Red Hat launches a new version of the JBoss Enterprise Business Rules Management System (BRMS), JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1
Red Hat's JBoss division has introduced a new version of
its Business Rules Management System (BRMS), JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1.
JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1 is the latest piece of the Red
Hat open-source middleware portfolio, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, and the
first new release of the JBoss BRMS since May 2009. The new release brings
additional authoring and management tools for use by business analysts and
developers, said Pierre Fricke, director of product line management for
middleware at Red Hat, in an interview with eWEEK.
JBoss Enterprise BRMS is an open-source business rules
management system that enables active decisions with easy business rules
development, access and change management, he said. This functionality enables
businesses to quickly change the rules and active decisions that underpin
enterprise applications to respond to market dynamics and competitive
"Business rules systems are critical for businesses to
retain their competitive edge by making active decisions regarding business
events as they occur," said Craig Muzilla, vice president of middleware at
Red Hat, in a statement. "The functionality of this architecture allows a
business to quickly change the underlying rules that govern such features as
real-time insurance quotes, automatic discounts, linked frequent buyer programs
and medical health records safeguards. Consumers literally use BRMS
functionality every day, which is why having a cutting-edge system like what we
are offering with JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1 is absolutely critical to help a
business retain competitive advantages, engage customers and maximize revenue."
"What customers need today is the ability to quickly
respond to change, opportunities and threats," Fricke said. The JBoss
Enterprise BRMS enables this, he added.
JBoss Enterprise BRMS includes a fast, efficient rules
engine and easy-to-use rules development tools, management system and
repository, making it easier for a business analyst or auditor to view and
manage business rules as encoded in IT application infrastructure.
Business analysts as well as service-oriented architecture
(SOA) and application developers can verify that the encoded rules implement
the documented business policies. JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1 enables
businesses to reduce development time to update applications, SOA deployments
and business processes with the latest business rules offering the business
agility required to make active decisions regarding opportunities and
New capabilities in JBoss Enterprise BRMS 5.1 include a
foundation in the JBoss Open Choice Strategy, building on a wide range of rules
authoring and development, deployment and management options; simplified rules
services publication to applications, SOA and cloud deployments; performance
enhancements; and a technology preview of complex event processing (CEP)
capabilities enabling active business decisions.
"We have a technical preview of our Complex Event
Processing technology that looks for significant business patterns and takes
actions proactively," Fricke said. This can be used for things like
real-time logistical routing in addition to "enabling your IT business
infrastructure to make better decisions faster," he said.
"The ability to manage business rules from a
systematic approach is critical for organizations that have to support
increasingly complex levels of governance, regulations and competitive threats,"
said Judith Hurwitz, president and CEO of
Hurwitz & Associates, in a statement. "JBoss Enterprise BRMS is
intended to manage and streamline the processes and dependencies that
organizations need to safeguard their business integrity."
Recently, the European-based financial services provider
LaSer Nederland (LSN), part of the European Laser Group, which is co-owned by
Galeries Lafayette and BNP Paribas, deployed
JBoss Enterprise Middleware with the help of JBoss Solution Partner ISAAC.nl to
create an architecture that will integrate more than 30 Websites that provide
information on LSN's service portfolio. The portfolio includes tailor-made
programs for acquisition financing, credit products, (co-branded) Visa credit
cards, loyalty cards and online loyalty program management, Red Hat said. The
company has gone from servicing several thousand online customers in 2008 to
more than 100,000 customers in 2010, Red Hat officials said.
"Because of the success of the middleware
platform that we built for LSN leveraging JBoss Enterprise Middleware, we are
now layering the JBoss Enterprise BRMS solution on top of their architecture to
create an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system that will service over 4
million customers and offer more ways for LSN to handle transactions, make
real-time decisions and improve their business with the use of BRMS," said
Friso Geerlings, chief technology officer of Software Solutions at ISAAC.
"With JBoss Enterprise BRMS we will be able to deliver the flexibility
that LSN absolutely needs to take their business to the next level."
Meanwhile, as with all JBoss Enterprise Middleware
solutions and in line with the JBoss Open Choice strategy, JBoss Enterprise
BRMS 5.1 offers an open-source middleware solution that customers can leverage
on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform or on a choice of other supported
platforms, the company said in a press release on BRMS 5.1. Customers using
open-source middleware from Red Hat can leverage the cost, performance and
flexibility advantages it offers over proprietary offerings, the company said.
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