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a non-commercial peer group of IT professionals
                                                        ... since 1989
 
 

 

adding to the body of knowledge...

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). 

Our first report 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.


Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR)

Early in 2004, the BRG (as a part of the 'Business Rules Team') responded to an RFP from the Object Management Group (OMG), entitled Business Semantics of Business Rules (BSBR).  In 2005, the BRT's final submission, the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR), was accepted by the OMG to move into the 'finalization' stage of the OMG standardization process and in 2007 the completed body of work was accepted as a standard.

Read more about our work on the emerging standard, the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR)


Our 'Business Motivation Model' paper

Our second publication -- The Business Motivation Model ~ Business Governance in a Volatile World -- has a business focus, which we characterize as reflecting Zachman 'row 2.'  This paper deals with the 'motivation' cell of the Zachman Framework.  Motivation tells us 'why' an enterprise has the business rules it has put in place to govern what it does with its products and services, its people, its locations, and its timing.  In 2010 an update of the paper was published, and is available for download. 

Read more about the Business Motivation Model (BMM)


The 'Business Rules Manifesto'

We concluded the year 2002 by drafting the Business Rules Manifesto, principles of rule independence.  It was updated to version 2 in 2003.

This document is available for reading online or downloading in PDF format.  The Business Rules Manifesto is now available in over a dozen languages. 


Our original ('classic') Business Rules paper

In the late 1980s, we began our work as a project of the user group, GUIDE International.  There we published our original 'white paper' on business rules, Defining Business Rules ~ What Are They Really?  This paper (now in its third edition and published under the BRG banner) describes a scheme for understanding the nature of business rules and the categories into which they fall.  It presents a formal approach for identifying and articulating the rules that define the structure and control the operation of an enterprise.

This classic document is available for reading online or downloading in PDF format.


BRCommunity 'SBVR Insider'

We report our work-in-progress in a special focus area, "SBVR Insider," on the Business Rule Community web site.  This area reaches a wider audience and enables us to get feedback on these ideas.  SBVR Insider provides a no-nonsense, one-stop resource for up-to-date ideas about and practical applications of SBVR.


Future work of the Business Rules Group

We have a candidate list of follow-on activities, which we evolve at BRG meetings.

stay tuned for future updates...