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Red Hat drops “unique” business process management suite

JAXenter Editorial Team

JBoss BPM Suite 6 aims to “empower” enterprise and IT users to better respond to demands of mission critical applications.


Red Hat has just announced the GA availability of business process management suite, JBoss BPM Suite 6 -which they claim is a unique ‘umbrella’ offering, melding both business rules management (BRM) and complex event processing (CEP) technologies. The offering also includes the next version of its business rules platform, JBoss BRMS 6.

Thanks to the acquisition of Polymita in 2012, Red Hat has been able to significantly up the ante with their open source business software, saving a lot of  development time by utilising the former company’s BPM software solutions instead of having to develop their own from scratch.

BPM software means that businesses can  bring together workflows and take the pressure off stretched IT departments – so there’s little surprise that it’s gained traction in the market. The technology works by minimising the need to encode business rules directly into an offering, meaning time doesn’t have to be dedicated to updating the rules down the line.

With both BPM and complex event processing – as well as BPM, JBoss BPM Suite 6  is uniquely placed in the market. Typically, if you’re looking to automate and optimise business operations, you’re going to need all three of these features. However, up until now, for the most part operations have been forced to source the technologies from disparate sources and connect them together. In Red Hat’s offering, which is pitched squarely at meeting the needs of business users over developers, you can now get all three straight out of the box.

JBoss BPM isn’t just distinguished in the space by the aforementioned trifecta of capabilities though – it’s also unique in its open source grounding. Traditionally, vendors in the corporate-orientated space (we’re looking at you, IBM and Oracle) have been very expensive. According to a Red Hat spokesperson, “the market has gotten used to paying high prices and licence fees for this type of technology”. By bringing a “truly comprehensive” platform into the space, RedHat look set to shake up the status quo.
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