Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of significant enhancements to its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform and JBoss Enterprise Business Rules Management System (BRMS) product lines. Together, updates to the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), data and business rules platforms enable a more intelligent, integrated enterprise by connecting applications and complex event processing (CEP) services across the enterprise.
“Five years ago, most executives didn't see why they needed to shift to an event-driven style of business operations. Today, cycle times are much faster, customers are much more expressive about their dissatisfaction, and management cannot afford to be a step behind," according to Maureen Fleming, vice president of IDC Business Process Management and Middleware Research. "Building event-driven systems with an ESB, event processing, and business rules enables a business to gain advantage by predicting, deciding and acting at the tip of a problem or opportunity."
“In response to competitive pressure, organizations are updating their IT infrastructure to become more agile, and leverage active decision making,” explained Craig Muzilla, vice president and general manager, Middleware Business at Red Hat. “With the next versions of these platforms, we're offering tools for businesses to automate rules-based decisions, business process execution and complex event processing, helping to improve the speed and quality of their business operations.”
Real-time responses for real business decisions
JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.2 empowers customers to streamline and improve operations with automated, real-time rules-based decisions. Active decision-making that is “situationally aware” takes into account conditions that influence how rules execute, in order to improve the quality and speed of the response. When integrated with JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.2, JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.2 presents business rules, integrated via an ESB, to a wide range of applications, services and business processes.
New features in JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.2 include:
Complex Event Processing (CEP) – enables the detection and correlation of events within a business rules application. The integration of event processing and business rules allows the creation of sophisticated rules-based solutions which incorporate awareness of relevant business events, allowing decision-making to be more truly “active”.
Enhanced Business User Interface – the new, web-based Decision Table further enhances development access to business analysts, expanding the array of tools that are available to build rules-driven applications. The tools can be used collaboratively and fit the needs of varying levels of technical ability.
Enhanced Rules Logic – this technical preview supports the use of “goal-seeking” logic within rules applications through support for backward chaining. By defining desired end results, the rules engine can identify the facts and conditions that can deliver those results.
"JBoss Enterprise BRMS and the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform are key elements in the technology strategy at OSDE,” noted Gustavo Aguirre, CIO at OSDE, an Argentinian health insurance network. “The combination of rules and complex event processing in the latest release of JBoss Enterprise BRMS enable us to add active decision making to our business users and quickly address any changes in our business environment. Together, with the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, we're driving improved IT responsiveness and business value.”
Improved applications and services integration across the extended enterprise
JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.2 features an ESB that optimizes business execution and responsiveness in a cost-effective, open platform. With new web and cloud service orchestration capabilities, IT can more fully utilize these services to organize and execute business processes. This new release of JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform now supports Red Hat Enterprise MRG-Messaging, a high-speed AMQP-based message system, to improve integration of applications and services across the extended enterprise.
New features in JBoss Enterprise SOA 5.2 include:
Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) support – support for this standard for orchestrating processes across web and cloud services automates workflows, improving business productivity and IT responsiveness.
MRG-Messaging integration – new support for Red Hat’s Enterprise MRG-Messaging, built on the open Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) messaging standard, enhances both ESB and data services interoperability with non-Java platforms, and mobile devices.
New features in JBoss Enterprise Data Services Platform 5.2 include:
Additional data source support – Teradata, Ingres, Mondrian, JSON sources expand the range of data sources to encompass demand for data virtualization in the enterprise.
Tooling to generate Representational State Transfer (REST)-based data services – tooling features take advantage of the widely used REST software architecture in order to deliver data services.
Additional artifact support in metadata repository – Web Services Description and XML Schema Document files now enable enterprises to manage and govern data services in these popular formats to deliver additional flexibility.
New JBoss Enterprise BRMS Training
Red Hat Training has created the JBoss Enterprise BRMS Implementation (JB433) course to offer developers the required skills to effectively develop and administer BRMS in an enterprise environment. This course provides comprehensive job- and project-based training and explores how to author, test, debug and control business rules using the JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.2 technology. Delivery of JBoss Enterprise BRMS Implementation (JB433) includes corporate team on-sites and classroom based training.