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James Taylor's Decision Management

James Taylor

Composite applications, business processes and decisions

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After yesterday's post I guess I was bound to immediately find another reason to blog about decision management in the context of business process management (BPM) and composite applications. Sure enough an article on InfoQ caught my eye - BPM + SOA as a Composite Application Model is Gaining Mindshare. The article had some useful links and a nice summary of the way in which process-centric composite applications, assembled from existing and new services, can be developed using business process management tools. There were three comments that really caught my eye:

  • "It has long been recognized that traditional application models are not geared towards changing business processes easily"
    Nor do they allow decisions to be changed easily and real agility requires both process and decision agility.
  • "In a J2EE or .Net programming model, processes are hard coded. Charles Simonyi compares this type of coding to an "encryption" process"
    I love this idea - coding as an encryption process! I blogged about not developing write-only code once before and had a comment about Charles previously too.
  • "critical pieces of the business process context ... are captured in notes or spreadsheets at best"
    And decision logic is probably not captured at all!

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thank you for your comments. I am currently reading your book on Enterprise Decision Management. This was definitely an eye opener. Framing it with the monikor EDM is certainly going to be very helpful to raise awareness of the importance of the rules in BPM and SOA.

I am currently working on an abstract SOA framework called wsper (http://www.wsper.org/primer.html) and I am looking at how to incorporate EDM in the application model. You are welcome to help too.


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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