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Last weekend I was asked on Twitter whether I would offer a lecture about Business rules at SAP Inside Track Hamburg next weekend. I am really glad that people are interested in that topic and so I decided to offer a talk about BRFplus and DSM for next-generation business applications. And if you have specific ideas, questions and suggestions I should cover in my task please send them to me perhaps as comment to this blog entry or even better ask them in Hamburg.

What are my ideas for the talk? Of course I would like to give a short introduction but also share and discuss my experience with BRFplus. I will present some best practices and will also ask technical questions.

I blogged many times about BRFplus/DSM and in my opinion every ABAPer should have at least basic BRFplus skills since this tool can make SAP Business Suite as well as custom development more transparent, easier to change. Moreover it can lead to standardization and reduction of development costs.

But BRFplus can help you to implement really new business applications and I will also present some use cases. Last april at DSAG I offered a talk about process Automation using BRFplus which is now available on Slideshare. I think I can summarize the information of this talk in a few sentences:

  • Automation of data driven processes with standardized business messages like purchase orders is easy. But working with data from the real world is difficult. It becomes really interesting when automating processes with semi-structured and highly ambiguous data.
  • Understanding and operating with real world data means rationalisation of business processes and is a chance to implement completely new business processes.
  • At my DSAG talk I presented my experience on processing scanned questionnaires with Information about accidents using sophisticated BRFplus rule sets – perhaps I will be more technical next weekend.

I think I will discuss this kind of applications but also how to use BRFplus/DSM at large scale. Those use cases are common in finance and insurance where complex calculations are part of contracts with business partners. These data have to be maintained and replicated to operational systems. BRFplus/DSM can serve as cornerstone for those this kind of applications.

If there’s still time I will come to DSM-HANA scenarios which have real outstanding capabilities.

But These are just my first thoughts – if you have other suggestions what to cover in this talk feel free to contact me. And I’m already looking forward to an exciting SAP Inside Track Hamburg.

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