DEBSí09: woe (or whoa) on the terminology of events, and other observations
First Published Monday, 20th July 2009 08:05 pm from TIBCO Software : Paul Vincent
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target="_blank">DEBS last week, the title="Event Processing Technical Society"
Language and Use Case working groups presented tutorials, and the
EPTS Reference Architecture group (co-chaired by TIBCO) met for a
useful catch-up session. But sorely missed were the
"Glossary-ers", tasked with standardizing the
terminology used in event processing applications and systems.
The importance of this came to light when a discussion started up
about whether "incidents" were events (which
of course they are, although they may not be detectable at the
time they occur). Opher Etzion (from IBM Research) covered some
target="_blank">ITIL section on the process of title="Wikipedia reference"
target="_blank">Incident Management, which seems yet
target="_blank">Complex Event Processing (at least
for the detection part: other aspects may also include decision
management and process management).
observations from DEBS were that:
- Compared to previous years, there was much more focus
on event processing rather than the (possibly simpler, probably
more established) aspects of pub-sub middleware.
accreditation seems to have done the conference no harm, and
indeed seems to have made the organisers' lives
- There was little in the way of
progress to standards, with no or little mention of title="Wikipedia reference"
target="_blank">RIF; at least the Siemens CEP team
were progressing on an interesting project using title="Wikipedia reference - hooray the BMM entry has returned
after deletion by some Wikivandal"
target="_blank">BMM, and were interested in the
target="_blank">EMP. The latter is awaiting more
interest, including that likely to result from a supposedly
- Was it just me, or did there seem to be a dominance of
attendees (and presenters) from Germany? Is the land of
target="_blank">Vorsprung durch Technik"
stealing a lead in IT by recognizing the advantages of event
processing over conventional data processing?
target="_blank">DEBS'10 moves back to
Europe to the tranquil quads (and title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punt_(boat)#Punting_technique"
target="_blank">incorrect punting technique) of
target="_blank">Cambridge University. Attendees can
Fluss!" or somesuch…
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