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Red Hat extends JBoss with Open Source BPM

Thor Olavsrud | March 5, 2014
Red Hat is extending JBoss up the middleware stack with a new business process management suite that gives organizations advanced decision and process automation capabilities.

The new suite is built on a combination of BPM technology from Red Hat's 2012 acquisition of Polymita Technologies and the latest version of Red Hat's business rules platform, JBoss BRMS 6, also released Tuesday. The new suite is a platform for BPM that provides support for modeling, automating, simulating and monitoring business processes.

Together with the JBoss BRMS platform for business rules management and complex event processing, it gives organizations advanced decision and process automation capabilities, letting business users make necessary changes directly rather than requiring IT to manually rewrite application code.

Mike Piech, general manager of Red Hat JBoss Middleware, calls the new BPM Suite a significant move up the middleware stack, empowering not just developers and hardcore enterprise coders, but also business analysts.

"We have steadily built out the Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio over the years, adding pieces to help our customers on their own journey of creating more integrated, intelligent and innovative application ecosystems," Piech says.

Addressing Visibility, Agility and Consistency

Pierre Fricke, director of Product Marketing, Integration and BPM at Red Hat, adds that the suite helps organizations address three key challenges they face today: visibility, business agility and consistency.

On the visibility front, he says, JBoss BPM Suite and JBoss BRMS give organizations the capability to see how their business is functioning, identify where bottlenecks may be occurring and determine what they can do to improve the way the organization works.

When it comes to business agility, Fricke says that the suite gives business users the capability to own, manage and change processes, rules and policies as market conditions change. By putting that power in the hands of business users rather than requiring IT to make changes manually, he says organizations can respond faster and compete more effectively.

Finally, he says, the suite addresses consistency through automation. Manual intervention in business processes and decision management leads to inconsistent outcomes and high labor costs as individuals interpret business rules differently. With automation, the suite allows organizations to execute key processes and decisions the same way every time.

Key features of the new suite include the following:

  • Advanced business user tools. Red Hat says JBoss BPM Suite 6 offers tooling that makes rule and process definitions visible and understandable. Tools include a drag-and-drop BPMN2 process modeler, a graphical data modeler and business activity monitoring (BAM) dashboards and reports, along with rule authoring and management tools from JBoss BRMS 6.
  • Powerful integration. The suite combines a runtime rule engine and CEP features from JBoss BRMS with a business process execution server that can support a variety of workload needs.
  • Flexible deployment options. Both the JBoss BPM Suite 6 and JBoss BRMS 6 are designed for deployment on-premises and in virtual and cloud environments. Both products can leverage JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 clustering to meet scalability and high availability deployment needs, and they are both compatible with platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments like Red Hat's OpenShift.


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