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OMG Board of Directors Vote to Adopt Decision Model and Notation Submission
Provides a common notation that is readily understandable by all business users

Needham, MA- 01-16-2014-The Object Management Group (OMG) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has voted to publish the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) specification. It may be viewed by the public on the OMG homepage.

The primary goal of DMN is to provide an industry standard modelling notation for decision management and business rules that is readily understandable by all business users: from the business analysts who need to create initial decision requirements and then more detailed decision models, to the technical developers responsible for automating the decisions in processes, and finally, to the business people who will manage and monitor those decisions. The submission has been designed to be complementary to and useable alongside the OMG Business Process Model & Notation (BPMN) standard and will ensure that decision models are interchangeable across organizations.

Implementers and potential users are invited to download and review the specification from the OMG website. Any potential issues found should be reported to the DMN Finalization Task Force (FTF) for correction before final publication. Below you will find quotes from members of the DMN FTF on what they think about the submission, which can be viewed at Those interested in joining or learning more about the DMN FTF should email:

"Modeling decisions is critical to managing decisions, which is one of the leading technology trends worldwide. Our project methodologies include decision modeling, and in fact the DMN standard includes notation proposed in a book by Alan Fish, who is part of our technology consulting team. Any business seriously using analytics to improve their decisions should study and adopt this methodology." -Andrew Jennings, Chief Analytics Officer, FICO

"In today's highly competitive environment it is clear that business decisions are key to driving process improvements as well as process innovation. Similarly to the way that BPMN accelerated the adoption of business process management across the industry, we expect that DMN will drive broader adoption of decision modeling and reuse. With the DMN-based decision discovery capabilities that we've introduced in IBM Blueworks Live business professionals can now easily model decisions within the context of their business process initiatives." -David Millen, Vice President of Smarter Process at IBM

"Decision modeling is transforming how organizations adopt powerful technologies such as business rules and advanced analytics to automate and improve their decision-making. The Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard provides an open and effective specification for this emerging practice. Decision Management Solutions is committed to supporting and using DMN and we're delighted that the standard has been adopted and garnered broad support among OMG members." -James Taylor, CEO of Decision Management Solutions

"Modeling decisions and decision dependencies has a long history. Decision table structures are a convenient way to deal with decision logic in the context of (or even outside) business processes. Nothing new about that, no matter how often it is reinvented. The good thing about the OMG DMN however is that concepts are standardized and that business can now fully enjoy the benefits of a standardized decision model and notation with clear decision tables." -Jan Vanthienen, Professor in Business Information Systems at KU Leuven

"As innovators and long-term practitioners in decision modeling, KPI is pleased to contribute to and support the OMG Decision Model and Notation (DMN). With the introduction of The Decision Model (TDM) in 2008, we predicted that decision modeling, as a much needed new discipline, would give rise to a new era of software and business engineering. The growing list of TDM clients, including large global corporations, have accomplished major business quality improvements through rapid deployment of production decision models including regulatory compliance, data quality, and financial services. DMN is a timely milestone in the advancement of decision modeling as a standard practice and business skill. DMN allows KPI to support clients and partners with DMN specifications and TDM-specific innovation." -Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg, Managing Partners of Knowledge Partners International, LLC


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