Decisions with Mitigation Criteria

The Decision Management Community (http://DMCommunity.org) published an interesting Challenge in Oct-2014. It deals with a quite typical problem when some business rules may be mitigated by other rules.  Here is an OpenRules-based solution that follows the DMN guidelines. The main idea is to use multi-hit decision tables when more specific rules (mitigations) may override more generic rules. Continue reading

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A Little Story From OpenRules Trenches

I’d like to share a little story from our recent consulting experience. Being in the midst of helping our client to deliver a large OpenRules-based banking system, we received an urgent request. The problem should be familiar to many businesses who deal with NAICS (the North American Industry Classification System). Continue reading

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OpenRules at 2014 Fall Conferences

This fall as usual OpenRules will participate in two major Business Rules and Decision Management events: DecisionCAMP-2014 and BBC-2014. DecisionCAMP is much smaller but more technical to compare with BBC that is now mainly oriented to business analysts.  Continue reading

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OpenRules Test Harness

A new OpenRules Release 6.3.1 enhances its Test Harness with automatic comparison of expected and actual decision execution results. Continue reading

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Learning Business Rules from Data at RuleML-2014

This year RuleML-2014 will be held in Prague on Aug 18-20. For the first time it will include a special track called “Learning Business Rules from Data”.  As a member of the organizing committee, I posted the proper announcement here. It promises to become a very interesting event when the decision management practitioners meet their academic partners. Continue reading

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OpenRules Sandbox

To simplify an evaluation of the OpenRules BDMS we’ve created an OpenRules Sandbox – see http://openrules.com/sandbox.htm.  So, you do not have to download or install any software to be able to run your own decision models. Continue reading

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Can a Decision Model Define Uniqueness of Objects inside a Collection?

This question was asked by Antonio Plais – see the LinkedIn discussion. Several practical variations of this question were mentioned: 1) Define if the same product appears more than once in the same sales order; 2) determine the uniqueness of records in a file to be loaded into a Data Warehouse.  Obviously, the question deals with business rules defined on collections of objects – not the most popular topic among decision modelers. Continue reading

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