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Red Hat Joins the BPM Fray

Written By: Predrag Jakovljevic
Published On: March 14 2014

Open source solution provider Red Hat recently announced a comprehensive open source business process management (BPM) suite, Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite 6, which includes the next version of its business rules platform, JBoss BRMS 6. With JBoss BPM Suite 6, Red Hat brings a combination of BPM, business rules management (BRM), and complex event processing (CEP) technologies together in a single product offering.
 
JBoss BPM Suite is a platform for BPM that includes all the capabilities of JBoss BRMS and adds support for modeling, automation, simulation, and monitoring of business processes. For its part, JBoss BRMS is a standalone platform for BRM and CEP that is used to host an organization's business rules and to make business decisions based on those rules, as an alternative to coding them directly in applications. By leveraging the Drools technology, Red Hat has long been in the standalone BRMS space, competing with IBM ILOG, Progress Corticon, and Tibco, to name a few. The 6.0 release features enhancements from open source community projects, such as the UberFire authoring tools for business users, Git for versioning control, and OptaPlanner and Drools 6.0 in the rules engine.
 
JBoss BPM 6.0 is based on former Polymita, which Red Hat acquired in 2012, took it open source, and has since worked painstakingly on enhancing it. These enhancements include a drag-and-drop BPMN2 process modeler, a graphical data modeler, business activity monitoring (BAM) dashboards and reports, and the BPSim simulation standard, in addition to the aforementioned rule authoring and management tools in JBoss BRMS 6.
 
The complementary technologies should help organizations respond to changing market conditions faster and easier through advanced decision and process automation capabilities, and empower business users to make the necessary changes without requiring IT to manually rewrite application code. By creating an environment in which business and IT users can collaborate quickly and effectively, these systems aim to improve the ability of a business to quickly incorporate changes into their application infrastructure.
 
JBoss BPM Suite 6 and JBoss BRMS 6 can be deployed on physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Both products can leverage JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 clustering to meet scalability and high availability deployment needs. JBoss BPM Suite 6 and JBoss BRMS 6 are compatible with platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments, such as OpenShift by Red Hat, and provide the foundation for bpmPaaS as part of Red Hat JBoss xPaaS services for OpenShift. The BPM stalwarts, IBM, Pegasystems, Oracle, and Appian, should look over their shoulders given this functional yet affordable opponent.
 
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