Basics for Business Architecture: #2 – Business Processes & Business RulesProfessionals should always focus on business solutions first, then and only then on designing systems. Not just lip service, I mean applying the power techniques of true business architecture. The first of these techniques is structured business strategy. See: http://www.brsolutions.com/2015/05/31/basics-for-business-architecture-1-structured-business-strategy/. The second technique is business processes and business rules. Effective business solutions require architecting both the following:
- What is done to create value-add (business processes).
- What ensures value-add is created correctly (business rules).
- Business processes and business rules are different. They serve very different purposes: A business process is about doing the right things; business rules are about doing things right.
- There is no conflict whatsoever between business rules and business processes. In fact, they are highly complementary. Each makes the other better. If they don’t fit hand-in-glove, somebody is simply doing something wrong.
- You need both. Neither can substitute for the other. Period.
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