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Scary Estimate about the Correctness of Business Rules in Legacy Systems … Are Yours Better or Worse? Do You Even Know?

A business analyst at a major insurance company recently said this: “When we looked hard at business rules currently implemented in existing systems, we found at least 30% were flatly wrong. That’s a very conservative estimate: the actual figure was probably much higher.” How does that estimate compare to yours? Have you ever done an assessment? I’d like to hear about it. The replies can be anonymous … like this one … DM me or use LinkedIn. By the way, the business analyst went on to say, “ IT told us they couldn’t solve the problem because it was a business issue not a software issue. And they were absolutely right about that.” Yes indeed they were. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Text excerpted from our new book (Oct, 2011) Building Business Solutions: Business Analysis with Business Rules. See:  http://www.brsolutions.com/b_building_business_solutions.php  

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Ronald G. Ross

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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    CISO in the City


    It’s worse than that. Business rules are only one casualty, another are rules related to regulated data. Example regulations are DPA, PII, PCI DSS, HIPPA, ITAR etc.

    Regulatory rules exist independently of business rules.

    Financial products innovate so fast, inevitably IT implementations are rushed into production or lack hard requirements resulting in low quality deliverables.

    The incentives that perpetuate this mess are a whole other topic, but in essence the short term gain outweighs the short-term exposures.

    Regulated data should be treated like toxic waste – handled carefully, stored correctly, and in as small a quantity as possible, but it rarely is.

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