About the Author
Ronald G. Ross
Ron is recognized internationally as the "father of business rules." He is the author of ten professional books including the groundbreaking first book on business rules The Business Rule Book in 1994. His newest are:
- Business Rule Concepts: Getting to the Point of Knowledge (4th edition, 2013)
- Building Business Solutions: Business Analysis with Business Rules with Gladys S.W. Lam (2011, An IIBA® Sponsored Handbook).
Ron serves as Executive Editor of BRCommunity.com and its flagship publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences world-wide. More than 50,000 people have heard him speak; many more have attended his seminars and read his books.
Ron has served as Chair of the annual International Business Rules & Decisions Forum conference since 1997., now part of the Building Business Capability (BBC) conference. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group (BRG) in the 1980s, and an editor of its Business Motivation Model (BMM) standard and the Business Rules Manifesto. He is active in OMG standards development, with core involvement in SBVR.
Ron holds a BA from Rice University and an MS in information science from Illinois Institute of Technology. For more information about Mr. Ross, visit www.RonRoss.info, which hosts his blog. Tweets: @Ronald_G_RossClick to Order Now!
Business Rule Concepts:
Getting to the Point of Knowledge (4th Edition)
By Ronald G. Ross
Format: 162 pages / Paperback
Publisher: Business Rule Solutions, LLC (April 2013)
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Here's What Readers Are Saying About Business Rule Concepts: Getting to the Point of Knowledge
" ... a handy introduction to business rules where it really matters, in the business side of the enterprise. I read the book from two perspectives - as an old-stager in the IT domain and viewing it as a text to recommend, from enterprise architects to business decision-makers. The first pass left me spluttering, 'well, how would this work in practice???' at a number of points. On the second read I was nodding in agreement throughout at the exposition of why expressing Business Rules formally is a good thing."
~ David French, Decision Support Services Limited
"... excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed it ... a wonderful introduction to business rules."
~ Gary Summers
"I profoundly admire Ron's work."
~ Antonio Catala
"I just received and read the 3rd Edition of the Business Rule Concepts. Congratulations and thanks to Ron for continuing to move the discipline forward. I will be enthusiastically recommending this edition to my entire team. Many concerns and questions were answered with this new edition ..."
~ Robert Dizinno
"This book is not only for business analysts, but also for IT professionals! If you want to build more business-friendly systems, read this book!"
~ Gene Weng
"Very insightful. Separating rules out by classification makes complete sense to me. The most important item I perceived ... was the worst practice of having diamonds in your business process definition ... ... a MUST read for anyone before they consider a business rule mining / documentation process. Chapter 7 in particular is imperative before entering a business rule project. At first it goes against the categorization that has been taught to programmers and analysts. 'If then' conditions do come into play but must be considered in the proper context. After you think about these concepts it makes business rules more understandable and presentable to non-programmers -- especially management. This enables the company to move forward in a constructive exercise rather than one that stops and starts due to re-examination of what it's trying to achieve. Good book!"
~ J. Randall Brown
"We've been applying the concepts of a business rules approach for well over five years and consider the principles shared in this book a strategic advantage to us in the market place. This is the must-have handbook for those who truly want to bridge the communication gap between customers, business and IT. It should be standard reference book on every business analyst's and architect's desk. I recommended this book for those who are serious about reducing the cost of IT systems and returning value to the business.
I like the new concept of flash point as an event. The Point of Architecture (POK) architecture discussion is excellent. This is one of the cornerstones of our architecture. This one concept should be a foundation block in all SOA implementations. It's where ROI becomes logarithmic. I would add that smart architectures use the business rules as a POK at runtime.
This is Ron's best work yet. Extremely clear and very pragmatic. The summaries are excellent and can be used to quickly get other up to speed on why a business needs to use the business rules approach. Congratulations on a great job!"
~ Mark Myers
"My congratulations on the new edition. ... The analogy to anatomy to a brilliant stroke. There is always a challenge in engaging the uninitiated in conversations about things like business rules. This approach makes a great underlying concept to make the ideas relevant and understandable. Well done."
~ Michael Lachapelle
"I'm a novice, but the book was very easy to read and understand because of the quality presentation and the clarity of text."
~ Avril Lucas