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Business Rule Engines: 10 Questions to Ask Before Buying

Published: 26 February 2007

ID: G00145740

Analyst(s): David McCoy, Jim Sinur


Buying a business rule engine is a critical step in the journey to leverage rules for agility. It is important to have answers to the common questions that arise before you sit down with your procurement agents. Gartner answers 10 questions that you are sure to ask.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Defining BRE and Business Rule Management
    • Do I really need a BRE?
    • Are there different uses of BREs, and, if so, what are they?
    • Should all the rules be put into a BRE?
    • Who should own the business rules?
    • Who should change the rules?
    • Should the change cycle for business rules be different than normal software changes?
    • Should business rules be classified and managed differently than other software assets?
    • Can I insist on a single BRE for my enterprise?
    • Of all the rule representation techniques available (natural language, decision trees, SQL) wouldn't natural language be the best choice?
    • Do I need a BRE that generates code?
    • What You Need to Know

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