Today, I like to make you aware of two books about business rules:
- Smart Enough Systems: How to Deliver Competitive Advantage by Automating Hidden Decisions, James Taylor and Neil Raden
- Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics, James Taylor
The book Smart Enough Systems is for me one of the most important books in the space of business rules. It had great influence on me and consequentially also on the BRFplus architecture and my work in driving the business rules approach at SAP.
Decision Management Systems came out last week. I have not read it yet. However, I know James from discussions, workshops and presentations, and it would be a big surprise when the new book is not as great as Smart Enough Systems in style and quality of the content. I further assume it shows the development and evolution in James' thinking. I have uploaded a sample chapter to my homepage. Feel free to download it.
Since many years I perceive James Taylor as the mastermind of decision management and predictive analytics. James knows especially well how to address business needs and show the advantages of the approach to the management levels. On his web site Decision Management Solutions you can find lots of excellent articles about the topic.
The following picture shows me and James at the SAP building WDF01 (EVZ) in Walldorf. This is where the board members sit and most important development takes place, such as BRFplus. ;-)
It was taken when James did visit us to speak to a group of managers and architects.