IBM Champion Spotlight: James Taylor

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Today we want to shine our Champion Spotlight on James Taylor! James is the CEO and Principal Consultant of Decision Management Solutions and was kind enough to answer our questionnaire to help introduce him to the community. Keep reading below to learn more about James and make sure to reach out to him and say “hi”!

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How do you interact with IBM’s products on a daily basis?

The IBM product I am most likely to be using on a given day is ODM – Operational Decision Manager. We have a complementary offering, DecisionsFirst Modeler, that uses decision models based on the Decision Model and Notation standard to help ODM users manage their rules better, interact more directly with their business SMEs, and do real business impact analysis when they are changing rules. I’m likely to either be demoing the integration to someone familiar with ODM, showing how powerful the combination is to someone new to ODM, or reviewing the models and rules we have built for clients as part of our POC and implementation work.


What do you like to do outside of work?

Besides family activities and our dog, I like to read science fiction and military history.


What do you see as the hottest trends in technology today?

Well that has to be AI in its various forms. Although it’s sometimes overblown, companies are both under and over-calling its impact. They think it’s going to suddenly change everything about their business on the one hand (it’s not) while simultaneously thinking they won’t have to change the way they think about their business to use it (they will). It’s going to be interesting to see how they manage.


How can an organization stay relevant five years from now?

Focus on their core business and make sure they adopt technology to get better at that core business. Too many spend their time hoping they can find a new business (in their data or by applying AI or whatever), but the reality is that most companies have a simple choice – get better at their core business and thrive or don’t and be acquired.


What do you consider most promising in the era of cognitive computing?

Combining cognitive, analytic, and business rules technology into coherent decision-making services. The combination is so much more powerful than the pieces…


What app couldn’t you live without?



What was the worst job you’ve ever had?

Flipping burgers.


If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

Napoleon. Because, well, Napoleon.


And lastly… If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?

My dog because she’s spoiled rotten.


Thanks for taking the time to share with us, James! We look forward to seeing more of you around the community!

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