Business Rules Management and Service Oriented Architecture: A Pattern Language

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A business rules management system (BRMS) is a software tool that works alongside enterprise IT applications. It enables businesses to automate or streamline decision-making processes. Business rules represent those aspects of an enterprise such as policies, procedures or regulations that define or constrain some aspect of a business.

International expert Ian Graham reveals best practice in modern enterprise system development. He clearly demonstrates how to align IT with ...

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Overview

A business rules management system (BRMS) is a software tool that works alongside enterprise IT applications. It enables businesses to automate or streamline decision-making processes. Business rules represent those aspects of an enterprise such as policies, procedures or regulations that define or constrain some aspect of a business.

International expert Ian Graham reveals best practice in modern enterprise system development. He clearly demonstrates how to align IT with business goals. Business Rules Management and Service Oriented Architecture will give you a greater understanding of: The need for service-oriented architecture; How the former depends on component-based development; The technical features of a BRMS; How to create a pattern language for BRMS development. A BRMS could enable your business to reap the rewards of lower maintenance costs, greater business agility, enhanced decision-making and increased revenue. Strengthen your business by deploying this approach.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470027219
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/12/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Preface     xi
Aligning IT with Business     1
Historical Background     3
What are Business Rules?     5
What is Business Rules Management?     8
Why use a Business Rules Management System?     12
The Benefits     13
Summary     14
Bibliographical Notes     15
Service Oriented Architecture and Software Components     17
Service Oriented Architecture and Business Rules     19
Business Drivers, Benefits and Pitfalls     25
Service Implementation using Components     26
Agents and Rules     31
Agent Architecture     33
Applications of Agents     35
Service Oriented Architecture and Web Services     37
Adoption Strategies     46
After SOA     47
Summary     50
Bibliographical Notes     51
Approaches to Business Rules     53
Database-centric Approaches     53
GUIDE and the Business Rules Group     57
Using UML and OCL to Express Rules     57
Business Rules Management Systems and Expert Systems     59
Other Developments     63
Standards, Directions and Trends     65
Summary     68
Bibliographical Notes     68
Business Rules Management Technology and Terminology     71
Rules and Other Forms of Knowledge Representation     71
Rules and Production Systems     74
Knowledge and Inference     76
Semantic Networks     78
Inference in Business Rules Management Systems     79
Forward, Backward and Mixed Chaining Strategies     79
Data Mining and Rule Induction     84
Techniques for Representing Rules     87
Decision Trees and Decision Tables     88
Uncertainty Management     91
Ontology and Epistemology: the Role of Object Modelling in Natural Language Processing     96
Summary     98
Bibliographical Notes     98
Features of Business Rules Management Systems     99
The Components and Technical Features of a BRMS     101
Rules     103
Rule Templates     104
Rule Syntax Checking     104
Procedures and Algorithms     104
Ruleflows     105
Decision Tables and Decision Trees     105
Inference      105
Uncertainty and Explanation     106
BRMS Products     108
Blaze Advisor     111
HaleyRules and HaleyAuthority     117
JRules     123
PegaRULES and Versata     130
A Simple Application     132
The Application in Blaze Advisor     133
The Application in HaleyAuthority     136
The Application in JRules     139
Usability Issues     141
Summary     141
Bibliographical Notes     142
Development Methods     143
Knowledge Acquisition and Analysis     143
System Development     149
Halle's Guidelines     150
Rule Style Guidance     151
Summary     157
Bibliographical Notes     158
A Pattern Language for BRMS Development     159
What are Patterns?     159
Why a Pattern Language?     168
The RulePatterns Language - Part I     169
Patterns for Requirements, Process and Architecture     172
Patterns for Finding, Writing and Organizing Business Rules     192
The RulePatterns Language - Part II     208
Patterns for Knowledge Elicitation      209
Patterns for Product Selection and Application Development     230
Related Patterns and Pattern Languages     234
Arsanjani's Rule Object Patterns     234
KADS Patterns     235
Organizational Patterns     235
Appendices
The Business Rules Manifesto     237
A Simple Method for Evaluating BRMS Products     241
References and Bibliography     259
Index     265
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