A Lifecycle Approach towards Business Rules Management
Matthew L. Nelson, Illinois State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert L. Rariden, Illinois State University, email@example.com
Ravi Sen, Texas A&M University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Automating business rules management has
provided significant benefits including greater control,
improved flexibility, and the ability to rapidly deploy
business rules across processes, information systems
and channels (web, legacy, wireless and otherwise).
These benefits, in addition to trends in service
orientated architectures, web semantics, and business
process management, have spawned an emerging
business rules engine (BRE) market.
developments, little has been published in MIS journals
that examine the management of business rules
management systems (BRMS) development and
deployments. Making use of structuration research
methods, we collect data from leading developers, end-
users, researchers and thought-leaders from the
Data collection results revealed a business
rules management lifecycle inclusive of these steps:
align, capture, organize, author, distribute, test, apply,
The contextual influences, actors, inputs,
outputs and artifacts are identified in each step.
Academic and managerial contributions, as well as
recommendations for future research are provided.
Whether we realize it or not, we’re confronted
with business rules (BR) numerous times on a daily
Take for example, a simple trip to the grocery
, business rules
are structured around which items are offered at a sales
discount, the duration of the discount, and conditions
of the discount.
business rules require restricted consumer access to
some goods, prescribe which items can (and cannot) be
shelved with other goods and define the allowable shelf
duration of still other goods.
, business rules are used to outline the types
of certain check-out lanes, which goods are placed near
exits / entrances, and return policies.
, business rules dictate the
appropriate sales tax rate on categories of goods,
require proof of attainment of a minimum age prior to
the purchase of other goods, and require a prescription
from a licensed medical doctor prior to the purchase of
still other goods.
It’s not difficult to imagine that a
single item, such as a prescription strength liquid cough
syrup, may be affected by all twelve of the above rules.
Grocery stores stock thousands of items, with high
turnover rates, impacted by hundreds of different
business rules from a variety of sources.
are embedded throughout the store’s point-of-sale
systems, inventory systems, promotion systems,
accounts payable, product placement systems and their
associated business processes.
This was a trip through
a grocery store.
When one considers the volatility to
which business rules are added or changed in