One Business Ontology
The goal oriented inferencers in the Be Informed Platform use business knowledge captured in a business ontology to dynamically derive the best solution for any given situation, automate knowledge work and support users in achieving their goals.
At the core of any Be Informed solution is a shared vocabulary of business concepts describing the products, services, processes, activities and policies of the organization in business terms. Business concepts are defined only once in the ontology. This unique definition can be reused everywhere. Definitions can even be used by other applications and external systems (via services), establishing a single point of truth.
Semantic models provide structure to large rule sets (knowledge architecture), allowing organisations to deal with much larger rule sets then traditional rules engines. The lack of an ontological approach in traditional rules engines leads to rule proliferation and redundancy. This in contrast to traditional rules engines that provide a programming type language (IF-THEN-ELSE) in which the user has to specify how each event should be processed. This requires the user to program in all known scenarios which can run into millions of permutations. Definitions are only implicit in the total set of IF-THEN-ELSE statements, which is prone to errors. A business vocabulary needs to be managed outside the ruleset.
The declarative semantic models enable Be Informed to deal with real world complexity. Be Informed is Immensely scalable, handles all levels of complexity. An Example is Dutch Immigrations which manages over 150.000 business rules with Be Informed.