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Vol. 28 No. 6 — June 2011

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Corticon: Enterprise Apps Without the Coding
by Barbara Brynko


CorticonA successful enterprise is one that lets its leaders make good decisions quickly when needed, whether it’s curtailing credit to delinquent accounts or redirecting the route of a freighter heading into the eye of a storm at sea.

Automating business rules is one way to keep an enterprise on track and to take the guesswork out of decision making by building a set of best-of-breed rules. But automating business rules has always been a challenge; one simple change can impact hundreds of processes. To take the pain out of the process, Corticon Technologies, Inc. provides a “place where IT and business come together,” says Bob Schoettle, CMO. Corticon’s patented rules engine automatically gives users an easy, agile way to develop applications for the enterprise.

More than 450 global enterprises in the insurance, financial services, government, healthcare, and ecommerce sectors are now using Corticon 5 Business Rules Management System (BRMS), whereby business analysts, enterprise policymakers, and department heads are creating business rules that drive the inner and outer workings of their enterprises. IT programmers need not apply; the ease of use of Corticon 5 lets users create a critical business app, or modify an existing one, using a simple Excel-like model to enter data in a tabular format. Users on any business level can easily create, modify, or enhance rule modeling and integrate it with other business applications. Corticon’s out-of-the-box simplicity gives business analysts and IT professionals alike the ability to tackle challenging business problems successfully. Corticon’s approach can reduce development and change cycles by 90%, moving rules development in quick succession from model to integrate to deploy without unnecessary and costly delays.

“This represents a huge savings,” says Schoettle. The ability to change coding in an old system could take 52 hours versus 1 hour for making that same change with Corticon 5, with the power to change previously inflexible legacy systems quickly. “Big companies that clearly see the value” are some of Corticon’s top clients: eBay, Inc.; CIGNA; Citibank, N.A.; and the U.S. State Department, he says.

“The real significant value is having agility at the end,” says Schoettle. “That way, you can adapt quickly to any changing market conditions.”

Barbara Brynko is Editor-in-Chief of Information Today. Send your comments about this article to itletters@infotoday.com.
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