Somehow, I find myself using my collection of analysts' presentations to help me make some points, this time, I am showing a slide from Roy Schulte's presentation in the Gartner EPS summit - I'll return to the content of this slide shortly, but will start with some discussion I had yesterday about the reasons that enterprises are using COTS for event processing. I have heard (and not in the first time) the assertion - the only reason that one will want to use EP software and not hard-coded solution is the ability to cope with high throughput / low latency - in short, to deal with high performance requirements. If there are no high performance requirements there are other solutions, e.g. the database guys think that in this case one can insert all events to a database and use simple SQL queries for CEP patterns, or just using the good old C/Java programming for this purpose. This is somewhat inconsistent with my own experience, where customers that did not have "high performance" requirements were eager to use CEP technologies. Indeed, high performance is a reason to use CEP COTS, however, as indicated in Roy Schulte's slide above - it is actually a minor reason. According to Gartner, the high end is somewhere between 5-10 percent of the candidate applications, while looking at the prediction for 2012 - the use in the high end will be 8% - out of the 27% total use; note also that Roy Schulte defines the high end as 250 events per second, which is really far from the definition of "high performance", so the numbers are even lower. It seems that the market for "non high performance CEP" is much larger, and will grow faster. If that's so - where does the misconception that EP equals high performance always ? I think there are two sources - the first, the early adopters were from the capital markets industry, where some (not all !) of the candidate applications has indeed high performance characteristics. However, with the growth of the market, and use of EP software in other applications and other industries, these type of applications, while continue to grow, will not match the higher growth of non high performance applications. The other reason is that some vendors make the high performance as their main message, and trying to get the market believe that this is indeed the most important property.
So - if high performance is not the only reason to use EP COTS what are the other reasons to use EP COTS ? this is a matter for investigation, but IMHO the main one is the "high level programming" and agility - in short - the ability to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership.
I'll provide more insights about the TCO issue in a future post.