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July 2015: Volume 16, Issue 7
ISSN: 1538-6325

 

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

By Ronald G. Ross

For the past 20 years, the IT mainstream has always been headed somewhere other than business rules. These days it's the cloud, mobile computing, big data, and more. As good as those things might prove they won't bring your company better operational business solutions. Why? Because true solutions can never be any better than the basic business logic you follow. There is good news in the field of business rules. In the second part of this four-part series Ron Ross discusses the steady progress in ideas, tools, and techniques that has taken place over the past two decades. These ideas, tools, and techniques allow you to move your organization to a new level of business capability — as soon as you're ready for the journey.
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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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The Zachman Framework Evolution (Part 2)
Special Guest: By John P. Zachman

The Zachman Framework™ has evolved over time and has a rich history in the space we call ”Enterprise Architecture.” While the fundamental concepts have not changed at all, refinements to its graphical representation, in addition to more precise language, embody The Framework's history and what you see today. Last month we began a trip down its historical evolution, from its beginnings in 1984 through 2004. This month, John P. Zachman completes the journey through Framework history, covering the years from 2011 to the current day.
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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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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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Putting Process at the Centre of Business Management (Part 2)
By Roger Tregear

We traditionally manage organisations via the template laid out by the organisation chart. Yet not one of the entities shown on any organisation chart can, by itself, deliver value to an external customer. The reality is that we create, accumulate, and deliver value by collaboration across the organisation chart. We manage resources vertically using the organisation chart. We create and deliver value horizontally across the organisation, and the key management artefact should be the business process architecture. This month, concluding his two-part article, Roger Tregear describes the last four of seven elements that enable putting process at the centre of cross-organizational business management.
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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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