Latest release of Red Hat Process Automation to bridge gaps between IT developers and business analysts

Delivers new capabilities for both IT and business users to participate in application development, enabling organizations to better meet the digital transformation imperative

Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation, introducing new capabilities designed to address functional and knowledge gaps between IT developers and business analysts, enabling them to apply domain-specific expertise to the development of applications that automate processes and decisions to more rapidly adapt to a changing business environment.

According to industry analyst firm Forrester, “The way we do business is changing, and there is a major push underway to reframe organizational operational processes around digital transformation efforts. The nature of core organizational processes is changing to meet customer expectations and keep up with the increasing threat of more automated, disruptive competitors.”[1]

As a result of this shift, and the increasing role of software as a catalyst for competitive differentiation, both business and development teams are now on the front lines of digital transformation. Red Hat Process Automation enables these teams to work together–each contributing their own unique expertise, and each using tools and technologies tailored to their skills–to create modern, cloud-native applications aligned with key business objectives.

To support this collaborative and integrated approach, the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation introduces a collaborative environment where individuals can make changes to project assets independently and simultaneously. Using these shared workspaces can lead to a more efficient, iterative and agile development process.

New capabilities designed to help users more easily model processes and decisions, and build applications to automate them, include:

  • An integrated modeler for building Decision Model Notation (DMN) compliant decision models;
  • An editor specifically designed for creating case management models (currently in Tech Preview);
  • Test scenarios that enable users to define, test and validate decision models before moving them into production. Test scenarios work with both traditional models, created with rule and decision table editors, and with DMN models created with a DMN editor.
  • Rule models that can be compiled into an executable form that are designed to improve start-up and execution times, and as a result, applications can better conform to the needs of cloud and Function-as-a-Service environments.

Red Hat Process Automation has been optimized for deployment on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the industry’s most comprehensive enterprise Kubernetes platform, giving IT developers and business users a common infrastructure for building and scaling microservice-based applications across hybrid and multicloud environments. Combined with other Red Hat Middleware on OpenShift, Red Hat Process Automation helps create an application environment where developers can innovate with higher productivity yet at the same time create solutions that are more reliable in production.

A new Red Hat-certified Kubernetes Operator simplifies this task by automating the installation, configuration and management of Red Hat Process Automation on OpenShift, which not only can reduce the workload on operations staff but can also improve the resiliency of process automation services.

The overall business automation value chain encompasses a spectrum of technologies. Process automation, which primarily includes capabilities for business decisions and processes, can be augmented with tools designed to automate specific, repetitive tasks, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Red Hat is collaborating with RPA innovators to help customers better meet business objectives through end-to-end automation.

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Red Hat Process Automation is available now. Customers can get the latest updates from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

Supporting Quotes

Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat

“We’re excited about how Red Hat Process Automation extends the development productivity and operational reliability benefits of our application environment vision to encompass direct participation of business stakeholders.”

Ciro Velasquez, head of Enterprise Architecture & Integration, Tecnológico de Monterrey

“Becoming a process-driven organization is fundamental for the transformation process we engaged with some years ago. Red Hat Process Automation allows our teams to focus on process optimization and its outcomes, measuring our effectiveness in achieving our goals.”

Marc Aché, CTO, Engineering, WorkFusion

“The combination of WorkFusion and Red Hat Process Automation enables companies to expand their level of automation for business processes. With Red Hat managing the end-to-end process and WorkFusion orchestrating labor-intensive manual tasks with intelligent automation technology, more aspects of enterprise operations can be fully automated — which can lead to lower costs with greater agility and competitiveness.”

Mike O’Boyle, head of sales, Europe, Crossvale

“Today, where every business is an IT business, their demands grow and so too does the complexity of handling the data. Customer experience is vital to future business and the latest edition of Red Hat’s Process Automation technology has been core to helping Crossvale build Panorama, delivering omnichannel integration across applications and workflow. Now our customers can better streamline and simplify operational complexity while being able to maintain regulatory compliance.”

Carl Lehman, principal analyst, Architecture, 451 Research

“It’s inadequate to merely enable efficiency through process automation. Digital businesses must also consistently make better and faster decisions. Digital automation platforms, like that offered by Red Hat, allow business and IT professionals to jointly design, prototype and deploy ‘smart’ applications equipped with decision models that enable intelligent process automation while more reliably producing consistent business outcomes.”

[1]              Forrester, “The Growing Importance of Process to Digital Transformation,” May 8, 2018

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Microsoft and Red Hat bring OpenShift to Azure as a jointly managed service

Microsoft and Red Hat are expanding their existing partnership on cloud computing. The companies are bringing Red Hat OpenShift on Azure, to enable developers run container applications on public cloud and on-premises.

OpenShift is a Kubernetes container orchestration platform that builds, runs, and scales the applications in cloud, while Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform. OpenShift on Azure will be offered as a fully managed service in cloud.

“Microsoft and Red Hat are aligned in our vision to deliver simplicity, choice and flexibility to enterprise developers building cloud-native applications. Today, we’re combining both companies’ leadership in Kubernetes, hybrid cloud and enterprise operating systems to simplify the complex process of container management, with an industry-first solution on Azure,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.

Red Hat and Microsoft will together manage, engineer and design the OpenShift on Azure. The joint solution will support the customers of both the companies, and it will be jointly managed by Red Hat and Microsoft.

The new offering will help developers to use OpenShift and move apps between on-premises and Azure. They will be able to securely connect between Azure and on-premises OpenShift clusters with hybrid networking.

Microsoft said that the joint solution will allow developers to access a number of Azure services like Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, and Azure SQL DB.

Microsoft will enable hybrid cloud support for OpenShift on Azure Stack, so that customers can develop, deploy and manage cloud apps on Microsoft infrastructure. Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will include support for Windows containers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux containers for multiarchitecture container management.

Furthermore, it will have integrated Microsoft SQL Server across OpenShift, offering more options to harness data.

“Very few organizations are able to fully silo their IT operations into a solely on-premises or public cloud footprint; instead, it’s a hybrid mixture of these environments that presents a path toward digital transformation,” said Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat. “By extending our partnership with Microsoft, we’re able to offer the industry’s most comprehensive Kubernetes platform on a leading public cloud, providing the ability for customers to more easily harness innovation across the hybrid cloud without sacrificing production stability.”

Visual Studio Enterprise and Visual Studio Professional subscribers will get Red Hat Enterprise Linux credits. It will allow developers to work with Java, .NET, and other frameworks on the OpenShift on Azure.

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Announced at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, the Red Hat OpenShift on Azure will be available for preview in coming months.

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Red Hat and HPE collaborate to accelerate container application delivery

Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) are joining forces to make it easier for enterprises to bring containers into production.

Although, the containerized applications can be easily deployed in development and testing environments, but enterprise-grade containers are difficult to deploy in production. They need container scalability, additional security, persistent storage and manageability to deploy containers in production.

To fulfil all these necessities, Red Hat and HPE are pairing their technologies. The companies will optimize Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (RHOCP) on HPE Synergy and other HPE platforms.

“Deploying large-scale container environments to the enterprise data center is not simple,” said Neil MacDonald, vice president & general manager, HPE Blade System. “Through our long-standing collaboration with Red Hat, we’re aiming to accelerate the adoption and deployment of the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform with HPE solutions from proof of concept to large scale deployment. Customers of both companies can now modernize their platform leveraging each of our services, support, and validated Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform technology stacks on HPE Synergy and HPE Nimble and 3PAR storage arrays.”

OpenShift Container Platform is used to manage container deployments for widely adopted standards including Kubernetes and Linux containers. On the other hand, HPE Synergy is a composable infrastructure that integrates storage, compute, and network equipment.

HPE will help customers to migrate to OpenShift Container Platform with containerization services through HPE Pointnext. A new reference architecture will also be created to deploy scalable container platforms from development to operations through a validated design of RHOCP on HPE Synergy with 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage.

“DevOps and agile application development are helping customers to deliver on the promise of digital transformation with accelerated application development and microservices architectures,” said Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat. “Together, Red Hat and HPE aim to deliver a container-based solution that enables customers to not only build new cloud-native apps and microservices, but also to modernize legacy applications.”

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The joint solution will also provide a complete set of Ansible playbooks for automated deployment of HPE Synergy with RHOCP. It is expected to be available in September 2018.