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Adoption and Implementation of the Decision Model and Notation Standard

Ruben Post 1, Koen Smit 1, and Martijn Zoet 2
1. HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands
2. Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Abstract—In 2015, the Object Management Group published the Decision Model and Notation with the goal to structure and connect business processes, decisions and underlying business logic. Practice shows that several vendors adopted the DMN standard and (started to) integrate the standard with their tooling. However, practice also shows that there are vendors who (consciously) deviate from the DMN standard while still trying to achieve the goal DMN is set out to reach. This research aims to 1) analyze and benchmark available tooling and their accompanied languages according to the DMN-standard and 2) understand the different approaches to modeling decisions and underlying business logic of these vendor specific languages. We achieved the above by analyzing secondary data. In total, 22 decision modelling tools together with their languages were analyzed. The results of this study reveal six propositions with regards to the adoption of DMN with regards to the sample of tools. These results could be utilized to improve the tools as well as the DMN standard itself to improve adoption. Possible future research directions comprise the improvement of the generalizability of the results by including more tools available and utilizing different methods for the data collection and analysis as well as deeper analysis into the generation of DMN directly from tool-native languages. 

Index Terms— decision management, decision model and notation, adoption, tooling

Cite: Ruben Post, Koen Smit, and Martijn Zoet , "Adoption and Implementation of the Decision Model and Notation Standard," Journal of Advanced Management Science, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 49-54, June 2020. doi: 10.18178/joams.8.2.49-54
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