Thursday, May 24, 2012

Business Rules Management Software for Clean Energy Regulator

The Australian Clean Energy Regulator has issued a Request for Tender for a "Business Rule Management System". The description of the system includes mention of a diagram of "the conceptual use of rules engine" but there is no diagram in the tender announcement. A commercial off the shelf system (COTS) is required, with a start date of June 2012. The regulator is tasked with overseeing the new carbon pricing scheme which comes into force from that date:
Provision of Business Rule Management System Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Software Package
ATM ID RFT CER2012/456
Agency Clean Energy Regulator
Category 43230000 - Software
Close Date & Time 1-Jun-2012 2:00 pm (ACT Local time)
Publish Date 23-May-2012


A Business Rules Management (BRMS) is a complete set of software components for the creation, testing, management, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of business rules in a production operational environment. A BRMS contains elements targeted at developers and other ICT staff as well as elements intended for less technical users. These BRMS features give business users and business analysts the ability to make routine changes and updates to the business rules that drive Decision Services, while freeing IT resources to concentrate on higher value-added projects and initiatives.

The business processes this BRMS addresses are very rich in rules which involve complex mathematical formulae as well as those that are event / workflow / logic based. The need is to find or develop a rules engine capability that is oriented towards easy creation and management of mathematical formula based rules. These rules take inputs from fields on a screen and calculate values to be output into fields in a database that are then displayed on a screen. The diagram below illustrates the conceptual use of rules engine modularisation

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This RFT was previously advised in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's Annual Procurement Plan for this financial year as agency reference Jan-12 (Business Rule Management System software package).

The RFT documentation can be obtained by sending an email ...

The resultant Contract is expected to commence late June 2012.
Estimated Value (AUD) From $400,000.00 to $450,000.00 ...

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