New Business Rules for IT

Michael Vizard

As more IT organizations look for ways to isolate business processes from the underlying IT infrastructure, interest in rules-based engines is starting to grow. A rule-based engine allows IT organizations to essentially separate business logic from the application. Rather than coding that logic into the application, a rule engine looks at a series of statements that make up the overall business process. The engine then takes responsibility for executing that logic in a way that requires no actual programming.


For example, Corticon this week released version 5.0 of its namesake rules engine, which can now support millions of transactions, all of which can be configured using a spreadsheet-like modeling tool that just about any competent business analyst could master.


Corticon CTO Pedram Abrari says this approach not only makes it easier to manage business logic in isolation from the rest of the application, it also makes it a whole lot easier to change the business logic without having to get into the internal programming of any given application.

In fact, Abrari goes so far as to say you could think of Corticon as an example of a fifth-generation programming language in that it abstracts much of the programming that is required by automating the generation of executable code.

Businesses everywhere are craving more flexible approaches to enterprise IT, which they widely perceive to be holding back business innovation because of how long it takes to make an actual change to any given application. Given that requirement, the time has probably come to reconsider how we build those applications in the first place.

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Apr 7, 2011 10:42 AM JamesTaylor JamesTaylor  says:

I recently reviewed Corticon 5 and it is indeed a great tool for driving business/IT collaboration and business agility. The role of a business rules management system in managing business logic and supporting the development of coherent Decision Service is a powerful one. And these Decision Services are ideal vehicles for deploying advanced analytics like predictive analytic models.

James Taylor

CEO, Decision Management Solutions

Dec 17, 2011 2:36 AM Mark Fraser Mark Fraser  says:

While a business rule may be informal or even unwritten, writing the rules down clearly and making sure that they don't conflict is a valuable activity. When carefully managed, rules can be used to help the organization to better achieve goals, remove obstacles to market growth, reduce costly mistakes, improve communication, comply with legal requirements, and increase customer loyalty.


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