No middle ground here

Red Hat snaps up Polymita’s BPM platform to bolster middleware portfolio

Chris Mayer
Jboss-Red-hat

Following on from June’s buyout of FuseSource, Red Hat continue on their middleware drive by picking up BPM gurus Polymita

As their second big middleware purchase of 2012, Red Hat
have snapped up the business-management platform from
Barcelona-based firm
Polymita,
suggesting their next move lies in sprucing up
jBPM.

Red Hat disclosed reasons for the purchase of Polymita
technology, revealing that it would allow them to “bring
complementary BPM capabilities that are designed to improve the
productivity of business users,” and more importantly the union
would position them as a “leading vendor” in the BPM
marketplace.

Although a specified product roadmap featuring Polymita
solutions isn’t available, Red Hat did make it clear that their
goal is to make the core open source – in keeping with their
general strategy. The benefits of doing this are obvious: they want
to pique the interest of their vast community, especially project
leads. By presenting the technology as something that could aid
everyone, and not just

JBoss Enterprise BRMS
and jBPM, they could
be onto a winner.

Red Hat have long let the community know their intentions
when it comes to middleware. Mark Little, who leads the technical
direction,
has spoke in the
past
of how they see it driving innovation in the
future.

They recognise the importance of having flexible middleware
options, as it often spreads into the entire enterprise portfolio.
They also realise how the term is changing to accommodate for
mobile and cloud architectural changes.

It provides the glue that you can’t do without as a
developer. Whether
it’s the enterprise
service bus, enterprise application integration or something
message oriented, middleware should never be forgotten
about.

Over recent months, we’ve seen Red Hat go on
an assault to acquire as many middleware
specialists as they can to firm up their enterprise options –
namely the jewel in the crown, JBoss EAP. June’s purchase of
FuseSource, the hugely successful providers of

ActiveMQ and Apache Camel
enterprise
-tailored solutions, gave us a
sign of things to come. Led by Groovy creator James Strachan,
FuseSource made their name by being one of the most active
contributors to Apache Software Foundation projects, becoming well
respected in open source circles. Something which clearly entices
the $1bn revenue generating Red Hat.

For the time being at least, Polymita customers will continue
to receive support from Polymita themselves, with Red Hat to take
control and supply a converged roadmap in due course.

Whilst this acquisition isn’t necessarily a surprising one
given Big Red’s previous allure to tried and tested
middleware
specialists, we’re intrigued
to see who is next in their hiring line.

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