Decision Management

Driving Business Value from Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and AI: New Webinar on Digital Decisioning

The International Institute for Analytics (I’m a faculty member) recently hosted me for a webinar on Digital Decisioning: Driving Business Value from Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and AI. In the webinar I discussed the opportunities and challenges of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), introduced Digital Decisioning – it’s value, principles and how to […]

BPM skills in 2020

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Zbigniew Misiak for a blog post in BPMTips.com. The post was titled, “BPM Skills in 2020 – Hot or Not”. In this interview series, many business process management experts were interviewed to discuss skills that will be useful for BPM professionals in 2020. Included in this prestigious […]

New Webinar: Learn How to Put Customer-facing Decisions at the Heart of Your Digital Transformation

According to IDC, 85% of enterprise decision-makers say they have two years to make significant inroads into digital transformation or they will fall behind their competitors and suffer financially. While many Digital Transformation initiatives are focused on improving the customer experience, often too little attention is paid to the customer-facing operational decisions that impact customers […]

Why Operationalizing Machine Learning Requires a Shrewd Business Perspective

The Machine Learning Times (previously Predictive Analytics Times) is the only full-scale content portal devoted exclusively to predictive analytics. It has become a standard must-read and machine learning professionals’ premier resource, delivering timely, relevant industry-leading articles, videos, events, white papers, and community. In this month’s featured article, Eric Siegel, Ph.D., executive editor of The Machine […]

Delivering boring AI with Decision Management

A great article appeared in Information Age recently based on an interview with Tom Davenport If you want to see the benefits of AI, forget moonshots and think boring. In it, Tom argues that “if enterprises ever want to see the benefits of AI, they must embrace the mundane”. This is particularly true for companies […]

Increasing Productivity in Insurance Operations with Digital Decisioning

McKinsey recently reported that “Most carriers are struggling to meet their cost of capital, and productivity has barely moved over the past decade” and that “The insurance industry is facing a serious structural challenge … the majority of carriers are not making their cost of capital.” Growing productivity by improving operations is an essential ingredient […]

Machine Learning, Trust and Stephen Covey

Trust is a big deal when it comes to machine learning. “Black box” algorithms, concerns about bias and a sense that data scientists may know everything about the data but nothing about the business all undermine trust in machine learning models. Indeed, building machine learning models that can be, will be, trusted is regarded as […]

James’ Notes from the Field

I’m in Asia for two weeks. Last week I had the privilege of catching up with marketing and operations leaders at a major local insurer. We built both a next best offer (NBO) solution and a claims handling solution for them. Both teams are self-sufficient, with multiple business people making changes to the decisioning system. […]

Predictive Analytics World 2019 – What I Learned and What I Said

I presented on Backwards Engineering – planning Machine Learning (ML) deployment in reverse. Data shows that a traditional data-first approach to analytics is not generating much value for companies and I urged the audience instead to adopt a decisions-first mindset. The last mile – getting ML models embedded into production systems – is critically important […]

Algorithms and Regulations: Tips for Success

Cathy O’Neill wrote an interesting piece on regulating automated decision making recently. I am not going to argue about whether use of algorithms should or should not be regulated because I think it is inevitable that they will be. The question is how companies should respond to these regulatory efforts as they are rolled out […]