Sunday, August 2, 2009

Concentrating on the important things with event processing

I would like to welcome to the Blogland - Mani Chandy, seen in this picture, one of the pioneers of the event processing area, the person who came to the first event processing symposium in 2006 to tell us what are the obstacles in the way to success in this area, and my partner in organizing the event processing Dagstuhl seminar in 2007, and the second one in 2010.
Mani has recently started a Blog named: Smart systems that sense and respond, so be sure to bookmark it. Mani writes his Blog as mini-papers, including references.

Inspired by the last posting on Mani's Blog I would like to write about a role of event processing that is sometimes overlooked -- not generating more information, but generating less information, or more precisely focus our attention on the right information.

Mani says in this posting that a human attention is the world's scarcest resource, thus focusing the attention on the right stuff has a very strong impact on what's happening. This is true in many senses, I think that in one of the many management courses I took over the years the instructor said something like --- you can do around 20% of what you plan to do, however the difference between success and failure is whether you can identify the right 20%. This is true in many areas of life, a smart student knows what is important to study in depth before the final exam, a smart physician knows which of the symptoms is important, a smart reporter knows how to identify the news item that will take him to fame, and there are many other examples.

Event processing is the basis for smart systems that can detect when it is important to attract the patient attention, in this case the role of the software is not to create more events, but to highlight existing ones, though the highlighted ones may be derived events and not raw events...

So -- focus your attention to other smart articles in the smart systems Blog. More - later.

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