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Company / Author[edit]

Austhink Software Pty Ltd.


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What they say[edit]

“Software for business decision making and diagramming.

bCisive is … specifically for Business Decision Mapping. Structure and visualize your thinking, create organized diagrams, and be more confident in your business decisions.

  • Build and communicate compelling business cases
  • Make informed, considered decisions
  • Share your thinking, get consensus and take action
  • Collaborate and increase your workplace productivity
  • Document the reasoning behind decisions, and improve knowledge management”


bCisive is available as a stand-alone desktop application, or as a browser-based online service. There’s a review of the on-line service at the blog http://www.informationtamers.com/mind-mapping/blog/2014/01/austhinks-argument-mapping-goes-online/.

Austhink is the publisher of Rationale, and there was some discussion about their differences on the Rationale Google Group. The company responded in this way: bCisive is intended for the ‘professional’ or workplace market and is oriented towards business decision making. Rationale is being repositioned as a purely educational product, focusing on reasoning, argument and critical thinking.

In bCisive, you’ll find much stronger support for decision making (inc. the decision summary which automatically generates the rationale behind decisions), for formatting of maps, and for communicating with others. Also, a lot of work has gone into making it even more easy to use.

Somebody whose main interest is using this kind of tool in the workplace, specifically for decisions, will find bCisive a much more suitable tool. But somebody who is interested in teaching the fundamentals of reasoning and critical thinking will find Rationale more suitable. See also http://bcisive.austhink.com/get-bcisive

Their website[edit]


Operating System(s)[edit]

browser based | Windows

Price: desktop:AU$204; online: US$100/150/180 p.a.  |  Status: Current  |  Date added: 2008-09-15

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