Saturday, May 19, 2012

Towards proactive enterprise intelligence by Gregoris Mentzas

I came across a recent presentation given by Gregoris Mentzis (from NTUA, Greece) entitled "towards proactive enterprise intelligence".  In this presentation Gregoris discusses some research challenges.

The capabilities of proactive enterprise intelligence are defined in slide 21 and seem similar to our definition (I also recognized the pictures).  I'll write more about the two patterns expressed in this slide. 

Reading this presentation is recommended. Enjoy! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Driving while looking at the rear-view mirror

Typically I don't recommend commercial Blogs, but I'll make an exception this time, and cite Mark Palmer's post, since I like the metaphor he made, reflected in this picture.  According to Mark, analytics that refers to the past is like driving by only looking at the rear-view mirror,  which of course can show the road you have already passed.  Since typically we drive forward and not backward it should be more useful to look ahead than to look back.   In many cases the road is fixed, in the sense that the road forward looks exactly like the road backward, and then it might make sense to do it,  however, in other cases, like driving in real traffic and not in a bubble, the road ahead may contain surprises that are not evident from the previous parts of the road. 
The interesting thing is that even law latency event processing system are, in fact, looking at the past,  where the past is almost the present,  looking to the future is not a standard event processing feature.   

Sunday, May 13, 2012

On the city data management workshop in CIKM'12

I am one of the co-chairs of the "City Data Management 2012" workshop in CIKM'12 
The work on smart cities have been emerged in the last few years.  The data management aspect of smart cities is one of the major topics, due to the need to acquire significant amount of data, much of it streaming data, and perform monitoring, search, query and various analytics.  The workshop focuses on the several aspects of city data management.    The call for papers is now out,   the interesting part for me is the data monitoring part, which consists of the following points:
  • Complex Event Processing for Smarter Cities
  • Anomaly detection and prevention
  • Forecasting city events
  • Event-based optimization for adaptive city operations
  • City process monitoring

If you are in this area -- consider submission. Note that the conference will take place in Maui, Hawaii.