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

5 steps to decision-centric legacy modernization

Last week I emphasized four key facts about legacy modernization. To move forward you need to find the legacy code that represents business decisions such as a pricing engine (what price is this product for this customer), eligibility logic (is this customer eligible for this offer or service), approval rules (can this claim be auto-approved) and replace those parts of the application with Decision Services.This week I am going to walk through the 5 steps involved in this kind of decision-centric legacy modernization (and don’t forget we have a webinar on legacy modernization coming up with our partner TechBlue).

  1. Analyze the code to find and isolate the decisions.
    The first step is to find the pieces of legacy code that make decision