Decision Management

Upgrading Clinical Decision Support Systems with Decision Modeling and Business Rules

Kaiser Permanente is developing Clinical Decision Support systems using a combination of Decision Modeling, DecisionsFirst Modeler and IBM’s Business Rules Management System ODM. Their experience is that well-designed decision services can replace existing guideline documents. This is critical as guideline documents are expensive to develop (they involve significant investment from SMEs) and even good guidelines are of […]

Update to the Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report

The Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report began in early 2012 as a way to share our research and experience in building Decision Management Systems. Since then we have extended, updated and revised the report many times. This week we released the latest version – Version 8 – with a new, easier to use format. There is […]

Harness Data-Driven Decisions with Decision Management

Get out of the reporting quagmire, be explicit about decision making with decision modeling and integrate analytics in BI and operational systems. We’re Not There Yet “The activities of analytics teams and the investments made to support them aren’t in sync with what executives expect or desire.” International Institute for Analytics, February 2017 “If analytics does […]

IBM InterConnect presentation: Pioneering Clinical Decision Services with Decision Modeling at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is developing clinical decision support (CDS) applications that automate real-time decision services using IBM ODM. Well-designed decision services can replace existing guideline documents in all areas of its business. Guidelines are expensive to develop as they involve significant investment from SMEs. Even good guidelines are of limited use for real-time decision-making, especially if […]

Can Machine Learning Solve Your Business Problem?

One of my LinkedIn contacts recently pointed to this great little article on HBR – How to Tell If Machine Learning Can Solve Your Business Problem – and it makes some points that show the potential for decision modeling to help you better apply machine learning and other analytic techniques. The author begins by pointing out that automation is […]

Analytics Teams: Before You Model

Experienced analytics or data science teams know that two key challenges for analytics projects are making sure you solve the real business problem (framing the problem) and making sure you can operationalize the result(deployment).  In this post I am going to talk about framing the problem and I’ll follow-up with another on deployment.

One of the best ways to think about framing is to consider the questions the analytic team should get answers to before they start building a model:

Real world examples of how modeling decisions with DMN has helped – a video

The sixth and final in the series of short videos about Decision Modeling is focused on some real-world examples of the value of decision modeling. Jan Purchase and I developed these videos while working on a new book – Available now! – Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN:

The differences between decisions and business rules– a video

The fifth in the series of short videos about Decision Modeling is focused on the differences between decisions and business rules. Jan Purchase and I developed these videos while working on a new book – Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN:

Why Write a Book When There’s a Standard? – A Video

The fourth in our series of videos about Decision Modeling discusses the difference between the book and the standard document published by OMG. Jan Purchase and I developed these while working on a new book – Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN – and this video discusses  why we think a book is useful and necessary even with a published standard: […]