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August 2015: Volume 16, Issue 8
ISSN: 1538-6325

 

Straight Talk (Part 3)
Business Architecture

By Ronald G. Ross

These days, professionals should be thinking in terms of delivering business solutions, not just delivering IT systems. Fortunately, architectural tools and techniques are sufficiently mature to achieve that vision. In this four-part series Ron Ross talks straight about business rules and the current state of the art. This third part discusses the elements of business architecture needed to move your organization — and your professional toolkit — to a new level of capability.
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Cloud Computing and Enterprise Architecture
By John A. Zachman

"What kind of impact is the rise in Cloud Computing having on Enterprise Architecture?" In this month's column, John Zachman presents his response to that question and counters with a better way to consider the core issue: "Is Cloud Computing a useful technology alternative for implementing our Enterprise (or at least portions of our Enterprise), and how would we affect that implementation to minimize our risk and maximize its utility?"
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The New BPM: Business Outcomes with Governance
By Jim Sinur

In the past, process management almost always assured good governance because all the possible paths were thought out. But now, with the advent of agile BPM and adaptive case management, not all combinations of outcomes can be planned ahead of time. This calls for processes to be equipped with boundaries that make sure governance can be assured. In this month's column Jim Sinur outlines how business rules used as constraints can keep processes from going \"out of bounds."
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Logical Data Modeling (Part 4)
By Dr. Terry Halpin

This is the fourth 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 explained how to declare n-ary predicates and apply simple mandatory role constraints and internal uniqueness constraints to them. In this month's column, Terry Halpin discusses how to declare external uniqueness constraints in LogiQL.
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Being Agile with Rule-based Standard Software
By Drs. Silvie Spreeuwenberg

Is there a place for business rules when using out-of-the-box solutions? In this month's issue of the 'Rule Observatory', Silvie Spreeuwenberg shares her observations on the need for flexibility and agility as a business driver and the future for business rules when using standard software.
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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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Building Business Capability 2014 Decisioning Panel: Decisions from the Business Perspective
Compiled by the editors of BRCommunity.com

Decisions are an important part of business capability. At the 2014 BBC Conference, leading practitioners in the field participated in a panel discussion on Decisions from the Business Perspective. Each of the five panelists began with a brief position statement; this was then followed by questions from the floor on topics such as:

  • What do you recommend for the use of business rules and decisioning to transform a 'silo' organization?

  • How much is 'data' used in coming to an understanding of decisions?

  • Are we using the word 'decision' to mean multiple things?

  • Should we attempt to architect business language?


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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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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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