Business Rules Management

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Price: See Description

Unit of Measure: Usage Based

Pricing Type: Fixed

Billing Cycle: Monthly

Service Lead: Jeffrey Scheich Jeffrey.Scheich@vita.virginia.gov

Description:

The Business Rules Management (BRM) service offers agencies a robust system for managing and accessing business logic.

The BRM service is implemented using IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) platforms. The IBM ODM platform consists of two components, IBM Decision Center and IBM Decision Server.

The BRM service provides agencies with capabilities for capturing, automating and governing frequent, repeatable business decisions. The BRM service improves processes by separating the business rules from agency developed application code. It gives business owners and policy experts more direct control over how their rules are used by agency applications. Given the many regulations required by state and federal law for COV agencies to follow, the BRM service provides valuable assistance in compliance.

Pricing

Pricing for the BRM service is based on a combination of BRM core and server charges. The AIS team will collaborate with each customer to define the optimal configuration based on agency needs.

BRM Cores

A BRM core is the unit of measure for the software and support included with the BRM service. BRM cores are shared between customer production and non-production servers. A minimum configuration of 0.5 cores is required for production servers. A minimum configuration of 0.1 cores is required for non-production servers.

For invoicing, the number of BRM cores assigned to a customer are combined into the BRM core quantity total. The BRM core quantity total is multiplied by the BRM core rate to calculate the BRM core charge.

New customers to the BRM service are offered a discounted introductory rate for non-production BRM instances. The introductory rate applies until the first production BRM instance is deployed or for the first year of utilizing the service in non-production mode, whichever comes first.  The introductory rates are converted to standard rates at that time.

Server Charges

BRM customers will need at least one dedicated AIX LPAR server to run the BRM service. The specific configuration will be determined based on customer needs.

Server, Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Access rates are based on the VITA service catalog pricing.

  • Tier 1 SAN is normally utilized for production and Tier 2 SAN is normally used for non-production. 
  • All storage associated with the customer LPAR is charged to BRM customers. 
  • Disaster recovery is an option for production BRM servers.
Monthly Service Rates
Standard
BRM Core $560 per 0.1 core
Minimum cores (production) 0.5 cores
Minimum cores (non-production) 0.1 cores
Introductory
BRM Core $280 per 0.1 core
Minimum cores 0.5 cores
Minimum cores (non-production) 0.1 cores
Server Charges
AIX LPAR Server $722.01 per LPAR
AIX LPAR SAN Storage Tier1: $3.97 per Gigabyte
Tier2: $3.58 per Gigabyte
Network Access $16.21 per LPAR
Disaster Recovery (Optional)
AIX LPAR DR Server $296.46 per LPAR
AIX LPAR DR SAN Storage $2.78 per Gigabyte

How to Order

  • Customers begin the ordering process by contacting their VITA Customer Account Manager (CAM). 
  • The CAM will engage the VITA AIS team who will guide customers through required collaborative discussions to develop a BRM solution that meets agency requirements.  The BRM solution effort is provided at no cost.
  • After the agency specific BRM solution is documented, the process is finalized by completing form 7-056 (STANDARD FORM FOR APPLICATION INTEGRATION SERVICES (AIS)) available in the Form Library Standard Form AIS 7-056. The AIS team will complete the form and submit to the customer for approval.

For more information about the BRM service or VITA AIS services in general, please contact VITA-AIS-Governance@vita.virginia.gov.

Customers may also contact their VITA Customer Account Manager (CAM).

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Business Rules Management (BRM) service is a service offered by the VITA AIS group and is based on IBM Operational Decision Manager platform. The BRM service provides agencies with capabilities for capturing, automating and governing frequent, repeatable business decisions. The BRM service provides a platform for managing and executing business rules and business events. BRM consists of two components, IBM Decision Center and IBM Decision Server.

The Business Rules Management (BRM) service enables the agency's business and IT areas to collaborate with system implementation and change.

The BRM service will benefit the customer by:

  • Providing s logical flow of the rules process by beginning with the business unit and then feeding to the development process
  • Providing a single source of business rules by separating the business rules from the application
  • Providing agility to implement changes in business rules
  • Savings in cost by providing a single source for business rules thus requiring fewer resources to implement changes
  • Providing a complete, easily accessible audit trail and traces the decision history throughout the lifetime of the application
  • Providing security and authorization mechanisms to designate authority for specific changes and approval procedures for those changes
  • Providing built-in governance and change management

VITA procures all licenses required to support BRM. Each customer is allocated the number of licenses required to support their BRM instances. This shared licensing and support approach provides customers with cost effective licensing and support for application integration.

An AIX LPAR is a virtual server configured on IBM Power hardware. AIX is the IBM UNIX operating system and LPAR stands for logical partition. Running AIX LPARs on IBM Power hardware provides optimized performance and maximizes BRM license efficiency.

An AIX LPAR provides a server platform that is configured for each customer and isolates customer information to the server. Customers are allocated AIX LPARs that are configured based on the number of software cores required and the amount of SAN storage needed for the BRM instance.

There is a minimum of 0.5 processor cores required for a production BRM service instance. There is a minimum of 0.1 processor cores required for a non-production BRM service instance. Typically customer consumes cores in 0.5 increments. The partial core pricing allows AIS customers to be assigned the optimal amount of services required to support the customer instances.

No. License efficiency is one of the key differentiators for the BRM service. The general concept is Development and Test instances share the production license. Those instances share the production license structure and there is no separate BRM Core charge for non-production licenses. If a production instance consumed 100% of the available cores, it is possible that the non-production instances would be running in minimal capacity mode. AIS will work with its customers to monitor BRM core usage.

The introductory rate applies until the first production BRM instance is deployed or for the first year of utilizing the service in non-production mode, whichever comes first. The introductory rates are converted to standard rates at that time.

Yes. The BRM service is compliant with COV security standards and best practices. It is protected by security gateway appliances that provide security, integration, control and optimized access.

The creation and governance tools allow for collaboration and enforcing different staff roles throughout rule life cycle management.

Yes. Separating rules from application code reduces time, effort, and cost of maintenance, because rule changes do not require code changes. In addition, the service implements a rule engine with horizontal and vertical clustering, allowing for robust, scalable, and highly-available rule engine requests from apps.

The BRM service can accommodate systems with small rule needs, such as 100, or very large systems with 100,000 or more rules. The service also allows combining rules into "rule sets", which apply to a particular situation and should be evaluated together.

The BRM service includes built-in change management, version control, and maintains audit history of changes made to rules.

VITA AIS architects and subject matter experts will work with customers to develop a solution that integrates into the AIS middleware environment. Customers are always responsible for application development. The AIS team will collaborate with your staff and provide guidance to ensure that the implementation is carried out utilizing industry best practices.

The services are available to all executive branch agencies.

The infrastructure for this service is managed by Application Integration Services (AIS), a group within VITA that provides secure hosting and integration services for agency applications. In addition to the service, AIS provides the security, architecture expertise and application monitoring for the service infrastructure. AIS also provides 24X7 support for the production and non-production environments.

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