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Business Rules Applied: Building Better Systems Using the Business Rules Approach

ISBN: 978-0-471-41293-9
592 pages
October 2001
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From a bestselling author and expert--a soon-to-be classic on application development
Representing a significant change of focus in software engineering, the business rule approach to application development benefits all decision makers. Managers looking to take advantage of new opportunities will turn to business rules to implement change. IT has already learned the benefits of separating data by processing and managing data as an independent component of systems. A rules-extended development approach does exactly the same thing for business rules: by reducing the amount of code that needs to be written, it shortens the time necessary to implement change. Bestselling author Barbara von Halle (The Handbook of Relational Database Design from Addison Wesley) presents the first book to show in practical, real-world terms how to build applications using business rule concepts and techniques. This authoritative guide will give readers:
o Complete guidance for system designers and database managers
o The motivation for using the business rule approach
o Techniques for discovering and managing rules
o Guidance on how to conduct rule analysis
o Steps for designing the implementation options of the rules, as well as designing workflow and database components
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Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

About the Authors.

PART ONE: BUSINESS RULE BASICS.

The Need for a Business Rules Approach.

Business Rule Concepts.

Introduction to Business Rule Methodology.

PART TWO: GETTING STARTED ON A BUSINESS RULES PROJECT.

Scoping for Success.

Project Planning with Business Rules.

PART THREE: DISCOVERY.

Discovering Initial Requirements.

Discovering Rules and Data.

Discovering Rules through Facilitated Sessions.

PART FOUR: ANALYSIS.

Analyzing Data 249

Analyzing Rules.

Analyzing Process.

PART FIVE: DESIGN.

Designing for a Business Rules Approach.

Implementing Business Rule Systems Using Data-Change-Oriented Rules Products.

Implementing Business Rule Systems Using Service-Oriented Products.

Rule Management.

To Think About.

References.

Index.
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BARBARA VON HALLE is founder of Knowledge Partners Inc., a company that consults in data architecture and business rule services. She is a leading journalist in the business rule area, and she covered business rule concepts in a column in DBPD magazine for several years. She also contributed to The Data to Knowledge Newsletter, a publication dedicated to business rules.
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"From a best selling author and expert-a soon-to-be classic on application development, representing a significant change of focus in software engineering, the business rule approach to application development benefits all decision makers." (Compbookreview.com, 11/01)
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