March 13, 2008

Introducing the BIZRULES® RuleMap™

Documenting business rules is a good first step on the path towards the business rules approach.

But sometimes that's not enough.  Taking the next step and getting to the next level requires simulating business rules so they are easy to review and verify.

Over the past few months BIZRULES has been working on a new product that lets us do both. It's a visual tool that lets us not only draw diagrams of business rule models, it also lets us simulate the rule logic. This tool helps us speed up the rules harvesting process and improves the quality of our rulebooks.

BIZRULES® RuleMap™ is an interactive rulebook that models business rules and simulates business logic.  This logical model lets you see how your business rules really work. It lets you visualize the Reasoning Chain™ that leads to smart conclusions and right decisions.

We use this tool to document your business rules independent of any BRE - yet it can be implemented using any BRE. Again, this is a logical model of your business rules.  It can be used as the rulebook or specs for authoring the rules in any BRE.

Take a look at a sample RuleMap. And let us know what you think. Contact us for pricing or a web demo.



October 21, 2006

Practices + Procedures = Processes

Great post by Sandy Kemsley on Column 2 with some interesting observations.

First, SunGard has a BPMS product - does anyone know how it compares to BPMS/BRE tools like PegaRULES?

Next, I wonder if companies are getting ROI from exporting business process models from modeling tools into a BPMS for execution. Or are companies more interested in using the modeling tools simply for documentation?

Finally, this was a pretty neat way to define processes:

"I did like Roy's description of practices (determined by experienced specialists) versus procedures (executed by trained workers), and how they combine to make up processes. I also liked his phrase "enterprise technology sprawl", and his discussion of how an unstructured collage of technologies can start to dictate business processes. He made the great point that all compliance initiatives are based on process transparency, and (referencing the Aloha Airlines presentation about how they started modelling their business in order to organization themselves out of bankruptcy) that a near-death experience is a great motivator."

October 13, 2006

Article: Business in Balance - Where Rules Management and BPM Meet

Rules are in the news! It's great to see a cover story in Intelligent Enterprise magazine on BRE and BPM.

Here's a link to an interesting article by Bruce Silver: "Business in Balance - Where Rules Management and BPM Meet; Both rules engines and process management suites are vital to business agility and performance. Here's how to strike the right mix of techniques and score a perfect 10."

Also posted in the Articles section of the Business Rules Knowledge Base.

March 28, 2006

Six Myths of Rules and Business Process Management

Here's an interesting article about rules management and business process management that is right on the money:

"...what really matters are what the business owner has asked for: compliance, growth and productivity. The shortest path to these goals is through end-to-end automation of business processes that have at their core procedural flows and declarative business rules...

...Business rules are not an afterthought for successful BPM; rather, they are an essential component of it..."

See Six Myths of Rules and Business Process Management, By Dr. Setrag Khoshafian, VP of BPM Technology, Pegasystems
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