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Legacy Modernization

The second full day of the Business Rules Forum/Enterprise Decision Management Summit is over and once again I have been taking notes rather than blogging live. Once again there were some great sessions – today I heard Steve Hendrick of IDC, Sandeep Gupta of Equifax, Chaitan Sharma of DAASL, Zach Springborn of OneData and Mo [...]

On Monday I posted about Enterprise Application 2.0 and promised to return with some thoughts on how to get from Enterprise Application 1.0 to Enterprise Application 2.0. Let’s see: Expose core elements as services Identify and manage processes – hook up legacy and new services into new, more effective workflows Find and automate decisions using [...]

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 [...]

For those of you who could not attend the webinar I gave with Claye Greene of technologyblue, here are the slides: SOA Mainframe Decision Management

webinar is on June 2nd at 7:30am Pacific time (scheduled specifically for folks in Pittsburgh and vicinity) and will cover how applying Decision Management, SOA and Business Rules Management Systems can renovate your existing applications. Used together these approaches dramatically reduce maintenance costs and increasing business agility. You will see how to use the techniques [...]

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 [...]

Frank DiGiovanni of Group RCI (a vacation exchange and vacation rental company, part of Wyndham Worldwide) presented on their journey  – a legacy modernization using ILOG Rules. Frank  identified SOA, legacy migration from mainframe to SOA and how business rules complements these as his key topics. Group RCI’s core problem was threefold: Members: had to [...]

DIALOG Keynotes – ILOG and IBM

Pierre Haren started up the keynotes with some personal comments about the excitement of being part of IBM, seeing more customers at DIALOG and hearing stories from customers about what they are doing with ILOG products. He is clearly enthused by the opportunity to reach more companies by being part of IBM than they ever [...]

DIALOG The roadmap

On now to the roadmap, at least at a high level. Right now there is the normal post-acquisition “blue wash” going on and by Q2 will deliver IBM versions of all ILOG’s products and, obviously IBM’s global sales force and Global Services are being spun up. The core of the roadmap is to move the [...]

IBM and ILOG – What Else?

Last post in my series as I am off to DIALOG next week and will get a chance to meet some of the IBM folks and chat about their plans. Here, then, are some quickie ideas for ways IBM could use rules besides the ones I mentioned already: Modernizing Legacy IBM customers have LOTS of [...]

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 [...]

Chubb has been working with Blaze Advisor to automate a number of decisions. They began with specialty lines underwriting (automated renewals), claims severity calculation and work queue assignment. Current focus is on integrating predictive models and some legacy modernization. The automated renewals project reduced the time to make renewal rule changes from 3-6 months of [...]

The folks at ILOG and Relativitiy recently announced a new integration between their products – Legacy IT Modernization enabled by ILOG and Relativity Technologies Business Rules Solutions. I got a chance to chat with them today about what was new and different in this latest attempt to bring legacy modernization and business rules together. Relativity’s [...]

Are programmers the problem?

There was more discussion in the blogosphere about the James McGovern COBOL is Evil post – COBOL is not evil, but COBOL programmers are. Now I already posted a response to James’ post (Why don’t you replace COBOL with something useful – not Java) but this new post made me think. I should say that [...]

Joe McKendrick in his Eye on the Enterprise blog had a post on legacy modernization – Time to Cut COBOL from Life Support in which he referenced a post by James McGovern The mainframe is not evil, but COBOL is… in which James says that there’s no reason why aging COBOL apps can’t be replaced [...]

When I read Ade McCormack’s book The IT Value Stack I was struck by many sections (as you can see from the review) and one thread in his narrative prompted this post. He recommends avoiding software development (because it is expensive and high risk). Ht talked about the importance of sweating the technology (making the [...]

The second part of my response to Dave Wright’s comment is about the kind of business one can run after one adopts EDM. To do this, let’s predicate the discussion a company that has adopted Enterprise Decision Management as a core management principle, implemented the technology and development approaches that support it and had long [...]

After the keynote it is back to the other end of the MGM Grand to attend a customer panel on business/IT alignment. Amy Wohl is the host and she blogs here. BTW I may not finish the whole session as I have to go sign the book at the bookstore at the show. I am [...]

Well I guess it had to happen – ILOG joined Fair Isaac in releasing a COBOL code generator for its flagship rules product. I have not yet seen it in action (I am sure I will at DIALOG next week) but I have talked with product management at ILOG and seen the public information. The [...]

Last post in my series today – how to prioritize your use of EDM in a recession. As with any effort to prioritize EDM, the first thing to do is identify the decisions that make the difference. This means finding the micro decisions that are often hidden in your processes as well as correctly identifying [...]