Knowledge Management / Business Rules Management
The knowledge of an organization consists of the products & services catalogue, terms and conditions, organizational policies, law and regulations to comply to, process rules, etc. It is a huge amount of knowledge, continuously growing, not always explicit available, and if available not always in applicable format.
At the same time knowledge is the lifeline of an organization. In order to survive, business rules have to be maintainable, adjustable, extensible and applicable by business users under the responsibility of the business owners. Such a status can only be achieved when business rules get a central place in the architecture and in the organization, when business rules are positioned as an autonomous component and when business rules are structured in a network construction and expressed in a business natural language including the way they relate to each other (network structure, taxonomies, etc.). In this way business concepts have a single point of definition (and maintenance) allowing to be used multiple times.