On Business Rules Automation: The BR-Centric IS Development Framework

  • Irma Valatkaite
  • Olegas Vasilecas
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3631)


The business rules (BR) approach in information systems (IS) engineering responds to the need of business practitioners to maintain their ISs efficiently in the volatile business environment. The important requirement is to reduce effects to adapt IS to the changes in business environment. This problem can be solved by the explicit use of enterprise knowledge in the form of BR stored outside of the application logic. A number of BR-based systems, methods, frameworks, and languages were proposed, but only few address automatic BR implementation. In this paper we present the framework which outlines the main components for BR-based IS development using BR automation. In our approach we differentiate three abstraction layers where the understanding, representation, and use of BR differ accordingly. We give the definitions of the components, outline their role in the framework, and present the results of a short case study as an example of the framework instantiation.


Business Process Information System Development Framework Business System Business Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irma Valatkaite
    • 1
  • Olegas Vasilecas
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Systems Scientific LaboratoryVilnius Gediminas Technical UniversityVilniusLithuania

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