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DMN and Digital Disruption

By | 2017-09-11T14:13:16-07:00 September 11th, 2017|DMN|

The analysts have mostly missed what's happening with DMN and its potentially disruptive impact on Digital Transformation, but Derek Miers of MWD Advisors gets it right in his latest report, "Decision Management Drives Disruption." What's fundamentally different about the DMN standard is that the standardization and accessibility of the notation is enabling a new wave [...]

TCK Shows Momentum Behind “Real” DMN

By | 2017-09-07T09:34:00-07:00 September 7th, 2017|DMN|

In July I discussed the features and benefits of the DMN Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK), which provides an ever-enlarging suite of DMN models, including test input values and expected outputs.  The TCK website https://dmn-tck.github.io/tck/ then had 4 DMN tools listed.  Now it has 6, as shown below: This is significant because the TCK is the true measure [...]

DMCommunity Challenge – September

By | 2017-09-07T11:35:56-07:00 September 6th, 2017|DMN|

The DMCommunity website regularly posts "challenges" through which decision management practitioners and vendors may compare their tools and solutions.  The September challenge shows off DMN and FEEL particularly well. Here is the challenge, as stated: A human resource office has information about all employees in every department including: salary, marital status, age, etc. Help the [...]

Aiding and Recognizing Full DMN Conformance

By | 2017-07-20T14:49:16-07:00 July 20th, 2017|DMN|

DMN promises something truly revolutionary to the practice of decision management: a tool-independent, directly executable decision language for business users.  Vendor implementations that fulfill that promise are emerging, albeit slowly.  Unfortunately, many proprietary decision modeling tools  have appropriated the DMN name as a marketing decal without conforming to the spirit, much less the letter, of [...]

How to Do Iteration in DMN

By | 2017-07-17T10:16:25-07:00 July 17th, 2017|DMN|

An often repeated charge against DMN is that it makes iteration - a key feature of real-world decision logic - too difficult for business users. "It's programming!" they wail.  "Business users can never understand this!"  But actually, it's not so hard. To iterate a decision in DMN you must start with a list.  Iteration simply [...]

DMN Advanced Training Now Available

By | 2017-07-01T13:25:09-07:00 June 30th, 2017|DMN|

Earlier this year I launched my DMN Method and Style Basics training and certification, based on the Trisotech DMN Modeler with RedHat Drools 7.0 execution built in.  That class covers decomposition of the Decision Requirements Diagram and modeling of decision tables, which form the heart of end-to-end decision modeling.  But real-world decisions often involve logic [...]

DMN: What’s a Hit Policy?

By | 2017-06-21T14:49:57-07:00 June 21st, 2017|DMN|

Newcomers to the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard may be put off by the notion of a decision table's "hit policy."  What the heck is that?  It sounds technical.  Add to that the idea that the modeler is supposed to select the "best" one.  Too complicated! Well, it's actually not.  Here is what's going [...]

The Quiet Battle for Decision Tables

By | 2017-04-24T12:37:12-07:00 April 24th, 2017|DMN|

Decision logic can take many forms: constraint rules, if-then rules, decision trees, decision tables, and more.  Over the years, decision management vendors have gradually allowed decision tables to nudge the other forms aside, for a number of reasons.  Decision tables are easy for business people to understand.  Their logic is declarative, meaning there is no prescribed [...]

DMN: Something’s Different Now…

By | 2017-04-14T15:58:40-07:00 April 14th, 2017|DMN|

Recently I posted about the looming New Era of decision management.  Some will say, "Yes, we know.  You've been touting DMN for a year now."  That is true.  But this week something changed. What changed is the release of the first complete implementation of the standard, from Trisotech.  Their crack marketing staff assigned it version [...]