August started with good news. Mike Gualtieri and John Rymer from Forrester Research evaluated nine complex event processing (CEP) platforms and named
UC4 a “Strong Performer”. Considering 114 criteria they proved on the side that the evaluation was no less complex than the subject itself.
Talking with UC4 CTO Vincent Stueger about the strategic value that CEP technology can bring to customers as they “strive to automate jobs, processes, applications and services that span hybrid computing environments” you no longer wonder that analyzing streams of data swirling around inside a business environment is becoming a crucial task for agile enterprises. “We are building the industry’s first Intelligent Service Automation solution that will support companies in an on-line on-time world, allowing them to sense and respond in real time to complex, interdependent events to optimize their IT resources.”
That CEP is a hot new enterprise middleware category is underlined by its position as “Technology Trigger” in the brand new Gartner 2009 Application
Architecture Hype Cycle – brightly commented (and shown!) by Opher Etzion in one of his recent blogposts.
Gartner states for CEP that the “market penetration is 1% to 5% of target audience” with an expected growth “at approximately 25% per year from 2009 to 2014, but the use of COTS* CEP products is expected to grow more than 40% per year in this time frame.” That sounds great, for we all know that a low market penetration indicates that there is still a substantial growth potential, given that we “can overcome the adoption challenges”, as Opher Etzion adds.
I wouldn’t become suspicious if I didn’t come across the following Gartner statement: “Most business analysts do not know how to identify business situations that could be addressed through CEP, and that is limiting the rate at which CEP use can expand.”
Is this judgment again proving that the much lauded Business IT alignment is far from being real? Or could it be that these analysts confuse the complexity of the patterns with the complexity of the business situation? The latter is far from complex if we look at it from a customer’s perspective. This also fits the opinion of Charles Brett from Forrester Research, who is obstinately following the user to find the events: ”CEP is business-driven because that is where the events are.”
Therefore the CEP system must be the central processing system for events – spanning all the applications and systems in your IT environment. Bringing intelligence to business processes is key to unfolding event patterns, maximizing service availability and boosting your enterprise’s success.