As long as process execution runs smoothly nobody cares what happens in the event tunnel. But in the moment of an accident a narrow and murky tunnel becomes a big threat to people and businesses. Providing analyzing tools for subsequent insights and predictive simulations brings light into this tunnel, of course, but in the moment the traffic continues, the tunnel will be dark again.
With hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of events a day this picture is really threatening. That’s why the connection between the automation engine and the user is so essential nowadays, as we pointed out some weeks ago. On the other hand is ‘complex event processing’(CEP) “still a term that scares people away”, as Joe McKendrick points out in a ZDNet article, searching for “a softer way to describe what this thing is” about.
But what if CEP – or EP to soothe your nerves – is no less than key to the situational awareness of your business? A concept which is summarized by David E. Olson in a very interesting Event Processing Roundtable at ebizQ: “When you talk about situational awareness, you have three aspects of that continuum. We’ve got the past, the future and the present. What CEP does is add a significant amount of intelligence in the present, so that the business can act in the moment, and improve decision making in the future …”
It’s all about making your enterprise smart and agile. Complex Event Processing is designed to handle, normalize, aggregate, and analyze a wide range of information in real-time. You think that’s impossible considering hundreds of thousands events per day? Good point! But that’s part of the homework any event processing effort has to fulfill: to discern if a thing that happened is notable. Setting up this filter is a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack. But at the end of the day you will find out that there are just a handful of events remaining that are actually impacting on your business.