IBM to Acquire Red Hat

This big announcement came on October 28, 2018. The acquisition is by far IBM’s largest deal ever, and the third-biggest in the history of U.S. tech. In a joint statement IBM and Red Hat stated that the “deal will make IBM the #1 Hybrid Cloud Provider in an emerging $1 trillion growth market” – read Press Release and Chart PDF. Red Hat will become a unit of IBM’s Hybrid Cloud division. From the Decision Management perspective, the deal would be very important as well because one of the major commercial vendors (IBM ODM) acquires one the major open source vendors (Red Hat Decision Manager and Drools).

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Decisions.com is our new sponsor

DMCommunity welcomes a new premium sponsor Decisions.com, a leading provider of BPM/Workflow/Rule Technology headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia. Decisions was founded in 2010 by Carl Hewitt to provide technology for automating key business processes and business rules and making the rules and the logic accessible to non programming staff. In 2018 Decisions is recognized as a strong performer in the Forrester New Wave for Digital Decisioning Platforms.

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Blockchain Explained: What it is and isn’t

There are a lot of misconceptions about blockchain. A lot of people have heard of blockchain but really don’t understand quite what it is. You hear everything, from everybody thinking that blockchain is Bitcoin or vice versa, it is for smart contracts or for financial transactions only. This McKinsey’s podcast uses a database analogy to explain what blockchain is and isn’t and why it matters. It describes 5 common blockchain myths and 6 distinct categories of blockchain use cases. Link Continue reading

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AI Self-Portrait

What does AI look like? You might say it looks like a robot, or flashing LEDs, or a waveform on a screen. But what would AI say AI looks like? To find out, IBM Research asked AI to draw a picture of itself. AI’s self-portrait was published in The New York Times on Oct 19 Link

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BBC-2018: Nov. 5-9 in San Antonio

The next major Decision Management event BBC-2018 will take place Nov. 5-9 in San Antonio. You can still save 20% off your conference pass by entering the discount code OPENTX1820 at registration. Below is the list of presentations devoted to Decision Management: Continue reading

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Winners of 2018 Business Rule Excellence Awards

The first annual Business Rules Excellence Awards (BREA) announced the 2018 winners.  Created by leading business rules practitioners and providers, these prestigious awards recognize user organizations worldwide that have demonstrably excelled in implementing innovative solutions. The 2018 Winners (in alphabetical order) across all categories are: Continue reading

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Going to college is costing less

After decades of increasing tuition, universities are going the other way — either by flattening costs or bringing them right down.The combination of fewer students applying for college and more grants being out given means that higher education is not as expensive as it used to be. Yet, according to the College Board, the “sticker price,” or the actual price of college, continues to rise — it’s just fewer students are paying it. Link

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