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Event processing goes mainstream

Event processing gets a genuinely insightful treatment in a recent book by K. Mani Chandy and Roy Schulte. “Event Processing: Designing IT Systems for Agile Companies” (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is an objective view on what is shaping up to be the next big step forward for computer automation, the effects of which could be very widespread.

In their book, Chandy and Schulte discuss the results of reducing elapsed time for business processes,  obtaining contextual information to accompany event information,  the nature of event objects, and the changing workplace we can somewhat imagine as event-driven architecture, which is largely the province now of Wall Street financial systems, becomes more and more mainstream.

In a recent interview, Cal Tech Professor Chandy told us there is quite a bit more involved. Event processing, he said, is no less than the ”stuff of life.” There is plenty of reason to think computerized continuous monitoring, quick response and adjustment will be at the center of how civilization runs in years to come.

”It can even apply to something as basic as water, because you need sensors in water to make sure it’s flowing right and that it’s the right quality. There are increasing issues of contention over water rights and how water is distributed. All of that requires continuous monitoring and response. It’s also important in getting food ”from farm to fork,” he said.

Fnd for more on Chandy’s and Schulte’s book, go to the ”Event Processing: Designing IT Systems” page on the McGraw-Hill professional books site.

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