Combining Different Business Rules Technologies: A Rationalization

6 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2001  

Benjamin Grosof

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Isabelle Rouvellou

IBM Corporation - Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Lou Degenaro

IBM Corporation - Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Hoi Y. Chan

IBM Corporation - Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Kevin Rasmus

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dave Ehnebuske

IBM Corporation - Software Solutions

Barbara McKee

IBM Corporation - Software Solutions

Date Written: October 2001

Abstract

This paper discusses the very early stages of a project being conducted at IBM research to explore how different rule technologies might be combined or enhanced to offer powerful business solutions. People apply many meanings to the term "business rules." In its simplest form, a business rule is any statement that can be put in the form of "if then". Business rules can be implemented in a computer program by programming if-then statements in-line.

This is very efficient performance-wise, but you have to know exactly what rules need to be place where. If the rules change at a later time, there can be high costs of maintenance. This approach also lends toward inconsistency because people create or change rules without a full understanding of all of the rules or how they might interact

Suggested Citation

Grosof, Benjamin and Rouvellou, Isabelle and Degenaro, Lou and Chan, Hoi Y. and Rasmus, Kevin and Ehnebuske, Dave and McKee, Barbara, Combining Different Business Rules Technologies: A Rationalization (October 2001). MIT Sloan Working Paper No. 4190-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=290120 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.290120

Benjamin Grosof (Contact Author)

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Isabelle Rouvellou

IBM Corporation - Thomas J. Watson Research Center ( email )

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Lou Degenaro

IBM Corporation - Thomas J. Watson Research Center ( email )

Route 134
Kitchawan Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
United States

Hoi Y. Chan

IBM Corporation - Thomas J. Watson Research Center ( email )

Route 134
Kitchawan Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
United States

Kevin Rasmus

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dave Ehnebuske

IBM Corporation - Software Solutions ( email )

1133 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604
United States

Barbara McKee

IBM Corporation - Software Solutions ( email )

1133 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10604
United States

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