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Business Rules Forum Webinar

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A webinar that I did for the Business Rules Forum on the integration of business process management and business rules management, on 24 April 2008.

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Business Rules Forum Webinar

  1. 1. Business Rules and Business Process Management Sandy Kemsley Kemsley Design Ltd. www.column2.com April 24 th , 2008
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Business process management (BPM) defined </li></ul><ul><li>Business rules management (BRM) defined </li></ul><ul><li>BPM + BRM = greater than the sum of the parts </li></ul>
  3. 3. Business Processes <ul><li>Chain of activities producing a business result </li></ul><ul><li>Usually spans functional silos </li></ul><ul><li>Requirement to “manage the white space” between functional groups </li></ul>
  4. 4. BPM Defined <ul><li>A management discipline for improving cross-functional business processes. </li></ul><ul><li>The methods and technology tools used to manage and optimize business processes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s in a BPMS? <ul><li>Process modeler </li></ul><ul><li>Repository </li></ul><ul><li>Execution engine </li></ul><ul><li>System integration (web services) </li></ul><ul><li>Work-in-progress management </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Simulation and optimization </li></ul>
  6. 6. Process Lifecycle Model Automate Monitor Optimize
  7. 7. BPM Goals <ul><li>Efficiency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automating steps and handoffs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrating systems and data sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Achieving and proving standardization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing processes quickly and easily </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See what’s happening in a process </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Business Rules <ul><li>Business policies that define an action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constraint </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implicit in systems and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Explicit in BRMS </li></ul>
  9. 9. BRM Defined <ul><li>Discipline for discovery and management of business rules </li></ul><ul><li>Methodologies and tools used to manage rules </li></ul>
  10. 10. What’s in a BRMS? <ul><li>Rules modeler </li></ul><ul><li>Rules repository </li></ul><ul><li>Execution engine </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Simulation </li></ul>
  11. 11. Doesn’t BPM Have Rules? <ul><li>Typically not full-featured BR: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple Boolean rules for routing decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rules defined for a specific process step </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rule changes may require redeploying processes with IT involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Rule changes may not affect in-flight processes </li></ul>
  12. 12. Separating BPM and BRM <ul><li>Externalize decisions from process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Routing decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set parameters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Call BRMS from BPMS when decision required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard web services call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tight integration by vendors </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Benefits of Separation <ul><li>Full BR functionality: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complex rules can automate many manual processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced rule design: harvesting and simulation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reuse rules across processes and other applications </li></ul><ul><li>Change rules without changing the process </li></ul><ul><li>Rule changes affect in-flight processes </li></ul><ul><li>Business can change rule parameters </li></ul>
  14. 14. Beyond Rules: Decision Management <ul><li>Self-learning decisions within processes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process statistics captured </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics analyzed and fed back to inform business rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business rules modify process behavior </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Summary <ul><li>Externalizing decisions is the key to process agility </li></ul><ul><li>More sophisticated capabilities of BRM allow more process automation </li></ul><ul><li>BPM + BRM turns policies into action </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? Sandy Kemsley Kemsley Design Ltd. www.column2.com

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