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What's new at the Business Rules Forum in D.C.?

I was hoping to blog during the BRF but I just haven't had the time.

Lots of exciting things going on this week at the BRF in D.C. I'll write up some of my mtng notes soon. Here's a preview of some of the things that stand out so far:
  1. Heard from General Electric how they're applying Six Sigma tools and rigor to improve the rule harvesting and rule management process. Pivot tables rule!
  2. Alan Trefler, CEO of Pegasystems (a BIZRULES partner) told me that Excel was a declarative language, then he summarized the last 40 years of computer languages in a very interesting and memorable way
  3. The next day, coincidentally, I demonstrated a declarative rule validaton / rule simulation tool that runs in Excel.
  4. At the panel discussion, someone asked why there are so few government attendees, given that the show is in D.C. One answer was that governmentS like ambiguity, not black and white rules.
  5. Heard some pretty interesting stories in every session I attended.
  6. The IDC keynote slides were really good - one slide in particular caught my attention: it had to do with the relation between business rules in different metaphors.

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