A short introduction to LIBRT: the Lab for Intelligent Business Rules Technology

///A short introduction to LIBRT: the Lab for Intelligent Business Rules Technology

We are the most effective partner to keep your operational decisions aligned with your police and vice-versa. LibRT has been helping businesses in Europe and North America assess and improve the quality of their decisions since 1998. Our goal is to enable our client’s business by supporting its professionals, improving productivity, and transferring skills.

Each company has policies in place that help it achieve its goals. Many of these policies affect operational decisions. Many of these operational decisions are executed more efficiently and effectively when automated, but in order to do that successfully, the policy must be formalized. There are many ways to do so. Do you use a knowledge base, business rules, machine learning or other AI techniques?

We are able to select the right set of technologies and help you to translate a policy or laws into comprehensive and consistent criteria. Finally we develop a methodology with the goal to ensure automated compliance to satisfy your corporate governance needs.

The methodology that we develop and employ is used to improve requirements in software specifications, instructions for business workers, and transparency about policy compliance.

What we do

During the past 15 years, we have learnt that business people, such as IT specialists and subject matter experts, like to have very clear, precise and formal specifications in place.  With this in mind, LibRT concentrates on supporting the delivery of high quality business rules, with a particular focus on terminology. Having, and following, business rules is all well and good, but our experience has shown us that the highest cause of problems an organization faces when it comes to precise specifications and instructions is the terminology. Often, two or more words are being used to describe one thing, or one word is being used to describe several different things. Both situations can cause confusion amongst employees working together, and lead to costly results. In order to overcome this problem we believe it is important that a business’ terminology is clearly defined and that one uses the same wording and sentence patterns throughout. Therefore, we use RuleSpeak® as a standardized way of writing business rules and created a rule verification module called VALENS.

What we provide

We begin the process by interviewing employees to find out exactly what they want and to determine where the problems lie. We also gather any existing documentation and information regarding procedures the client may have. We work together with our client’s specialists to solve any inconsistencies and remove any redundant wording (such as homonyms and synonyms).

We then collate all the information gathered, and use the RuleXpress tool, which supports our business rules methodology, to define all the terminology and define the requirements or rules based on patterns, such as RuleSpeak®. Once this has been processed, we create clear, succinct documentation that provides a consistent and comprehensive business rules overview in the form of a PDF or Excel file or an interactive web portal. Depending on the client’s wishes, LibRT can create specifications for them to use or Silvie Spreeuwenberg will train their employees so that they may proceed further themselves.

Who we are

The company’s founder, Silvie Spreeuwenberg, is a well-known expert in the field and also holds training sessions, delivers talks, and writes for a number of scientific publications and columns as a means of sharing her expertise and experience in the field of business rules with the international community.

Nowadays, LibRT focuses on providing its business rules methodology services to organizations based in the Netherlands. Silvie Spreeuwenberg works with a group of professional freelancers and organizations to deliver our services.

Other products

LibRT’s VALENS is the industry’s first independent product targeted at verifying and validating business rules. VALENS enables you to test rules on consistency, completeness and redundancy. Being the first company to put verification and validation on the agenda of the rules community, together with the fact that our projects are characterized by short lead times, has set LibRT apart from our competitors on an international level.

LibRT founded RuleArts as a joint venture with Business Rules Solutions (USA). It was based on the strong belief that technology-independent business rules and vocabulary should be owned by the business supported by appropriate tooling. Silvie Spreeuwenberg was the product manager of RuleXpress, the first true rule book management system, for more than 12 years. In 2016 RuleArts has been acquired by H3R investments (see press release) who will foster RuleArts to its next phase of technical and commercial growth.

LibRT aims to work with the specialists on the client’s side and to involve them in the entire process as much as possible. This enables the specialists to write the requirements themselves and to ‘own’ the specifications, which delivers results that are much more advantageous for the client in the end. Besides our projects we provide training on business rules methodology, RuleSpeak, SBVR, RuleXpress and the rule based approach to traffic management (LRA).

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