RulesFest 2010

Rules Fest 2010 is around the corner so don’t hesitate to sign-up, San Jose Oct. 11-14th. It is a great opportunity to meet the leading thinkers behind rules technology, learn about the latest innovations and get deep insights into the technology that drives rules-based applications; from loan origination systems, to fraud detection to complex event processing.

Primary Users of Rules Technology

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. – A A Milne.

For the past month or so I have been pondering how to describe the applications of rules technology on a compact but useful slide. To me, the primary uses entail automating:

  • Decisions
  • Event response
  • Processes
  • Inferences

Various products do some of these things, with varying degrees of success. I don’t think any single product would claim to do all these things well. I’m sure that some people would also like to see “Business Insights” on the list too, but as that is not my area of expertise I have taken the liberty of omitting it.

The four product categories can all trace their roots back to artificial intelligence to some extent. However, as one of my AI professors used to quip, when pressed for a definition of AI, “It’s Computer Science that doesn’t quite work yet…” So, most things can!

So without further ado or commentary, here is the diagram. I hope it will provoke some reflection and response if nothing else. I have included the XMind diagram, so don’t hesitate to hack away at it and send me your revisions.


Printable PDF file is here and an XMind diagram file (ZIP compressed) is here.


Well, the migration did not go quite as planned! Some recent articles were lost due to a bug (or user error?) in the export of the MySQL database. When I get time I may try to validate and migrate some of the old web links and other content as well.

For the moment I will be using this site as my primary business rules blog, however I don’t want to shut out other voices and I will be trying to keep the tone as vendor neutral as I can. Don’t hesitate to send me your gossip, news or articles. If you want to blog regularly here feel free to drop a comment below.

Here’s to 2010!

Hello world!

As you can tell, if you’ve been here before, is undergoing some major maintenance. I hope to get most of the old content back up ASAP. Unfortunately I did not have much choice in the matter as PostNuke is no longer supported and comment spam had polluted the database to such an extent that the site was ususable.

Thanks for your understanding!

Free Session: In-the-Brain of Mark Proctor on JBoss Rules – July 11

Posted by: mdproctor

Session Details are as follows:
Talk: JBoss Rules
Speaker:Mark Proctor, JBoss Rules Lead (blog)
Date: Wednesday, 11th July 2007
Times: 18:30 – 20:30
Skills Matter
1 Sekforde Street
London EC1R 0BE
Google Map
Registration: Register for this Free In-The-Brain Session on JBoss Rules here

TermWare-2.1.0 released

Posted by: rssh

TermWare 2.1.0 is released. This is JSR-94 compatible rule engine, based on ‘rewriting rules with actions’ paradigm.

International RuleML Symposium on Rule Interchange and Applications Launched

Posted by: Adrian.Paschke

RuleML-2007 is a new international meeting place for users, system providers, practitioners, developers, researchers and representatives of rule/event standardization efforts and open source rule communities to discuss the applicability and commercialization of rule technologies for enterprises and public organizations including event-handling rules.
Co-located with the 10th International Business Rules Forum (, the International Symposium on Rule Interchange and Applications (RuleML-2007) is the first symposium devoted to work on practical distributed rule/event technologies and rule/event-based applications which need language standards for rules operating in the context of, e.g., the Semantic Web, Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems, Event-Driven Architectures and Service-Oriented Computing.

Participants will be offered an exciting venue to exchange new ideas, practical developments and their experience on issues related to the engineering, management, integration, interoperation and interchange of rules and events in enterprise application systems and open distributed environments such as the Web. RuleML-2007 will also enable delegates to better understand rules and event processing technologies and their potential, and how to exploit these technologies in their organizations.

The symposium will be held in Orlando, Florida, US, October 25/26, 2007 and will feature scientific research, industry, and demo papers and presentations, case study and practical experience presentations, show cases/demos presented in a RuleML-2007 Challenge and Invited Talks.

Symposium general chair Said Tabet, Inferware Corp., said “I am very pleased to announce the launch of this symposium. After a series of successful RuleML workshops and conferences, this is a new kind of event where the Web Logic community joins the established, practically oriented Forum of the Business Rules community to help cross-fertilizing between Web and Business Logic technology. Given the increasing maturity of rules and complex event processing technology, the RuleML symposium is an exciting venue to exchange new ideas, practical developments and your experience on issues related to the engineering, deployment, management, integration, interoperation and interchange of rules, and to discuss the commercial benefits that rules and event processing technology will deliver.”

To share your ideas, results, and experience and learn more about rules Technology, RuleML-2007 invites all of you, including:
?‚?€¢ IT Services, Rules and Event Processing system providers
?‚?€¢ Representatives of, and participants in, rule standardization efforts
?‚?€¢ Members of open source rules communities
?‚?€¢ CTOs and Strategists of technology firms
?‚?€¢ Information Architects and Strategic Technology Planners
?‚?€¢ CIOs and Information Technology Managers
?‚?€¢ Venture Capitalists and Investors
?‚?€¢ CEOs of software startups
?‚?€¢ Product Managers from software and hardware companies
?‚?€¢ Data Analysts from major public and private organizations
?‚?€¢ Academics and Researchers
?‚?€¢ Software Developers
?‚?€¢ Press and Analysts
?‚?€¢ Technology Consultants

For further details please see the Symposium website
For more information please contact:

YASU’s QuickRules BRMS introduces Business Rules to NetBeans and JBI Community

Posted by: Subhash

YASU Technologies announced today the availability of the Beta program for QuickRules-NetBeans product, making it the first Business Rules vendor to provide business rules development and management within the award-winning NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

HYDERABAD: YASU Technologies has announced the availability of the Beta program for QuickRules-NetBeans product, making it the first Business Rules vendor to provide business rules development and management within the award-winning NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

The QuickRules product is aimed at bringing business rule authoring and management capabilities to SOA-based applications using the NetBeans Enterprise Pack. Integrated with JavaTM Business Integration (Java BI) standards and the NetBeans platform, the toolkit provides business rule management environment for Open ESB based SOA applications. Decision automation capabilities using Rete Rules, Decision Tables (spreadsheet like rules) and Flow Rules are now available to your SOA applications from NetBeans Enterprise Pack. The QuickRules-NetBeans version will be formally released in the next few months.

Satish Madhira, CEO of YASU Technologies, says, “We are excited at the prospect of introducing world-class Decision Automation products to the NetBeans and JBI community. Porting our existing Java-based product to run in a JBI container was straight forward; we look forward to the possibility of integrating with other JBI compliant platforms.”

“Community involvement has been invaluable in our development of NetBeans and Open ESB, and we are very happy to have YASU’s business rules engine as a part of the ecosystem that we have created around these and our commercial Java CAPS product,” said Dale Ferrario, vice president, SOA Business Integration at Sun.

If you are interested in participating in the Beta program, please click:

The NetBeans IDE is a free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. The IDE runs on many platforms, including Windows, Linux, Solaris and the MacOS. It is easy to install and use straight out of the box. The NetBeans IDE provides developers with all the tools they need to create professional cross-platform desktop, enterprise, web and mobile applications.

About YASU Technologies
YASU, a pioneer in the Business Rules Management Solutions (BRMS), provides business rules solutions for both Java and .NET platforms. QuickRules BRMS platform provides advanced tools for business analysts and developers enabling business rule modeling, analysis, implementation and management with advanced tools for analysis and simulation of business rules. QuickRules Java Standard Edition is easy to integrate into SOA centric applications through its strong support for Web Services and rule definitions directly on XML schema.

Patronage by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC), Scottish Power PIC, Bank of New York, Bombay Stock Exchange, Discovery Holdings, JPMorgan Chase, WebMD, Columbia Insurance Group, Combined Insurance Company of Australia, TransAmerica Occidental Life Insurance Company, Express Capital Lending, Home Loan Center, QUALCOMM Incorporated, Volubill, Deutsche Post AG, Lufthansa Technik Logistik GmbH (LTL) and such 140+ customers and 30+ (Resellers and OEM) partners worldwide has placed YASU among Fast 500 Asia Pacific winners. It is closely monitored by analyst firms across the world.

You can evaluate the QuickRules BRMS suite of applications at

Review: ILOG JRules, Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor and JBoss Rules

Posted by: Admin

Simon Bisson has written a nice high-level review of JRules, Blaze and JBoss Rules for Reg Developer.

Read the article at:

JRules 6.5 adds SOA Support and Semantic Queries

Posted by: Admin

Key features and benefits:

Easy integration with SOA?‚?€”ILOG JRules 6.5 provides the ability to expose a deployed rule set as a transparent decision service?‚?€”without coding?‚?€”to achieve the SOA promises of agility and cost reduction. Decision services created with ILOG JRules 6.5 are transparent because the BRMS helps eliminate the “black box” created by standard programming practices, allowing businesses to fully benefit from an SOA approach.

Industry-first semantic query?‚?€”Query the rule repository to determine the impact of a policy change without worrying how the rule might be written. Developing semantic queries is easy, so there is less training and support required for non-technical users. This feature improves productivity, simplifies business policy maintenance, and increases business value.

Read the full details at:

Or an article from InfoWorld at: