Saturday, July 27, 2013

Taking the complex out of complex event processing

The quote of this week is taken from an article in InformationAge that talks about operational intelligence. 
The article explains what operational intelligence means, and you can read it to see if you find anything new.
The point of this post is a quote done by Ivan Casanova from TIBCO:  
We should all be focused on taking the 'complex' out of complex event processing" 
This quote is in the context of explaining the acquisition of Streambase by TIBCO.    I don't know Mr. Casanova personally, but what I have learned from his statement is that he believes that going forward, the programming model and tools represented by Streambase are better fit and less complex to use that TIBCO has done before, where it extended RETE based business rules system to handle stateful event processing cases, while retaining the rule-based programming model.    Streambase is using an "event flow" model that is some variation of event processing network.    Without getting to analysis of specific products (a restriction I have taken upon myself in this Blog), I would say that overall I believe that as a conceptual model for event processing I believe in the EPN model (which is of the family of data flow models),  and in visual working environment (better than textual working environments) to design and program.   This reduces the complexity for IT developers, which I think is very important trend.   The ultimate reduction of complexity requires one more step -  event processing modeling in the level of the business user level and automatic translation to an implementation language.  
Bottom line: I agree with the statement in the quote -- actually this is my main area of interest nowadays. 

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