Blog Posts Process Management

What Is A Business Rules Management System (BRMS)?

Blog: ProcessMaker Blog

Organizations that seek to improve their workflows through exciting new technology like automation need to first achieve a level of formality in their policies and decision-making processes. This is where business rules and a system for defining, implementing, and managing them come into play. That system is known as a business rules management system (BRMS). In this guide to BRMS we will cover:

What are business rules?

Business rules are directives that define and/or constrain an organization’s business activities. Business rules are important because they specify an organization’s objectives and provide guidelines on how processes will be performed. Many organizations have informal and undocumented business rules. In these organizations, employees know what they are supposed to do and do it according to their ingrained understanding of their job functions.

Undocumented business rules, however, lead to inefficiencies and inconsistencies across an organization’s processes. Business rules management is a method for formally defining how an organization’s business processes are performed. With business rules management, business objectives and processes are known by all members of an organization. This allows organizations to scale their operations while providing employees with an efficient level of autonomy.  

Business Rules
Source: BP Trends

What is a business rules management system (BRMS)?

A business rules management system (BRMS) is a software solution that is used to define, deploy, execute, monitor, and manage business rules and decision logic. With a BRMS, business rules and decision-making are automated across an organization’s business processes. A BRMS can distinguish relationships between various business rules and associate rules with technological solutions that perform the required functions.

Business rules management systems have broad use scenarios across industries. Organizations that can benefit from a BRMS include:

Key components of a business rules management system

There are many different types of business rules management systems, offering a wide variety of features and functionality. Every BRMS, however, includes the following key components:


A repository is a database infrastructure that collects, manages, and stores data. In a BRMS business rules are stored in a repository rather than embedding rules as code within the application. This way the rules can be accessed by more than one application and are available for reuse.

Development Environment

A BRMS provides development tools for both technical and business users to define and manage business rules. Users can develop business rules without writing code and validate business rules, among other features. 

Runtime environment

A runtime environment is a hardware and software infrastructure that enables the operation of a codebase in real time. In a BRMS, this allows applications to invoke the applicable business rules and execute them using a business rules engine.

Benefits of a BRMS

A business rules management system offers organizations a broad range of benefits. Some of the key benefits include: 

How BRMS can be used alongside BPM

To understand how a BRMS can be used alongside a business process management (BPM) system, it helps to first understand the distinction between the two. We said above that a BRMS is a system for defining, executing, and managing business rules. A BPM system, however, is a software solution that helps organizations to optimize their business processes to increase efficiency and productivity.

Clearly defined business rules specify how, when, and by whom tasks are performed. With a BRMS, an organization can implement and manage business rules to form the foundation of efficient processes. Processes are then optimized using BPM, allowing organizations to improve productivity, reduce costs, and improve compliance.

ProcessMaker is a low-code business process management software that allows organizations to incorporate business rules management to ensure efficient, automated, and data-driven decision-making.

The post What Is A Business Rules Management System (BRMS)? appeared first on ProcessMaker.

Leave a Comment

Get the BPI Web Feed

Using the HTML code below, you can display this Business Process Incubator page content with the current filter and sorting inside your web site for FREE.

Copy/Paste this code in your website html code:

<iframe src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="auto" width="100%" height="700">

Customizing your BPI Web Feed

You can click on the Get the BPI Web Feed link on any of our page to create the best possible feed for your site. Here are a few tips to customize your BPI Web Feed.

Customizing the Content Filter
On any page, you can add filter criteria using the MORE FILTERS interface:

Customizing the Content Filter

Customizing the Content Sorting
Clicking on the sorting options will also change the way your BPI Web Feed will be ordered on your site:

Get the BPI Web Feed

Some integration examples