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.

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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
"/> Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

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Event processing is all about running your company smarter and faster. It does this primarily through situational awareness and traceability. The former means continuous updates of all relevant processes, enabling managers to gain a complete overview of the business and instantly respond to problems and opportunities. The latter means the ability to track the status of items -- customer orders, physical batch completion progress, supplier orders en route and so on -- throughout the respective life cycles.



There are few different flavors of event processing: simple event processing, complex event processing and event stream processing. As the names imply, the former refers to individual events, while the latter two look at multiple events to "connect the dots" on a higher level. One popular method for managing more practical value chains is Event-Driven Architecture (EDA), while others are better suited for management support and decision making. Learn more about these technologies in this guide and on our Event Processing topic page.

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Event Processing: An Introduction
Here's the preface from Mani Chandy and Roy Schulte's book "Event Processing: Designing IT Systems for Agile Companies." Chandy and Schulte were also speakers in ebizQ's 2009 SOA in Action Virtual Conference (click to replay sessions).

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