The Swiss Federal Office for Information Technology (BIT) redeployed their BRMS on IBM WebSphere JRules BRMS and enhanced their e-dec process.
In 2011, BIT updated their BRMS to IBM WebSphere JRules BRMS. Now, all business rules are stored in a central repository. Various rule editors allow developers and customs professionals to jointly create new rules or adapt existing ones. These rules are then tested and released for deployment to the production environment. Thus, in a short period of time changes can be quality assured and put online.
Swiss Custom’s clients must be familiar with the plausibility rules in order to make correct declarations. To assist clients, the BRMS generates detailed rule reports that are made available to them online.
The e-dec platform consists of various processes (e.g. import, export, postal traffic), which are composed of different services. One of these services is plausibility analysis. This plausibility analysis service checks—in a fraction of a second—the technical correctness of the transmitted data on the basis of a variety of business rules. In the case of an automobile import, the service checks, among other things, whether the vehicle identification number has been specified for each vehicle and whether the declared import value lies within a specified realistic range.
Currently there are around 700 business rules. These rules change at regular intervals on the basis of statutory regulations and the requirements of various federal agencies. Thus, another important feature of the e-dec and BRMS is the flexible adaptation of the rules independently from regular software release cycles.