have spoken to Jim before, when I reviewed DataRush.  Jim sees the big data challenges as being driven by both complexity (high performance computing problems like fluid dynamics, climate modeling) and data size (internet scale data for web indexing and [...]

Model Builder 7.0, Decision Optimizer 6.1, Blaze Advisor 6.9 Decision Management remains the core focus for FICO with both a Decision Management platform and decisioning applications. The applications are increasingly built on top of the platform, sharing execution and modeling infrastructure. FICO still sees business rules as the basis for decisions, being improved and extended [...]

Pervasive DataRush and KNIME

Pervasive DataRush and KNIME recently announced a partnership. I have blogged previously about both products (Pervasive DataRush, KNIME) and think there is a lot to like in this partnership. The ability to build analytic modeling processes that take full advantage of recent hardware advances (in multicore processors for example) is an important one, allowing as [...]

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 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 [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ Phil Murphey, over at Forrester, had a post on  Apps Modernization – What are Your Top Priorities in 2010/11? that reminded me I wanted to write about modernization a little before the year got too far advanced. As Phil says the coming years are going to be really interesting: Leading edge technologies [...]

I recently met the folks at Dulles Research, a scientific computing outfit focused on analytic solutions for enterprise software. The folks who founded Dulles had previously worked at Marketswitch (focused on large scale optimization and sold to Experian in 2004) and have a long history of working with companies who are serious about using analytics [...]

I got a chance to catch up with the folks from Red Hat recently. I have reviewed the new functionality that Mark Proctor and his team have been adding to turn the old Drools rule engine into a competitive Business Rules Management System or BRMS when the latest release came out. This time we chatted [...]

Pervasive is a global software company with 200+ employees that has been profitable for the last 8 years and best known for btrieve (now Pervasive PSQL) and their data integration products. The company is busy expanding into new markets and Pervasive DataRush is one of their new products. They see a new generation of data [...]

Cyrus Montakab posted on Business Rules in Legacy Modernization recently in response to a post of mine and I wanted to respond to it. I wanted to respond in particular to his comment that: even for the modules that can be fitted into a business rule, is it viable to re-architect re-factor the existing COBOL [...]

I got a comment recently from “Joe” who was too much of a coward to actually post his name, his email or to link to his own blog/site/twitter feed. You can read it on my post Here’s a couple of skills developers will need in the years ahead. His comment was so indicative of the [...]

First Look – DeltaR onRules

Delta-R‘s product onRules is Java-based, service oriented application. Based on open source like the Spring, Hibernate, Java Server Faces r UI, Groovy for scripting etc. It is fully web based – thin client – and the resulting services are deployed as web services. It is available in English and Spanish. The software starts with a [...]

I got an update from the folks at IDIOM recently. The founders say they got started with data modeling in the early 80s and realized this could not deliver model-driven development because the whole process thing did not work. By the 90s they had found an approach that worked as a model-driven approach but the [...]

As my twitter feed starting warming up with thoughts on IBM and Sun I started to think – what impact would this have on the decision management market? I read what Steve Hamm had to say over on BusinessWeek – Why IBM Wants Sun and Tony Baer’s IBM buying Sun. Why Bother? But decision management [...]

First Look – Visual Rules

I sat down with Innovations Software Technology, now part of the Bosch group, to get my first good look at Visual Rules in a while. Release 4.4 is the current version (they released 4.3 in November and 4.4 just this week). The tool is written in Java and based on Eclipse. About half their users [...]

Continuing my series on the opportunity for IBM now it has completed its acquisition of ILOG, I wanted to discuss multi-platform support in the ILOG BRMS. This is an issue because there is an apparent tension between IBM’s behavior over the last few years and ILOG’s: IBM is seen as a very Java-centric company IBM’s [...]