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SAS Decision Manager Product Review and More on Decision Management

Here is a useful set of Decision Management Assets on Modernizing Operational Decisions from SAS Software with Decision Management Solutions’ CEO James Taylor. The set includes two decision management videos – one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals: For Business Users the first video is an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and Jame […]

First Look: FICO Analytic Modeler Suite – JTonEDM

FICO Analytic Modeler is FICO’s in-browser analytic tool suite – the evolution of the Model Builder product line post the InfoCentricity acquisition. These offerings are part of the FICO Analytic Cloud, a cloud-based environment for building and managing analytic models and deploying analytics into decisioning applications.  It also features a marketplace for analytic solutions. The […]

New Decision Management MarketScape from IDC

Brian McDonough has been writing (with Dan Vesset, Steve Hendrick, Henry Morris and others) on Decision Management at IDC for many years and he has recently published an IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Decision Management Software Platform 2014 Vendor Assessment. The report has an IDC MarketScape figure, IDC’s opinion on the Decision Management market, process and software as well as some […]

First Look: Angoss ScorecardBUILDER 9.0

Angoss recently released an end to end scorecard building tool –ScorecardBUILDER – based on the same underlying workflow capabilities released in Angoss KnowledgeSEEKER 9.0 (reviewed here). This product is designed to automate or otherwise streamline time consuming manual steps in the process of building a predictive scorecard.

As noted, ScorecardBUILDER is based on the new workflow-centric look and feel Angoss has recently released. This is extended in a number of ways for the ScorecardBUILDER tool:

  • There’s a helper for adding optimal binning and weight of evidence for a dataset. Each variable can then be assessed, visualized and optimized so that it is monotonic – trending in a single direction – and predictive. This helper creates the variables using a Weight of Evidence transformation.
  • A new logistic regression node is added for use in the workflow. This buil

First Look: Dulles Research Carolina Update

I first got a briefing on Dulles Research Carolina back in 2010 and I recently got an update. Dulles Research was founded in 2005 and came to market with Carolina, their SAS to Java convertor, in 2009. A U.S. patent was awarded to Dulles last year for the SAS to Java conversion process.

At its core, Carolina takes all aspects of Base SAS (Macros, Data Steps, PROCs, SAS data sets) and generates Java code from them. Dulles Research offer an execution engine that runs SAS programs in batch as a Java executable (Carolina), a Java generator that creates a JAR for processing a single record in Java (Carolina for Integration) and generators for Hadoop MapReduce jobs and database UDFs (Carolina for Hadoop and Carolina for In-Database). All the products rely on the same, patented, core Java genera

The growing impact of Business Rules and Decision Management. What a difference 5 years makes!

Back in 2008 I wrote this post – The small impact of business rules on the big players, bemoaning the lack of serious investment in business rules on the part of major software companies. As we enter 2014 I thought I would revisit this post and consider what a difference 5 years makes. Let’s consider some of the world’s top enterprise software  vendors:

  • IBM
    IBM has become a major booster for both Decision Management and business rules. The old ILOG product is now Operational Decision Management and has seen significant and continuous investment since IBM acquired it. Decision Management is one of three pillars of IBM’s Smarter Process initiative and every year it seems to have more visibility at events like IMPACT as well

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 […]

Big Data and Decision Management Systems: The impact of Volume

Big Data is often described in terms of an increase in volume, an increase in velocity and an increase in variety: More data, of more types, arriving more quickly. In this short series of blog posts I will discuss the impact of each aspect of Big Data on Decision Management Systems – systems designed to […]

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