Red Hat Decision Manager 7 helps organizations automate business decisions for efficient operations, accurate outcomes

Red Hat, provider of open source solutions, introduced on Wednesday Red Hat Decision Manager 7, a decision management platform that simplifies the development and deployment of rules-based applications and services. Red Hat Decision Manager 7 is the next generation of the company’s business rules management offering, Red Hat JBoss BRMS, and is designed to enable organizations to build applications that automate business decisions.

Red Hat Decision Manager 7 delivers an improved user experience and a more robust set of tools specifically designed to enable business users and citizen developers to directly modify business logic, which can help IT re-prioritize resources to support other tasks.

Feature highlights include support for the direct execution of models expressed in Decision Model and Notation (DMN); redesigned decision tables and a new decision table editor; and an improved data modeller.

Business processes play an important role in helping organizations to improve efficiency and reduce workloads, and at the heart of every business process are business rules. Automating these processes can lead to more efficient operations and more accurate outcomes–particularly for complex or repetitive tasks–and ultimately help organizations better respond to changing market conditions and business needs.

Low-code development tools such as Red Hat Decision Manager enable business users to take a more active role in application development, and by fostering greater collaboration between business and IT stakeholders, can accelerate the application development process. According to industry analyst firm IDC, non-traditional developers are expected to build 20 percent of business applications and 30 percent of new application features by 2021.

With Red Hat Decision Manager 7, organizations can incorporate decision logic into line-of-business applications with con dence, keeping them ahead of changes in market conditions and regulations. Red Hat Decision Manager 7 separates decision logic from program code and de nes it in simple, declarative, business-friendly terms, making it easier and more efficient to implement, manage, audit, and change.

With a choice of modeling tools, including a web-based authoring environment for business experts and an Eclipse plug-in for developers, project stakeholders can collaborate to build business automation solutions. The result is improved business agility, consistent and efficient decision execution, shorter development cycles, and faster time to market.

Built for both traditional and cloud-native applications, the offering can be used to create rules-based decision and planning microservices that can be deployed on-premise within a customer’s datacenter, or as containerized services on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat OpenShift enables customers to enhance business value and accelerate digital innovation for their process-driven applications using DevOps capabilities such as automated testing and continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD), and to govern them using practices designed to provide greater security, scalability and interoperability.

Red Hat Decision Manager 7 provides decision services for client applications. The decision server evaluates business data against relevant rules to arrive at appropriate conclusions—for example, applying adjudication rules to an insurance claim to determine eligibility for applying regulatory rules to a business transaction to ensure compliance. Red Hat Decision Manager 7 offers a choice of highly efficient inference algorithms, with extensions that provide complex event processing capabilities and detect real-time business events.

New with version 7, the decision server fully supports execution of decision logic expressed in the Object Management Group (OMG) standard decision model and notation language (DMN).

The decision server offers flexible deployment options and can be deployed within a Linux container on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, as a standalone service accessed via REST, Java, or Java Message Service, or can be embedded directly within a Java application.

“The notion of low-code development is less about eliminating code or cutting traditional programmers out of the application development process, and more about helping business and IT users to do what they need to do quickly and efficiently, and in a complementary manner,” said Mike Piech, vice president and general manager, Middleware, Red Hat. “Ultimately, what low-code tools should offer–and what we have built with Red Hat Decision Manager–is not a platform geared toward one or the other, but rather a rich and tightly integrated feature set designed to provide a better user experience regardless of whether you are a business analyst or hard-core developer.”

“Decisions play a central role in modern development, especially in combination with machine learning and embedded in processes that are being engineered to become both more simplified and dynamic. At this level, decision logic tends to be the domain of subject matter experts in business functions,” said Maureen Fleming, program vice president, Integration and Process Automation, IDC. “High productivity development based on low code provides a mechanism for collaboration between business and developers that delivers value faster and improves the speed of change. The fact that decision runtimes can be embedded in a container and deployed more flexibly across clouds and edge locations is also important and differentiating.”

Red Hat Decision Manager 7 includes authoring tools optimized for both business experts and application developers. For business experts, the web-based authoring environment, Business Central, can be hosted

on Red Hat OpenShift or on-premise. It provides a suite of easy-to-use features using a business vocabulary for quick rule creation and management, including decision tables, decision trees, scorecards, domain-specific rule languages, and guided rule editing. Rules can also be authored offline with Microsoft Excel. For developers, a plug-in is provided for Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio for easy integration of rule-based applications with Java code.

Red Hat Decision Manager 7 includes a repository based on Git, the widely used source code management system. The repository supports comprehensive and user-de nable metadata for categorization of stored assets, as well as ne-grained user access controls and version control for rules and process models.

Red Hat Decision Manager 7 supports governance work ows to ensure compliance with formal change management policies as rules are modi ed or moved between development, test, and production repositories.

Red Hat Decision Manager is available for download by members of the Red Hat Developers community. Customers can get the latest updates from the Red Hat Customer Portal.

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