Finishing up BRForum this week were 3 sessions:
- A panel of worthies discussed questions on “Rules on the Web” in front of a large audience, chaired by John Hall, which turned into a panel on Rule Standards (all the panellists were involved in standards like W3C RIF, RuleML, and SBVR). So presumably “the web” is pretty irrelevant for most users.
- Another panel of worthies then discussed “Emerging Trends and Decisioning” in front of a much smaller audience, chaired by Kristen Seer. This had a bit more of interest from a CEP perspective:
- Jim Sinur commented that events, rules, processes and agility were coming together, pretty much mirroring Paul Haley’s view the day before.
- Ron Ross “confessed”, if I heard correctly, that the biggest business value of business rules were the decisions they drive.
- Jim Sinur commented on the move from a market-driven to a resource-driven economy.
- James Taylor commented that predictive analytics on pre-bust data is not going to be any worse than making no decision analysis at all.
- Jim Sinur added that there was a need to simulate rules against complex event (driven) scenarios.
- The last panel of worthies discussed Rule Standards, in front of an even smaller audience. Must have been the end of the day! But we had a good discussion on the merits and roles of PRR, RIF, SBVR, BPMN etc.
So was this a worthwhile conference? Yes, as usual there were a number of great sessions. Will it happen next year? I guess that depends on how the rule market adapts to the big guys being involved. And I apologize to the TIBCO customers present for not giving any updates on iProcess Decisions…