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Dave Birchall has a nice list of 10 Reasons to Evaluate InRule Business Rules Engine though personally I don’t think these are limited to InRule but relate to almost all business rules management systems. That said, InRule 3.2 is a nice product for companies focused on .NET. If you like the post, check out my [...]

Syndicated from ebizQ With Drools 5, JBoss and the open source community have delivered a true business rules management system for the first time. Using Drools, organizations can take control of the logic that drives their operational decisions using an open source platform. Some time ago I wrote a little forward for Paul Browne and [...]

A technical introduction to how ILOG’s product complement WebSphere Business Process Management products.  ILOG, of course, has a full-fledged Business Rules Management Systems or BRMS as well as an optimization engine (CPLEX), visualization tools and applications for supply chain management. This session focused on how the ILOG BRMS integrates with and complements the WebSphere BPM [...]

I got an update from the folks at IDIOM recently. The founders say they got started with data modeling in the early 80s and realized this could not deliver model-driven development because the whole process thing did not work. By the 90s they had found an approach that worked as a model-driven approach but the [...]

I got an update on the Oracle Business Rules product recently. Oracle is an interesting company – they have the components of decision management but do not yet have them under a single umbrella. For instance, they have in-database data mining (blogged about here), the Real Time Decisions (RTD) engine, event processing rules and so [...]

Last month Mike Gualtieri and Charles Brett published “Must You Choose Between Business Rules And Complex Event Processing Platforms?” In this they ask and answer a question that has come up a fair bit recently: How can you choose between investing in a business rules platform and a complex event processing (CEP) platform? The answer [...]

In a blog post about Hardcoding Considered Harmful – or is it? Jeff Palermo said Oren Eini boldly makes the assertion that a system is simpler to maintain when configuration is hard-coded in one place within the system. Coupled with an automated testing and deployment process, changing configuration can be just as simple and predictable [...]

First Look Blaze Advisor 6.6

Blaze Advisor 6.6 is an incremental release to Fair Isaac’s business rules management system that has just become available. As Fair Isaac has used the product more extensively as the basis for its decisioning applications its own experience has driven a variety of useful features and this, combined with the Blaze Advisor team’s usual focus [...]

Some time ago I linked to an interesting looking research project and the results are now available – Development and Verification of Rule Based Systems – a Survey of Developers. Valentin did a nice job summarizing the results, comparing them to a previous study of more academic projects and drawing some distinctions between academic and [...]

I thought I would wrap up with some closing thoughts for the week: Lots of discussion of the importance of data – understanding it, integrating it, cleaning it and making the same data available to those reporting on it, doing analytics with it and running operational systems. Interesting times in the rules market with recent [...]

Risk Management at Sun

Risk management is necessary at Sun as new products are constantly being introduced. Each time there are challenges getting information out to people. Also find the same problem repeatedly in different geographies and were challenged to share information about problems and solutions between teams. By 2001 they found over 300 user developed applications supporting risk [...]

Last chance for the EDM Summit

There are only 12 Days Left to register for the first Enterprise Decision Management Summit so get off your butt and register! Neil and I Co-Chairs and readers of the blog can get a discount. We are presenting twice – A Pre-Conference Tutorial Succeeding as a Decision-Centric Organization and a Keynote Competing on Decisions. Because [...]

An old colleague asked me to explain a little about the difference between Complex Event Processing or CEP and decision management. In particular he referenced a recent series of articles by James Kobelius in which the last one (titled Really Happy in Real Time) discussed how “Complex event processing empowers the contact center to manage [...]

Earlier this week I posted Application Development 2.0 in which I addressed what I see as some of the issues with current development practices and tried to explain why I think a declarative, business rules approach is essential. This (and some blog posts around the blogosphere) made me think about the mismatch I see when [...]

My friend Steve has been using the ILOG Rules for .NET product (which you can now download for an extended trial as I discussed here) and has written a nice little review of it – Lab test: ILOG Rules for .Net meshes well with Microsoft. There’s a lot to like in the .Net version of [...]

Application Development 2.0

Ann All had a post on Agile development brings IT, business together that had the great phrase “application development 2.0”. In the article she mentioned some very worthy objectives for this 2.0 version of application development. Here they are, paraphrased slightly. Encourage close collaboration between developers and end users Involve users in quality assurance processes [...]

I got a chance to speak with ILOG today and do some thinking so it’s time to write more about the IBM and ILOG announcement. As it is an acquisition of one publicly traded company by another neither company can legally say very much. As a result I, like everyone else, have a bunch of [...]

Just heard that ILOG is going to be acquired by IBM! I don’t have any more detail yet but hopefully the folks at ILOG and IBM will brief me sometime soon…..

First Look – ioSemantics

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I am a firm believer in getting the technology for decision management into the hands of those who might use it – I often feel that people just don’t understand what’s possible. The folks over at ILOG have been offering a 6 month JRules trial since last fall. This full version has everything but the [...]