about processes and engines

ruby business rules

RoolsPat Cappelaere took over the Rools project from Bob Stanley.

Rule and Workflow engine are related things. I sometimes think workflow engines are General Staff officers, taking care of the details in the long term, positioning the troops, whereas rule engines take the big decisions, Generals for short. It’s not a good parallel.

In business processes, decisions are usually taken by human participants, some decisions can be taken by rule engines (there are simple decisions left to workflow engines, generally routing decisions).
Some ‘automated decision taking’ can be useful outside the execution of a formal business process.

Is it a reduction to consider a rule engine as a decision taking artefact ?

To cut this short, workflow engine + rule engine is a powerful combination.

Written by John Mettraux

April 29, 2007 at 5:41 am

Posted in opensource, ruby, rules

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