By Ronald G. Ross

Background …

The Business Rule Approach represents a major paradigm shift in business system design and development. Employing a business driven approach, the use of business rules has been proven to enhance the effectiveness, flexibility, and efficiency of business systems. The technology is appropriate for any kind of organization, and is especially well suited for development in the rapidly expanding Web services industry.

Written by the world’s leading expert in business rules application and architecture, Principles of the Business Rule Approach is appropriate for both business and IT professionals. It serves as a concise introduction and tutorial, presenting understandable explanations and practical techniques.

Topics covered include:

  • How the Business Rule Approach is changing the face of business and opening new areas of opportunity
  • Achieving real-time compliance, near-zero latency, and mass customization
  • The direct impact of business rules on IT projects
  • Classifying business rules
  • Organizing business logic and business vocabularies
  • Business rule methodology
  • RuleSpeak® — Experience-based best practices for communicating rules effectively
  • An in-depth look at fact models
  • Theoretical foundations, including formal constraints and predicates

Numerous appendixes address specific topics in business rule technology, such as the Pattern-R approach and notation, evaluating the truth value of a rule, IF…THEN syntax, and more. Knowledge of the emerging Business Rule Approach is critical for all who are at the leading edge of business system development. Principles of the Business Rule Approach is the authoritative guide and an essential resource.

Ronald G. Ross is Co-Founder and Principal of Business Rule Solutions, LLC, a firm that provides workshops, consulting services, and publications centered on business analysis and rules. He co-developed the Proteus methodology, including the popular RuleSpeak®. He also serves as Executive Editor of and is a regular columnist for the internationally acclaimed Business Rules Journal hosted there.

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