Start-up rethinks business rules software
Why can't business rules software work more like a spreadsheet?
That was the question Corticon Technologies Inc. asked itself three
years ago when it set out to design a different kind of business rules platform,
said Eric Kintzer, vice president of business development at the San Mateo,
Believing that business rules technology was missing the point by having
programmers set up the business rules, Corticon decided to approach business
rules from a business analyst perspective, Kintzer explained. So rather than
taking the programmer approach of starting with the business rules engine,
Corticon began with a spreadsheet-like interface that business analysts would be
familiar with and could then use to set the business rules themselves.
Corticon's approach ''started with a familiar spreadsheet-like metaphor for
modeling business rules that business analysts would be very familiar with and
then built a rules engine that matched it,'' Kintzer said. ''We didn't come from
the expert system heritage era like most of the other rules engine vendors. We
designed a spreadsheet-like approach for modeling, analyzing and testing the
rules that business analysts can do entirely without any programmer
The first version of the Corticon product shipped in late 2002, Kintzer said.
Version 2.8 of the Corticon Decision Management Platform became GA late last
month with rules engine performance improved to run 10 times faster than
previous versions, he added.
Rich Seeley is Web Editor for Campus Technology.