What are business rules?
- Business rules are derived from organisational policy and statutory regulations. The should serve to ensure regulatory compliance and operational consistency for the organisation
- They affect the running of processes and the relationships between data. They exercise control over changes to the data and its structure
Advantages of well controlled user managed business rules
- Rules remain relevant to the current state of the organisation.
- Less support is needed from IT.
- Business rule descriptions need not be buried in business process descriptions or requirements specifications.
- Gain better understanding of your data by clarifying the business rules that govern their inter-relationships.
Advantages of using automated support for business rules
- Reduced maintenance costs of the rules.
- Easier for the business to review and change rules for business security and business advantage.
- Automated business processes can dynamically refer to the rules in the online repository.
Gaining control of your business rules
- Extract them from inaccessible documents, applications and database code.
- Hold them in their own repository.
- Put them under the control of the business community rather than IT.
- Implement them on automated rules repositories.
- Dynamically integrate your business rules with your business processes for increased business agility.