1.3. Assets

Anything that can be stored as a version in the artifact repository is an asset. This includes rules, packages, business processes, decision tables, fact models, and DSLs.


Rules provide the logic for the rule engine to execute against. A rule includes a name, attributes, a 'when' statement on the left hand side of the rule, and a 'then' statement on the right hand side of the rule.

Business Rules

Business Rules define a particular aspect of a business that is intended to assert business structure or influence the behaviour of a business. Business Rules often focus on access control issues, pertain to business calculations and policies of an organization.

Business Processes

Business Processes are flow charts that describe the steps necessary to achieve business goals (see the Red Hat JBoss BRMS Business Process Management Guide for more details).


A project is a container for packages of assets (business processes, rules, work definitions, decision tables, fact models, data models, and DSLs) that lives in the Knowledge Repository. It is this container that defines the properties of the KIE Base and KIE Session that are applied to its content. In the GUI, you can edit these entities in the Project Editor.

Only packaged assets can be deployed

If an asset, such as a Process or Rule definition, is not placed in a package with a Project, it cannot be deployed. Therefore, make sure to organize your assets in packages. Also note, that the name of the package must be identical with the KIE Session name.

As a project is a Maven project, it contains the Project Object Model file (pom.xml) with information on how to build the output artifact. It also contains the Module Descriptor file, kmodule.xml, that contains the KIE Base and KIE Session configuration for the assets in the project.


Packages are deployable collections of assets. Rules and other assets must be collected into a package before they can be deployed. When a package is built, the assets contained in the package are validated and compiled into a deployable package.

Domain Specific Languages

A domain specific languages, or DSL, is a rule language that is dedicated to the problem domain.

Decision Tables

Decision Tables are collections of rules stored in either a spreadsheet or in the JBoss BRMS user interface as guided decision tables.

Data Model

Data models are a collection of facts about the business domain. The rules interact with the data model in rules-based applications.