Rolando’s Tales from the Rule Trenches

Rolando Hernandez, a highly experienced business rules consultant,  shares his “True Tales from the Trenches.  Here is a monologue of the decision table from his first tale “A Rule is Born“: “If only someone had tested all the possible combinations of conditions. Dev or The Business would have detected my rule logic errors earlier in my life cycle, before I graduated to Production. And then I would have known exactly what to decide when real-life data was input to my decision service. If only… then I would have made the right sub-decisions and decisions and reached the right final conclusions every time, from day one.” Link

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Forrester’s Mike Gualtieri will be Keynote Speaker at DecisionCAMP and BRAIN-2019 Summit

BREAKING NEWS: Forrester Research Vice President & Principal Analyst, Mike Gualtieri, will deliver keynote “The Future Of Enterprise AI And Digital Decisions” at DecisionCAMP and other BRAIN-2019 Summit events in Bolzano, Italy, on Sep. 16-19, 2019. Mike will convey the key trends in enterprise AI and rules/decision management; and discuss how leading enterprises can use them in combination to build truly learning AI-infused applications at scale. Link

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2019 Survey of Software for Linear Programming

Prof. Robert Fourer, who will be our presenter at DecisionCAMP-2019, just published the results of the 2019 Linear Programming (LP) Survey.  LP software can be very effectively used for Decision Optimization problems which deal with minimizing or maximizing business objectives subject to linear equalities and inequalities in numerical decision variables. Link

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The Future of DMN: an interactive discussion at DecisionCAMP-2019

Gary Hallmark, the author of DMN FEEL and a co-chair of the DMN standard committee, will run an interactive discussion “DMN 2.0?” at DecisionCAMP in September.  “In DMN’s 8 year lifespan from RFP to version 1.3, many features, changes and enhancements have been proposed and discussed. Some changes were rejected because they would not be backward compatible. Some enhancements were rejected as being out of scope (too big) or out of spirit (too different). In this presentation, I will briefly discuss some of the top ideas for a future version of DMN

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Optimization and Machine Learning with Excel Online

Frontline Systems has released Analytic Solver® V2019, a SaaS (software as a service) cloud and desktop platform that offers Excel-savvy business analysts point-and-click tools to create predictive and prescriptive analytics models themselves, without needing expert data scientists or programmers. Both  Analytic Solver (simulation and optimization) and Analytic Solver Data Mining (forecasting and machine learning) work in a browser with Excel Online Link

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Why Machine Learning Models Crash And Burn In Production

This is the title of the article published by Forbes: “One magical aspect of software is that it just keeps working. If you code a calculator app, it will still correctly add and multiply numbers a month, a year, or 10 years later. The fact that the marginal cost of software approaches zero has been a bedrock of the software industry’s business model since the 1980s.  This is no longer the case when you are deploying machine learning models. Making this faulty assumption is the most common mistake of companies taking their first AI products to market.Link Continue reading

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CP-2019 Workshop on Progress Towards the Holy Grail

In 1997 in the paper “In Pursuit of the Holy Grail” Prof. Gene Freuder proposed that Constraint Programming was well-positioned to pursue the Holy Grail of computer science: the user simply states the problem and the computer solves it.  Twenty two year later on September 30, 2019, at CP 2019 at Stamford, CT, U.S., Gene Freuder will run  the workshop that will look at progress towards that goal. Link

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