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November 2014: Volume 15, Issue 11
ISSN: 1538-6325


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

By Ronald G. Ross

The two fundamental kinds of business rules relevant to business analysis are 'definitional rule' and 'behavioral rule'. These two kinds of rule come from OMG's SBVR (Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules) standard. They have very precise meanings based on formal logic. In this month's column, Ron Ross provides some background about that — more than business analysts really need to know to apply them successfully, but good-to-know nonetheless. At the end of the discussion he gives pragmatic definitions
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Internet Of Things and Process Yields Big Dividends
By Jim Sinur

Combining the Internet of Things (IoT) with process will be a big deal throughout the next five years or more. Jim Sinur has already seen the benefit of the combination of the two of these, even in early days, as illustrated by two case studies he highlights. This month Jim outlines three basic interactions the IoT has with process
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Logical Data Modeling (Part 2)
By Dr. Terry Halpin

This is the second 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 provided a brief overview of deductive databases, and illustrated how simple data models may be declared and queried. This month, Terry Halpin discusses some additional basic aspects of LogiQL, focusing on how to declare inverse predicates, simple mandatory role constraints, and internal uniqueness constraints on binary fact types.
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What Is the Color of your World?
By Drs. Silvie Spreeuwenberg

We call these days 'the dark days'. Where I live, the days are short and cold at this time of the year. But now the shortest day of the year is behind us and I look forward to the light days. The sun that wakens me will energize me and give me a feeling of freedom and opportunities. I believe that feeling is the origin of what SBVR terms 'the light world assumption' — everything is permitted except where explicitly prohibited by some rule. Contrast that to a dark world assumption, where everything is forbidden unless explicitly permitted. In this month's Rule Observatory, Silvie Spreeuwenberg shares her observations on 'light world' vs. 'dark world', outlining the main differences and summarizing the benefits of choosing the right color of your world.
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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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John Zachman's Concise Definition of The Zachman Framework
By John A. Zachman

The "Zachman Framework" is quite popular, and (not uncommon for something that has been used and explained for over two decades) some of the evolved descriptions have drifted from being true to intended meaning. Is The Framework a metamodel? (Yes.) Is The Framework a methodology? (No!) In this month's column, John Zachman provides his concise definition of just what The Zachman Framework is (and is not).
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OMG's ‘Mind Your Business’ Event Highlights SBVR at Work
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. Terminology is becoming recognized as a valuable business asset, directly supporting business governance — authoring business policies, defining products and services, specifying contracts, interpreting regulations, and defining compliance action. In December, the OMG will be hosting a one-day event “Mind Your Business.” Central to the approach discussed is a formal business dictionary, built with the OMG’s Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR). It can then be used to develop constraints and obligations, such as business policies, contract terms and conditions, and regulatory compliance.
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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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Writing Natural Language Rule Statements — a Systematic Approach Part 27: Terms and Determiners
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 article he looked at some of the syntactic components that may be found in rule statements of all types, namely prepositional phrases and qualifying clauses. This month Graham looks at two other common syntactic components, namely terms and determiners.
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Common Mistakes in Developing Solutions Using Business Rules
By Senthil Parameswaran

When working with business users on a rules project, every step has the potential to uncover business rules. To achieve success it is very important to work closely with the users so that the focus is on understanding basic concepts rather than focusing on specific product features. Without such an understanding there tends to be confusion in selecting the right tools to solve a particular problem. This month, Senthil Parameswaran shares some of the common mistakes he has observed in projects that implement business rule solutions.
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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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