Saturday, April 12, 2008

On Semantic Event Processing

This nice castle seems European, but it is really located in Tarrytown, NY. I am not living in castles, but in a hotel in the small town of Tarrytown that has many hotels. After a busy week - starting in Pasadena, visiting Mani Chandy in Cal Tech, spending three days in IBM's Impact 2008 and visit the IBM research center in Hawthorne yesterday, and before going home this evening, I have some time for Blogging. Catching up with the recent Blogs I have found several ones that has gone semantic: Jack Rusher from Aleri, Marco from Rulecore, Paul Vincent from TIBCO all have written about "semantic CEP", with the idea to use domain dependent onthologies. The idea to use semantic relations between entities as part of event processing is something we played with a few years ago (during my previous tenure in IBM research) and I believe it has a big future, certainly when the trend is to move parts of the development to the business user, this can certainly help. So - this is certainly in our road map. Will write more on this topic later.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

On Impact 2008

This is the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the place that hosts this week the IMPACT 2008, a very big customer conference of IBM Websphere (more than 6000 persons).

The hotel is huge, the logistics is very good, and the program is very diversified. James Taylor described the two first days in his Blog . One of the main themes in this conference was the issue of business event processing, IBM's product Websphere Business Events, was announced last week. Today I have given a talk on the concept of "business event processing" together with my colleague Steve Lyons (a former Aptsoft guy), thus I have done my share. This was well covered by the press. The main message behind it is enabling the business user to control the behavior (e.g. define patterns) of EP applications, this concept won a lot of interest from the IBM clients that were present.

On another matter - congratulation to Mark Palmer for his new position in Streambase, Mark is definitly one of the notable figrue in the EP area.