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May 2015: Volume 16, Issue 5
ISSN: 1538-6325

 

Six Business Problems the Business Rule Approach Addresses
By Ronald G. Ross

The business rule practitioner is often asked to explain what business problems the business rule approach was created to address. In this month's column, Ron Ross outlines his take on that important question. He states, "I believe the potential benefits for your company are altogether compelling." Oh, and by the way, he has a small surprise at the end of the article about the origin of this discussion.
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The Zachman Framework Evolution (Part 1)
Special Guest: By John P. Zachman

This month, John Zachman hands over this space to his son who takes us on a trip through the rich history of the evolution of 'The Zachman Framework'. In this, the first of a two-part series, John P. Zachman covers the early years of The Framework, beginning in 1984.
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Is Process a Dirty Word?
By Jim Sinur

Jim Sinur reports that he's hearing people frowning on the word process because of what it implies in their minds — that 'process' implies a rigid and inflexible approach to work actions in support of a static business model. In this month's column he explains why this could not be further from the truth.
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Logical Data Modeling (Part 3)
By Dr. Terry Halpin

This is the third 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 inverse predicates, simple mandatory role constraints, and internal uniqueness constraints on binary fact types in LogiQL. In this month's column, Terry Halpin explains how to declare n-ary predicates and apply simple mandatory role constraints and internal uniqueness constraints to them.
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Zero, One, or More Testable Requirements
By Drs. Silvie Spreeuwenberg

"There was a project, there was a deadline, the software was delivered late, it was the holiday season, and the person responsible for the system integration test was on holiday," relates Silvie Spreeuwenberg, as she describes a new protocol that she was asked to test against the requirements set out for the protocol. "It struck me that many of the requirements were not testable," she discovered. Given her business rules background, she is used to checking that things are always testable. But does that apply to requirements? In this month's issue of the 'Rule Observatory', Silvie shares her observations on the testability of requirements.
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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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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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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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Testing Rule-Based Systems — Protect Customer Focus
By Peter K.J. Kalmijn

Without much fanfare, business-rule-based systems have become more commonplace. And, as with any system, these systems must be tested before deployment to production. Yet because of the special features and properties of these systems, their testing differs from that of classical systems, calling for test professionals and business analysts alike to adapt. This month Peter K.J. Kalmijn discusses the testing challenge that rule-based systems present, covering three separate (but interconnected) aspects of this testing
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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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SBVR v1.2 Adopted by OMG / BMM v1.2 Approved by OMG Architecture Board
By Donald Chapin

The Object Management Group (OMG) approves new revisions of two business standards that originated in the Business Rules Group: "Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules" v1.2 (available now) and "Business Motivation Model" v1.2 (available in three months). This month our Standards Reporter, Donald Chapin, announces these major milestones, recaps the improvements in both revisions, and announces the ability to browse the concepts they contain on the web.
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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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