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Build Your Decision Capability with Decision Management

The old way Few organizations treat their decisions as first class objects. Business analysts don’t write requirements for them while enterprise architects don’t include them in their patterns. Organizations may invest heavily in technology to improve decisions such as Business Intelligence or predictive analytics, but they don’t know which decisions they are hoping to improve […]

Build Your Big Data Analytics Capability with Decision Management

The old way: Big data is a hot topic. Big Data was coined as a term by Gartner to mean data that has Volume (more data), Variety (of many types) and Velocity (that arrives more rapidly). Value is extracted from big data using advanced analytics such as data mining and predictive analytics. This data can […]

Build Your Business Rules Capability with Decision Management

The old way: Business rules projects begin by analyzing all the business rules in a business area. A set of techniques are applied to identify common terms across the whole business and to document every rule. A big book of rules is created that defines the rules for the business, generally in a defined syntax […]

Build Your Business Process Capability with Decision Management

The old way: Most organizations model and manage their business processes. Business process analysis and business process management systems (BPMS) helps organizations focus on an end-to-end set of activities that deliver business value. There are many benefits of a business process focus – consistency, improved customer experience, reduced costs and increased agility. However many business […]

A Decision Management Manifesto

I am pleased to announce the publication of The Decision Management Manifesto. The goal of the manifesto is to provide decision management practitioners with a useful synthesis of many years as a decision management practitioner, speaker, author and trainer. I am fortunate to work with and talk to a lot of people about Decision Management […]

Survey closes this week – Predictive Analytics in the Cloud

This is the last week for our 2013 survey on Predictive Analytics in the Cloud – Use Cases, Trends and Big Data.  Please go right now and take the survey here – it’s quick , anonymous and you have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. There’s been tremendous growth cloud and predictive analytics both […]

Big Data and In-Database Analytics in the new platform technologies report

Since 2012 we have published a comprehensive report on the software technologies and products available to build Decision Management Systems – the Decision Management Systems Platform Technologies Report. Tested and established in many industries, these technologies include Business Rules Management Systems, data mining or Predictive Analytic Workbenches and Optimization suites as well as new in-database […]

A Practitioner Speaks: Top challenges for analytic professionals

One of the questions I asked Andrea Scarso co-founder and COO of MoneyFarm when I interviewed him was “In your experience what are some of the top challenges for analytic professionals in terms of maximizing the business impact of what they do?” In this post I’ll take a couple of his comments and expand on them […]

The role of decision modeling in a data-driven culture

I recently checked out The Evolution of Decision Making – How leading organizations are adopting a data-driven culture, a new white paper from the Harvard Business Review sponsored by SAS: People have long preached the benefits of relying on data and insights from business intelligence (BI) and analytics to help make better and timelier decisions. A reliance […]

@TDWI Executive Summit: Ten Best Practices in Operational Analytics

I am speaking with Dean Abbott at the TDWI Executive Summit  in San Diego, August 20th at 4:15pm on Ten Best Practices in Operational Analytics One of the most powerful ways to apply advanced analytics is by putting it to work in operational systems. Using analytics to improve the way every transaction, every customer, and every website visitor […]