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First we saw the great shake-out in the rules processing world - ILog went to IBM, RuleBurst/Haley went to Oracle, etc.   Now consolidation and merger raising its head in the younger, but related, world of CEP (Complex Event Processing) with the coming together of two leaders in that field, Aleri and Coral8.   We are probably still some way off seeing most of the main CEP playersl snapped up by the biggest names in the industry, but it may happen - IBM already bought AptSoft.

Both the rules companies mentioned above are members of Microsoft’s Business Processing Alliance; it is interesting to note that Microsoft is now effectively in alliance with two of their direct competitors in the BPM space.   Currently, however, CEP remains unknown territory to most .NET developers.   Will there be a major CEP story on the Microsoft platform in future?   We will have to wait to see.

Best wishes to the new Aleri

UPDATE:  It would appear, from the Microsoft web site, that ILOG (IBM) and RuleBurst (Oracle) have dropped out of Microsoft's Buisness Process Alliance.   They are no longer listed as members.

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:12 PM | Back to top

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Hi Charles,

Aleri and Coral8 are rules-based event stream processing companies. It is a merger of two rule-based stream processing companies that call themselves CEP. However, either Aleri nor Coral8 perform any software tasks that process true complex events.

Our team evaluated Coral8 for a complex network management task. We had to write our own adapter just to listen to a basic TCP socket. After spending time just to get it configured (writing a C program), we found it was difficult to configure compared to other rule-based event processing systems used in the NMS world ("the event cloud"). We moved to a free and open source (FOSS) NMS to process our "event cloud" and have been very pleased with it - as far as a rules-based event processing platform goes.

The bottom line is that there is nothing "complex" about processing (forward chaining) a stream of events using simple rules - this is "old hat" technology. Companies marketing themselves as CEP today have limited utility in the market place; so the fall of Coral8 is no surprise and was event predicted by some. These companies have made a bit of traction in FSI because it seems that folks in FSI never had a generic platform to process events. I don't know since I am not an FSI person. However, in most of the marketplace where there are already event processing platforms these self-described CEP vendors have made little to no progress.

Regards, Tim
Left by Tim Bass on Mar 11, 2009 5:44 AM

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