What is DMN (Decision Model and Notation)?

Digitalize and automate your operational decisions with the OMG® industry standard.

What is DMN?

Decision Model and Notation

Decision Model and Notation (DMN) is the OMG® industry standard for modeling, documenting and automating operational business decisions. It allows companies to clarify and define:

  • How is a business decision made?

  • Which information and resources are required?

  • What rules are valid for decision making?

With DMN, companies gain more transparency and increase efficiency through the automated execution of DMN decision models. ACTICO Platform fully supports DMN on the highest conformance level 3.



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classic approaches vs. DMN

Coding, Spreadsheets & BPMN

Digitalization requires companies to automate their often complex operational decisions. However, they often fail with conventional approaches:

  • Manual decisions based on spreadsheets: Real automation, and thus digitization, is not possible with the common spreadsheet approach.

  • Hard-coding into applications: Programming is an inflexible method resulting in cumbersome changes and maintenance. Often, decision logic is dispersed and redundantly implemented into applications.

  • Embedding decisions in BPMN process models: This approach usually results in chaotic and unclear BPMN models. Besides, decision logic has to be changed much more frequently than process logic which requires a separation of the two parts.

Coding, spreadsheets and BPMN vs. DMN
DMN Decision Requirements Diagram

Standardization & automation with DMN

With Decision Model and Notation (DMN), companies standardize and optimize how they define and automate operational decisions. It allows business and IT users to define requirements and implement decisions collaboratively. They benefit from:

  • Graphical and analytical view on decisions and their dependencies

  • Vendor-independent, open OMG® industry standard

  • High flexibility through independency from processes and applications

  • Consistent decisions through reusable decision models

  • Automated execution of decision models




What are the Benefits of DMN?


Transparency & Agility

Transparent decision-making processes provide both, clarity to internal stakeholders and traceable compliance to the regulator. Underlying decision models can be changed in a fast, effective and safe way, thus, increasing business agility.

Quality & Profitability

Subject matter experts use the Decision Model and Notation to easily and systematically create decision models. They uncover how value is created, take risks into account and improve the quality and profitability of their operational decisions.

Efficiency & Consistency

The Decision Model and Notation allows companies to automate decisions that have been made manual before within a process. This way, they implement truly digital end-to-end processes that enable consistent and efficient interactions with their customers.






How does ACTICO support DMN?

ACTICO Platform supports the DMN standard

ACTICO Platform fully supports the DMN standard in version 1.1. From modeling to execution, there are no third party tools required.

  • Full DMN support on the highest Conformance Level 3

  • Integrated platform for DMN modeling, execution and governance

ACTICO Platform fully supports the DMN standard in version 1.1



Decision Modeling

Create and share graphical decision models

Decision Automation

Automate decisions across all systems and channels

Interactive Decisions

Implement highly flexible, interactive applications

Decision Analytics

Analyze and optimize your operational decisions


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