Monday, December 04, 2006

The article that started it all?

Business Process Trends had an article posted by Steve Minsky who gave the example:

  • If a customer has good credit then assign a credit rate of 6
  • If a customer has good credit then assign a credit rate of 8


These rules, however syntactically correct, contradict each other; they would cause the arbitrary assignment of a credit rating of “6” to some customers and “8” to others. This intermittent kind of business logic error is extremely difficult to diagnose with even state of the art testing tools. After the system goeslive, it may be months with unknown losses of customers or unprofitable accounts until the error is detected and corrected.

Extremely difficult yes, but Acumen Business has put this functionality inside their Rule Manager. Discover your anomalies in Biztalk policies with the brand new Rule Manager here.

Note: that rules that use facts from assemblies in the GAC are causing problems on the rule anomaly algorithms. This hopefully will be addressed soon.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Rule Animation



Business Rules Manager 1.4.0.20 showing the new enhancements in the Interactive Rule Map.









Discovery of new galaxies?

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Policy Verificator release

Acumen Business has just released the beta version of the new Policy Verificator that supports BizTalk 2006.

Major enhancements are made in the Interactive Rule Map (rule spider). There is a new free text search. And of course all the previous functions of Printing BizTalk Rules and Merging Vocabularies are available.












Saturday, January 14, 2006

BizTalk v.s. Windows Workflow Foundation

I just got the MSDN in the snail mail box and was reading this morning about the new Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF). There is a strong similarity with Biztalk in regards to the Workflow part of BizTalk.

There are some other comments about this comparison. See Darren . Combine this with the news that Scott Woodgate has left the project, I wonder where the BizTalk product is heading to.

Brian Loesgen has published a nice comparison table of BizTalk features v.s. Windows Workflow Foundations.