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The Decision Model: A Business Logic Framework Linking Business and Technology (IT Management) [Hardcover]

Barbara von Halle , Larry Goldberg
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2 Nov 2009 IT Management

In the current fast-paced and constantly changing business environment, it is more important than ever for organizations to be agile, monitor business performance, and meet with increasingly stringent compliance requirements. Written by pioneering consultants and bestselling authors with track records of international success, The Decision Model: A Business Logic Framework Linking Business and Technology provides a platform for rethinking how to view, design, execute, and govern business logic. The book explains how to implement the Decision Model, a stable, rigorous model of core business logic that informs current and emerging technology.

The authors supply a strong theoretical foundation, while succinctly defining the path needed to incorporate agile and iterative techniques for developing a model that will be the cornerstone for continual growth. Because the book introduces a new model with tentacles in many disciplines, it is divided into three sections:

Section 1: A Complete overview of the Decision Model and its place in the business and technology world

Section 2: A Detailed treatment of the foundation of the Decision Model and a formal definition of the Model

Section 3: Specialized topics of interest on the Decision Model, including both business and technical issues

The Decision Model provides a framework for organizing business rules into well-formed decision-based structures that are predictable, stable, maintainable, and normalized. More than this, the Decision Model directly correlates business logic to the business drivers behind it, allowing it to be used as a lever for meeting changing business objectives and marketplace demands. This book not only defines the Decision Model and but also demonstrates how it can be used to organize decision structures for maximum stability, agility, and technology independence and provide input into automation design.

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  • Hardcover: 553 pages
  • Publisher: Auerbach Publications (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420082817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420082814
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 16 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an important book: it has important things to say about an especially important set of real-world problems—business rules … The authors weave their business rule methodology together with the whole complex of other major business/technology areas, including business decision models, business process management, SOA, and requirement definitions … shows how a new way of using rules located in a common evaluation module can greatly simplify a business process and make it far easier to modify when the need arises.
—From the Foreword by Ken Orr, Topeka, Kansas

… one of the classic books of a new era in computing …
—Opher Etzion, IBM Research Laboratory Haifa

… a significant addition to our industry’s body of knowledge.
—Dave Hay, Capgemini Financial Services and Bestselling Author

… on the mark … a roadmap to successful use of business rules.
—Arne Herenstein, Insurance Industry Executive

… a new approach to improve the elicitation and quality of functional requirements and corresponding test cases in the development of systems .
—William D. Miller, Stevens Institute of Technology

… may very well change the way we define information systems in the future.
—Nadav Nahshon, Enterprise Data Architect

I expect the Decision Model to inspire developers of business rule mining and authoring technologies for years to come.
—Mannes Nauer, Software Expert

… a must for all of us who wish to break down our business rules and integrate them into the rest of our metadata systems.
—Robert Schork, DAMA-NJ and Meta-Data Professional Organization

… explains how to apply the model to directly benefit requirements planning, business processes, enterprise architecture and enterprise decision-making.
—Robert S. Seiner, KIK Consulting and TDAN.com

… covers the full spectrum of what you need to know when adopting decision management.
—Carole-Ann Matignon, FICO

… provides a framework and model that takes our field to the next level …
—Len Silverston, Bestselling Author

… presents a formal, and yet practical, model for business logic and business rules …
—Andrew Spanyi, Bestselling Author

I suspect this will be the handbook in this area for quite some time and a must read for all levels in IT today.
—Thomas Wolfe, Capricorn Technology Group

About the Author

Barbara von Halle is managing partner of Knowledge Partners International LLC (KPI) and the recipient of the 1995 International DAMA Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Known as a pioneer in data architecture and business rules, she is co-developer of the Decision Model. Barbara’s previous publications include Business Rules Applied (John Wiley & Sons) and The Handbook of Relational Database Design (Addison-Wesley). She also served as co-editor of Auerbach’s series Handbook of Data Management, and was a popular columnist in Database Programming and Design magazine for years.


Larry Goldberg is managing partner of Knowledge Partners International LLC (KPI) and is co-developer of the Decision Model. Larry currently serves as the editor of the Business Decision Management Bulletin (a monthly electronic publication) and as chair of the Business Decision Symposium series of BPMInstitute.org Conferences. Larry has founded several software companies, leading them through acquisitions. Prior to joining KPI, he sold a company to Sapiens Americas Corporation and served as Senior VP Sapiens Americas Corporation.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I thought the Business Rule Revolution was a great book, but this is better.
The Decision Model raises the level of abstraction at which we manage Business Rules (a Business Decision is a set of rules) and the approach the books presents is to Business Logic what the Relational Database model was/is to Data Management i.e. thorough, widely applicable, and very very useful.
The book also provides great insight into Business Logic in general, covering Business Rules and Business Decision Management (BDM), and the relationship between the Decision Model and, amongst other things, architecture (SOA) process modelling (BPMN) and Enterprise Decision Management (EDM).
This book should be on any Business / System Analyst's reading list. However, my only niggle is that the authors felt the need to invent a whole new graphical notation for modelling decisions, when surely UML (an ISO and de facto industry) standard would have sufficed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but hard to access 19 July 2014
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The content and theory behind this book is great, but the delivery is rather repetitive and grandiose. Hard work to read, but worthwhile the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Theory and Tons of Potential 18 April 2010
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This book is a very interesting read. It is about a new type of modeling called the decision model. The decision model has the potential to add great value to the software development process. It is intended to bridge the gap between the business users and the technical team on any given project.

This book does an excellent job of explaining the decision model by putting it into its proper context. The book also does a great job of showing how the decision model would integrate with common industry standard UML diagrams used today.

The authors show how the decision model can be integrated with the traditional business process model using BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation), use case models, the TOGAF process, and the Zachman Framework.

The major downside to the book is that tooling has not been developed to support the decision model. I did contact the authors and ask what tools they were using. They gave me the same list of the few listed in the book. IBM has a plug-in and New Wisdom has something in the works. Not having any tools available to make decision models will hurt the potential this book has for making a big impact on the current industry standards for gathering requirements.

I have been trying to make a UML Profile in SPARX EA, but just can't get the time to complete it. It will be a rather complete and should probably be created as a plug-in instead.

If tooling, that is cheap tooling, becomes available I think the Decision Model has great potential, until that happens it is great theory, but that will be all it is. SPARX EA and Visio templates will be a must for it to reach the masses that I deal with.

Because the book does such a great job of explaining the decision model I have a hard time dinging it because of the lack of tools. It is very thorough and a very good read. The theory is sound and has a ton of potential. I highly recommend reading this book for the theory itself, and if modeling tools become available you will be a step ahead in the industry.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Concept 30 Mar 2010
By Omaha BA - Published on Amazon.com
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As one who always embraces a new modeling technique with an open mind - only to toss most aside when they can't be applied effectively in the real world - I immediately saw that something was different about this technique based only on the articles and white papers on the KPI website. It almost seemed too simple to be true. Where were all the symbols that would require a new Visio template or a large-scale software application. So, I gambled the cost of the book on Amazon. And, it sure paid off! The concepts are presented in a way that is conducive to self-study. Integration into your current SDLC is explained. My two biggest take-aways: 1) harnessing a very large business rule repository by modeling the decisions that are made based on those rules and other decisions and 2)integrating decision models into my use cases. I put the concepts into practice immediately and can safely say that decision models are a permanent part of my BA toolkit.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well defined framework for business decisions 10 July 2010
By Paul W. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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A good overview of a complex topic. The KPI team appear to be well on their way to applying structure to the complex world of business decisions and rules.

In the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DODAF) and spinoffs MODAF, DNDAF this segment of views is addressed in a Business Rules Model (OV-6a) and partially as a Systems Rules Model (SV-10a). The decision model defined within the book is a good first step towards offering a framework to aid in the development and refinement of these products.

The graphical notations offered in the book are rather complex and still need further refinement to become more "business user" friendly.

I look forward to seeing this framework evolve and reading their next book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Align process models, decisions, and business rules 11 Oct 2010
By Stephen Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors call for "decision aware" business process models. We now critique our business process models to reveal, "what are the decisions?". The resulting process models are more complete yet simplified. The authors call for maintaining the decision elements (the decision model) outside the process model in the same way we manage business rules outside the use case. We now devote more effort to the actual analysis and less to housekeeping tasks. In JAD sessions and reference material research we now focus on "what are the decisions" from a top-down perspective and link each harvested business rule to a decision. The focus on decisions in the analysis phase aligns with an application design that separates orchestrations from decisions. The result is greater transparency and alignment of application design with business analysis. Have purchased a copy for each of our fifteen business analysts and conducting monthly inhouse seminars centered on the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very serious stuff, albeit rule-centric 31 Mar 2011
By Jean - Published on Amazon.com
More in this book review: [...] basically this is an interesting framework to model and formalize decisions which are well suited for rule-based automation (and the book has enough details to make it a reference manual which most of the users of the model may not need). On the other hand, the title is slightly misleading as it makes the concept appearing more generic and universal than it really is in the book. Indeed, not all decisions we take can be instrumented or automated as business rules.
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