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Business Rules: A Key Component of Digital Transformation Power

Kamna Talwar
February 28, 2017

How many tasks does your organization complete on a daily basis?

Chances are, more decisions are made by the hour than you can count! And the outcomes of these decisions? They drive and shape everything from optimizing internal operations to delivering great customer experiences.

However, decisions don't always follow the same path, and business is rarely simple. Exceptions must be accounted for and changes must be addressed.

This is all critical to consider when going down the digital transformation path. Of course, with digital transformation, speed is key. But, without the power provided by business process management, you can only get so far. Most platforms with BPM capabilities have a business rules engine to automate processes that are the same each timeÖBut what about the more complex processes which have many variables? The key to digital transformation power lies in the business rules.

What are business rules? BPM Basics defines it this way:

"A statement describing a business policy or decision procedure. Some programming languages run business rules together into very complex algorithms. In business process analysis, each rule is usually stated independently, in the general format: If A and B, Then C. Workflow tools and detailed process diagrams both depend on business rules to specify how decisions are made. We generally associate business rules with activities. A decision diamond is adequate to show what happens if a loan is accepted or rejected, but dozens or even hundreds of business rules may need to be defined to clarify what a loan should be accepted or rejected. Training programs, job aids, software systems and knowledge management systems aim to document business rules either to automate the decision process or to make the rules available to other decision makers."

Why do rules matter?

Business rules are how critical decisions are made in an organization. Configuring complex rules ensures processes are executed consistently in all situations. Because consistency is vital to optimization, rules are a core component of BPM and essential for scalable digital transformation.

Simplify the complex.

Find out how to easily create complex decision logic in Appian Rules straight from the experts at Appian World 2017! The product track session "Eliminate Complexity with Simple Decisions" will provide the necessary information to getting the most out of BPM and your business rules logic.

Head over to to check out the full agenda, keynote speakers, and more (like our exclusive pre-conference and Agile Transformation training). Then register to secure your spot before the conference sells out!

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The clock is tickingÖ Appian World is only five weeks away! Learn more and register today. We hope to see you there!


Kamna Talwar