Pushing the Envelope : 2012
Daniel Selman 2700022VQ3 Visits (4095)
Business rules has proved itself to be a key enabler of the agile enterprise. One of our major challenges for 2012 is how to best expose business rules (which often implement decisions) to a range of IT and business systems in an efficient, intuitive and safe manner. Decisions do not operate in a silo, they are often triggered by events or processes, make use of data managed by Master Data Management and may kick off processes or fire events. Making good decisions sometimes means referring to past outcomes, expressed as predictive models.
Simultaneously I am seeing an explosion in the number of rules (Big Rules) as well as the size of the simulation datasets (Big Data). 5 years ago a customer with 10K rules was pushing the envelope. Today we have customers requiring 5M rules and running simulations against 400M records. Many of the use cases for extreme numbers of rules are driven by requirements for mass
The good news however is that we have already made significant progress!
In fact, every week I get inquiries from customers and product teams who are integrating business rules into their solutions: Master Data Management, Smarter Cities, Smarter Government, Adaptive Case Management, Health, Stream processing... the possibilities and opportunities are enormous!