Do you know where your Business Rules are at night?

By Bob Berntsen on Sep 5, 2018

Business rules. In my opinion they are the key in making a data program run. I like to use the analogy that business rules are the fuel to run all those data engines. The question is, do you know where your business rules are now?

Following up on the question I posed on last month’s blog, ‘What are your pain points?’, I heard from several individuals calling out the pain point around business rules. One of those pain points was where do you store business rules? How do you manage them? In my experiences, I have seen a few different possibilities. It could be as simple as they are stored within an Excel file or within a SharePoint site, or I have seen and used specialized software, provided by a few great companies out there. This was followed with the second question; how do you manage them effectively? How do ensure those business rules are managed to ensure they can be used with confidence?

Personally, I don’t think there is a single right answer. There are too many other factors that play into the situation. What kind of organization do you have to manage them? How are you capturing them? How are you using them?

With all these questions, I would like to narrow it down to one simple question. Where do you save your Business Rules?

I would like to hear from all of you and so we can share the information amongst us. We are all on this data journey together. Over the years, I have witnessed firsthand, how others in the data industry, are willing to share and help one another. To me that’s special! We are all dealing with the same issues and trying to solve the same problems. Yes, no issue or problem is the same. But if someone can learn from you and utilize a part of what you share and do, we will all be better in the end!

So again, I ask the question: Where do you save your Business Rules?

Thank you in advance and I look forward to continuing this data transformation with all of you!

Please send me your answers so I can share with everyone: bob.berntsen@winshuttle.com

About the author

Bob Berntsen

With over 25 years of practical experience in data governance and data management, Bob has held data governance leadership positions in manufacturing and consumer product industries and has a background in security and solutions software development. Bob is perhaps best known for leading the ASUG Data Governance SIG (Special Interest Group) within the EIM (Enterprise Information Management) community.

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