If you blog on business process management (BPM) and open source software (OSS) as I do, every once in a while you get a two-fer such as the recent announcement at the Red Hat Summit that Collossa has joined the Red Hat Exchange (RHX). I wrote about Colossa here and the RHX here.
This is good news for both trends. RHX has been plauged by not enough true applications (do not be confused that I often argue that software such as Colosa's is middleware). The BPM movement has been hampered by not enough open source.
Of course as I researched in this article on open source BPM (ebizQ Gold Club membership required but there is no fee), Red Hat's own jBPM qualifies but the whole idea of the exchange is to up the count of non-Red-Hat choices. Colosa's listing brings the total to 20 such packages; next goal is 200.
More to come in business intelligence, ERP (including SCM, PLM and CRM), and all kinds of standalone collaborative and transactional applications. Why not all that IBM BPM software that runs on Linux? After all, RHX doesn't require that the exchange software be open source does it?