As a risk manager for a company that licenses financial technology, you might assume that I would be a huge advocate for the latest and greatest algorithmic tools to automate small business lending decisions. Without a doubt, technology exists today to access enough information to make an informed decision regarding almost any form of commercial credit. That said, I am extremely cautious about such thinking. I believe strongly in the use of technology to enhance the credit decision process and create efficiencies. But I also believe there is a marked difference between automated credit decisions and credit decision automation. The first produces a credit decision based solely on data. The second uses data and enhanced workflows to facilitate credit decisions in an efficient manner, thus saving cost and increasing profitability. You must ask yourself a simple question. What is the smart credit decision? Simply put, it is the decision that is right for your institution.