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Welcome to BRJournal Commentary, your online home to expert insight on evolving trends in data, information, business rules, enterprise architecture, and knowledge management. Our Editorial Commentators are among the most recognized in the industry and include:

  • Ronald G. Ross... one of BRSolutions.com founding principals and serves as its Executive Editor. Ross was Editor of the Data Base Newsletter from 1977 to 1999.


  • John A. Zachman... originator of the "Framework for Enterprise Architecture" and was an early contributor to IBM's Information Strategy methodology.


  • Gladys S.W. Lam... one of BRSolutions.com founding principals and serves as its Publisher.  Ms. Lam is a widely recognized expert IT project manager, consultant, and seminar leader.  She works closely with companies in developing Business Rules solutions.


  • Dr. Terry Halpin... is Vice President, Conceptual Modeling, and a Distinguished Professor at Northface University. Author of five books including Information Modeling And Relational Databases (2001) and has published more than 100 technical paper.  His research focuses on conceptual modeling and conceptual query technology.


  • Roger T. Burlton... is the founder of Process Renewal Group and author of the widely-read book Business Process Management: Profiting from Process. He is considered a global industry leader in the introduction of innovative yet practical approaches for process and organizational change. He is regarded as a realistic practitioner and exceptional speaker and facilitator. Mr. Burlton has chaired several high-profile conferences on Advanced Business and Information Management around the world. To date, he has conducted over 500 seminars and has presented to over 20,000 professionals. His various business process seminars are the longest running series in the world and can be found on many continents and in a number of languages.


  • Drs. Silvie Spreeuwenberg... has a background in artificial intelligence and is the co-founder and director of LibRT. LibRT helps customers assess and improve the quality of their business rules. Silvie's experience with business rules modeling has resulted in the development of tools and techniques to increase the quality of business rules. She writes, "We believe that one should focus on quality management of business rules to make full profit of the business rules approach." LibRT is located in the Netherlands; for more information visit www.librt.com.


  • Dr. Sjir Nijssen... is CTO at PNA in the Netherlands. One of the founding-fathers of the NIAM conceptual modeling paradigm, and a former professor of Computer Science, he currently employs the fact oriented approach to deliver high-quality consulting and educational services.


  • Kathy Long... is a member of the Process Renewal Group. She has over 18 years of practical process improvement experience. She divides her time between assisting clients with their process improvement projects, and training companies in process improvement. She has spoken at several conferences around the world, including the BPM Conference, Enterprise Architecture Conference, the Business Rules Forum and the European BPM Conference. To date she has conducted over 500 seminars and has presented to over 10,000 professionals around the globe.


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February 2017
Agree/Disagree? 'Good Enough' Quality Will Do
By Ronald G. Ross


January 2017
Seven Common Myths About the Zachman Architecture Framework
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


December 2016
Being Business-Friendly About the Life of Business Things
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


November 2016
The Architectural 'Why' of a Business Capability: Concept Models
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


October 2016
The Architectural 'Why' of a Business Capability: Business Mission and Business Goals
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


September 2016
Architectural Scope vs. Project Definition
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


August 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules About Geography
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


July 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules About Organizations
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


June 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Business Models of Milestones or States
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


May 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Concept Models
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


April 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Business Process Models
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


March 2016
General Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules
By Ronald G. Ross


February 2016
Business Architecture, Business Requirements, and System Design Building Business Capabilities
By Ronald G. Ross


January 2016
What Is the Future for Processes?
By Ronald G. Ross


December 2015
Measuring Quality and Defects in the Knowledge Economy
By Ronald G. Ross


November 2015
BPM and the Knowledge Economy
By Ronald G. Ross


October 2015
What Is a Business Architecture?
Business Architecture

By Ronald G. Ross


September 2015
Straight Talk (Part 4)
The Big Picture

By Ronald G. Ross


August 2015
Straight Talk (Part 3)
Business Architecture

By Ronald G. Ross


July 2015
Straight Talk (Part 2)
The Good News in Business Rules

By Ronald G. Ross


June 2015
Straight Talk (Part 1)
Major Challenges Facing Your Business

By Ronald G. Ross


May 2015
Six Business Problems the Business Rule Approach Addresses
By Ronald G. Ross


April 2015
What the Business Rules Group (BRG) Has to Say About Business Rules
By Ronald G. Ross


March 2015
Q&A: What We're Learning from Decision Engineering — Part 3
By Ronald G. Ross


February 2015
Q&A: What We're Learning from Decision Engineering — Part 2: Retiring the Term 'Knowledge Worker'
By Ronald G. Ross


January 2015
Q&A: What We're Learning from Decision Engineering — Part 1: Tackling White-Collar Work
By Ronald G. Ross


December 2014
Special Evaluation Specifications for Decision Rules: How to Support Very Smart, Very Friendly Business Decision Systems
By Ronald G. Ross


November 2014
The Two Fundamental Kinds of Business Rules
Where They Come From and Why They Are What They Are

By Ronald G. Ross


October 2014
What Is a Concept Model?
By Ronald G. Ross


September 2014
More Matters Meta
Probing the Gamut of Meta

By Ronald G. Ross


August 2014
Meta Matters
Meta Here. Meta There. Meta Everywhere?

By Ronald G. Ross


July 2014
Decision Tables and Integrity: Introducing Restrictions
By Ronald G. Ross


June 2014
Designing Decision Tables - Part 3: Representing Meaning (Semantics)
By Ronald G. Ross


May 2014
Designing Decision Tables - Part 2: Fundamental Styles/em>
By Ronald G. Ross


April 2014
Designing Decision Tables - Part 1: Basics
By Ronald G. Ross


March 2014
What Kinds of Decisions Are Appropriate for Decision Analysis?
By Ronald G. Ross


February 2014
Smart Business Analysis
Don't Drown in Decisions

By Ronald G. Ross


January 2014
Three Major Myths of the Business Decision Space — And Why They Matter to Business Analysts
By Ronald G. Ross


December 2013
Do Business Rules Define the Operational Boundaries of an Organization?
By Ronald G. Ross


November 2013
The Why Engineer ™
By Ronald G. Ross


October 2013
Modeling Decision Structures
Part 2: Question Charts (Q Charts™) and Hybrid Diagrams

By Ronald G. Ross


September 2013
Modeling Decision Structures
Part 1: Kinds of Decision Dependencies

By Ronald G. Ross


August 2013
Modeling Decisions
Simulated vs. "For Real" Decisions

By Ronald G. Ross


July 2013
Decision Rules vs. Behavioral Rules
By Ronald G. Ross


June 2013
Agile Development of Business Rules: Is It Possible?
By Ronald G. Ross


May 2013
Re-Cycling Shut-Down
Let's Face It — Some Rules Are Just Silly!

By Ronald G. Ross


April 2013
Tabulation of Lists in RuleSpeak® — Using "The Following" Clause
By Ronald G. Ross


March 2013
Requirements are Rules: True or False?
By Ronald G. Ross


February 2013
Breaking the Rules: Breach Questions
By Ronald G. Ross


January 2013
Business Rules, Business Processes, and Business Agility: Basic Principles — Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Business Rules Manifesto (Part 3)
By Ronald G. Ross


December 2012
Business Rules, Business Processes, and Business Agility: Basic Principles — Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Business Rules Manifesto (Part 2)
By Ronald G. Ross


November 2012
Strategy for Business Solutions: Part 3: Adjusting and Fine-Tuning a Strategy
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


October 2012
Strategy for Business Solutions: Part 2 — Business Mission and Business Goals
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


October 2012
Big-P Process is Dead; Long Live Configuration Agility!
By Ronald G. Ross


September 2012
Strategy for Business Solutions: Part 1 — The Policy Charter
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


August 2012
Business Rules, Requirements, and Business Analysis: Basic Principles — Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Business Rules Manifesto
By Ronald G. Ross


July 2012
Strategy-Based Metrics for Measuring Business Performance
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


June 2012
How Business Processes, Strategy, and Business Policies Relate
By: Ronald G. Ross


May 2012
Business Processes: Better with Business Rules
By: Ronald G. Ross


April 2012
Business Policies, Business Rules, and Rulebook Management: Let Us Be Well-Governed
By: Ronald G. Ross


March 2012
What's Really Needed to Align Business and IT Part 2: Strategy for a Business Solution
By: Ronald G. Ross


February 2012
What's Really Needed to Align Business and IT Part 1: Creating True Business Solutions
By: Ronald G. Ross


January 2012
Concept Model vs. Fact Model vs. Conceptual Data Model; Just a Matter of Semantics?
By: Ronald G. Ross


December 2011
Business Rules: Basic Principles
By: Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


November 2011
Know-How Models: How Business Rules, Decisions, and Events Relate in True-to-Life Business Models

October 2011
Business Analysis with Business Rules
By: Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


September 2011
How Business Processes and Business Rules Relate

August 2011
Decision Analysis (Part 3): Defining Scope

July 2011
Decision Analysis (Part 2): The Basic Elements of Operational Business Decisions

June 2011
Decision Analysis (Part 1): What Kind of Decisions?

May 2011
How Long Will Your Fact Model Last? — The Power of Structured Business Vocabularies

April 2011
More on the If-Then Format for Expressing Business Rules: Questions and Answers

March 2011
Operational Business Decisions
Whose Decisions Are They Anyway?


February 2011
The Anatomy of Decisions
The Business-Rule View


January 2011
Why Rulebook Management? Because Software Requirements and Business Rules Simply Aren't the Same!

December 2010
Introducing Question Charts (Q-Charts™) for Analyzing Operational Business Decisions: A New Technique for Getting at Business Rules

November 2010
Agility Based on Business Rules It's Just Common Sense

October 2010
Five Tests for What Is a Business Rule?

September 2010
Can a Business Rule Be Enforced Differently in Different Contexts?

August 2010
How Far Can You Take Decisioning?

July 2010
Business Rules vs. System Design Choices

June 2010
Four Useful Constructs for Developing a Structured Business Vocabulary: Special-Purpose Elements of Structure for Fact Models

May 2010
Eight Things You Need to Know About Fact Types Bringing Verbs into Structured Business Vocabulary

April 2010
Business Vocabulary: The Most Basic Requirement of All

March 2010
What Is a Business Rule?

February 2010
CRUD in Business Rules: Accident-Prone Decision Logic

January 2010
The Point of Knowledge

December 2009
When is an Exception Really an Exception? The Business Rule Principles of Accommodation and Wholeness

November 2009
Verb-ish Models for Verbalization: Give Us Back Our Verbs!

October 2009
From Rulebook Management to Business Governance: Where Business Rules Fit

September 2009
What You Need to Know About Rulebook Management

August 2009
When Is a Door Not a Door? ~ Basic Ideas of the Business Rules Paradigm

July 2009
General Rulebook Systems (GRBS): What's the General Idea?

June 2009
Becoming Strategy-Driven: The Policy Charter

May 2009
Product Quality and a Longer-Term View: A 'Simple' Matter of Business Policies

April 2009
RuleSpeak® Sentence Forms: Specifying Natural-Language Business Rules in English

March 2009
The Rulebook: To Play Ball You Need Rules

February 2009
Extreme Business Agility (Part 6): A Manifesto-in-Progress on the Semantic Re-Engineering of Products

January 2009
Extreme Business Agility (Part 5): The Optimal Edge of Business Performance

December 2008
Extreme Business Agility (Part 4): Change Deployment Hell

November 2008
Extreme Business Agility ~ Part 3: Examples of Non-Agile vs. Agile Business Capabilities

October 2008
Extreme Business Agility ~ Part 2: A Semantic Approach to Re-Engineering Your Company's Products

September 2008
Extreme Business Agility — Part 1: A Value Chain for Re-Engineering Your Company’s Products

August 2008
My Son, Business Rule Analyst — Governance and Compliance Through Young Eyes

July 2008
Rules vs. Processes (Again) — Part 2: Now for Events

June 2008
Rules vs. Processes (Again) — Part 1: There’s Simply No Need for Confusion

May 2008
Legacy Modernization, Semantics, and the Knowledge Economy ~ Have You Connected the Dots Yet?!

April 2008
The Emergence of SBVR and the True Meaning of ‘Semantics’: Why You Should Care (a Lot!) ~ Part 2

March 2008
The Emergence of SBVR and the True Meaning of ‘Semantics’: Why You Should Care (a Lot!) ~ Part 1

February 2008
The Phoenix Strategy ~ A Lower-Risk Approach to Rejuvenating Systems and Legacy Modernization

January 2008
'Rules of Record' Why 'System of Record' Isn't Enough

December 2007
The Decision Center: A Center of Excellence for Coordinating Business Rules and Other Process 'Smarts'

November 2007
The Latency of Decisions ~ New Ideas on the ROI of Business Rules

October 2007
Legacy Systems -- Poorly Engineered or Over-Engineered? New Insights about Business Rules and Enterprise Decisioning

September 2007
The Value of Decisions ~ New Ideas on the ROI of Business Rules

August 2007
A Case of Dueling Manifestos? Business Rules and Enterprise Decision Management

July 2007
What's Wrong with If-Then Syntax For Expressing Business Rules ~ One Size Doesn't Fit All

June 2007
Are IT Terms Fundamental to Every Business? Not!

May 2007
Are all Rules Business Rules? Not!

April 2007
Are Software Requirements Rules? Not!

March 2007
Are Integrity Constraints Business Rules? Not!

February 2007
From Rule Management to Business Governance, Part 4: Governance Engineers and the Chief Governance Officer (CGO)

January 2007
From Rule Management to Business Governance, Part 3: Re-Engineering the Governance Process

December 2006
From Rule Management to Business Governance, Part 2: Governance and How it Relates to Business Rules

November 2006
From Rule Management to Business Governance, Part 1: Governance and How it Relates to Business Rules

October 2006
Rules and Processes: Examples Showing How They Relate

September 2006
The Meaning of Things: Definitions, Intensions, Rules, and Extensions

August 2006
Re-Vitalize, Don't Just Re-platform! ~ Three Tests for Whether Your Company 'Gets It' with Respect to Re-Platforming Business IP

July 2006
The Dirty Secrets About Your Company's Business IP That Nobody Wants to Talk About

June 2006
A Personal Insurance Saga ~ The Economics of Business Rules

May 2006
Concepts, Definitions, and Rules: RuleSpeak® Practices

April 2006
The RuleSpeak® Business Rule Notation

March 2006
How Rules and Processes Relate ~ Part 6. Point-of-Knowledge Architecture (POKA)

February 2006
How Rules and Processes Relate ~ Part 5. Scripts -- Rule-Friendly Process Models

January 2006
How Rules and Processes Relate ~ Part 4. Business Processes vs. System Processes

December 2005
How Rules and Processes Relate ~ Part 3. Three Best Practices for Designing Business Processes with Rules

November 2005
How Rules and Processes Relate ~ Part 2. Business Processes

October 2005
How Rules and Processes Relate ~ Part 1. The Challenges

September 2005
Rule Quality ~ The Route to Trustworthy Business Logic

August 2005
Decision Tables, Part 2 ~ The Route to Completeness

July 2005
Decision Tables, Part 1 ~ The Route to Consolidated Business Logic

June 2005
Rule Reduction ~ The Route to Atomic Business Rules

May 2005
Essence Definitions and Business Rules ~ Developing Stable Anchor Points for Operational Knowledge

April 2005
Can You Violate Structural Rules? (part 3) ~ The Difference Between Breaking Rules and 'Breaking' Knowledge

March 2005
Can You Violate Structural Rules? (Part 2) ~ The Difference Between How to Compute and How to Behave

February 2005
Can You Violate Structural Rules? (Part 1) ~ The Difference Between Violations and Bad Decisions

 

Janauary 2005
Business Rules and Knowledge Workers ~ Getting to the 'Point of Knowledge'

 

December 2004
Can a Definition be Violated? ~ Definitions and Business Rules

 

November 2004
Rustling Up Good Definitions ~ There's a Lot Less and a Lot More to It

 

October 2004 

Clarifying Clarifications ~ Universal 'And' to the Rescue

 

September 2004 

Relearning the Basics of Communicating ~ Business Semantics and Business Rules

 

August 2004 

The Light World vs. the Dark World ~ Business Rules for Authorization

 

July 2004 

Best-Fit Decision Points ~ How They Fit into the Business Rule Approach

 

June 2004 

What Rule Independence Means to System Models ~ Less and More than You Think!

 

May 2004 

The Semantics Lexicon ~ Terms For The Business Rules / Smart Process

 

April 2004 

Don't Reinvent Rule Engines!

 

March 2004 

Rules And Compliance Tactics

 

February 2004 

Tracing the Path of Rule Reduction

 

December 2003

Do Rules Decompose To Processes Or Vice Versa?

 

November 2003

Should You Encapsulate Knowledge in Modeling Real-World Things?

 

October 2003

Business Rules, Encapsulation, and Models of the Real World

 

September 2003

Business vs. Environment in Business Models

 

August 2003

Requirement Statement vs. Rule Statement

 

July 2003

Rules as Constraints:  On or By the System Design?

 

June 2003

Rules Reveal Events -- Not Actions

 

May 2003

Actions Are Not Rules (and Vice Versa)

 

April 2003

The Definitions of 'Business Rule' and 'Rule'

 

March 2003

Business Problems Addressed by the Business Rule Approach

 

January 2003

About the Business Rules Manifesto ~ The Business Rule Message in a Nutshell

 

November 2002

Business Rules for the Company's Provisioning Processes ~ There’s a Lot More to Reference Data than Just Data!

 

September 2002

The Terminator -- I'll be Back (with Just the Right Term)

 

July 2002

What Does it Mean to be Business-Driven? (Part 2)

 

May 2002

What Does it Mean to be Business-Driven? (Part 1)

 

March 2002

A Telltale E-mail Trail:  The Case for In-Line Business Rule Analysis

 

January 2002

Managing M x N Vs. M + N, Market-Driven Economies, and Other eCommerce Issues (part 2)

 

November 2001

Managing M x N Vs. M + N, Market-Driven Economies, and Other eCommerce Issues (part 1)

 

September 2001

The BRS Rule Classification Scheme

 

July 2001

Minding Your P's and Q's

 

May 2001

RuleSpeak"! -- Templates And Guidelines For Business Rules

 

March 2001

Business Rules In Business Processes ~ Title Rules For Process And Rules For Product/Service

 

January 2001

What Is Rule Management About?

 

November 2000

Let's Make a Deal: A Killer App for Business Rules

 

September 2000

The Re's Of Business Rules

 

July 2000

What Are Fact Models And Why Do You Need Them? (Part 2)

 

May 2000

What Are Fact Models And Why Do You Need Them? (Part 1)

 

March 2000

What is a 'Business Rule'?

 

January 2000

Current Thoughts On Expressing Business Rules

 

November 1999

The Fin de Siegle Legacy Mindset
 

September 1999

Analysis Paralysis Just May Save Your Life
 

July 1999

If We Had Started Coding Already...
 

May 1999

Your Core Business Processes Need a Rule Engine
 

March 1999

Who or What is a True Business Analyst?
 

January 1999

Four Things Wrong with the Way We Develop Information Systems



November/December 1998
Push-Type Data Hub vs. Pull-Type Data Warehouse
By Ronald G. Ross

September/October 1998
What Knowledge Management is About (And What it Has To Do With Business Rules)
By Ronald G. Ross

May/June 1998
The Next Great Leap Forward ~ About the Changes You See
By Ronald G. Ross

March/April 1998
Business Rules as Customer Interface
By Ronald G. Ross

January/February 1998
Components and Business Rules: Do They Connect?
By Ronald G. Ross

November/December 1997
The Policy Charter: A Small-Sized Picture of the Big Picture
By Ronald G. Ross

September/October 1997

Implementing Application Packages: Is There A Better Way?

By Ronald G. Ross


July/August 1997

'Why' is Why Business Rule Methodology is Different

By Ronald G. Ross


May/June 1997

Never-ending On-the-Job Training

By Ronald G. Ross


September/October 1996

Re-Usability in the Business Rule Approach

By Ronald G. Ross


March/April 1996

The Newest Idea In Business Rules: Rules Normalize!

By Ronald G. Ross


January/February 1996

An Open Letter to DBMS Vendors: We Need Active Database Systems

By Ronald G. Ross


May/June 1995

The Greatest Irony Of The Information Age: Business Rules

By Ronald G. Ross


November/December 1995

Business Rules: Knowledge For Knowledge Workers

By Ronald G. Ross


March/April 1994

"Play Ball!"

By Ronald G. Ross


November/December 1988

The History Of Steam-Powered Ships

By Ronald G. Ross


January/February 1994

"Business Rules, At What Cost?"

By Ronald G. Ross


May/June 1994

Business Rules:  Birth of a Movement

By Ronald G. Ross


July/August 1991

Why I Like the Zachman Framework Architecture"

By Ronald G. Ross


March/April 1997

Business Process Re-Engineering

By Ronald G. Ross

 
 
January 2017
The Issue Is THE ENTERPRISE
By John A. Zachman


October 2016
Strategy Spectrum for Enterprise Engineering and Manufacturing
By John A. Zachman


July 2016
The New EA Paradigm
(4) The Assemble-to-Order Pattern

By John A. Zachman


June 2016
The New EA Paradigm
(3) The Provide-from-Stock Pattern

By John A. Zachman


May 2016
The New EA Paradigm
(2) The Make-to-Order Pattern

By John A. Zachman


April 2016
The New EA Paradigm
(1) Expenses and Assets

By John A. Zachman


March 2016
The Information Age: (3) Powershift
By John A. Zachman


February 2016
The Information Age: (2) The Third Wave
By John A. Zachman


January 2016
The Information Age: (1) Future Shock
By John A. Zachman


December 2015
Defining Enterprise Architecture: Economics and the Role of I.T.
By John A. Zachman


November 2015
Enterprise Physics 101
By John A. Zachman


September 2015
A Historical Look at Enterprise Architecture with John Zachman
By John A. Zachman


August 2015
Cloud Computing and Enterprise Architecture
By John A. Zachman


June 2015
The Zachman Framework Evolution (Part 2)
Special Guest: John P. Zachman


May 2015
The Zachman Framework Evolution (Part 1)
Special Guest: John P. Zachman


April 2015
Architecture is Architecture is Architecture
By John A. Zachman


April 2013
John Zachman's Concise Definition of The Zachman Framework
By John A. Zachman


November 2004
The Zachman Framework and Observations on Methodologies

 

November 2003

Framework Fundamentals: Frameworks, Reference Models, and Matrices

 

August 2003

Framework Fundamentals:  A Dialog With John Zachman

 

June 2003

Framework Fundamentals:  Miscellaneous Enterprise Engineering Concepts

 

April 2003

Framework Fundamentals:  Framework Fundamentals:  Level of Detail is a Function of a CELL

 

February 2003

Framework Fundamentals:  Responding to Questions from the OMG

 

May 2002

Enterprise Quantum Mechanics (Part 2)

 

March 2002

Enterprise Quantum Mechanics (Part 1)

 

January 2002

"What" Versus "What"

 

November 2001

Security And The "Zachman Framework"

 

September 2001

Fatal Distractions (Part 2)

 

July 2001

Fatal Distractions (Part 1)

 

May 2001

You Can't "Cost-Justify" Architecture

 

March 2001

Conceptual, Logical, Physical:  It Is Simple  (Part 2 of 2)

 

January 2001

Conceptual, Logical, Physical:  It Is Simple  (Part 1 of 2)

 

September 2000

Building The Enterprise - An Infusion Of Honesty

 

July 2000

All the Reasons Why You Can't Do Architecture or ("We Has Met the Enemy and He Is Us")

 

May 2000

Enterprise Architecture Artifacts vs Application Development Artifacts (Part 2)

 

March 2000

Enterprise Architecture Artifacts vs Application Development Artifacts (Part 1)

 

November/December 1999 & January/February 2000

Enterprise Architecture: Issues, Ingibitors, and Incentives


July/August & September/October 1999

Packages Don't Let You Off The Hook

By John A. Zachman


January/February & March/April 1999

Life Is a Series of Trade-Offs and Change Is Accelerating!


November/December 1998

"Yes Virginia, There IS an Enterprise Architecture"


July/August 1998

Enterprise Architecture:  Looking Back and Looking Ahead


January/February 1998

The Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The 'Zachman Framework') and the Search for the Owner's View of Business Rules

 
 
January 2017
Seven Common Myths About the Zachman Architecture Framework
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


December 2016
Being Business-Friendly About the Life of Business Things
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


November 2016
The Architectural 'Why' of a Business Capability: Concept Models
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


October 2016
The Architectural 'Why' of a Business Capability: Business Mission and Business Goals
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


September 2016
Architectural Scope vs. Project Definition
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


August 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules About Geography
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


July 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules About Organizations
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


June 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Business Models of Milestones or States
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


May 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Concept Models
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


April 2016
Pattern Questions for Harvesting Business Rules from Business Process Models
By Ronald G. Ross with Gladys S.W. Lam


March 2014
Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Steps 5 – 7: The Technical Steps

February 2014
Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Step 4: Develop Scenarios

December 2013
Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Step 3: Analyze and Refine

November 2013
Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Part 3: Structure Business Logic

October 2013
Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Part 2: Interpret from Sources

September 2013
Focus on What Makes Your Business Smart: From Interpretation to Implementation - Part 1: Introduction

February 2013
Estimating the Time Required for Business Rules Harvesting — Part 2: Provide the Estimate

January 2013
Estimating the Time Required for Business Rules Harvesting — Part 1: Ask These 13 Questions

March 2012
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #10: Not Communicating

January 2012
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #9: Not Having a Business Rule Methodology

October 2011
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #8: Not Having the Right Skill Set

August 2011
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #7: Not Having a Well-Defined Scope

June 2011
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #6: Not Having Strong Sponsorship

April 2011
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #5: Not Having the Right Business Infrastructure

February 2011
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #4: Not Managing Business Rules from the Start

January 2011
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules — Mistake #3: Assume Everyone Knows What a Business Rule Is

December 2010
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules Mistake #2: Not Focusing on Terminology

November 2010
Top 10 Mistakes Business Analysts Make When Capturing Rules Mistake #1: Treating Business Rules Initiatives Simply As IT Projects

May 2006
Business Rules vs. Business Requirements

October 2004

Organizing A Pile of Rules

 

June 2004

Family Reunion... Facilitated Session… Having the Right People Doing the Right Things

 

November 2003

Family Reunion ... Facilitated Session -- Same Difference

 

September 2003

A Relationship between Process and Business Rules

 

July 2003

The Hidden Secrets about a Business Rule

 

May 2003

Plainly Speaking: What Is A Rule?

 

May 1998

Business Knowledge ~ Packaged in a Policy Charter Policy Charter as a Deliverable

 
 
November 2016
Logical Data Modeling (Part 8)

July 2016
Logical Data Modeling (Part 7)

March 2016
Logical Data Modeling (Part 6)

October 2015
Logical Data Modeling (Part 5)

July 2015
Logical Data Modeling (Part 4)

January 2015
Logical Data Modeling (Part 3)

October 2014
Logical Data Modeling (Part 2)

May 2014
Logical Data Modeling (Part 1)

December 2013
Ontological Modeling (Part 15)

September 2013
Ontological Modeling (Part 14)

March 2013
Ontological Modeling (Part 13)

November 2012
Ontological Modeling (Part 12)

June 2012
Ontological Modeling (Part 11)

March 2012
Ontological Modeling (Part 10)

December 2011
Ontological Modeling (Part 9)

September 2011
Ontological Modeling (Part 8)

June 2011
Ontological Modeling (Part 7)

February 2011
Ontological Modeling (Part 6)

December 2010
Ontological Modeling (Part 5)

June 2010
Ontological Modeling (Part 4)

March 2010
Ontological Modeling (Part 3)

December 2009
Ontological Modeling (Part 2)

September 2009
Ontological Modeling (Part 1)

April 2009
Temporal Modeling (Part 7)

December 2008
Temporal Modeling (Part 6)

October 2008
Temporal Modeling (Part 5)

April 2008
Temporal Modeling (Part 4)

November 2007
Temporal Modeling (Part 3)

June 2007
Temporal Modeling (Part 2)

February 2007
Temporal Modeling (Part 1)

October 2006
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 16)

June 2006
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 15)

April 2006
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 14)

December 2005
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 13)

October 2005
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 12)

June 2005
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 11)

April 2005
Verbalizing Business Rules (part 10)

December 2004
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 9)

September 2004
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 8)

July 2004
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 7)

April 2004
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 6)

February 2004
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 5)

October 2003
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 4)

August 2003
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 3)

June 2003
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 2)

April 2003
Modeling Concepts: Verbalizing Business Rules (part 1)

December 2002
Modeling Concepts: Setting The Scene

July 2000
Fact Orientation Before Object-Orientation (Part 2): Capturing Constraints With Object Role Modeling

November/December 1999
Fact Orientation Before Object-Orientation (Part 1): The Case for Data Use Cases

 
 
April 2014
Business Decisions, Business Rules, and Business Processes: Oh My!

October 2012
An Introduction to "The Business Process Manifesto"

October 2011
BPM Critical Success Factors: Lessons Learned from Successful BPM Organizations

August 2010
Who Cares About Your Business Processes? (Part 2) 'Stakeholder Analysis in BPM' in General

June 2010
Who Cares About Your Business Processes? (Part 1): My Introduction to Process Thinking

February 2010
Process Project Perspectives: Hope is not a Strategy and Ignorance is Not Bliss

January 2010
Process Project Perspectives: Outsiders and Insiders

October 2009
BPM Points of View

September 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 7): BPM Methodology Fundamentals

August 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 6): BPM as Common Practice

July 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 5): The Internal Perspective

June 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 4): The New Common Sense

May 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 3): Back to the Future

April 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 2): Evolution of a Revolution

February 2008
BPM ~ From Common Sense to Common Practice (Part 1): Process Performance Challenges

December 2006
Having a BPM Maturity Model is Important for Long Lasting BPM Success, by Michael Melenovsky and Jim Sinur

October 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 10)

September 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 9)

August 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 8)

July 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 7)

June 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 6)

May 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 5)

April 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (Part 4)

March 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (part 3)

February 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (part 2)

January 2006
Best Practices of Process Management: The Top Ten Principles (part 1)

September 2005
Business Process Management: An Improved Guidance Creation Process

August 2005
Business Process Management: The Heart of Organizational Capability

July 2005
Effective Business Transformation through Process Management

 
 
August 2016
Do Business Rules Eliminate the Need for Processes?

April 2016
Business Rules in Scrum Projects
A Golden Marriage or a Divorce Battle?


February 2016
Getting a Green Light with Business Rules and Connected Things

July 2015
Being Agile with Rule-based Standard Software

December 2014
Zero, One, or More Testable Requirements

April 2014
What Is the Color of your World?

March 2014
Interview with Rob van Haarst, Author of the Recently-published Book "SBVR Made Easy"

October 2013
Patterns and the Capture of Business Rules

June 2012
Rules that Give You Too Much Freedom

November 2011
Use the Right Tool for your Job

July 2011
Learn from the Expert (Part 3): Get Organized in your Rule Thinking

May 2011
Learn from the Expert (Part 2) — Textual rules: Out of fashion or a Classic?

March 2011
Learn from the Expert (Part 1) — A Business Analyst must ask "Why?"

October 2010
Count your Rules!

July 2010
The Ten Most Common Mistakes Made By Corporate Adopters of Business Rule Management Systems (BRMS) And How to Avoid Them (Part 2)
Guest Column By Jan Purchase


May 2010
The Ten Most Common Mistakes Made By Corporate Adopters of Business Rule Management Systems (BRMS) And How to Avoid Them (Part 1)
Guest Column By Jan Purchase


January 2010
How to Deal with Exceptions in Software Support

December 2009
Exceptions are just 'some more rules'

September 2009
Rule Authoring Is a Creative Process

March 2009
What happened to the B and the M of BRM? ... and how the new notion of business rules documentation got introduced

October 2008
The Liberty of Rules

August 2008
The Inference Task

July 2008
Organizing a Set of Rules

June 2008
Procedural Logic in the Reasoning Process

May 2008
What about Methods in Rules?

April 2008
Different Kinds of Rules and How to Write Them Properly

March 2008
SBVR: Observations from Initial Experiences

January 2008
Rule History and Versioning (Part 3)

December 2007
Rule History and Versioning (Part 2)

November 2007
Rule History and Versioning (Part 1)

September 2007
Flexibility and Business Rules

March 2006
A World Without Rules

November 2005
The Semantic Web and the Business Rules Approach ~ Differences and Consequences

July 2005
The Semantic Web and the Business Rules Approach ~ Differences and Similarities

May 2005
Semantic Web

March 2005
End-user Programming

January 2005
Secret Rules

November 2004
Observations on Business Rules in Europe and the U.S.

 
 
August 2009
The Orange Report ISO TR9007 (1982 – 1987)
Grandparent of the Business Rules Approach and SBVR
Part 5 ~ The Effects of the Orange Report

Special Guest Column by Joost J. van Griethuysen


July 2009
The Orange Report ISO TR9007 (1982 – 1987)
Grandparent of the Business Rules Approach and SBVR
Part 4 ~ Modelling Approaches

Special Guest Column by Joost J. van Griethuysen


June 2009
The Orange Report ISO TR9007 (1982 – 1987)
Grandparent of the Business Rules Approach and SBVR
Part 3 ~ The Basic Facts

Special Guest Column by Joost J. van Griethuysen


May 2009
The Orange Report ISO TR9007 (1982 – 1987)
Grandparent of the Business Rules Approach and SBVR
Part 2 ~ The Seven Very Fundamental Principles

Special Guest Column by Joost J. van Griethuysen


April 2009
The Orange Report ISO TR9007 (1982 – 1987)
Grandparent of the Business Rules Approach and SBVR
Part 1 ~ History of the ISO TC97/SC5/WG3 Working Group

Special Guest Column by Joost J. van Griethuysen


December 2008
Integration Is the Road Ahead

October 2008
SBVR & BPMN as Pillars of Business Engineering

July 2008
SBVR Diagrams: A Response to an Invitation

April 2008
SBVR: N-ary Fact Types and Subtypes — Understandable and Formal

March 2008
Practical Experience with the First Fully-Integrated Bachelor Programme Based on the Knowledge Standard SBVR
Special Guest Column by Huub Gillissen and Harry Habets


February 2008
Hooray, SBVR has arrived!

January 2008
SBVR ~ Ground Facts and Fact Types in First-Order Logic

December 2007
A Process to Specify the Most Important Business Rule in SBVR

November 2007
SBVR: The Common Knowledge Language and The Most Promising Alternative in IT

October 2007
SBVR: Semantics for Business

 
 
December 2016
It's the Conversation, Not the Picture (Part 3)

November 2016
It's the Conversation, Not the Picture (Part 2)

October 2016
It's the Conversation, Not the Picture (Part 1)

September 2016
Documenting Process Made Easy

May 2013
Process Analysis — Additional Techniques

December 2012
Overview of Common Process Analysis Techniques

September 2012
Process Roles — Who are the Process Owners?

July 2012
IGOE — Guides
From Policy to Business Rules


May 2012
IGOE — Link to Decision Criteria

March 2012
A Global Approach to Process Governance

January 2012
What is an IGOE?

September 2011
The Most Cost Effective Process Modeling Techniques

July 2011
Managing Process Project Scope

May 2011
When the Customer Gets Lost in the Rules

March 2011
Six Sigma for Service
Is it Sufficient?


January 2011
Three Critical Success Factors For Making Process Improvement Successful

November 2010
Which is More Important, Process or Rules? (Can They Be Separated?)

September 2010
A Series of Unfortunate 'Process' Events Putting the Pieces Together with Complex Process Events

May 2010
A Series of Unfortunate 'Process' Events Putting the Pieces Together with Complex Process Events

March 2010
The Next Pendulum Swing

November 2009
Is it a Cake or is it Clean? (A Litmus Test for Process)

September 2009
The "Invisible" Process (Where are Your Processes?)

May 2009
'KISS' Process Modeling Technique

January 2009
The KISS Approach to Process

 

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