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We recently released The Decision Management Manifesto. In a post last week I explained why we did this. This week I want to talk about a couple of the key elements of the manifesto – its focus on putting Decisions first and its emphasis on Decision Modeling. We have helped many customers adopt business rules [...]

I am really looking forward to the first Decision CAMP this year in San Jose, November 4-6. Billed as everything you always wanted to know about Business Rules and Decision Management (but were afraid to ask), the agenda for this FREE event is now posted here. I am going to be participating in the first [...]

It’s been over a year since I last got updated on Zementis (their 3.5 release of ADAPA and PMML Universal Plug-in). Since then they have been busy adding support for new platforms and signing new partnerships. Most recently they have announced a strategic alliance between Zementis and FICO, something Zementis sees as a big win for [...]

Stuart Wells, the CTO of FICO, came up to give the keynote and talk about FICO’s big cloud announcements: FICO Cloud-based Decision Management Platform (announcement here) FICO Analytic Cloud (announcement here and sign up here) Customer engagement applications  on this cloud platform announcement here (discussed also in this blog post). Stuart began with a couple of stories. [...]

WebSphere Strategy #ibmimpact

In the analyst track we got an update on WebSphere. Marie Wieck kicked off with a quick overview of the WebSphere business and on the persistent themes, largely the same as the ones highlighted in the opening keynote (open, mobile) but also emphasizing IBM’s increased outreach to and support of developers, its focus on improving [...]

Ford and IBM kicked off IBM IMPACT 2013 with a discussion of the amount of code (and the number of sensors) in a modern car to control everything from safety systems, self parking and more. This means that Ford has to get good at developing software, and software suitable for use in the car as [...]

4. It will never work There is sometimes an almost irrational fear that this stuff does not work. Old school programmers who resist any technology that does not require JCL Organizations where it’s “just not how we do things here” “We are using methodology X and business rules does not fit” “We do agile programming [...]

First my apologies for the lack of blog posts recently – just been a crazy time. I am going to be blogging from some events next week on standards for decision management and updates from IBM on their analytics and decision management products. Plus I plan to re-run some oldies but goodies on using business [...]

I am giving a webinar with Dr Alex Guazelli of Zementis on Predictive Analytics at the Speed of Business: How decision management and a real-time infrastructure get predictive analytics where and when you need them. Organizations are looking to maximize the value of their analytics investment. They need to accelerate the deployment process, reduce costs and [...]

First Look – Rapid-I

Rapid-I provides open source software for predictive analytics, data mining and text mining. Incorporated in 2006, they are based in Dortmund Germany and have been working on RapidMiner since 2001. They have over 35,000 production deployments and more than 400 customers in 40 countries. Banking and financial services is their largest market followed by Pharma [...]

Steve Mills kicked off the IBM Smarter Analytics Leadership Summit. Business Analytics matter, he says, as shown by the focus of CEOs (8 out of 10 expect complexity to increase, enterprises applying analytics are more successful etc). The need for analytics is pervasive, with every industry seeing a massive expansion in the volume of data [...]

Bosch Software Innovations (the company that emerged from Bosch’s acquisition of Innovations Software Technology with its Visual Rules BRM suite some years ago) acquired inubit last year and has been working to develop an integrated portfolio. The inubit acquisition came after a number of joint projects where customers used both inubit Suite for BPM and [...]

First Look – USoft

USoft has been a vendor in the Decision Management space for a while. They started as Comtecno in 1986, become part of Unisys in 1995 then Ness Benelux in 1999 before returning to their current status as an independent Dutch software company in 2010 as USoft B.V. The software has had a much more consistent [...]

I got an overview of JBoss’s new intelligent, integrated enterprise approach as well some of their new product announcements. They are adding new data services, BPEL support, productizing their event/rules combination and adding some new connectivity elements. The world has obviously changed in the last few years. The fully automated processes of the past, JBoss [...]

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 [...]

Last week I posted from an Object Management Group standards meeting on efforts to develop a Decision Model and Notation standard. You can see my kick-off presentation and the table of contents in the first post of the sequence – OMG Decision Model Notation – Importance of Decisions. In response to this sequence one of [...]

Warning –this is a post about a standards process so there are a fair number of abbreviations – I tried to describe the key ones. There is a large community of users of business rules management systems, with thousands of large companies using them to automate and improve decisions. In addition, there is a strong [...]

The KPI Decision Model

Barb von Halle and Larry Goldberg from KPI and one of their clients presented to the Object Management Group session on the KPI Decision Model (Barb recorded a webinar on the Decision Model for me some time back). KPI has been working on the Decision Model for some time and published a book on this [...]

Jan Vanthienen of the University of Leuven presented to the Object Management Group’s session on Decision Modeling Notation. He began by discussing how business processes need flexibility and this means you cannot hard code rules and decisions in your processes – processes often don’t change even when the decisions within them do. Rule Tasks in [...]

I am attending the Object Management Group‘s Decision Modeling Notation day. OMG is a standards body that is issuing a request for proposals on a notation and model for decision modeling. I kicked off the day by presenting on the importance of decisions. Here are my slides: Importance of decisions OMG View more presentations from [...]