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February 2016: Volume 17, Issue 2
ISSN: 1538-6325

 

Business Architecture, Business Requirements, and System Design Building Business Capabilities
By Ronald G. Ross

Should a business architecture be part of every business analysis project? If so, how can you develop business requirements from it? How will you know when you are done? Where do business rules fit in? What is the essential difference between a business architecture and a system design? This month Ron Ross addresses these and related questions. The article is based on the premise that business requirements can and should arise directly from review and analysis of a business architecture. Indeed, Ron argues that 'business requirements' merit the modifier 'business' only in such a case.
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Business Rules Are Everywhere — Part 4: Many Faces of Rules in and Around Processes
By Jim Sinur

Wrapping up his theme of the power of putting business rules in the hands of the business people, Jim Sinur brings 'rules' out from the shadow of process, where he says that they have been for over a decade. In this column he explores some of the more common faces of rules that we find today as well as some that will emerge in the future.
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Logical Data Modeling (Part 5)
By Dr. Terry Halpin

This is the fifth in a series of articles on a logic-based approach to business data and rules using a single language to both create and query data models. The previous article discussed how to declare external uniqueness constraints in LogiQL. In this month's column, Terry Halpin covers derivation rules in more detail and shows how to declare inclusive-or constraints in LogiQL
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Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Steps 5 – 7: The Technical Steps
By Gladys S.W. Lam

Completing the series Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation, Gladys Lam finishes with Steps 5 – 7, which are the 'Technical Steps': (5) Map Vocabulary to Data, (6) Invoke Tool, and (7) Execute. In these steps, Ms. Lam will

  • illustrate how three different technologies implement the business rules and decisions specified in the earlier steps.

  • show how the business deliverables can be used to validate results.

  • remind business analysts of where they bring the most value.

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SBVR for UTP — Using an OMG Specification to develop another OMG Specification
By Markus Schacher

In this article Markus Schacher describes how the OMG specification "Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules" (SBVR) has been pragmatically applied to develop another OMG specification, the "UML Testing Profile" (UTP). As a language to express business rules for business people, the business in this case is rather technical: it is the business of testing complex systems. Nevertheless, in the endeavor of developing UTP, SBVR has been used to define the semantics of the core "business concepts" of testing as well as some of the core "business rules" of this domain.
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OMG Standards in Support of Business Communication
Governance Authors' Web Site

By John Hall

This month, our Standards Reporter, Donald Chapin has turned the pen over to John Hall to report on an upcoming OMG event. Governance documents (however they are stored and accessed) govern what an organization does and how it does it. They also define or imply risks to businesses. To encourage an initiative that supports governance authors (the people in an organization responsible for its governance documents), the OMG is hosting a one-day event "OMG Standards in Support of Business Communication" during its June 2015 technical meeting in Berlin, Germany.
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Process Analysis — Additional Techniques
By Kathy A. Long

In a previous article, "Overview of Analysis Techniques," the Top Five analysis techniques were covered with a promise to provide an overview of additional techniques used by process analysts. This month, Kathy Long covers some of the other analysis techniques and outlines a variety of typical problems found in business processes, aligning those to the techniques introduced in this article. She also briefly discusses which process modeling techniques are the most useful, depending on the type of problem and type of analysis being used
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Getting a Green Light with Business Rules and Connected Things
By Drs. Silvie Spreeuwenberg

In this month's 'Rule Observatory', Silvie Spreeuwenberg shares some observations sparked by her recent realization that the Netherlands stands apart in its having traffic light rules that depend on a vehicle's presence — no waiting 3 minutes at a red light when the intersection is empty! Silvie explores two interesting aspects of this capability: How is it done? Why is it done? And what does this suggest for the future of intelligent control systems all over the world?
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The Information Age: (2) The Third Wave
By John A. Zachman

This month, John Zachman continues his examination of some of the well-known works by Alvin Toffler, those works that have to do with change. The second book that John discusses is The Third Wave in which Toffler contrasts the characteristics of the major 'waves' of humanity — the Agricultural Wave and the Industrial Wave. And what does this say about the current, third wave — the Information Wave?
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SBVR Version 1.3 Released
By Donald Chapin

Version 1.3 of the Object Management Group's "Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules" (SBVR) specification will be publicly available in June. This month, our Standards Reporter, Donald Chapin summarizes the primary improvements made in SBVR v1.3.
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Writing Natural Language Rule Statements — a Systematic Approach Part 31: Even More Rule Statement Quality Criteria
By Graham Witt

In this second series on writing natural language rule statements, Graham Witt takes a holistic and systematic approach to writing natural language rule statements. In the previous two articles he looked at some of the quality criteria that govern rule statements. This month Graham looks at the remaining criteria and wraps up this series with a summary of all the criteria.
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Decision Modeling
Methodology, Notation, and DMN

By Jan Vanthienen

With DMN (the OMG Decision Model and Notation standard) reaching finalization, it is good to examine and highlight the purpose and contribution of DMN. Is it a standard notation, is it a methodology, is it a graphical model, is it an implementation standard, or what is it? In this month's column, Jan Vanthienen identifies the position of DMN, the reasoning behind it, and its relation to other modeling techniques
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Business Decisions, Business Rules, and Business Processes: Oh My!
By Roger T. Burlton

Every few years another concept emerges that raises the hope of analysts and architects that a new solution to all our challenges has arrived. The current buzz is around Business Decisions, but I feel we have to put it all in context. 'Business decisions' are a great new addition to our ability to design great and adaptable businesses. However, they need business processes to have context and relevance to business outcomes. They need business rules to have a connection to strategy, policy, and business risk. All three need to work together. In this month's In Process column, Roger Burlton explains this, in a recap of his contribution to the panel on Business Decisions at the 2013 Building Business Capability conference.
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Applying Agile to Business Rules Elicitation
By Carole-Ann Matignon

Consider this interesting enigma. On one hand, Business Rules are gaining momentum due to the need for Agility in automated systems. On the other hand, despite wide appeal and adoption, the Agile methodology has hardly been applied to BRMS. Is there a way to combine both aspects of modern agile systems? In this month's column, Carole-Ann Matignon shares her thoughts on this.
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The Relationship of Decision Model and Notation (DMN) to SBVR and BPMN
By Mark H. Linehan and Christian de Sainte Marie

Several recent publications have popularized the topic of "Decision Modeling" — the modeling of business decision logic for and by business users. The OMG has just released an RFP for a Decision Model and Notation (DMN) specification, but that document says little about how DMN might relate to SBVR and BPMN, and there are many open questions. How do SBVR rules relate to decisions? Is there just one or are there multiple decisions per SBVR rule? Is there more to say about how SBVR and DMN relate to BPMN? This month, Mark Linehan and Christian de Sainte Marie provide their perspective on DMN and how it is positioned in the context of the SBVR and BPMN specifications.
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