Workflow engine versus business rules engine

Kiandra - 12/07/2022
Workflow engine and business rules engine are often lumped in together to mean the same thing. They are not the same thing. 

It’s important to know the differences between to ensure you get the right software solution.

Workflow engine

A workflow engine is software that enables you to automate a series of tasks that make up a workflow. It manages and monitors activities in a workflow and determines which task to transition to based on predefined processes. 
 
An example of this is if you need to fill out a form and seek manager approval. The manager would review the form and either send it back with any corrections or enter it into some Excel document. 

A workflow engine could automate teach of these steps. So you simply fill out the form, and the software automatically routes it to the right manager who can enter and approve the form in the same database. 

Time saved, efficiency level unlocked. 

Business rules engine

A rules engine is a flexible piece of software that manages business rules. Think of business rules as “if-then” statements – “If A, then B, if X, then do Y.” 
 
Rules set the parameters for how tasks are executed and how organisational functions are run. They are easy to read and code by non-technical people like a business analyst. 

They can improve compliance by making processes transparent and creating audit trails.  

Rules engines enable your teams to be more efficient by:
 
  • reducing manual interventions 
  • improving information consistency  
  • providing clear visibility.
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