The ability to apply business rules automatically and consistently across work processes has long been recognized as an advantage of automated business processing. But in today’s rapidly changing business environment and with evolving legislative agendas, there is a need to be able to modify business rules quickly without disruption to business operations.

IBM’s Operational Decision Manager (ODM) allows rules to be externalized from the business process. As business rules change, rules can be added or modified without redeploying the workflow application. Using ODM instead of internal rules engines or code-based implementations allows new rule to be incorporated automatically. Once the rules architecture has been configured, a natural language interface allows business users to make the changes to the rules, and deploy them into the environment.

Setting up the structure and configuration of the rules engine can seem overwhelming in an enterprise environment. SYSCOM can assist your staff with modeling a rules architecture, structuring rule sets into a logical structure that is efficient and easy to maintain. Properly configuring your ODM architecture will provide a rules engine that will serve you well now and in the years to come. Your business gains control over both the content and implementation of decision logic, without the need for long, expensive development cycles.