Tuesday | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Managing Decisions Track
Room: Regency 2

Panel Discussion

Business Rules Vendor Panel


Speaker Photo: James Taylor

James Taylor

CEO, Decision Management Solutions


Speaker Photo: Tom Debevoise

Tom Debevoise

Chief Evangelist for Business Decision Management, Signavio

Speaker Photo: Rik Chomko

Rik Chomko

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, InRule Technology

Speaker Photo: Jean Pommier

Jean Pommier

Distinguished Engineer- CTO, Software Services for WebSphere, Service Engineering, ILOG WebSphere, IBM

Speaker Photo: Stephen Zisk

Stephen Zisk

Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Pegasystems Inc.

Speaker Photo: Michael Pellegrini

Michael Pellegrini

Technical Product Marketing, JBoss




    The last few years have seen dramatic shifts in the business climate and brought home for many organizations just how much of a problem it can be when systems are hard to change. Creating agile systems has long been a strength of business rules management systems. But what's next? How are BRMS vendors going to evolve their products to deliver the transparency, agility and collaboration that is required?
    • What aspects of a BRMS are changing to drive increased collaboration between business and IT professionals?
    • How will BRMS vendors evolve to make it easier for non-technical users to assess the impact of a proposed change on their decision-making?
    • Just how transparent are rules-based decision services and what's changing to make them more transparent?


    James Taylor is the CEO of Decision Management Solutions and is a leading expert in how to use business rules and analytic technology to improve decision-making and develop agile, analytic and adaptive businesses. He provides strategic consulting to companies of all sizes, working with clients in all sectors to adopt decision-making technology. James is a faculty member of the International Institute for Analytics and is the co-author of “The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling” with Tom Debevoise (2014). He previously wrote “Decision Management Systems: A practical guide to using business rules and predictive analytics” (IBM Press, 2011) and “Smart (Enough) Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions” (Prentice Hall) with Neil Raden, and has contributed chapters on Decision Management to multiple books as well as many articles to magazines and writes a regular blog at JT on EDM.  James is a contributor to the v3 of the BABOK® Guide on decision modeling and is a member of the submission team for the new Decision Model Notation (DMN) standard. James is a frequent presenter and keynote at industry conferences as well as a highly rated instructor for University courses, webinars, in-house workshops and training.


    Tom Debevoise is Signavio’s Chief Evangelist for Business Decision Management. Tom is a leading authority in Business Decision Management (BDM), BPM and Business Rules. He has experience providing next-generation solutions in DMN and BPM, expertise in industry verticals including Financials, Petroleum Logistics, Pharmaceutical, and Manufacturing. Tom has modeled decisions and processes for government agencies including the Navy, the Defense Logistics Agency, and for large corporations in the areas of finance, supply chain planning, security and power systems. Tom is the author of three books including "The MicroGuide to Process Modeling and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN.”

    Rik Chomko has over 15 years of experience implementing rule-based technology. Prior to co-founding InRule, Rik was Chief Technology Officer with Calypso Systems, a solutions integrator based in Chicago. During his seven years at Calypso, Rik was responsible for both the architecture and delivery of systems to many of the firm's largest clients. Prior to his work at Calypso, Rik worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois where he served as a member of the Technical Architecture team on their largest mission-critical system.

    Rik is recognized as an expert in emerging technology, having co-authored a number of system frameworks that provide analysts the ability to control application logic without programmer involvement. He has been both an award recipient and speaker at numerous technology and industry events including Microsoft Fusion, Comdex, and ACORD.

    Jean Pommier is a Distinguished Engineer and CTO in the IBM WebSphere Services organization and in charge of Service Engineering (implementation methods, best practices and consulting offerings). Prior to joining IBM in 2008 he was ILOG's VP of Methodology. Jean joined ILOG upon its creation in 1987, in R&D (rule-based systems), moving into consulting and then management in 1990. From 2003 to 2006 Jean led the Worldwide Professional Services for ILOG, the fastest growing source of revenue. Prior to that, he was heading worldwide consulting and US sales operations for ILOG's largest division (financial services, transportation and e-government). Overall, Jean has contributed to more than 400 successful customer implementations of decision-support systems.

    Stephen Zisk has worked in the Enterprise Software space for over 25 years, building solutions and working with customers in the Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services, and Government sectors. Mr. Zisk has designed, developed, and marketed Workflow, BPM, Rules, and Semantic Integration software for the last ten years, and focuses on Business / IT collaboration, Best Practices, and Enterprise Integration. At Pegasystems, Mr. Zisk helps the company with marketing and improving its industry-leading SmartBPM BPMS Suite.

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