By Ronald G. RossCo-Founder & Principal, Business Rule Solutions, LLC , Executive Editor, Business Rules Journal , and Co-Chair, Building Business Capability (BBC)
An exciting new idea is emerging in the industry. I am not sure whether the idea has its roots in Business Process Re-Engineering (BPR), or in traditional database circles. More likely, its origin lies at the intersection of the two — with that small, but potent, new group of professionals now focused on business rules. I discussed the idea most recently with Wanda Michaels of Kogawa Consulting.
The idea is based on the observation that the dollar-and-cents savings that result from successful BPR projects usually have more to do with rethinking business rules, than with re-doing workflow (i.e., business “process”) per se. Actually, this should not come as a surprise. Since business rules are more basic to the company than workflow or business “process,” the leverage they offer naturally should be greater.
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