We began as a project team within the GUIDE organization in
1988. Our initial focus was on business rules that could be
implemented directly in information technology ~ the kinds of rule that
would be defined formally in specifications of the information system
(that is, 'row 3' of the Zachman Framework).
was published as a GUIDE project publication in 1995 and
then revised in 1997 and 2000.
As the decade drew to a close our focus was broadening
to include the business perspective (as well as the information system
and technology perspectives).
In 2002, we published the
Business Rules Manifesto.
This popular statement of the principles of 'rule independence' is available in
English as well as translations to numerous other languages, with
additional translations in process.
In 2000, we published
our second major work,
which deals with one important aspect of business rules from the business (Zachman 'row 2') perspective
~ the 'motivation' behind the business rules of an enterprise.
The 2005 update this paper is entitled The Business Motivation Model ~ Business Governance in a Volatile World.
Our work on the business perspective continues, as a response to an RFP from the
Object Management Group (OMG), entitled Business Semantics of Business Rules (BSBR).
In 2005, the BRT's final submission,
Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR),
was accepted by the OMG to move into the 'finalization' stage of the OMG standardization process. SBVR is now an OMG specification, with work on version 1.3 underway.