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Some thoughts on KDNuggets’ top trends ahead of Strata Hadoop NYC

Gregory over at KDNuggets had an interesting post with some Top Analytics and Big Data trends ahead of Strata Hadoop NYC Conference based on input from their readers. Three trends struck me: The challenge of communicating complex analyses to non-technical clients/partners We are having increasing success using logical decision models to show how data and analytics drive better […]

Ugly Research: Data is easy, Deciding is hard

Tracy Allison Altman over at Ugly Research has a great new  white paper – Data is easy: Deciding is hard – in which she quotes me (thanks Tracy). It’s a great paper and makes what I think is the critical point – that you don’t need a data culture but a decision culture. And I would add that you need this at every level – strategic, tactical and operational. The paper has some great advice and I would add a couple of additional thoughts:

For decisions you make often – some tactical and all operational decisions for instance – build a decision model so you know how you think you are going to/should make the decision moving forward. Here at Decision Management Solutions we use the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) Standard and our modeling

Decision Modeling and the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge

Some time back I participated in a large group of practitioners working on a new version of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® . After months of consolidating feedback and updating this (vry thorough) document, the IIBA has announced a public review of version 3. As their own newsletter says:

You can review the entire document or focus only on your areas of expertise and provide your feedback to the international, volunteer Core Team. Be sure to forward this email to your colleagues and friends in the Business Analyst profession and encourage them to participate. The more people from more countries, industries and companies of all sizes who contribute, the stronger this version of the BABOK® Guide will be!
[IIBA has] implemented a new Feedback Collector that makes it easy to submit suggestions, propose edits and provide feedback. To learn how to us

Process innovation videos from bpmNEXT 2014

I attended bpmNEXT a little while ago and gave a demonstration of Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes. This was a live demonstration of DecisionsFirst Modeler, our collaborative cloud-based environment for decision modeling and showed how the Decision Model and Notation standard works. In addition, I showed how teams can collaborate on these models, how they can link to implementations like business rules, manage automation choices and ensure traceability. Check out the video below or here.

Get better results by linking Decision Models to implemented business rules

At Decision Management Solutions we are big believers in building decision models as a way to specify the requirements for business rules projects. Our cloud-based, collaborative decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler is ideal for building and managing these models. Not only that, it also works with any business rules management system, allowing you to link your decision requirements to your implementation for improved traceability. The open approach we took in DecisionsFirst Modeler works with any BPM or BRMS environment and you can see how in these demonstrations of Decision Modeling with DecisionsFirst Modeler:

Decision-centric dashboards and application lifecycle management with Assure

We have become increasingly convinced that decision modeling, especially decision modeling using the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard and DecisionsFirst Modeler, is a great way to design dashboards. Building a decision model focuses on the decisions that must be made by the user of the dashboard, on how they make that decision and on the information and knowledge that they need to make a good one. Doing this before drilling into the specific user interface elements involved keeps the focus on business outcomes not on look and feel – on steak, not sizzle. I’m delighted to announce that we have developed a new partnership to apply this approach in Application Lifecycle Management.

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Some excellent Gartner advice on Decision Management

Lisa Kart, Roy Schulte and Teresa Jones of Gartner recently published Find the Best Approach to Decision Management. It’s a great piece and if you are a Gartner subscriber you should definitely read it and share it around your organization. Even if you are not you should seriously consider getting it from Gartner as it makes a solid case for Decision Management. Obviously I am not going to copy and paste it here but here’s the outline they provide with some commentary on my part about resources here on the blog or at Decision Management Solutions that might help you (Gartner outline in italics, my comments not)

Live Event: bpmNEXT Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes

I am presenting (demonstrating really) on Decision Modeling for Simpler, Smarter, More Agile Processes at bpmNEXT March 27.

A live demonstration of DecisionsFirst Modeler, a collaborative cloud-based environment for decision modeling, will show how the Decision Model and Notation standard works. In addition, you’ll see how teams can collaborate on these models, how they can link to implementations like business rules, manage automation choices and ensure traceability.

bpmNEXT runs March 25-27 and you can get more details on bpmNEXT here.

Cross-posted from JTonEDM.

Online Decision Management and Decision Modeling training in February

We are running our “Decision Management and Decision Modeling” online in February.

This 6-session online live training class will prepare you to be immediately effective in using the Decision Management approach and a modern, collaborative and standards-based approach to decision modeling.You will learn how to identify and prioritize the decisions that drive your success, see how to analyze and model these decisions, and understand the role these decisions play in delivering more powerful information systems. This course is newly designated an IIBA Endorsed Course so you will earn 9 PDs/CDUs for attending.

Sessions begin at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern and are 90 minutes in length. The 6 sessions spread over two weeks:
February 4,5, and 6
February 18,19, and 20

Decision Management, of course, is a proven approach for adopting business rules and pr

Clearly defined objectives for predictive analytic projects

There was a great article in Predictive Analytics Times recently by my friend Dean Abbott – A Good Business Objective Beats a Good Algorithm. Dean, like me, talks about the importance of the “three legged stool” of business, analytics and IT. But it was the title that particularly struck me. As Dean says, it’s easy to […]