Dr. Bostrom, Professor Emeritus, MIS Department, shared his insights on the changing paradigm in IS development that best puts the UGA/Sapiens alliance into perspective, "One of the major areas of change is to manage business processes and business rules as separate resources, yet resources that are closely connected. Today's dominant IS development paradigm focuses on business processes with business rules embedded in program code, making information systems difficult to change. However, there is a paradigm shift underway resulting in the business process being separated and managed by a business process management system (BPMS), while the business rules (business logic) are separated and managed by a business rules/decision management system (BRMS/BDMS) such as Sapiens DECISION."
Dr. Bostrom added, "BRMS offerings have been around since the 1990s, yet they are not in widespread use. Thus, the separation of business rules has really not been very successful. It is clearly useful to manage important business logic separately, but to do this effectively a new level of abstraction, a new model for managing business logic was needed. Based on the experience with data and process models, this new model needs to be technology-independent and have the ability to bridge the business and IS/IT communities. Goldberg and von Halle published The Decision Model book in 2009 outlining, in-depth, the type of model needed, referred to as The Decision Model. It defines a technology-independent way of organizing and modeling business logic in terms of decisions and sets of business rules (rule families) that go into making a decision. Despite being independent of technology, The Decision Model is easily implementable in technology, applicable to both current and future technology products."
Sapiens has developed the only full implementation of the Decision Model in their DECISION BDMS and has made the BDMS available to UGA MIS Department. Sapiens has also provided support to help the MIS Department implement both The Decision Model and DECISION software into the curriculum. "The MIS Department already had strong offerings in Business Process Management, but had done little to train students on the critical role of business rules management," concluded Dr. Bostrom.