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Follow the links below to learn about documenting and managing business rules, and about designing and architecting rulebases. These topics are for subject matter experts (SMEs), business rule analysts, rule harvesters, rulebase architects, and knowledge engineers.

5 minute Business Briefings

BIZRULES® VISION™ methodology
Enterprise Rules Architecture
Critical Knowledge
Common Knowledge
Macro Decisions (Million Dollar Decisions)
Micro Decisions (A Million Little Decisions)
Strategy Rules
10 Rules for Rules
Business Rule Management
So many rules, where do they belong?
When are we done rule harvesting?
How do we know we're not missing any rules?
Where do we start?
Discovering & Defining Business Rules
What questions do we ask Domain Experts to extract their critical knowledge?
Documenting Business Rules
Managing Business Rules
Simplifying Business Rules
Rule Harvesting (RH)
Knowledge Acquisition (KA)
Knowledge Representation (KR)
Knowledge Engineering (KE)

"Anyone can take something simple and make it sound complex. It is much more challenging to take something truly complex and make it look simple."

Rolando Hernandez, Founder & CEO, BIZRULES



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What is it?

BIZRULES® VISION™ is a business rules methodology for building rule-based and knowledge-based solutions.

This proven and repeatable methodology helps us reduce system development time and deliver quality business rule engine (BRE), business rule management system (BRMS), business process management system (BPMS), and expert system (ES) solutions faster.

Three of the Fortune 10 and large government agencies like the IRS use the BIZRULES® VISION™ Methodology to document, redesign, and automate their business rules and critical knowledge.

What does it include?

Our proprietary methodology includes tools, templates and techniques for defining, modeling, automating, and managing rules, processes, and enterprise knowledge. It also includes best practices, frameworks, and methods for designing and building rule-based and knowledge-based system.

The methodology is platform neutral so it supports all the leading Business Rule Engines. The methodology works across industries and functional areas, and it supports small to large enterprise applications.


What are the six key steps?

There are 6 tasks, or phases, from visioning and planning to deployment. Major activities are listed above each task. Major deliverables are listed below each task. Rule outputs and knowledge outputs are listed below Task 6.

The six key tasks in the methodology are:

  • Task 1 - Visioning, Scoping, and Project Planning
  • Task 2 - Discovery and Definition
  • Task 3 - Rule Harvesting
  • Task 4 - Knowledge Engineering
  • Task 5 - Construction
  • Task 6 - Deployment and Change Management

The first four tasks apply to both rule-based and knowledge-based systems: defining the business rules, expert knowledge, and system requirements.

Tasks 5 and 6 vary depending on whether you want to build a rule-based or knowledge-based solution:

  • If you want a rule-based solution, we will use a business rule management system (BRMS), business rule engine (BRE), or business process management system (BPMS) to build your system.
  • If you want a knowledge-based solution, we will use an expert system (ES) to build your system.

These six tasks are the key steps in the BIZRULES® Turnkey Solution. They are also the six Statement of Work (SOW) Tasks that clients can purchase individually or in a package from BIZRULES.

What makes the VISION™ Methodology unique and better?

Our unique advantage is our proprietary visual methodology that takes the complexity out of any domain that is very difficult to understand, such as your enterprise business rules and processes, and makes it look easy.

The BIZRULES® VISION™ Methodology, which is based on knowledge engineering and enterprise architecture, enables experts to visualize rules and processes so they are finally easy to understand and verify.

The real power here is our visual models: Our BIZRULES® RuleMap™ models and business process diagrams are easily understood by business people and SMEs. Plus, these diagrams are also easily understood by developers here and offshore. Many of the rulebooks that BIZRULES has created using this methodology were coded successfully without having to go back to the SMEs for clarification.

Contact us or call 972-987-1685 for more information about these steps or about BIZRULES® VISION™ Methodology consulting services.


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