Business Rule Engine: the Forgotten Role of Programming


by Rebecca Beckett - Date: 2008-10-13 - Word Count: 559 Share This!

Think back...how many times have you updated the software on your computer, used a self-check out at the grocery store or applied for a loan that you got approved for right away? Did you stop and think to yourself - wow, the programming behind this must just be amazing. There wasn't any problems or anything. I've been approved for my loan. In the scenario with the loan, the type of software/programming used is a <a href=http://www.zootweb.com/additional_information/business_rules_engine.html>Business Rule Engine</a>. In <a href=http://www.zootweb.com/additional_information/automated_decisioning.html>Automated Decisioning</a> these are the rules the computer uses to determine when someone will be approved for a loan or credit card.

How does it work?
Well, it is a software system that is run with a specific set of rules. These rules allow the computer to be smart enough to approve or deny credit card applications, mortgages or other types of loans. For example a rule might be written that says, "IF some-condition THEN allow customer a mortgage." Another type or business rule engine might be programmed to help a warehouse know when things are out of stock. So, they create this program to alert them when stocking is needed.

Where is it at work?
These types of software systems may be at play anywhere. They may be used at your work. Banks, mortgage companies, loan processors, and credit unions are all going to be using this type of software. It is amazing really that we've been able to create something like this to take some of the human aspect out of these decisions. This saves tremendous amounts of time and energy when running a mortgage through the process or when getting a credit card approval. It is faster for the computer to review the information with its set of rules than for a banker to sit down and analyze a stack of paper on his desk.

Programmers are often forgotten since they exist behind the pretty graphics and fun 3-D images attracting our attention. However, programmers are really the people that make it work. You can't have only a pretty picture. You can't have only a string of code. The designers and programmers must work together to make the entire product work.

The jobs that exist for programmers are numerous. From business rule engines to video games, programming jobs are necessary to make everything work. Understanding code is like learning a second language. This can be easy for some and difficult for others. Often the designers of a team may be speaking in a language altogether different than the language spoken by the programmers. And, for those of us on the sidelines just waiting for whatever it is they are working on - we have no idea what either party is talking about but we know that the latest software will solve all our problems, balance our checkbook, approve loans and be a fun new game for the kids to play.

We live in the age of technology and the ways that technology is put to work is often astounding. With the use of software systems such as a business rule engine we are making strides to better automating many systems. We will find this type of software programming put to work much more in the future as we truly attempt to take as many hands as possible out of the pot and let the computer make all the hard decisions.


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About the Author: Rebecca Beckett is a freelance writer for Innuity. If you would like more information about Business Rule Engine. or Automated Decisioning go to Zoot

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