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NewImage.jpgeBiz has asked another great question, “Is Event-Driven Architecture and Complex Event Processing an Affordable Option for Most Businesses?”

Looking at it as a cost is an incomplete way of looking at event and complex event processing (CEP). Event-oriented Architecture (EOA), which CEP is a subset, is the missing third architecture in most enterprise solutions, the first two being Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) and Data-Oriented Architecture (DOA). The statistics show that ver 98% of enterprise class solutions use some form of DOA in their data supply chain activities and between 30-40% use some variant of SOA. However, less than 5-10% are currently tapping into the benefits of what EOA can deliver.

EOA (events and CEP) offer answers and insights into knowledge, something SOA and DOA cannot. Think of the Wisdom Model: Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom. At the lowest layer we have data. The universe if filled with it. For example, consider a university where you have data like students, books, building, colors, plants, etc. This is the realm of DOA. If you provide relevance to data, we call it information. Every Monday morning a university Provost is looking at a list of failing students and is trying to figure out just what to do. This is the realm SOA. When you study information, as in the case of the Provost, we call that knowledge. The provost is asking questions like, “Why are they failing?” This is the realm of EOA (CEP). Lastly, in depth reflection on knowledge provides us with wisdom. What is really important for the Provost is internalizing what it will take to turn failing students into successful students. This is the realm of EOA.

Once you map revenue potential for each of these layers in the wisdom model (Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom) against each orientation (DOA, SOA, EOA), you soon come to the realization that EOA offers the highest growth rate for new revenue and margin. More on this later if you like.

So, a more business-oriented perspective would be to asked the question, “At what margin can we grow new revenue through EOA (event and complex-event) services? This is a conversation that most CEOs and CFO would gladly engage you in.


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