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  • IMPACT11: 'Business Agility' With IBM's Latest WebSphere Advancements

    IBM's IMPACT 11 conference is underway this week hosting more than 8,000 business and IT leaders representing 60 countries, gathered to learn discuss how to "work smarter for better business outcomes". During the 4 day event, IBM revolves their unveiling of many new tools, products, solutions, and ideas around the one key message of enabling "Business Agility".

  • Red Hat's jBPM5 Brings a New API, New Tooling and Support for BPMN 2.0

    Red Hat's JBoss division recently announced the latest release of their Business Process Management System jBPM 5.0. It includes a completely revamped API, and adds a number of key features including support for the BPMN 2.0 specification, Eclipse tooling for developers, and web-based tooling for business users. InfoQ spoke to Kris Verlaenen, jBPM project lead, to find out more about the release.

  • Activiti 5.0 GA, the Apache 2 Licensed BPMN 2 Engine Released

    Alfresco has just released version 5.0 GA of the Activiti engine, an Apache2 licensed BPMN 2.0 implementation. InfoQ talked with project lead Tom Baeyens on the new release. Tom is also the creator and former project lead for the jBPM project.

  • Business Rules Management - the Missing Link?

    A new discussion in the blogosphere is bringing up the question of whether business rules should be used to dynamically guide business process execution.

  • Drools 5.0 Supports Workflow and Event Processing

    The latest version of Drools, an open source business logic integration platform, supports workflow and event processing. Drools development team recently announced the release of Drools 5.0 final version. The major shift is that Drools 5.0 focus is on a knowledge oriented system rather than just a rules oriented system. The new version has four modules called Guvnor, Expert, Fusion and Flow.

  • Article: We Need to Create Information System Ratings

    Pierre Bonnet, CTO of Orchestra Networks, argues that information systems are too opaque and not agile enough. He claims this is the main reason why "healthy" multinationals can collapse within months as they take on too much risk. He suggests that information systems be rated on how they manage master data, business rules and business processes.

  • Article: Book Excerpt and Review: OSWorkflow

    OSWorkflow by Diego Adrian Naya Lazo discusses the open-source OSWorkflow, a Java-based workflow engine. As described on the official website, "This book covers all aspects related to OSWorkflow. No prior knowledge about OSWorkflow is needed". The book's publisher, Packt Publishing, also provided InfoQ with an excerpt from Chapter 4 of the book, entitled "Using OSWorkflow in your Application".

  • Rules versus Procedural Code

    Paul Haley, rule technology visionary, discusses criteria for choosing rule engines versus procedural code in business process solutions, as well as examining the current state of BPM/BRM integration.

  • Interview: Jay Fields and Zak Tamsen on Domain Specific Languages

    Jay Fields and Zak Tamsen talked with InfoQ about Domain Specific Languages (DSLs), and how they have successfully used them in their projects at ThoughtWorks to empower businesses, reduce development time, and increase the agility of projects.

  • JBoss Drools 4.0: Business rules now more accessible to non-programmers

    JBoss Drools, an open-source business rules engine, recently reached version 4.0. InfoQ took the opportunity to learn more about JBoss Drools and its current and future capabilities.

  • Article: Implementation of business rules and business processes in SOA

    Boris Lublinsky and Didier Le Tien discuss how business process engines and business rule engines differ, where their respective strengths are and when to use what in an SOA context. They discuss commonalities and differences between business rules and business processes and present some guidelines on positioning business rules in SOA implementation and appropriate usage of each technology.

  • InfoQ Article: When and How to Formalize Business Rules

    The terms "Agile software development" and "Business Agility" are confusing: are they orthogonal or complementary? James Taylor says that for even the most complex systems, Agile development can deliver business agility - particularly when supported by the right technology. For business rules he recommends a Rules Engine, and provides guidance in how to distinguish rules from requirements.

  • InfoQ Article: Real World Rules Engines

    Rule engines are a useful tool that can be used to externalize business logic, involve business users, or solve certain classes of problems in an efficient way. In this InfoQ Article, Geoffrey Wiseman explains what, when, and how to use rules engines along with his experiences applying them in finanicial services.

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