NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Friday, November 10, 2017

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Presentation | Room: Timor 1 & 2

How Business Analysts Build Executable Decision Models Using DMN Without Programming

Presented by: Jacob Feldman


The recently introduced OMG standard “Decision Model and Notation” (DMN) promises to bring standardization to business decision modeling with a strong orientation to business analysts as people who are supposed to create, test, and maintain operational decision models. DMN offers standardized formats for decision requirement diagrams and various decision tables which business analysts love to use in real-world decision modeling. However, the current DMN version also includes many programming constructs which complicate the acceptance of the standard by business analysts.  In this presentation we will analyze such DMN constructs and suggest how to replace many of them with commonly used decision tables. We will use examples of practical decision models to demonstrate how to use DMN while avoiding programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyzing business-friendly and not so friendly DMN constructs
  • Proposing replacements for not business-friendly DMN constructs
  • Using practical examples of complex decision models yet avoiding programming

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Dr. Jacob Feldman

Dr. Jacob Feldman

Founder / CTO
OpenRules, Inc.

Dr. Jacob Feldman is the CTO of OpenRules, Inc., a NJ corporation that created and maintains the highly popular Open Source Business Rules and Decision Management System commonly known as "OpenRules" ( He has extensive experience in development of decision support software using business rules, optimization, and machine learning technologies for real-world mission-critical applications. He is a frequent presenter at the major business rules events and a contributor to and other Decision Management social forums. Jacob is also a Specification Lead for the JCP standard JSR-331. In 2017 Dr. Feldman published a new book "DMN in Action with OpenRules" - see

Jacob's 2017 Presentations:

  1. Decision Modeling in Action with DMN and OpenRules
    Thursday, November 9, 2017 (10:55 am – 11:15 am)
  2. How Business Analysts Build Executable Decision Models Using DMN Without Programming
    Friday, November 10, 2017 (9:00 am – 10:00 am)

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