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Barbara von Halle is founder and a managing partner of Knowledge Partners, International LLC (KPI). She, together with Larry, is the co-developer of the Decision Model, and co-author of The Decision Model: A Business Logic Framework Linking Business and Technology.Barb is well known for pioneering in Business Rules through writings and consulting work, as early as the 1980s. In 1996, she was inducted into the Data Management Hall of Fame when she received the honored Outstanding Individual Achievement Award from the International Data Management Association.

Barb co-edited the book, The Business Rule Revolution , as an anthology of business rule success stories.  Previously, she published the book, Business Rules Applied(John Wiley & Sons) which readers and judges selected as a finalist for the 2002 Software Development Jolt Award.  It continues to be a best-selling BR methodology reference book.   She was the original co-founder of the Business Rules Forum and an original member of the industry-wide Business Rule Group.Barb joins Larry Goldberg, her business partner at KPI, in writing the monthly Business Decision Management column in www.TDAN.com and in www.ModernAnalyst.com (from October 2009). In addition Barb's writings can be read in industry publications such aswww.BPtrends.comwww.RequirementsNetwork.com and www.ITMPI.org. She may be heard at many conferences and industry events around the world. She and Larry Goldberg conduct a very popular series of training seminars on Business Decision Management and the Decision Model, both in person and on-line.Prior to founding KPI, Barb co-authored The Handbook of Relational Database Design(Addison-Wesley) which is beyond its 20th printing and has been translated into Japanese. She was co-editor of Auerbach’s Handbook of Data Management, three editions.  As a part-time journalist, she served as the leading columnist for 5 years in Database Programming and Design Magazine.  The publisher, Miller Freeman, often displays “The Best of Barbara von Halle” on their web-site. Barb served as Practice Leader and member of the Executive Management Team for a medium-sized consulting company.  Before that, she worked in the IT Research Area of Exxon Corporation after serving as a college intern and then full time employee at a nuclear engineering company.

Barbara earned an MS Degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, graduating among the top in the class.  She also earned an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Fordham University, graduating as the valedictorian and recipient of Fordham’s Mathematics Award.