Fair Isaac Corporation, a leading provider of analytics and decision technology, announced the release and immediate availability of Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor 5.0. The new release of Fair Isaac’s business rules management software allows greater control and security for team-based development and maintenance of business rule applications, new options for building decision trees as part of a decision process, and the first in a series of planned integrations with Fair Isaac’s leading analytic modeling tools.

Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor is a complete software system for developing, testing, deploying, and maintaining business rules as a part of any automated business system. Written entirely in Java, Blaze Advisor runs on all major operating systems and hardware platforms, incorporating data from SQL databases, XML documents, and other applications. Fair Isaac was recently listed as a Leader in Gartner, Inc.’s Business Rules Engine (BRE) 2003 Magic Quadrant for the second year in a row. Gartner defines Leaders as vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

Advisor 5.0 makes available our first significant integration with our sister Enterprise Decision Management tools, executing on our strategy of delivering complete decision-making technology to the marketplace, using both data-driven analytics and explicit policy-based business rule control.”

Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor 5.0 provides the ability to build graphical representations of decision trees, showing a complete set of decision paths that lead to the actions that should be taken. Fair Isaac has traditionally used decision trees in many of its modeling and decision execution products and customers can now do sophisticated segmentation of very large databases in Model Builder for Decision Trees and export decision trees to Blaze Advisor in either decision tree or rule table format.

Another key enhancement in Blaze Advisor 5.0 is a sophisticated repository that can manage and track multiple versions of individual rules, sets of rules, and entire decision-making services. Users can maintain their business rules without IT or programming help, using customized Web pages to check out rules for editing, add comments, view and compare versions and reinstate past versions of rules. Authentication and authorization features built into the software let companies balance the conflicting needs of security, control and business flexibility in their operations.

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