Business Rule Model

by Ivan C

Business Process Management(BPM) is the collection of tools and methods to improve corporate processes. To design and implement this process the organization’s rules and regulations must be established. Business Rules Management or BRM is responsible for identifying, defining, and managing the constraints in a business. Rule modeling languages used by BRM widely rely on facts, descriptions, conditions, and constraints while process moldeling languages show a  procedural sequence of activities. “A business rule is a statement that aims to influence or guide behavior and information in an organizaion.(Muehlen & Indulska, 2009)” There are many types of business rules that affect how data is used. They include integrity rules, derivation rules, reaction rules, production rules, and transformation rules. Integrity rules describes the relationsip between entities such as 1-1 relationship. With a derivation rule conclusions can be established. For example, a dervation rule can be card members receive free admission on sundays. John Doe is a card member so has free admission on Sundays.Reaction rules are applied when specific actions trigger other actions. This rule is also known as a post-condition. Similar to a reaction rule is a production rule. A production rule acts the same in which it has a condition but if that condition is met there is nofurther evaluation. Transformation rules puts contraints on how objects change state. For example, “an employee’s age can change from 30 to 31, but not from 31 to 30″(Muehlen & Indulska, 2009). Rule modeling languages have been integrated into many businesses to represent business operations and constraints. But corporations have moved to to having both a rule a process modeling language. The process modeling language was used first by companies. It is the ordered set of activities that produce a result of value to the customer. These models focus on representing step by step activities that are required to for each activity to take place. Since the rule modeling concept appeared it was suggested that both the business process and rule modeling techniques should be combined. Doing so, the business process management’s weaknesses would be covered by the BRM.
Overall this article is relelvant in which it defines and points aspects of business rules management. It described both Business Process Management and Business Rule
Management in depth with good explainations. The article pointed out where these models are most succesful and where they are weak. From this article I was able to learn
the different types of rules that could be used in a business. Also I was able to learn the constraints that a typical business goes through on any day. I enjoyed that
this article explained its topic well and it was not hard to understand most of it. This article also provided diagrams to help show what the writer was explaining. some research was done for this article which made the material more credible. I was able to learn the way a business deals and controls its processes.

Works Cited

Muehlen, M., & Indulska, M. (2009). Modeling Languages For Business Processes and Business Rules: A Representational Analysis. SciVerse , 5. Retrieved on October 5, 2011 from