I’ve just read an email where it was stated:
Did you know that 50% of iLog jRules sales end up running on a competitive App Server – including Oracle, JBoss and Tomcat?
and was wondering how it could have happened? Perhaps as a stroke of luck (or genius :)) I’m not surprised whatsoever. Even the samples and the ZB300 course run on Apache Tomcat so why would customers go for a commercial offering if they’re satisfied with what they got bundled?
Now, things have changed. During the days when ILOG JRules was not part of the WebSphere family it’s clear to me that the ILOG dev team might not have cared about WAS that much. Since IBM’s acquisition of ILOG, no one believes or expects it will last long. That’s obvious. The WebSphere ILOG JRules’ brand (or home as one could name it) is the WebSphere family now and IBM WebSphere Application Server will eventually become its twin brother, de facto the reference runtime environment.
I hence wonder how many readers have deployed or are about to deploy RES or RTS (acronyms used on purpose for your learning experience and solicit feedback from practitioners) onto IBM WebSphere Application Server? Let me know so I keep pursuing my ILOG JRules learning experience as a WebSphere specialist.
While I believe ILOG JRules can do much, there’re others on the BRMS market. With the recent reading of Open Source SOA by Jeff Davis, Manning 2009, which I highly recommend, I know the question is not merely about runtime environment for BRMS solution, be it WAS, Tomcat, JBAS or Oracle WebLogic, but the solution itself. Since this book was about Open Source SOA solutions, JBoss Rules (aka Drools) was a winner, but my brief exposure to Drools confirmed myself ILOG JRules seems to be better (at least from the development tools’ perspective). Have you done any feature comparison recently? What was the outcome?