Bring business analysis to streaming events

AptSoft's and iSpheres' complex event processing solutions provide effective ways to sift business meaning from system events in real time

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Administrative tools for server and process management provided granular views of operating parameters. I could not only see current streams but even change and add event definitions -- that is, EPL rules -- to my server on the fly. Although change controls would be a nice addition, this does show how quickly you could update processing rules in fluid business circumstances.

Event Server is great for developers. It’s sleek, responsive, and well-styled for driving complex event processing. However, the scenarios in which it might be usefully applied are limited by the absence of a persistent data store, adapters for enterprise systems, and bells and whistles for plugging in line-of-business staff. Until iSpheres provides dashboards and better tools for business decision makers to monitor the system engine for ongoing changes in event patterns and to easily tweak the process rules in response, Event Server will remain best suited to relatively hard-coded deployments.

Looking downstream

AptSoft Director and iSpheres Event Server are both powerful CEP systems. On the basis of their EPLs alone, you’ll find no major differences in scope or capabilities. Outside of this core functionality, AptSoft provides a richer set of features for weaving CEP into an enterprise infrastructure, monitoring long-running processes, and enabling nonprogrammers to adapt the rules to evolving business conditions. However, even AptSoft is a far cry from a shrink-wrapped CEP infrastructure. Even the cream of CEP solutions today will require a good deal of tinkering to bridge the gap between feature sets and business requirements.

As CEP evolves and becomes more mainstream, we can expect it to begin cropping up in enterprise service bus offerings and application servers, making implementation easier and extending its benefits to new app areas.

In the meantime, for companies striving to keep IT aligned with business processes while coping with more regulatory constraints, an accelerating pace of business, and increasingly complex distributed systems, both AptSoft and iSpheres offer a path to real business benefits by helping to make high-level sense out of low-level noise.

InfoWorld Scorecard
Setup (5.0%)
Developer tools (25.0%)
Reporting (15.0%)
Value (10.0%)
Management (25.0%)
Scalability (20.0%)
Overall Score (100%)
AptSoft Director for CEP 4.0 6.0 9.0 6.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
iSpheres Event Server 5.2 8.0 7.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0
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