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These days, severe market demands drive enterprises to reduce costs and increase shareholder value. In such an environment, businesses can realize significant cost reductions and efficiencies by automating business process flows, eliminating nonvalue-adding human interventions, and allowing enterprise applications to communicate and intelligently and seamlessly share information. In this two-part series, we present the technology building blocks for automating an enterprise, how those blocks fit within an enterprise component architecture such as J2EE, and how you can design and build a business rule engine solution based on this architecture.
We begin by explaining business process automation components, then introduce existing J2EE-based (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) rules engines, and conclude by explaining how rule engines fit within an enterprise architecture.
Read the whole series, "Business Process Automation Made Easy with Java:"
We define business process automation as technology components substituting and/or supplementing manual processes to manage information flow within an organization to lower costs, reduce risk, and increase consistency. For example, Figure 1 illustrates a generic risk-assessment business process inherent in most financial applications such as mortgage preprocessing, claims processing, underwriting, and so on.
Figure 1. Manual risk-assessment process
Such a manual risk-assessment process can lead to problems such as:
Added up, such problems can make manual risk assessment an expensive process.
Figure 2 illustrates the same process in an automated environment.
Figure 2. Automated risk-assessment process
Clearly, the transformed environment can significantly lower costs by eliminating manual data re-entry, shortening decision cycles via automated risk assessment, centralizing decision making, and lowering risk due to the analytical input.
Automation can deliver benefits only with a combination of process re-engineering, enabling technology, and an organizational structure that can support both. We believe the following four key technology building blocks are mandatory for an automated enterprise:
In this article, we focus on a J2EE-centric automation solution built around the business rule engine component.