Decision modeling, as a business user-friendly interface to rules management systems, has been popular for many years. DMN 1.0 now provides a standard to dissect decisions, relate it to input facts and describe detailed decision logic, for instance in the form of decision tables. It therefore replaces proprietary approaches that have dominated the field of Decision Management so far and provides extensibility into areas such as big data analytics.
DMN 1.0 was approved by the Object Management Group® (OMG), the standardization body that is also responsible for BPMN and UML. Indeed, the relationship between DMN 1.0 and BPMN 2.0 is very close: BPMN Rule Tasks can be refined using DMN, potentially influencing the routing logic of a process. On the other hand, DMN can also be used on its own to model operational business decisions.
“The DMN standard features the best of what we know about business decision rules”, says Jan Vanthienen, a pioneer of decision tables and decision logic modeling since the 1980s. The Belgian Professor fromis one of the contributors behind the DMN standard.
“The approval of DMN 1.0 opens decision modeling to a broad audience. In particular, the combination with BPMN 2.0 gives organizations a strong tool for improving and innovating business operation. The standard provides a firm base to define methods and working techniques for Business Decision Management. To have support from a popular platform such as Signavio helps us a lot to make Business Decision Management a practice in enterprises”, says Jürgen Pitschke, CEO of, Decision Management thought leader and trainer for DMN.
Just in time for the official approval of DMN 1.0, Signavio launches its support for this standard. The platform allows graphical modeling of DMN requirements diagrams as well as decision table editing. The DMN capabilities are included in all editions of the SaaS-based Signavio Process Editor, the leading software for collaborative process design and can be activated and used from today onwards. A free 30-day trial featuring DMN 1.0 functionality and examples is also available.
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