#BRF Vendor Panel: BRMS at a crossroad?

Carole-Ann Matignon of FICO, Scott Irwin of Convergys, Tom Debevoise of Innovations Software Technology and Russell Keziere of Pegasystems.

The session is moderated by Stephen D. Hendrick.

(IBM, JBoss, Corticon, etc. are not there… hmmm…) My notes are not verbatim from the people actually said, but is what I understood as a Gist.

SH: What is the single most important event that needs to happen now in the business rules market?

CAM: We need to understand what happened in the past, we did a lot of progress in the past. We see more analytics, but what we need to get right now is to get the right measurements, better KPIs, better exposed to the business so that you can adapt and improve over time.

RK: Anything that we can do to help visualize and forecast in a reasonable timeframe. Helping PM, Testing, scrum based iteration management. He agrees with CAM.

TD: Truly empowering with the Agility that they need for their rule changes (model, graphical views). Need to make the tools simpler, more intuitive. The technology is an enabler, but not the means.

SI: Rules are moving to the center of an architecture diagram. Being asked to marry Predictive analytics with the rules. More and more event requests as well.

SH: What needs to happen in the next 5 years?

CAM: Same as before. More adaptive systems.

RK: 5 years is a long time. In 5 years we won’t be thinking in application development. We see it with consolidation of the market. Convergence will be happening.

TD: Agrees with RK about the convergence. Need to go beyond the discussions on the specific algorithms. We may be missing the forest from the trees. Move towards Solving the problems from a Process view, event view, rule view.

SI: A number of specifications are evolving.

Audience: Legacy migration and reengineering the systems. What standards are being used or development from portability and interoperatibility so that I don’t build another legacy system

CAM: Many efforts in progress. For BRMS is OMG is working on PRR, but it takes time and very little involvement from customers so that the needs of the customers are more addressed.

RK: Agrees with CAM and talked about something from their products to help.

TD: (Not sure what his point was on that response… Sorry Tom.)

SI: It is key to get customer input because interchange is not high on vendors list of priorities.

Audience: (missed the question)

CAM: Business Rules are built for Agility. Inconsistency between conventional modeling and business rules approach but they can work together.

Audience: Invite vendors to listen to what customers need to resolve problems.

RK: Vendors do listen to their customers and make efforts to try and help resolve those issues.

TD: OMG in PRR is developing a standard modeling for rules similar to BP modeling, but a number of years away. Goal is to make it easy for BA to understand.

SI: Predictive Modeling has some standards, but the specs are slowly moving.

CAM: Reiterates that customers are not involved in standards development so is there a real need? Please help for standards developments

Audience: Social media?

CAM: Community has rolled out about a year ago. I,m a fan of twitter and other things like that.

RK: A couple of months ago we made an announcement about a “sticky note” that you can post and another can “catch”, etc. It is to simplify the process.

TD: Will describe in more detail tomorrow, they are working on “mediated event analysis” in their products.

SI: It is yet another channel for customers to interact. Possibly increasing revenue by mining the information that is out there.

Paul Vincent: What innovations will we see in the next 12-24 months?

CAM: Authoring and exposing the business rules in multiple representation (new kind of representations), managing the KPIs (equivalent to BAM) and how to get all these things working together to empower the user to have a mashup of functionality.

RK: Predicts that … (sorry missed that)

TD: Releasing mediated event service broker. Reverse of Web Service.

SI: Moving to thing integrations with Predictive Analytics, increase scalability and availability.

Audience: Industry Frameworks for rules?

RK: 60% of the business we do has a framework that includes rules. (…)

CAM: We have Best of Breed applications for a widespread set of requirements.



To me they did not answer the last question (to my liking anyway).

End of panel

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