SAP BRM (Business Rules Management) and BRFplus (Business Rules Framework) are rule management solutions based on Java and ABAP, respectively. These SAP tools effectively address business rules requirements in diverse landscapes.
Both solutions offer a comprehensive range of implementation and integration capabilities. Key considerations for selecting the appropriate technology are outlined below.
SAP BRM is a Java-based solution integrated into the SAP NetWeaver CE (Composition Environment) platform. It facilitates various stages of the rules life cycle, including design, execution, modification, and optimization.
BRM provides an environment for designing and implementing rules through decision tables and representation formats. It includes features for testing and validating rules during the design phase. Additionally, a web-based rules management environment for business users enables real-time effects in consuming applications. BRM offers a common rules repository for versioning, access control, permissions, and rules activation at specific times.
Integration with SAP BPM is achieved through Web Services and in BPM's native environment.
On the other hand, SAP BRFplus is available as part of the SAP NetWeaver ABAP application server (version 7.01 and above). It assists business analysts and IT practitioners in exploring, managing, implementing, changing, and testing business rules across all ABAP-based solutions, with seamless integration into SAP Business Suite and SAP Business ByDesign.
BRFplus provides a user-friendly web-based interface for modeling, editing, and managing business rules. Invocation options for rules include ABAP API, RFC, and Web Services. The solution supports rules versioning, allowing rule activation at specific times. A common rules repository facilitates transportable, non-transportable, client-dependent, and client-independent rules artifacts. BRFplus also integrates smoothly with SAP Business Workflows.
Benefits of these solutions include improved decision-making, dynamic and real-time rule availability, uniformity, transparency, increased efficiency, reduced errors, and centralized rule management. They offer a wide range of integration capabilities.