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James Taylor

I will use this blog to discuss business challenges and how technologies like analytics, optimization and business rules can meet those challenges.

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James is the CEO of Decision Management Solutions and works with clients to automate and improve the decisions underpinning their business. James is the leading expert in decision management and a passionate advocate of decisioning technologies business rules, predictive analytics and data mining. James helps companies develop smarter and more agile processes and systems and has more than 20 years of experience developing software and solutions for clients. He has led decision management efforts for leading companies in insurance, banking, health management and telecommunications. James is a regular keynote speaker and trainer and he wrote Smart (Enough) Systems (Prentice Hall, 2007) with Neil Raden. James is a faculty member of the International Institute for Analytics.

My co-author on Smart (Enough) Systems, Neil Raden, has written a great white paper on in-database analytics that is available from Sybase - Analytics from the start. This paper introduces the key concepts, discusses some of the key issues (our book contains more tips in this area) and describes some strong case examples. Well worth a read. As Neil says:

Advanced analytics will be adopted by most organizations and attain the status of "must have." While the majority of people in organizations will not become quantitative experts and modelers, the affect of predictive models will be felt across the organization and beyond. They already are. It would be wise to take steps now, and a good first step is to begin evaluating technology solutions that will be suitable for the development and implementation of analytics. From a technology perspective, one clear requirement is an analytic engine embedded in your analytical database technology.
The approach Neil describes is one we see more and more as in-database and in-warehouse analytics become more common. This particular paper talks about the Fuzzy Logix libraries embedded in Sybase IQ but . Fuzzy Logix is one of the sponsors (with SAS, Oracle, Adaptive and Aha!) of the operational analytics research I am doing for BeyeNetwork. Look for it on the BeyeResearch site in a couple of months and, meanwhile, participate by taking the survey.

Posted February 23, 2010 8:05 AM
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