DMN Modelling with Sparx Enterprise Architect | Real IRM

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Course Details

Course Format:

Instructor-led training

Course Duration:

2 days for face-to-face courses / 2.5 days for live, virtual courses


No prior knowledge of decision management, decision management systems, decision modeling, or DMN is required. Competence in Sparx Enterprise Architect use (as provided in the Sparx Enterprise Architect Tool Training) is a prerequisite.


Please bring your laptop on which Sparx Enterprise Architect is loaded

DMN Modelling with Sparx Enterprise Architect


The Object Management Group's (OMG's) Decision Model and Notation (DMN) is a modeling language for capturing the design of decision processes. It provides an industry standard way to model decisions using proven techniques and approaches.

Operational decisions can always be defined in terms of inputs (the current operational situation) and outputs (the wished-for outcome), and the DMN language allows non-programmers to capture that model in a well-defined (and automatable) notation.

Decision modeling captures the questions these decisions pose and the answers that are possible. It documents the information they rely on and how they are influenced by company policies, external regulations and local expertise.

This results in a thorough and precise definition of decision-making that allows the impact of any proposed change to be quickly assessed. In addition, the requirements for a decision and any gaps or flaws in an organisation’s approach are swiftly revealed.

Course Description

This two-day course focuses on the practical application of decision modeling with DMN in the Sparx Enterprise Architect tool. It teaches delegates how to unambiguously describe decision-making, specify analytic requirements and develop decision logic (business rules).

The course takes a workshop format which includes the completion of exercises with the assistance and guidance of the course instructor.


Course Content

  • Decision modeling as an approach
  • Business context
  • Why use decision modeling?
  • When to use decision modeling
  • The DMN Standard
  • Practical application of best practices
  • How decision modeling interfaces with business process, architecture, data and motivation in organisations
  • Tips and techniques for solving common problems in projects

Course Instructors

The course instructors have architecture and modelling experience both from consulting and corporate viewpoints and thus are familiar with many real-world challenges. 

Who should attend?

  • Business analysts and business subject-matter experts with little knowledge of IT who need to capture and communicate business decisions and their logic.
  • Business analysts and business subject-matter experts who need to capture, describe, review and consolidate decision-making.
  • Program and project managers responsible for efforts to automate and improve decisions.
  • Architects and developers working to implement decisions and integrate the resulting decision services into existing service-based architectures.
  • Business strategists looking to understand and innovate decision-making to outperform a competitor or satisfy a regulatory mandate.
  • Business Rules Subject-Matter Experts, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Enterprise Architects, Testers, IT Developers.

Course Logistics

Courses are available to the public on scheduled dates and on request for private groups of five or more delegates. 

Course Fees

R9 096 excl VAT per delegate

Course Pack Includes…

  • A printed course manual 
  • Online resources


This pack includes:
  • Course Manual
  • Instructions/tips on using Google Hangouts
  • Headphones
  • Note pad
  • Pen

Cancellation Policy

There is a 100% cancellation fee for cancellations made within ten working days of the start of the training event.


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Course Instructors

Trainer - Bruno Vandenborre

Bruno Vandenborre

Bruno is an information and data modelling expert with over 22 years of IT experience. Born and educated in Belgium, Bruno holds a Masters in Computer Science from the KULeuven, and is TOGAF® 9 and ArchiMate 3 certified. Currently he serves as specialist trainer at Real IRM.

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