David Luckham, inventor of CEP
Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

What is CEP?

Complex Event Processing (CEP) is an emerging technology for building and managing information systems. The goal of CEP is to enable the information contained in the events flowing through all of the layers of the enterprise IT infrastructure to be discovered, understood in terms of its impact on high level management goals and business processes, and acted upon in real time. This includes events created by new technologies such as RFID.

Visit the comprehensive CEP website.

Other articles by Dr. Luckham:

BAM And CEP: A Marriage Of Necessity Or: Why BAM Must Use CEP
BAM Providers As Online Banking Fraud Preventers
The Beginnings of IT Insight: Business Activity Monitoring
Grand Visions For e-Commerce Require Solving 'IT Blindness'
Avoiding Disasters Waiting To Happen
"/> Informatica Widens Net to CEP
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Informatica has further expanded its data integration engine with the acquisition of specialized complex event processing (CEP) analysis provider Agent Logic. This will bolster Informatica's businesses, especially in public sector, financial services and healthcare, by adding depth to its name and identity matching capabilities. Although Agent Logic's approach to CEP has been very narrow, Informatica's move reveals how the worlds of CEP and business intelligence (BI) are converging.

CEP and BI are converging

Although business intelligence (BI) has been adding near-realtime capabilities that provide current analytic snapshots, its heritage has been historical analysis. Conversely, CEP has been all about the present. CEP enables businesses to close the loop on operational strategies with time-sensitive parsing and analysis of torrents of streaming data coming from RFID sensors, website click streams, transactional flows, geospatial data and other sources.

Yet the very fact that CEP encompasses analytics makes it a natural extension of realtime BI. When integrated with related transactional and historical data, CEP can provide the missing 'event' element to make it useful for closed-loop, realtime business decision-making. Informatica's move into the space underscores how CEP and BI are converging.

Time to insight is the driving logic behind Informatica's swoop

Acquiring Agent Logic helps Informatica bake high throughput, realtime analytics of unstructured data into its data integration platform through rules-based parsing of unstructured data. Backed in part by In-Q-Tel, the CIA's not-for-profit venture capital arm, Agent Logic's primary market has not surprisingly been the federal government.

For Informatica, the acquisition is quite synergistic with previous acquisitions that include:

  • Itemfield, which integrates unstructured data
  • Identity Systems, which provides identity-matching technology
  • AddressDoctor, which provides data cleansing for international addresses.

Agent Logic will enable Informatica's unstructured data cleansing and integration tools to perform their tasks under far more complex, higher-throughput, realtime scenarios. Beyond public sector, the acquisition is also potentially useful for serving financial services firms in performing fraud detection, or for healthcare markets in analyzing patient-care outcomes.


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