Service Alberta Selects Corticon Business Rules Engine to Modernize its Land Titles System

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Benefits of the Corticon BRMS solution include much lower costs, faster business change cycles, and empowerment of business people

In our legacy systems, maintenance is a mystery

Corticon Technologies, Inc. (, has been selected by Service Alberta (, one of the departments of the Alberta Government, to help modernize its Land Titles system and deliver improved citizen services. Service Alberta touches the lives of Albertans every day, handling 40% of the interactions between citizens of Alberta and their government including motor vehicle, personal property, land title, consumer protection, small business and statistical services.

Service Alberta is modernizing its existing IDMS-COBOL Land Title application to a .NET solution based on the Corticon Business Rules Management System and Global 360's Business Process Management Suite. Service Alberta expects the new solution to have a much lower cost of ownership and accelerate business change cycles, while empowering business people to directly change business rules without IT assistance.

"In our legacy systems, maintenance is a mystery", said Director of Alberta Land Titles Business Support and Land Information Services, Bill Elliot. "Changes that can be described in minutes by business staff often take months to implement. Business owners feel insecure because they lack control over the logic in their own systems. Corticon will enable us to make those changes ourselves and quickly."

Land Titles recognized early in their planning that a critical success factor for the modernization initiative is the ease and speed of changing business rules. The existing systems buried rules logic within the programming code. Service Alberta hoped for a solution that would enable business domain experts to make the changes directly with minimal IT involvement.

The new system must also be able to manage 100% of the business rules logic, and to do so with 100% transparency to non-technical business and regulatory professionals. The business rules governing a house transfer, for example, include: validating that an individual is the real owner; that the owner has rights to transfer the house; that an affidavit of value exists; and that the proper documentation has been provided. These require a level of regulatory review and business ownership that are extremely difficult with the legacy system. With Corticon's model-driven BRMS, Service Alberta domain experts can effectively author and manage all business rule logic, and share the logic with all stakeholders. The rules are deployed as decision services in Service Alberta's new .NET execution environment, where more than 5,000 title registrations are completed daily.

After comparing the leading Business Rules Management Systems vendors, Service Alberta selected Corticon. Critical to Corticon's selection were its:

Ease-of-use: The Corticon business rules management system is very easy to learn and become productive, even before training, thanks to its familiar spreadsheet-like authoring environment.

Business-centric approach: The transparency of the business logic, with 100% of the logic defined in the model in a non-technical language, put the business at the center of the solution rather than the system.

Seamless .NET Integration: The Corticon business rules management system offers seamless deployment and execution in a .NET environment and out-of-the-box integration with leading BPM products such as Global 360. This accelerates integration efforts and empowers rule reuse.

The Corticon business rules management system gives Service Alberta's Land Titles group business control of the application. The rules are transparent and manageable by business users. The actual rules can now be reviewed with regulators thanks to Corticon's business-friendly interface.

"Corticon stood out from the competition and offered the most user friendly environment by far," said Bill Elliot. "Corticon is enabling us to regain control of our systems."

About Corticon Technologies
Corticon Technologies, Inc. delivers software solutions that unleash "The Power of Decisions™", helping organizations achieve unprecedented automation, agility and control of operational decision-making tasks. Many of the world's most successful organizations rely on Corticon's Business Rules Management System (BRMS) to discover, model, execute and improve their operational decisions in areas such as claims adjudication, underwriting, order processing, diagnostics, compliance and audit.

Corticon is a privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European headquarters in the Netherlands, worldwide distribution via regional offices and an extensive partner network. Recognized as a leading BRMS vendor by industry analysts and thought leaders, Corticon's products are in use today at many of the world's largest banks, insurance companies, media companies, telecommunication providers and government organizations, collectively automating millions of decisions per day.

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