From BPM and business automation to digital automation platforms

The business processes that create customer value are the critical piece that links together all of the different aspects of digital transformation. But still, many of the critical activities that contribute to it are either manual or a succession of disconnected workflows or applications that prevent organizations from having an end-to-end view of how their processes deliver customer value.  

Evolving from workflows to BPM – business process management – added a whole collaborative layer and execution structure to the traditional hierarchy and project-based structure of the enterprise. When it was paired with access to the critical data and documents, alongside activity visibility and business rules, it helped to exponentially grow productivity and agility in the enterprise for many years.

Nowadays, enterprises have discovered already how to use these technologies and apply them to work with structured and unstructured processes, to create business rules to guide and support decision making, or the importance of integrating process outputs and inputs in real time to external systems that interact with the processes. These process-centric applications are even cloud-ready so you can run your processes in the cloud and open them up more securely to all of your internal and external collaborators.

But times are changing. Productivity and agility are no longer the name of the game. It is no longer enough to provide ease of use, business, and IT collaboration, or fast modification of processes and rules. Speed and support for digital transformation have become top priorities. Those process-based applications need to be quickly deployed into production, be portable, reusable and consistent across environments, and scaled in the hybrid cloud. Our customers expect cloud-native technologies at the core of their processes. They expect to run their process workloads to scale across the hybrid cloud to provide a consistent experience to their customers and collaborators. Ideally, they also want to future-proof their investments with modern technologies such as containers.

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Meet application integration in the times of hybrid cloud

The concept of agile integration, depending on whom you ask, may appear as a contradiction in terms. Integration is a concept that used to be associated with “slow,” “monolithic,” “only to be touched by the expert team,” etc.. Big and complex legacy enterprise service buses connected to your applications were the technology of choice at a time when agility was not a requirement, when the cloud was barely an idea, when containers were associated with maritime shipping and not with application packaging and delivery.

Can the principles of agile development be combined with those of modern integration? Our response is yes, and we call it  agile integration. Let me show you what it is, why it is important, and what we at Red Hat are doing about it.

Software development methodologies have evolved rapidly in the last few years to incorporate innovative concepts that result in faster development cycles, agility to react to changes and immediate business value. Development now takes place in small teams, changes can be approved and incorporated fast to keep track of the changing demands of the business, and each iteration of the code has a product as the ultimate result. No more need for longer development cycles and never-ending approvals for changes. And importantly, business and technical users join forces and collaborate to optimize the end result.

In addition, modern integration requires agility, cloud-readiness, and support of modern integration approaches. In contrast with the legacy, monolithic ESBs, modern integration is lightweight, pattern-based, scalable, and able to manage complex, distributed environments. It has to be cloud-ready and support modern architectures and deployment models like containers. It also has to provide integration services with new, popular technologies, like API management, which is becoming the preferred way to integrate applications and is at the core of microservices architectures. And support innovative and fast evolving use cases such as the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Why are our Application Platform Partners succeeding in Digital Transformation?

Last year we set out to start the Application Platform Partner Initiative with the objective to enable deeper collaboration with partners focused on application platform and emerging technologies. We planned to create a collaborative go-to-market strategy between Red Hat and participating partner organizations focused on optimizing the value chain for application development and integration projects.

The Application Platform Partner Initiative focuses on Application Development-related and other emerging technology offerings, which revenue increased 42% in our last fiscal year up to $624 million. Partners like the APPs are contributing to this growth and we are happy to see the momentum continuing, and their trust on Red Hat as a strategic partner. What started out as a pilot has developed into a fully fledged initiative with 28 partners across North America, who are as committed as we are to the role opens source plays at the core of digital transformation.

As part of the success of this initiative, for the first time this year, we have created the Application Platform Partner Pavilion in Red Hat Summit.  Arctiq, Crossvale, Kovarus, Levvel, Li9, Lighthouse, OSI, Shadow-Soft, VeriStor and Vizuri will join us this year in the pavilion. Don’t miss a chance to get to know the advanced solutions they have created on top of Openshift and Red Hat Middleware products, which they will be showcasing at Red Hat Summit. Check out, for example, Arctiq Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Crossvale CloudBalancer for Red Hat® OpenShift or Vizuri log aggregation solutions.

These partners are delivering a strong investment in enablement, and commitment in their go-to-market alliance with Red Hat, including co-marketing and sales collaboration. As some examples of planned activities, Arctiq is running a Modern Mobile App Development event and Crossvale an OpenShift roadshow).

Levvel has been an active participant in the APP program, doing joint webinars, customer workshops and panel discussions to promote Red Hat emerging technologies. As a result, they have influenced and closed quite a few customers and have a long list of potential opportunities. Don’t forget to attend their coming up event “App Transformation Workshop: Monoliths to Microservices”!

Shadow-Soft has been particularly focused on growing the customer base with our OpenShift and JBoss product family with innovative sales and marketing strategies that are turning into a growing pipeline of opportunities, and running events around digital transformation.

Veristor joined recently the APP program and is growing rapidly their different practices around OpenShift and Red Hat Middleware, like DevOps and Agile Consulting, Services and Software Development practice.

OSI, an international company with a long experience with JBoss, is also growing in the US and have worked on an Agile Integration demo environment focusing on JBoss Fuse Integration platform to support their customer engagements, including integration with cloud and on-premise systems. Try to attend their “Monoliths to Microservices: App Transformation Workshop” right after Summit.

Vizuri has been a Red Hat partner for over 10 years. Having delivered more than 120 JBoss-related engagements, their JBoss experience and expertise helps customers reduce risk and improve time-to-value, while avoiding project delays and unplanned downtime. You can’t miss their take on How To Manage Business Rules In A Microservices Architecture using OpenShift and JBoss BRMS.

Having recently joined the APP program, Astellent has heavily invested in enablement and marketing, while achieving exciting customer success. Read their views on the newly launched Red Hat Decision Manager 7.

Lighthouse has been helping businesses with the right mix of Red Hat’s public, on-premises, and hybrid cloud technologies, customizing them to fit their unique business needs. They have also been active with unique marketing events like the one with the Red Sox coming in May.

As you can see, APP partners are working closely with Red Hat to establish a sales, marketing, and delivery practice around Red Hat technologies, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift, and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform.

In the words of John Bleuer, VP, Strategic Partners, North America, “I am thrilled that as year one of the program ends, the sophistication of our partner solutioning and delivery abilities has increased dramatically; many partners are working with us in industry and line of business (including healthcare, payments, and e-commerce); other partners are adding sophistication into the DevOps / automation practices with Openshift, Jenkins, and Ansible, while others are honing their skills delivering app modernization and integration & BPM solutions in a cloud native environment, containerized in OpenShift.  It’s an exciting time at Red Hat”.

The market is looking to digital transformation initiatives to grow and maintain competitive advantage. Challenges range from confined platforms to complex architectures, from rigid processes to lack of agility. Together with our partners, we can play a critical role to help our customers overcome those to become growing, competitive organizations.

We hope to see you at Red Hat Summit checking them out, as well as at the Red Hat Summit Ecosystem Expo!