I’m just back from the BBC2012 conference in Ft. Lauderdale (close to 1,000 attendees – in spite of Hurricane Sandy!). One of the side topics of discussion was whether university students are getting the right kind of education to innovate and lead in a knowledge economy. I don’t know the answer – probably not. I’m posting this as an open question … in hope of spurring meaningful discussion. All thoughts welcome!As a starter, what do I think students need to learn about? Among other areas I’d say business architecture / business engineering. Our focus is on developing what makes business operations ‘smart’ – business rules and decision management – operational business IP. For that you need deep skills in concept analysis, plus precision in communication.
Ron Ross, Principal and Co-Founder of Business Rules Solutions, LLC, is internationally acknowledged as the “father of business rules.” Recognizing early on the importance of independently managed business rules for business operations and architecture, he has pioneered innovative techniques and standards since the mid-1980s. He wrote the industry’s first book on business rules in 1994.
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