Thursday, November 09, 2006

What's new at the Business Rules Forum in D.C.?

I was hoping to blog during the BRF but I just haven't had the time.

Lots of exciting things going on this week at the BRF in D.C. I'll write up some of my mtng notes soon. Here's a preview of some of the things that stand out so far:
  1. Heard from General Electric how they're applying Six Sigma tools and rigor to improve the rule harvesting and rule management process. Pivot tables rule!
  2. Alan Trefler, CEO of Pegasystems (a BIZRULES partner) told me that Excel was a declarative language, then he summarized the last 40 years of computer languages in a very interesting and memorable way
  3. The next day, coincidentally, I demonstrated a declarative rule validaton / rule simulation tool that runs in Excel.
  4. At the panel discussion, someone asked why there are so few government attendees, given that the show is in D.C. One answer was that governmentS like ambiguity, not black and white rules.
  5. Heard some pretty interesting stories in every session I attended.
  6. The IDC keynote slideas were really good - one slide in particular caught my attention: it had to do with the relation between business rules in different meaphors.


Friday, November 03, 2006

BRE Family Tree 2007 is now available

If you're going to the Business Rules Forum in D.C, next week, I invite you to download your copy of the brand new BRE Family Treeā„¢ 2007.

This year for the first time BizRules has printed out flyers of this popular slide, which shows the history and current state of the BRE market.

If you are attending the show to learn about your BRE software vendor options, be sure to pick up this handout at the Business Rule Experts Group booth (

Take it with you to all the vendor presentations and booth demos. It will help.