The rules have changed
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Dec 10, 2000
Computer Associates International Inc. has released a new version of a tool
that allows organizations to modify the business rules and regulations that
underlie their key business applications.
Aion 9.0, now generally available, is designed to enable organizations
to change how their applications work as business requirements change.
For example, the product is already being used at the Immigration and
Naturalization Service to modify forms- processing applications as changes
occur in citizen eligibility requirements, and at the Defense Department
to adapt applications as rules change regarding health care fraud detection.
As part of the new release, CA has added a World Wide Web interface
option to Aion's existing client/server product, making it easier to distribute
the software's e-business rules-control features to authorized managers
via intranets. Both the browser and desktop client interfaces are highly
graphical, intended for use by nontechnical staff.
By putting that ability in the hands of the knowledge workers who deal
with the rules every day, Aion 9.0 gives government organizations the ability
to re-engineer business processes and implement new e-business models for
their budgets, procurement processes and other applications, said Carl Hartman,
vice president of e-business management at CA.
"The knowledge workers know the rules, and now these are the folks who
have the power to do it themselves," Hartman said. "These users understand
the processes and are doing it.... [Those] with knowledge of these processes
should own their own destiny."
Other Aion 9.0 enhancements include: flexible decision tables to simplify
the creation of business rules involving multiple limitations, improved
rule change management and editing, and simplified remote deployment for
Commercial pricing for Aion 9.0 starts at more than $50,000, but the
product will be available soon on the General Services Administration schedule
for less, Hartman said.