Great New Case Study – Bringing Clarity to Data Science and Analytic Projects

We have been helping several organizations improve their analytic and data science projects. Like many users of analytics, these organizations find that their analytic teams often lack a clear understanding of the business problem, resulting in projects that lose their way or produce analytic  models that don’t get operationalized, deployed or used. We have helped […]

Predictive Analytics World 2017: The Role of Decision Modeling in Creating Data Science Excellence

Join me and Tina Owenmark of Cisco when we speak on The Role of Decision Modeling in Creating Data Science Excellence at Predictive Analytics World in San Francisco. Cisco’s Data Science Office focuses not just on data science, but also on shaping the questions and answers for Cisco’s operational groups. They focus not on technology or […]

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 […]

Some Analytic and Data Science Predictions 

“Making predictions is hard, especially about the future” is a well known witticism. When it comes to making predictions about how companies will make predictions, it can be even harder to know what to say. Nevertheless, the folks over at KDnuggets recently asked some of the leading experts in Data Science and Predictive Analytics for some thoughts on developments in 2016 and trends for 2017. I was one of those that participated and you can see the article here – Data Science, Predictive Analytics Main Developments in 2016 and Key Trends for 2017. Several key themes emerged from the various expert responses:

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:

What’s the Motivation for Decision Modeling? – a video

The second in the series of short videos about Decision Modeling is focused on motivation – why model decisions? Jan Purchase and I developed while working on a new book – Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN – and this second video discusses some of the key motivations for adopting decision modeling: Practical benefits of decision modeling in terms of […]

How to Succeed with Advanced Analytics at Scale

The webinar has taken place. You can view the recording here. Leading organizations today are looking to scale their advanced analytics capabilities, especially data mining and predictive analytics, to improve business performance, reduce fraud and improve customer responsiveness. However traditional analytic project approaches are hard to scale and difficult to implement in the real-time environment […]

3 Important Decision Modeling Use Cases and More Decision Management News

From our September 2015 Newsletter Decision Modeling is an important new approach with many powerful use cases.  I’d like to highlight 3 uses cases shared by participants in our recent Introduction to Decision Management and Decision Modeling with DMN online training courses. We saw a lot of interest in the training this time and the Decision Modeling with DMN course sold out. Some attendees  were expanding […]