This picture has been taken in the EPTS meeting in Orlando in September 2007, the meeting itself has been described by Paul Vincent in his blog : first day, second and third day.
As written before the EPTS is a consortium (under construction) intended to promote the understanding and incubate standards in the event processing area. Getting into 2008 - here is the work plan that has been recently approved by the steering committee:
Quarter 1: Launch - as expected when some of the players are big companies, the formalization process take some time, but it will hopefully converge soon. After getting approval of the steering committee - the idea is to invite vendors, customers, academic people and other individuals to join the list of founding members. The launch will also include - introduction of EPTS website (a prototype already exists - thanks to Brian Connell from WestGlobal and Serge Mankovskii from CA) which will support the work of work groups and other EPTS related information (leaving news, blog pointers, general discussion forum for David Luckham's site ). In the launch opportunity we'll also sign and seal the first version of the consensus glossary edited by David Luckham and Roy Schulte, with many contributions provided so far (a draft of this glossary is available)
Quarter 2: "State of the practice" white paper based on a collection of use cases. This is a workgroup launched in the last meeting, with a diversified team of volunteers. The first phase carried out by Tao Lin from SAP, Dieter Gawlick from Oracle and Pedro Bizzaro from University of Coimbra in Portugal to define a template to describe and compare use cases, where the use cases are those presented in the three EPTS meetings, in the Dagstuhl seminar on event processing and maybe open for others. After the glossary, this will be the next community effort in order to understand the state of the practice (there has also been some work last year on "reference architecture" lead by Tim Bass that we'll return to after completing the use cases survey).
Quarter 3: In this quarter we'll hold the fourth EPTS meeting (place and time are not determined yet), participate in the DEBS conference, which we support of becoming the research "flagship" of the event processing community. We'll also launch a portal of teaching material on event processing for the next school year.
Quarter 4: Our first contribution to standard -- we'll launch in early year a workgroup to provide the EPTS input for the OMG RFP on meta-modelling.
Many people are contributing their time and energy for these community activities, and I am looking forward to the momentum that will be created after the EPTS formal launch... stay tuned, or even better - join. Instructions about joining -- soon.