February 18, 2009

Jobs: RuleBurst / Haley Rules Architect

Jobs: RuleBurst (Haley Rules) Technical Architect

BIZRULES is looking for a Haley Rules Technical Architect *

The Haley Rules Technical Architect manages the design and implementation of the Haley rules engine within the context of the Seibel implementation.  The Haley Rules Technical Architect will design the integration into the target environment.  The Haley Rules Technical Architect should have extensive experience implementing Haley Rules within the Seibel context.

* by "Haley Rules" the client means
- RuleBurst Rule Engine (BRE)
- SoftLaw Rule Engine (BRE) / Expert System (ES) 
- Haley Office Rules
- Haley Expert Rules
- Haley Business Rule Engine (BRE)

This is for a long term project. RULEBURST/SOFTLAW experts anywhere in the world (Australia, UK, Canada, USA, etc.) are welcome to apply for this challenging opportunity! Relocation available for top candidates.

If you are interested and have experience with RULEBURST / SOFTLAW / HALEY RULES contact us or send your resume to

+1 305.994.9510

Jobs: RuleBurst (Haley Rules) Modeler

Jobs: RuleBurst (Haley Rules) Modeler  

BIZRULES is looking for a Haley Rules Modeler *

The Haley Rule Modeler designs and implements the Haley Rules using the Haley data model and rules. The Haley Rule Modeler is expected to have extensive experience implementing the Haley rules engine and should have experience implementing the Haley rules engine in the context of Seibel implementations.

* by "Haley Rules" the client means
- RuleBurst Rule Engine (BRE)
- SoftLaw Rule Engine (BRE) / Expert System (ES) 
- Haley Office Rules
- Haley Expert Rules
- Haley Business Rule Engine (BRE)

This is for a long term project. RULEBURST/SOFTLAW experts anywhere in the world (Australia, UK, Canada, USA, etc.) are welcome to apply for this challenging opportunity! Relocation available for top candidates.

If you are interested and have experience with RULEBURST / SOFTLAW / HALEY RULES contact us or send your resume to

+1 305.994.9510

September 12, 2008

Bosch drives into the rule engine market

Bosch has joined the club. On September 8, 2008 The Bosch Group acquired Innovations Software Technology. Both companies are based in Germany. This move heats up the BRE/BRMS market consolidation that was already sizzling:

Sep. 2008 –The Bosch Group acquired Innovations Software Technology
Jul. 2008 - IBM announced their intent to buy ILOG
Nov. 2007 – RuleBurst acquired Haley Rules
Oct. 2007 – SAP acquired Yasu
Aug. 2007 – Trilogy acquired Gensym
Oct. 2006 – Planet Group acquired ACI Worldwide
Jan. 2006 – Trilogy acquired Versata
Jan. 2006 – MDA acquired Mindbox
Sep. 2005 – Fair Isaac acquired RulesPower

(click to see the new BRE Family Tree

Oracle and Microsoft entered the business rule engine (BRE) market by building their own rule engine technology. Competitors, however, took a different approach. Global technology leaders IBM and SAP acquired BRE vendors ILOG and Yasu. Insurance software vendor MDA acquired BRE vendor Mindbox. And rule engine vendors Fair Isaac and Trilogy acquired smaller BRE vendors RulesPower, Versata, and Gensym.

I asked David S. Kim, Managing Director and CEO of Innovations Software Technology, to share his thoughts and tell us what this means to customers, end-users, and to the rules market. Here’s what he had to say in our email discussion.

How does the Bosch acquisition of Innovations compare to the other acquisitions and consolidation in the rules industry?

“The big difference is that we were not acquired to have our product line integrated into a stack of other software. We were acquired to be the core of a new software and systems company within The Bosch Group. We will be creating new technologies and value chains within Bosch and open the door to new lines of business,” Kim said.

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July 28, 2008

IBM sets the course and ILOG steers the Ship

IBM is one of the few companies that sets the course in technology. Now they will use ILOG to steer the ship.

IBM has announced their intention to buy ILOG for $340 million USD. ILOG is widely recognized as one of the leading BRMS software vendors.

This move helps legitimize business rules management systems (BRMS) and rule engine technology. This will shake up the playing field in the BRMS/BRE space as ILOG BRMS competitors aligned with and partnered with IBM will need to rethink their strategy and technology.

Integrating ILOG BRMS with IBM's BPM and SOA technologies will also raise the bar in the BPM/BRMS space. Pegasystems has been a leader in the BPM/BRMS space, which Pega basically invented, ever since they released their PRPC PegaRULES Process Commmander product. BPM vendors lacking BRE capabilities are going to have to start OEMing a BRE tool, building one, or buying one like IBM did.

This move also speeds up the BRMS market consolidation that has been picking up steam in recent years. Last year SAP acquired the Yasu rule engine, and Ruleburst (previously SoftLaw) acquired Haley Rules. Prior to that, of course, Fair Isaac acquired RulesPower, and Trilogy bought Versata then Gensym. Going further back, CA bought Platinum Technology (which had acquired AION and the AION BRE). AION, of course, was started by a bunch of ex-IBMers, who wanted to improve on IBM's TIRS (The Integrated Reasoning Solution) mainframe rule engine, who left IBM to develop the AION rule engine. After TIRS, IBM began working on Common Rules. That IBM rule technology and research effort could be combined with ILOG's BRMS tool in the future.

IBM also plans to embed ILOG rules technology across its broad product offerings, further strengthening their products and further legitimizing rules technology.

The business rules market is alive and well. The tools are getting better. The vendors are getting larger. The methodologies are getting easier. As rules-based tools become more widely adopted, companies will be able to spend more time designing quality rules and managing effective rules, and less time worrying about the rule engine technology under the hood.

Companies that resisted rules technologies and methodologies in the past almost missed the boat. Now they have another chance to get on board the rules express.  IBM is ready to rule again.

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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.



November 14, 2007

Haley Rule Bursts into the business rules market

Business Rules Management and Business Rule Engines at a tipping point

Haley Rules was acquired yesterday by RuleBurst. Previously, RuleBurst seemed to position itself as an up-front rule modeling tool or rule management tool, especially for government applications, that integrated with the Microsoft Business Rule Engine for rule execution. With this acquisition, RuleBurst acquires one of the fastest rule engines on the block. Now they don't need the MSFT rules engine because they have their own! And instead of taking a few more years to build a stronger presence in the U.S., they established a strong presence in the US market overnight.

RuleBurst is a natural fit for legislative rules. As a matter of fact, they used to market their tool as Legislative Rulebase Technology years ago, when the company was called SoftLaw. They talked about the idea of Electronic Legislation. E-Government is a great niche, because government is good business.

Now it seems clear that RuleBurst is ready to go after the corporate / private-sector market just as hard. Ruleburst is very serious and methodical. They plan ahead strategies like international expansion (done), government rules market leadership (done - can you spell I R S?), and long-term expansion into the corporate rules market as well (well underway with Haley acquisition).

Adding the Haley Rules Engine could improve performance for deployment. Not sure what they would do with Haley Authority - that is very impressive natural language technology that is like nothing else on the market. There's a good reason Haley is based in Sewickley, PA: Carnegie Mellon University and A.I. expertise. Softlaw was one of the first companies to get into the rules market, and they are among the few who are still around today (under the name RuleBurst of course).

The new BRE Family Tree 2008 (as of yesterday) shows a quick summary of that history:BRE Family Tree 2008

Here's the official press release about the acquisition.

Here's the rest of the story:

In September 2001 I met with a SoftLaw executive (not sure if he was CEO at the time or if he became their CEO later) in Orlando, FL to brief him on the U.S. rules market and advise them on their expansion plans and strategies. We talked about challenges faced by government agencies such as the IRS, and their search for business rule engines and business rules management solutions. At that time I was working for IBM on the IRS Modernization project. Back then the IRS was looking at CA AION, Sapiens, etc. It took a few years, but SoftLaw (RuleBurst) finally broke through and is now one of the tools used on the IRS project.

During those meetings we also talked about marketing opportunities in the US. I told them about the Business Rules Forum and other rules conferences that they should attend and exhibit at. They started attending, and are now regular exhibitors.

This year at the Business Rules Forum it was a little odd that Haley Software did not have a booth. Now we know why.


July 12, 2007

JOBS: Business Rule Anaysts & BRE Developers/Architects

BizRules is looking for

  • Business Rule Analysts
  • Business Requirements Analysts
  • BRE/BRMS developers & architects fluent with rule engines, especially ILOG JRules, PegaRULES PRPC, Haley Rules, and Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor
  • IBM WAS WebSphere Application Server / J2EE architects

for permanent full-time and long-term contract opportunities nationwide. If you have experience as a rules analyst, developer, or architect and are looking for challenging projects with Fortune 500 clients, contact BIZRULES or send your resume to



(See for more detailed job descriptions)

February 26, 2007

Press Release: Oracle Siebel CRM Release 8 is powered by HaleyRulesTM and HaleyAuthorityTM

Oracle's Siebel CRM Release 8 Leverages Haley To Maximize Business Flexibility and Provide Dynamic Privacy Management

PITTSBURGH, PA - January 31, 2007 - Haley Systems, Inc., the technology leader in business rules management systems, today announced that Oracle has embedded HaleyRules(tm) and HaleyAuthority(tm) as the business rules technology in its recently announced Siebel CRM Release 8.

By embedding business rules into Siebel CRM, businesses are able to achieve new levels of cost containment, time-to-market response and long-term competitive advantages. Haley technology is a key part of the Siebel Privacy Management solution within Siebel Universal Customer Master, a comprehensive customer data hub that unifies customer data across multiple business units and functionally disparate systems to provide a trusted authoritative source of customer information across the enterprise.

"Providing business users with an easy to use, yet powerful way to define and refine their business rules is a key ingredient to enabling business agility," says Mark Woollen, Vice President of CRM Product Strategy at Oracle. "By leveraging technology from Haley in Oracle's Siebel CRM Release 8, we are able to provide our customers with a high-performance solution that will enable them to define and enforce the rules they need to stay ahead in today's fast paced, ever changing business environment."

HaleyAuthority is the multi-user rule authoring application that enables business users to capture, organize, manage and test business rules. It stores rules in a central knowledge management database. Rules files are used by Haley's business rules engine - HaleyRules - the technology-leading business rules inference engine for Java and .NET environments. Haley's business rules technology will give Oracle's Siebel CRM users the ability to customize their business processes and policies. As a premier Oracle partner, Haley also offers optional add-on and plug-in products to enhance the Siebel CRM solution and a broad range of expert professional services including consulting, training and implementation.

"The strength of Haley's proven technology, robust lightweight rules engine and unique approach to rules authoring provides business users advanced accessibility and control to capture, manage and review business rules," said Hans Witt, CEO and President of Haley Systems.


Haley is a BizRules Alliance Partner

October 16, 2006

Press Release: HealthMarkets Selects Haley As A Business Rules Supplier

Leading Health and Life Insurer Selects Haley’s BRMS Solution for Its SOA Environment

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Haley Systems, Inc. today announced that HealthMarkets, a leading provider of affordable health and life insurance for individuals, the self-employed, small businesses and students, has selected its Business Rules Management System (BRMS).

HealthMarkets selected Haley as a business rules vendor following a successful implementation of Haley’s BRMS. Among the key reasons for selecting Haley were the system’s platform independence, English authoring and support for a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) capability in both the runtime and authoring environments. HealthMarkets intends to use Haley in an SOA environment to achieve a shared business rule repository that will reduce duplicate business logic throughout multiple applications.

“We believe that the Haley BRMS solution enhances our ability to develop and support our business applications,” said Edward J. Zecchini, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of HealthMarkets. “We anticipate that Haley’s BRMS technology will enable our business and technical teams to respond quickly to the constantly changing landscape of regulatory, underwriting and marketing rules of the health and life insurance industry.”

For the full press release please see below.


June 14, 2006

Writing Rules using Haley's new Hosted Web Service

I was quoted in this press release from Haley:

Haley Introduces Industry's First Business Rules Authoring Environment As a Hosted Web Service. Haley's New SOA-based Business Rules Web Service, Combined with Its JSR-94 Industry Standard Support and KML, Helps to Advance Rule Server Independence.

Rule server independence from the authoring environment is something I blogged about earlier. Haley is introducing their new KML (knowledge management language) and HRML (Haley Rule Markup Language), along with support for tabular rules (aka decision tables). HRML is Haley's proposed XML-based standard for defining rules. Haley also plans to support OWL, Web Ontology Language from W3C, and JSR-94, a new standard for Java runtime API for BREs.

If you've heard me speak at a conference or read earlier blogs, you know that I've always said there are only three ways to write rules for SMEs and business people: words (textual rules), pictures (decision trees), and charts (decision tables). Rule engine tools like Haley Authority that support decision tables make it easier for business people to write rules.

February 10, 2006

Rules 1.0

Executives used to have secretaries. Now they have Word.

Companies used to have IT/Finance modelers to do "what if" analysis. Now they have Excel.

Newspapers used to have strippers (no not that kind!) that did page layout by hand. Now they have PageMaker.

In the early days of the Web, you needed a Webmaster to create your website. Now you have FrontPage.

What's missing today in the business rules market is a tool that lets business executives write their own rules. Without IT, without programming, and maybe even without automation. Just a tool like Word (for textual rules), Excel (for decision tables), or even Visio (for decision trees) that simply lets me document "logical business rules". And then press File, Save as... "billing rules model 1.0", or "audit rules 1.0", etc. That's what I want to be able to do.

Sure, I'd like to push a button and have that logical rule model artifact go into a business rules repository. Great. If I could push another button and have my logical rule model generate code for whatever Business Rule Engine I'd like to target, now we're talking business rules.

That is the promise of business rules. I want to create a logical rule model, select my technology (i.e. HaleyRules, ILOG, PegaRULES, Versata, Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor, CA AION, Corticon, OpenRules, etc.) and then press GO. I want the tool to transform my logical business rule model into a physical business rule model. Then I want to compile and run.

That sounds farfetched, but I think it's only a year or two away. By the way, this is the same thing that database people do for a living. ERWin anyone? Create a logical database model, select your target physical databse model technology (i.e. SQLServer, DB2, INGRES, etc.), then press GO. This approach works for databases. It is inevitable that this approach will one day soon work for rulebases.

Let's start by calling the BRMS (business rule management system) a RBMS (rulebase management system) instead. Then we should call the business rules repository the rulebase. Business people will find it much easier to understand rulebases if they can compare it to the familiar database analogy.

We'll still need industrial strength rulebases like the ones I mentioned above. But we'll also need a "lite" rulebase software tool for business executives. Think Word, Excel, Visio.... or Access instead of SQLServer...

What if, or when will Microsoft or some other BRE vendor releases Rules 1.0? How about Microsoft Rules 1.0.? Maybe part of Office? What if executives finally have a tool on their desktop to write the rules? A tool that understands IF and THEN and ELSE and MUST and ONLY IF and MUST NOT etc.

I think a lot of business people have been led to believe that that's what business rules will mean to them. And their expectations are that the rule tool will be as easy to use as Excel or Word. I've noticed more and more companies approving business rule projects where the business people have the expectation that the business rules tool is something they can fire up on their PC... as easily as they do Word or Excel.

Business Rule Engine software products are clearly awesome productivity tools for programmers. But only a few of them could be considered tools for executives. We need to think of the BRE as the tool for IT developers and for rule execution, and the logical rule modeling tool I described above as the rule documentation tool for business executives.

I hope there are some companies working on this idea of a logical rules modeling tool that generates code for my BRE tool of choice.

Stay tuned... What do you think? Does Microsoft Rule? Anyone else?
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