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 http://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.


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.

Business Rules Solutions: Concept Models vs. Data Models

Ron Ross defines what a concept model is, and suggests that to appreciate the need for a concept model, you must appreciate that business communication is often replete with ambiguity.”If you’ve never been burned by miscommunication, then you’ll never really appreciate the need for a concept model.” But, as Ron says, of course we’ve all been victimized in that respect. Read his advice on how to avoid ambiguity that could lead to miscommunication.

Business Rules Solutions: Business Agility vs. Organizational Agility

Ron Ross argues that if you want to pursue true business agility your thinking must be grounded in management imperatives. Read his Column to learn what business agility means in the context of The Business Agility Manifesto.1

Business Rules Solutions: New Knowledge Paradigm, a Single Source of Business Truth

Ron Ross suggests that you start thinking about managing core business knowledge as an asset. He believes that the new knowledge paradigm offers boundless opportunities and says that “Digital won’t get you there alone – knowledge is the fodder.” Read Ron’s Column for his insights into the new knowledge paradigm.

Business Rules Solutions: The New Knowledge Paradigm: Enabling Operational Excellence

Ron Ross posits that to achieve true operational excellence in today’s technological world, companies need to follow well-defined rules. First, they need to know what the rules are and the rules need to be “a living breathing resource.” Ron calls it business knowledge engineering. Read his Column for details of this concept.

Business Rules Solutions: The Story of Al’s Spreadsheet and Absent Brains

A few years ago, Ron Ross’ organization, Business Rules Solutions, was invited to conduct a one-week facilitated session for a national taxation authority. The objective was to reverse-engineer business rules from a very complex spreadsheet called Al’s Spreadsheet. Read Ron’s Column to discover the lessons learned from that engagement.

Business Rules Solutions: Who (or What!) Makes Your Operational Business Decisions?

In his Column this month, Ron recounts several experiences he and his colleagues encountered where incorrectly implemented business rules proved very costly to the organization. To avoid such problems, Ron suggests that control over decisions be put in the hands of business managers. Read his Column to learn the impact poorly implemented business rules can have on an organization.

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