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BRMS - Business Rule Management System

BRMS - Business Rule Management System

A BRMS (Business Rule Management System) is an operating principle, practice or policy of an organisation. It has to be adhered to in order to satisfy either a required common approach to a particular event or regulatory requirements for the industry that the organisation is part of. It is a statement of truth about an organisation and is an attempt to describe the operations of an organisation, not an attempt to prescribe how an organisation should operate.

Business Rules Management Software is a software component that is used to define, register, verify consistency, deploy, execute, monitor and manage the variety and complexity of decision logic that is used by operational systems within an organisation or enterprise. This logic, also referred to as business rules, includes policies, requirements, and conditional statements that are used to determine the tactical actions that take place in applications and systems. The BRMS software also provides the ability to define the relationships between different rules, and relate some of these rules to IT applications that are affected or need to enforce one or more of the rules.

A Business Rules Management System Software acts as a central repository for business rules. Decision owners and IT employees can collaborate to develop, version, and edit rules in a single-sourced environment. A BRMS helps businesses automate tasks, improve consistency, and shorten turnaround on policy changes. BRMS vendors provide tools for developing, tracking, and editing business rules. Often, these tools support both programmers and non-programmers. Vendors also provide an engine to simulate and validate business rules before they are implemented.

Business Rule Management System includes, at minimum:

  • A repository, allowing the defined rules to be managed in terms of versions and variants and be available for reuse;
  • A development environment, which provides tools for both technical developers and business experts to define and manage the business rules;
  • A runtime environment, allowing applications to invoke business rules management and execute it using a business rules engine;
  • A management environment that provides the ability to not only monitor the development and runtime environments, but also manage them both.

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F.A.Q about BRMS - Business Rule Management System

What are the business rules?

Business rules are statements that will guide the proper functioning of your business. BRMS rules may be simple, or more complex, even involving rules of logic. But they have the function of basically defining what, where, when, why, and how something must be done within an organization.

Business rule management system example: if your company provides 10% discounts on purchases made through your website on a customer’s birthday, that’s a business rule.

This benefit (what) should be applied on the customer’s birthday (when), needs to happen in purchases through the site (where), with a value of 10% (how) to please the customer on their day – and, who knows, maybe persuade them (why).

But you must understand that the rules are as varied as possible and must always be in accordance with the policies, objectives, and specificities of each company.

They may create advantages associated with:

  • Reducing costs
  • Making company strategies stronger;
  • Assisting in decision-making processes;
  • Providing greater process control;
  • Providing benefits to customers in a controlled and well-planned manner;
  • Increasing process agility;
  • Reducing problems with customer defaults.

Why use a Business Rules Management System?

A BRMS empowers companies to define and maintain the rules guiding a system’s decision workflow to determine what actions are enabled in any given circumstance. With logic outside the programming code, these systems deliver a profound boost to business agility, productivity and logic accuracy—and in so doing, deliver reliable cost savings and faster rules changes when necessary.