Business Rules Approach for defining system requirements

This month, we will talk about the Business Rules Approach for defining system requirements. Dorothy Russel has just returned from the fifth annual International Business Rules Forum conference where she got the latest scoop from leading thinkers such as Ron Ross, Barbara von Halle, Chris Date, Terry Moriarty and John Zachman, and had discussions with the likes of Kerry Anderson Healy and Terry Halpin.

The Business Rules Approach is a maturing discipline for business analysis. Tightly linked to data analysis and modelling, it provides a mechanism to discover and document the other part of the picture that’s not data – the process or activity side. It also provides a way to capture all the business rules you discover when doing data analysis, but lose because there’s no place to put them.

If business entities are the things a business enterprise needs to know about, business rules define and control how the enterprise operates. Understanding both is necessary to build successful computer systems.

This presentation will outline the state of the art and discuss a top-down approach for analysing business rules that’s based on Enterprise Architecture, the Zachman Framework and the disciplines of data modelling.

About the speaker

Dorothy Russel, a regular IRMAC presenter, is a recognized thought leader in Enterprise Architecture and structured modelling. On projects of all sizes and scopes she has helped organizations determine their true business requirements and design flexible systems that will support their future needs. An international speaker, Dorothy will present a seminar on Business Rules at the European Business Rules Conference in Zurich this coming June.


Dorothy Russel, An architectural introduction to Business Rules


Feb 19 2003


8:30 am - 11:30 am


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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