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James Taylor's Decision Management

James Taylor

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Interesting article by Larry Goldberg on A SOA-based Business Rules Approach: Decision Services today. I am increasingly of the opinion that Decision Services, and not business rules, are the essential component. I the same way that a BPMS uses tasks to build a business process, I think we need to think about using rules to build a business decision. A couple of related posts:

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In yesterday’s article we compared use cases and UML statecharts as tools for discovering business rules. James Taylor asked a question about how we would document those rules, and then followed up my comment response with an article about busine... Read More

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Hi James,

I see why you think Decision Services are important. But, I find myself disagreeing when you discount Business Rules in favor of Decision Services.

A Decision Service, as you have been describing it is a reusable ,deployable unit to be used as part of a business process. And I would like to think of it as an higher order architectural artifact.

If you take the example of a Decision Service, like a Product Pricing Service, the interface is fairly constant, but it is the business rules that define behavior.

And not emphasizing on the business rules might indicate that these business rules need not be externalized and managed? I am sure that is not what you intended to say in your post.

James Taylor blogs about decision-management technologies such as predictive analytics and business rules, discussing how they deliver agility, improve business processes and bring intelligent automation to SOA.

James Taylor

James Taylor blogs on decision management for ebizQ, and is an independent consultant on decision management, predictive analytics, business rules, and related topics.

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