Acquisitions of CEP technologies

Two acquisitions of CEP (Complex Event Processing) technology companies were announced a couple of weeks ago. Both were a bit surprising to me. It caught my attention because the core of our AutoPilot solution and the reason we win against our competitors is our internally developed CEP engine that helps us provide proactive monitoring to our customers.

For the past 10 years Tibco claimed to be the thought leader in CEP, which is the core of their Business Event Processing (BEP) offering. It looks like StreamBase, which used to be the only pure play CEP company, had a better technology, announced Big Data integration and had more traction than Tibco in capital markets.

Software AG claims to have a CEP engine as part of their WebMethods Business Events offering yet acquired Apama from Progress. Certainly Progress does not have any vision of CEP in their future plans.

Interesting, isn’t it?

Some thoughts on APM segmentation

There are many software vendors play in the Application Performance Monitoring (APM) market. All claim similar capabilities and features as defined by industry analysts. From the first glance the differences are blurry and customers have difficulties distinguishing among the products that would best address their needs. Companies spend months, in some cases years selecting the right solution engaging valuable resources. In the mean time their problems persist, in many cases affecting their bottom line. There are some vendors that are classified as APM players, have very little overlap in their value proposition, have clear differences and distinct value propositions, yet perceived as competitors by each other.

In my view APM as a general term in IT, similar to a classification of mammals in biology. Imagine an alien (a prospect) arriving to Earth, seeing different mammals (APM vendors) and having difficulties distinguishing among them. They all have very similar features, have eyes and ears, nose and mouth, eat and sleep, some walk on four and some use just two limbs, they even have a similar reproduction process. Obviously, there are big differences between humans and monkeys, or between zebras and lions, for example.

In my opinion the APM market should be broken down into well defined segments to make it easier for customers. We here, at Nastel, have strong roots in Message Oriented Middleware management. IBM’s WebSphere MQ family of products, ESB, Message Broker, DataPower, Tibco are technology applications used by major enterprises. Middleware is a nervous system of their mission critical applications must be up, running and performing. We call our target market – Middleware-centric APM. I believe we are the best and have a unique value proposition in this area.

Announcing “Mav in the middle…”

This is the blog of David Mavashev, CEO and Founder of Nastel Technologies. It is called “Mav in the middle…”

The blog will cover topics in application performance monitoring (APM), Complex Event Processing (CEP), self-service, message tracking, middleware monitoring / management and also general observations about the IT industry.

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