Requirements Management

Poor specs result in rework. Lists of requirements are not enough.

Use cases, data models, prose requirements lists. All ways IT departments try to elicit an effective specification from business users. Yet far too many systems are unacceptable when delivered or end up awash in warranty or maintenance work. The gap between the way IT and business people talk about a system and the challenges of specifying the policies and regulations that must be supported make it all too easy to build the wrong system. IT methodologies and design tools make it hard to bring the business users into the process, contributing to an us-vs-them culture and specifications that are incomplete, inconsistent or just plain wrong.

With less money to spend on systems and a desperate need to reduce maintenance expense, organizations need better ways to specify what rules and policies should be implemented in new or modified systems. Tech-savvy business people are no longer willing to toss requirements documents “over the wall” and hope for the best and IT departments want partners, not just customers. Only if the people who understand the business can truly participate in the specification of the system and only if the specification is complete, consistent and traceable can the right system get built.

RuleXpress provides a comprehensive framework for compliance and helps embed governance into your operational processes and day to day activities. RuleXpress describes the rules that should be applied in usable and business-friendly ways while still tracing them back to the legal interpretation and original authoritative sources. Rules managed in RuleXpress can be analyzed for alignment with corporate goals and support impact analysis so you can see what effect a change will have before you make it. And RuleXpress ensures that everyone, from the business to the legal department, from risk management to information technology works from the same set of definitions, terms, synonyms and acronyms.

With its ability to manage traceability to both source documents, like regulations, and implementation artifacts, like multiple database designs and legacy code, RuleXpress makes impact analysis quick and easy for even the most complex change. With its support for disambiguating the language used in writing requirements and its unique quality scores for rules and terms, RuleXpress helps the business get the system they need.

RuleXpress complements your IT methodology and requirements management tools by bringing the business into the process more fully than ever before. With RuleXpress you get accurate, complete specifications of the decision-making logic that needs to go into the system that your IT department will be able to implement accurately, reducing time to market and saving on maintenance and rework costs. With RuleXpress, business users are able to make a meaningful contribution to the requirements process. Their input can be used to improve multiple systems designs by specifying technology-independent business rules.