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While the sessions and discussions on event processing did not have the
global significance of angels on pin heads or the Counter
it did provide a clear indication of just how broadly and deep event
based systems can reach. Whether it's a business application monitoring
mortgage applications, IT
management systems in a Network
Operation Center, bedside monitoring
systems in a hospital or a robot packing pancakes into boxes they all
have a common underpinning, consuming and correlating
Granted, not everyone approaches it with the same
Systems Management people don't think about processing and correlating
events, they think about device management, KPI's, Alerts and the like.
Someone building, managing a business process is likely concerned with
- validating them, stock allocations, warehouses and
Nonetheless, a common framework model behind these systems is event
Two of my favorite sessions at the EPTS Symposium were a panel session
on the EPTS Mission and an open forum on Grand Challenges, a
brainstorming session focused on identifying barriers to the adoption
Four panelists, myself included presented their expectations of the
EPTS and it's role as an industry consortium, it's goals and
what improvements can be made. As a baseline, the EPTS does have a
existing mission statement defined as ...
Given this mission statement and my own expectations there are
number of basic intentions the EPTS should provide to
the uninitiated to event processing:
The EPTS has four working groups that have been active for the last
year: Use-cases, Reference Architecture, Language Analysis and
Glossary. To a large extent the working groups
and are working towards the definition of
CEP that is clear. However, there still a need to highlight
salient value of event processing. For specific vertical
the value of CEP is clear-cut simply because the fit and function is
tailor made. In Capital Markets, for example algo trading has all the
hallmarks of a CEP application - high performance, low latency,
temporal analytics and a streaming data paradigm fit-for-purpose.
However, there are other application domains where CEP is equally
viable but much more subtle. I believe the EPTS can provide a
vendor-neutral taxonomy of event processing - from the basics to the
advanced. Explain why it's unique and different, why language
important and how it is synergistic with a host of other technologies.
To this end, the group has decided to form two new working
to focus on many of these areas. Clearly a forward thinking move.
The Event Processing Technical Society is an organization made of up
both vendors and academics. We're held together by a common thread, a
goal that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and our
collective will benefit all even as many of us are undeniably
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