—Pierre Haren, VP ILOG, IBM
"James does a thorough job of explaining Decision Management Systems as enablers
of a formidable business transformation.”
—Deepak Advani, Vice President, Business Analytics Products and SPSS, IBM
Build Systems That Work Actively to Help You Maximize Growth and Profits
Most companies rely on operational systems that are largely passive. But what if you could make your systems active participants in optimizing your business? What if your systems could act intelligently on their own? Learn, not just report? Empower users to take action instead of simply escalating their problems? Evolve without massive IT investments?
Decision Management Systems can do all that and more. In this book, the field’s leading expert demonstrates how to use them to drive unprecedented levels of business value. James Taylor shows how to integrate operational and analytic technologies to create systems that are more agile, more analytic, and more adaptive. Through actual case studies, you’ll learn how to combine technologies such as predictive analytics, optimization, and business rules—improving customer service, reducing fraud, managing risk, increasing agility, and driving growth.
Both a practical how-to guide and a framework for planning, Decision Management Systems focuses on mainstream business challenges.
Understanding how Decision Management Systems can transform your business Planning your systems “with the decision in mind” Identifying, modeling, and prioritizing the decisions you need to optimize Designing and implementing robust decision services Monitoring your ongoing decision-making and learning how to improve it Proven enablers of effective Decision Management Systems: people, process, and technology Identifying and overcoming obstacles that can derail your Decision Management Systems initiative
—Bob McGannon, Director, Mindavation
"Finally, there is a book that describes the theoretical and practical applications of project schedule and cost planning and control covering the how and what it means for two difficult practical problems in all projects. This book explains, simply and practically, how to produce a schedule, create an estimate, and then execute the project. It is definitely an important resource for the new or experienced PM."
—Joe R. "Chip" Stilwell, Stilwell and Associates of the USA, Inc.
Schedule and cost control are the key elements of successful project management. Yet, over 80% of all projects start with underestimated schedules and costs and are doomed to exceed projections before they begin. This clear and concise book demonstrates how to establish realistic estimates for successful project completion. It illustrates how to control a project’s schedule and costs, but more importantly, it shows the reader how to develop the project’s plans and processes so that controlling the schedule and costs are achievable goals.
This Bible study invites both new and long-time learners into an intimate and personal exploration of the Gospel of John.
While the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke speak directly to the
actions and teachings of Jesus, John speaks in more symbolic language
that can take us to deeper levels in our own reflection of who Jesus is.
Intended as a group-study launching pad for discussion, this commentary
can also be used for individual study. Includes questions to encourage
reflection, as well as short prayers after each section. Appendix
includes "Suggestions for Study Leaders."
In his second book of modern parables, author Jim Taylor takes us to
territory where Wikipedia doesn't exist. Where there is no "sure thing."
Where events are ambiguous, unsettling, or just plain ordinary. A place
where we, in our culture of "more and better" and "getting somewhere"
don't willingly spend much time. Usually we don't notice this place much
at all in our rush to get "the answer."
Yet every story, every event, however ordinary or vague, has God in it. More Everyday Parables
contains the kind of story that doesn't have an explanation. Jesus made
up his stories on the spot in response to questions from his followers.
He used things that had happened to him, or someone he had heard about
and made a story about it. Jesus told many of these stories, yet often
they have been interpreted for us. And who will ever know exactly what
Jim Taylor uses the "parable without explanation" in this book to offer
an opportunity for the reader to reflect deeply on what the story
evokes for them. He tells his stories about everyday happenings that we
can all relate to, and then steps back and lets us notice where and how
they touched us, if they touched us at all. Then if we wish to go
further, he offers some of his own reflections on the story. This may
allow new perspectives to open for the reader. Jim also suggests a Bible
reading to accompany the theme.
Jim's stories remind us that God speaks to us through the world around
us. And today's world, for most of us, is not the world of biblical
images. More Everyday Parables re-enacts Jesus' method of
teaching God's word and presence by using what happens as we live our
life daily as a way to see God. However, unlike in his first book on
parables, Jim does not provide an explanation of the imagery. He lets us
go there ourselves.
Jim's accessible story telling style and the reflections and Biblical
references make it ideal for personal study/reflection and group use.
Clergy will also find it helpful as an adjunct to the Biblical parables.
Introduction to the use of parables
Thought provoking one-page stories, reflections, and biblical references
Biblical reference index
Black and white photographic illustrations
God created the world and made it a world of many colors. He beautified the world the colors of the rainbow. Everything that God created was colored to his perfection; including man. Man does not see the things created by God as perfect as they were created, because man only visualize with his eyes. God expected man to visualize the beauty that he created with all of his senses; including his spiritual sense; his heart.
Thomas H. Davenport, Professor, Babson College, Author of Competing on Analytics
The computer-based systems most organizations rely on to support their businesses are not very smart. Many of the business decisions these companies make tend to be hidden in systems that make poor decisions, or don’t make them at all. Further, most systems struggle to keep up with the pace of change.
The answer is not to implement newer, “intelligent” systems. The fact is that much of today’s existing technology has the potential to be “smart enough” to make a big difference to an organization’s business. This book tells you how.
Although the business context and underlying principles are explained in a nontechnical manner, the book also contains how-to guidance for more technical readers.
The book’s companion site, www.smartenoughsystems.com, has additional information and references for practitioners as well as news and updates.
Additional Praise for Smart (Enough) Systems
“James Taylor and Neil Raden are on to something important in this book–the tremendous value of improving the large number of routine decisions that are made in organizations every day.”
Dr. Hugh J. Watson, Chair of Business Administration, University of Georgia
“This is a very important book. It lays out the agenda for business technology in the new century–nothing less than how to reorganize every aspect of how a company treats its customers.”
David Raab, President, ClientXClient
“This book is an important contribution to business productivity because it covers the opportunity from both the business executive’s and technologist’s perspective. This should be on every operational executive’s and every CIO’s list of essential reading.”
John Parkinson, Former CTO, Capgemini, North American Region
“This book shows how to use proven technology to make business processes smarter. It clearly makes the case that organizations need to optimize their operational decisions. It is a must-have reference for process professionals throughout your organization.”
Jim Sinur, Chief Strategy Officer, Global 360, Inc.
This IBM Redbooks® publication makes the case for using Operational Decision Manager for z/OS and provides an overview of its components. It is aimed at IT architects, enterprise architects, and development managers looking to build rule-based solutions. Step-by-step guidance is provided about getting started with business rules by using a scenario-based approach. This book provides detailed guidelines for testing and simulation and describes advanced options for decision authoring. Finally, it describes and documents multiple runtime configuration options.
This third edition, SG24-8014-02, of this IBM Redbooks publication updated the information presented in this book to reflect function available in IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS Version 8.7.1.