For the past 5-6 years, most larger BRMS vendors have offered a Web Version of their Rule Modeling tools. Innovations is finally entering this area with release 5.0. While this is a late entrant in the game, Innovations has taken full advantage of the last ‘adopter’ position.
You can see an example of the Web Modeler here.
If you do not know, Visual Rules uses a visual approach to modeling Business Rules. A single sequence of shapes on a flow rule, such as the example below, or a decision table is equivalent to multiple lines of code or symbols. The approach is visual; logic is expressed in the notations.
Figure: With Visual Rules Web Modeler, you will be able to create visual logic such as this.
The Visual Rules Web Modeler places this logic on a Rich-Internet client with drag and drop capabilities and graphical tools. Moreover, it provides enterprise-strength features, such as workflow approval of business rules changes and direct access to business data.
This method varies vastly from the Lexical analysis done in the Legacy BRMS systems. They abstract every term in the business rules into a language symbol and separate business data from the rules. This is not only a performance restriction; it impedes agility, which forces the business into useless analysis and reduces flexibility. A compact symbolic or language-based solution for business problems comes at the expense of creating language grammar and symbolic logic. Placing this on the Web does not improve the experience of analysts and managers.
Full Review in Webinar
On November 11, 2010 my friend and colleague Markus Schartel will be presenting the web modeler in a conference with John Rymer of the Forrester Group. You can register here for that webinar.
(ps: Better yet, contact me personally and I will get you a personal briefing.)