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Lessons from the Building Business Capability Conference

December 03, 2015 0 Comments
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Progress® Corticon® visited the Building Business Capability Conference last month. We learned a lot about the state of the industry, and the need for simple and effective rules management.

We recently got back from attending the Building Business Capability Conference (BBC), which provided us with some fascinating insights into the way business is being done. The BBC covers topics like business architecture, rules, analytics, decisions and plenty more—there was a lot to take in.

One of the key takeaways was that business customers want things to be simple and easy. This is no surprise, but sometimes something that looks simple doesn’t actually add the simplicity that’s desired.

When it comes to generating business rules, for example, there are some who prefer the visual nature of a decision tree. At the end of the day, however, these visual tools aren’t so reliable, and the conference focused on that. The overwhelming conclusion was that in order to get a clear picture, there’s still no better way than by using a decision table.

Workshops on generic decision modeling and decision tables were particularly well attended, and there was a lot of discussion about how to help the non-technical business folks get a better understanding of what’s going on. This is an important goal, but it’s not enough just to be easy to use; it’s also important to get it right.

Progress Corticon was one of the first to use decision tables and has been among the best for a long time. That means we have had time to refine our decision tables to be not only the most powerful—with the ability to handle multiple objects, as well as check for conflicts between rules and find missing rules—but also to include an intuitive interface that’s easy to understand. Other decision tables don’t have that.

We were among the first to recognize the industry need for as simple and intuitive an interface as possible, and we don’t plan to stop innovating there. It’s clear our customers don’t want us to. We’re proud to offer the best decision tables in the industry today, and we will continue to strive to give customers high quality tools to build their logic in the easiest and most effective way.

If you have 90 seconds, take a moment to see what’s new in Corticon and how it can help your business thrive when it comes to rules management. We’re already helping governments, lenders, realtors, and many others dealing with complex rules that often change quickly, all without costly custom coding.

It was exciting to be a part of this conference, and we learned a lot. Feel free to share your own thoughts on the conference in the comments, or you can always contact us if you have any questions.

Michael Parish

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