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Blaze down in Fair Isaac’s Q1 2012

FICO reported 9% growth in revenues year over year. the bulk of revenues and all the growth was in pre-configured Decision Management applications FICO score revenues were half as much, w/ B2B growing as B2C (myFICO) waned tools revenues were less than half again as much and flat optimization (XPress) was up Blaze Advisor was [...]

Pursuing a decision tree down a rat hole

Fair Isaac’s recent press release touts the “key differentiator” of Blaze Advisor 7.0 as: the innovative Decision Graph visual metaphor, a decision tree management solution that makes even the most complex rule sets easier to manage and explain Of course, a decision tree is really more like a root system (i.e., the tree is upside [...]

Rules vs. applications of knowledge

I was just asked for some background on business rules and the major players, preferably in the form of videos. The request came in by email, so I didn’t have the opportunity to immediately ask “why”.   Below I give some specific and direct responses, but first a few thoughts about clarifying objectives. I don’t know [...]

IBM Ilog JRules for business modeling and rule authoring

If you are considering the use of any of the following business rules management systems (BRMS): IBM Ilog JRules Red Hat JBoss Rules Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor Oracle Policy Automation (i.e., Haley in Siebel, PeopleSoft, etc.) Oracle Business Rules (i.e., a derivative of JESS in Fusion) you can learn a lot by carefully examining this [...]

What could be more strategic than process or decision management?

The folks from Knowledge Partners have a post that I found thanks to Sandy Kemsley, whose blog often provides good pointers.  This article talks about the decision perspective on business rules.  It makes some good points, on which I would like to elaborate albeit at a more semantic or knowledge-level. Every language has three kinds [...]

How is a process an event?

processes are events that take time

Rule and event-driven business process M&A

On the heels of IBM’s acquisition of Lombardi comes Progress Software’s acquisition of Savvion.  The salient similarities are that IBM is adding BPM applications to its middleware stack as is Progress, at least with regard to its enterprise service bus offerings.  More interesting is the relationship between Progress’ complex event processing software and Savvion’s BPM.  [...]

Time for the next generation of knowledge automation

In preparing for my workshop at the Business Rules Forum in Las Vegas on November 5th, I have focused on the following needs in reasoning about processes, about events, and about or over time: Reasoning at a point within a [business] process Reasoning about events that occur over time. Reasoning about a [business] process (as [...]

Ron Ross’ Business Rule Concepts

Ron Ross was kind enough to send me a copy of his recently publishd 3rd edition of his book, Business Rule Concepts.  Ron has been at the forefront of mainstreaming business rule capture for decades.  Personally, I am most fond of his leadership in establishing the Object Management Group’s Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Rules [...]

Probabilities are Better than Scores

During a panel at Fair Isaac’s Interact conference last week, a banker from Abbey National in the UK suggested that part of the credit crunch was due to the use of the FICO score.  Unlike other panelists, who were former Fair Isaac employees, this gentleman was formerly of Experian!  So there was perhaps some friendly [...]