Elements of Business Rule Management: Rule Repository

November 30, 2012

Rules not only need to be created but also need to be managed. The management of business rules answers questions like these:

  • When was it changed?
  • Who changed it?
  • Why was it changed?
  • What did it look like at any point of its history?
  • What state is the rule in?
  • Can I checkout and test the next version of the rule?

The Decisions platform includes an integrated rule repository where business rules can be:

  • Checked out
  • Versioned
  • Managed by release state (production, hotfix, development, qa)
  • Reverted to prior versions
  • etc

The rule repository is critical as it forms the ‘database’ of rules, in all versions. Without a comprehensive repository its impossible to track the progression of rules or look back at the what the logic/processes were at any given stage.

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Carl Hewitt
Prior to starting Decisions in 2009, Carl began in mid 90′s as an innovator in object oriented programming for business. He started his first technology company in 1998 (oop.com) which developed a graphical configuration technology and rules engine. The company was sold to NetDecisions, a global technology company and private equity fund in 2001. As the CTO over technology ventures at NetDecisions, Carl also organized and created Fluency, a voice recognition technology based on the oop.com platform. In 2003, recognizing the potential of workflow in conjunction with other configuration technologies, Carl formed Transparent Logic. Using a .net based platform, Transparent Logic delivered a fully graphical platform for creating workflows, rules and form building suite. Transparent Logic was sold to Altiris/Symantec in January 2008. At Symantec, Carl was the Senior Director in charge of R&D for the workflow team. During his time at Symantec, he created the next generation Symantec Service Desk, based on the workflow technology.

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