jBPM is completely open-source and therefore most of my blogs are typically about the latest and greatest feature that was just introduced in the community. However, Red Hat also offers a supported version, with the testing, certification, and maintenance releases necessary for enterprise production use (for a quick intro on potential differences, take for example a look here).
And recently, as announced in this press release, Red Hat unveiled Red Hat Process Automation Manager 7. The most obvious change you might notice immediately is that the product was renamed – formerly known as Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite. Since jBPM has evolved beyond just BPM – with features such as decision management, case management and constraint solving closely integrated – it was time to also reflect that in the product naming. Similarly, Red Hat Decision Manager 7 was released a few months ago, focusing on the Drools and Optaplanner bits.
However, nothing changes structurally. Red Hat Process Automation Manager is based on jBPM (to be more precise, it was based on the jBPM 7.7.0.Final release) and actually is a super-set of Red Hat Decision Manager, so it also includes all the rules and constraint solving capabilities as well (Drools and Optaplanner). Since it is completely open-source, you will see the same set of components there as you see in the community: the process execution server (kie-server), the web-based console (business-central aka the workbench – for both authoring and runtime deployment and administration), smart router, controller, Eclipse tooling, etc. OpenShift images and templates (supporting these capabilities in the cloud) are available too for those targeting cloud deployment.
Red Hat Process Automation Manager also includes an advanced open source user experience platform from Red Hat partner Entando. It can be used to quickly develop modern UI/UX layers for user interaction with business process applications, including a drag & drop UI development tool with widgets to create task lists, forms, process graphs, etc.
Red Hat Process Automation Manager is part of the Business Automation portfolio, which includes Red Hat Process Automation Manager and Red Hat Decision Manager, but also the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform and in the future also big data analytics through Daikon.
More questions? Take a look at the product pages !