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The Decision Model is revolutionising Enterprise Decision Management by modeling the business logic (rules) behind key operational and strategic business decisions (http://www.azinta.com/Services/the-decision-model-solutions.html). The recent grant of a US patent for The Decision Model to Knowledge Partners International (KPI) triggered an intense debate resulting in some commentators claiming that The Decision Model patent is an IP trap. Suleiman Shehu, the CEO of Azinta Systems – a KPI Consulting Partner, analyses the reasons for this debate and presents the evidence why The Decision Model patent is not an IP trap.

The KPI public patent usage policy statements ensures that The Decision Model is not an IP trap. There is every reason to believe that an ecosystem of proprietary and open source vendors, consultants and users supporting The Decision Model will evolve

On 6th December 2011 the US patent (No: 8,073,801) was granted to Knowledge Partners International (KPI) for The Decision Model. "The Decision Model patent award triggered an intense debate within the blogosphere and social media groups resulting in some commentators claiming that The Decision Model patent is an IP trap," said Suleiman Shehu, CEO and Founder of Azinta Systems - a KPI Consulting business partner.

The Decision Model is a new business logic framework that is revolutionising Enterprise Decision Management by using powerful graphical modeling concepts to model and execute the business logic, and their inter-relationships, that are used to power operational and strategic business decisions. The Decision Model significantly enhances the agility of organisations to respond rapidly to changes in their corporate environments, business rules, policies and compliance regulations to name but a few.

Suleiman Shehu went on to say “I believe that this intense debate demonstrates the strong excitement and interest in The Decision Model (TDM) over the last two years caused by 'The Decision Model' book (by Barbara von Halle & Larry Goldberg – KPI managing partners) and the hundreds of successful Decision Model projects that have validated its concepts; and, that this interest caught fire within the open source community and with several proprietary software tool vendors, who are now worried that The Decision Model patent could prevent them from using The Decision Model within their products”.

"Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Suleiman Shehu, “because on the 22nd December 2011 KPI released The Decision Model fair usage public statement which demonstrated that these concerns are without foundation.”

The KPI Decision Model (TDM) patent usage public statement can be found here: http://www.kpiusa.com/index.php/Patent/tdm-patent-use.html (a summary of which now follows).

"Objectives of the KPI TDM patent policy are; to share the ideas behind The Decision Model in an orderly way; to protect its rigour, hence its reputation, and, to ensure that we are able to evolve what we started without risking an infringement of someone else's patent."
"Policy Statements:

  •     Individuals, practitioners, and company/organization employees who wish to use TDM in practice are free to do so. This is aimed at practitioners selling TDM services and employees practicing TDM within their organizations, as well as organizations adopting TDM in projects. This is a public commitment, and we will post the terms of the end-user license, on the website. We have a program of Decision Model Analyst certification, for which all decision modelers are eligible, details of which may be found -> here. End users are also free to incorporate TDM in any software that they use.
  •     Those who wish to sell software incorporating TDM, may choose among the following required licenses:

o    Vendors who wish to include only TDM notation without TDM principles can obtain a royalty-free license (e.g., MS/Visio stencils, MS/Excel templates, modeling tools etc.).
o    Vendors who wish to incorporate the TDM with all the covered methods and theory (e.g. 15 Principles) must obtain a license with fair royalties, which includes software certification as part of the license. This license includes other advances and methods in addition to those included in the book and the patent.
o    Vendors who provide Open Source Software, and who wish to incorporate TDM can obtain a royalty-free license for Open Source software. There will be a certification fee and process for Open Source vendors who desire this optional software certification."

Suleiman Shehu went on to say that "The KPI public patent usage policy statements ensures that The Decision Model is not an IP trap. There is every reason to believe that an ecosystem of proprietary and open source vendors, consultants and users supporting The Decision Model will evolve."

“The Sapiens Enterprise Decision Management DECISION product, which supports the development and life-cycle governance of Decision Models, together with the open source Decision Management rules engine from OpenRules -which supports the direct execution of Decision Models, provides the growing evidence of The Decision Model ecosystem,” said Mr Shehu.

Azinta Systems, a systems integration and consultancy company, is a KPI TDM consulting partner for the UK, Southern and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle-East and provides The Decision Model FirstSTEP and KPISTEP consulting, software development, integration and training services.

To learn more about the benefits of The Decision Model visit http://www.azinta.com/Services/the-decision-model-benefits.html

To view an "Introduction to The Decision Model" recorded webinar visit http://www.screencast.com/t/AFlyDikR4Ui6 (requires Microsoft Silverlight browser plugin).

To view a "Practitioners of The Decision Model Experts Panel Discussion" recorded webinar visit http://www.screencast.com/t/5X2gHWzvZ.

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