Ron Ross

Ron RossRonald G. Ross is Co-Founder and Principal of Business Rule Solutions, LLC (www.BRSolutions.com). BRS provides workshops, consulting services, publications, and methodology supporting business analysis, business rules, business vocabulary, and rule management. His popular public seminars on business rules and business analysis, the first on business rules (starting in 1996) and the longest-running in the industry, are given through AttainingEdge (www.AttainingEdge.com).

At BRS, Mr. Ross co-develops Proteus®, its landmark business analysis and business rules methodology, which features numerous innovative techniques including the popular RuleSpeak® (available free through www.BRCommunity.com). These are the latest offerings in a 30-year career that has consistently featured creative, business-driven solutions.

Mr. Ross also serves as Executive Editor of www.BRCommunity.com and its flagship on-line publication, Business Rules Journal. He is a regular columnist for the Journal's Commentary section which also features John Zachman, Chris Date, Terry Halpin, and Roger Burlton. BRCommunity.com, hosted and sponsored by BRS, is a vertical community for professionals working with business rules and related areas. Mr. Ross was formerly Editor of the Data Base Newsletter from 1977 to 1998.

Mr. Ross is recognized internationally as the "father of business rules." He has served as Co-Chair of the annual Business Rules Forum Conference since 1997. He was a charter member of the Business Rules Group (BRG) in the 1980s, and an editor of the two landmark BRG papers,"The Business Motivation Model: Business Governance in a Volatile World" (2000, revised 2005) and the "Business Rules Manifesto" (2003). He is also active in OMG standards development for business rules and business models.

Mr. Ross is the author of eight professional books. His newest are: Business Rule Concepts (2005), a second edition of his popular, easy-to-read 1998 handbook, and Principles of the Business Rule Approach, Addison-Wesley (2003), featuring the business rationale and opportunity for business rules. An earlier work, The Business Rule Book (1994, 1997), was the seminal work in the field.

Mr. Ross received his M.S. in information science from Illinois Institute of Technology, and his B.A. from Rice University.


Business Rule Solutions: Getting the Knowledge Payload of Processes—Concept Models

To solve the challenges of data-clogged processes, functional silos, and trustworthy business intelligence, follow Ron’s suggestions. As Ron explains in his Column this month, to address these problems you need a concept model, a whole new foundation based on business knowledge.

Business Rules Solutions: Blueprinting Business Knowledge: Concept Models

Ron Ross asks readers to “Think of the challenge of miscommunication as essentially needing to redesign concepts to get everyone on the same page – that is, to create shared understanding.” He proposes applying a concept model. Get a quick introduction to the industry-wide motivation for concept models in Ron’s column this month.

Business Rules Solutions: The Problems Addressed by Business Rules Foreword to Business Rules: Management and Execution

In this Column, Ron Ross discusses rule independence. Read what that means and why it should be important to you .in a digital world where the pace of change is always accelerating. How to stay on top of it is the central question. Read what Ron has to say in response to that question.

Business Rules Solutions: Introducing Business Knowledge Blueprints: Achieving Shared Understanding Using Concept Models

A business knowledge blueprint, whose core component is a concept model, permits you to deeply analyze your concepts, your vocabulary, and your business knowledge. In this month’s Column, Ron explains all the critical reasons you need that blueprint.

Business Rules Solutions: The Problems Addressed by Business Rules

In a day and age when machine learning (ML) and AI are all the rage, Ron asks why business rules still matter–a surprising question coming from Ron. Read Ron’s lucid account of why rules do, indeed, still matter and what you should know about them.

Business Rules Solutions: Flash Points

In a behavioral business rule, flash points are the events where the rule can be violated, and comprehensive support for flash points is essential for maintaining the integrity of business solutions. Ron Ross provides a comprehensive guide for identifying and dealing with your flash points.

Business Rules Solutions: The Great Rules Impedance Mismatch

In this Column, Ron discusses what he describes as “a great impedance mismatch” between SBVR/ behavioral business rules vs. DMN /decision rules. At the heart of the mismatch is the issue of state-based vs. modeler-invoked evaluation of rules. Read Ron’s insightful analysis of the “mismatch” and his call to move beyond limited-function decisioning systems to comprehensive rule-based business solutions.

Business Rules Solutions: What Happens When Behavioral Business Rules and Decision Logic Collide?

Ron cites several instances in which behavioral business rules and decision logic rules do indeed cross paths. What happens when they do? Which rules ‘win’? Having problems handling exceptions in your decision logic? Read Ron’s Column for some clarification.

Business Rule Solutions: Five Reasons to Model your Company’s Value Chain

Ron Ross poses the question, “Why does the Business Agility Manifesto consider value chains so important?” In this Column, Ron describes how taking a macro view of the company can help to create a plan that will assist in eliminating the problem of organizational silos and non-integrated applications and channels.

Business Rule Solutions: Obligations Are Business Rules

In his Column this month, Ron Ross discusses the Business Agility Manifesto which unabashedly indicts the software industry for its long-standing failure to provide direct support for obligations, an obvious and fundamental aspect of real-life business activity. Ron agrees. Read why Ron believes that direct support for obligations is a fundamental capability your organization needs in the Knowledge Age.

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