Blaze Advisor 6.5 springs forward, falls back
Verification and automated testing for business rules bring more reliability to rule services; if only the new tools were easier to useFollow @infoworld
Automatic deployment of analytic models into the rule engine is new to this version, as is the ability to import PMML (Predictive Model Markup Language) models in their "native" rule metaphors. For example, PMML scorecards are imported as score models, and segmentation ART (Adaptive Random Trees) models are imported as decision trees. This allows the models to be tweaked in the Builder before deployment. The new import process also takes advantage of the metainformation available in models created by Fair Isaac’s Model Builder for Predictive Analytics. For example, you can trace the models to their author and learn details such as the date of creation and the outlook of the data used to train the model.
Blaze Advisor 6.5, despite being a point release from 6.1, contains many significant new features. Some of these features, most notably the rule lifecycle maintenance tools, are still a bit immature. But overall this release represents a major upgrade and should be seriously considered by anyone running older versions.