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I am acting as host for a Smart Data Collective webinar “Trendspotting for Growth: Finding the patterns that lead to smarter action with Analytics” on July 15, 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT. You can register here and I hope to see you there. As companies using analytics know, data is key to developing [...]

This is a piece I wrote for Chris Pratt’s quarterly financial institutions newsletter The use of technology to automate and manage decisions, especially high volume decisions essential to day-to-day operational execution, is expanding rapidly. Beginning with the consumer credit business, use of decision engines and decision management has spread to all aspects of financial services [...]

After the intro on Advanced Case Management, a more technical session. The idea, Carl Kessler says, is to take all the technology IBM has and create a real improvement in their case management capabilities. Carl explained how IBM takes what they see industries and customers doing and capture storyboards for these different scenarios like new [...]

I hosted a panel last week on predictive analytics at the Business Analytics Summit. I was joined by Richard Boire of the Boire-Filler Group, Jean-Paul Isson of Monster.com and Michael Berry of Data Miners (and author of Data Mining Techniques, one of my favorite Data mining books). I asked a series of questions and we [...]

It’s the end of day 1 of the Business Rules Forum/Enterprise Decision Management Summit and time to write a wrap up post for the day – no live blogging today as I have too much on as track chair to sit behind my keyboard! Today I got to attend Jim Sinur’s keynote and sessions from [...]

SAS customers and optimization

Next up in my SAS day was a panel on optimization. Bobby Hull of BGF Industries and Bill Nowicki of the Carolina Hurricanes were joined by Larry Mosiman of SAS on a panel hosted by Tammi Kay George. BGF is a leader in high-end composites and textiles. The Carolina Hurricanes, of course, are an NHL [...]

Rex Pruitt discussed Premier Bankcard’s development of a good customer score. I have written about how Premier Bankcard is putting predictive analytics to work as I used them in my presentation on putting analytics to work earlier. Job 1 was to define a good customer – find the definitions that the CEO, the CFO, heads [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork I have been thinking about lift curves this week (no, really, this is the kind of thing I think about) and I thought it was worth spending a post describing them and their value. Before I actually talk about a lift curve I need to give you a little background. The purpose [...]

I am giving a tutorial and a presentation on putting predictive analytics to work at the forthcoming Predictive Analytics World show in Washington DC (October 20th-21st with tutorials on the 19th). I always like to illustrate my points with real examples and I am going to be talking about Premier Bankcard, a SAS client. As [...]

Earlier this week I attended a local Business Intelligence SIG to hear Eric Siegel speak.  This was essentially a preview of Eric’s keynote presentation at Predictive Analytics World next month on reducing costs with predictive analytics. Eric is giving a webinar with me as part of the Decision Management Solutions webinar series – Optimizing Business [...]

Talking with SAP today I made the comment that the best place to use business rules was often in stable, core business processes because those processes don’t change, only the decision rules within them. This clearly struck a chord with @GregChase and it made me think I should write a slightly longer version of what [...]

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 [...]

I got a chance to get an overview of the latest release of Oracle Real-Time Decisions, 3.0. This is the platform for real-time decisions on which various applications (for call center, web etc) are built and sold as part of the Oracle Applications suite. The vision of this product is to optimize “return on attention” [...]

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork Gary Cokins had a great post – Fill in the blanks: Which X is Most Likely to X? in which he identifies some great uses for predictive analytics.Increasing employee retention, increasing customer profitability and increased shelf opportunity are classic uses. What Gary does so well in this post, though, is point out [...]

Data is still defensible

Syndicated from BeyeNetwork In Is Data a new defensibility? Abhishek Tiwari argues that even data is not defensible any more. He argues that data integration and the use of new sources of data are key skills but that companies cannot use unique data to differentiate because there is too much data and too much of [...]

Syndicated from b-eye network Last week I was at Predictive Analytics World, a brand new show on the business value of predictive analytics. The show was a great success, I think, as it attracted a decent audience in very tough times and succeeded in bringing together not just those building predictive analytic models, but also [...]

Syndicated from Smart Data Collective Arthur Hughes (author of Strategic Database Marketing) and Anna Lu of e-Dialog.com presented on predictive modeling for e-mail marketing. Arthur has been developing databases for database marketing for 30 years or so. Initially he focused on databases but found that people could not use them to make money and that [...]

Syndicated from Smart Data Collective I am blogging live from Predictive Analytics World on behalf of SmartData Collective. Hopefully there will also be some podcasts. First up is Eric Siegel, program chair and President of Prediction Impact for the event. Eric defines predictive analytics as “business intelligence” technology that produces a predictive score for each [...]

I saw this little post over on Angoss’ blog:  The Score – Utilizing predictive analytics for marketing in 2009. In it they identify three areas in marketing where you could put predictive analytics to work. Each one struck me as deserving of a comment on the value of decision management in that context: Marketing more [...]

A press release caught my eye recently on CRM – Gartner Identifies the Top Six CRM Marketing Processes for a Cost-Constrained Economy. Two of the six processes Gartner identified seem to me to require decision management to be done well. 1.Retention Management Retaining high value or potential high-value customers is essential in difficult economic times. [...]