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The Global Information Society and the Need for New Technology

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Information processing systems have developed at a very rapid rate, yet there exists no technology for monitoring and managing the information that flows through these systems on a global level. Learn why event processing technology is needed to monitor and manage the information that flows through global information systems.
This chapter is from the book

Introduction

Highlights in Part I:

  • The challenges involved in keeping the human in control of today's electronic information systems

  • The basic concepts of CEP

  • How CEP can be employed to meet the challenges

Documenting the Need for New Technology

  • Events everywhere in our information systems

  • The Internet and the growth of global communication spaghetti

  • Layers upon layers in enterprise system architectures

  • Global electronic trade—understanding what is happening

  • Agile systems—future reality or just a dream

  • Can an open electronic society defend itself?

  • The gathering storm—global coordination or global chaos

Information processing using computer systems on a global scale has become the foundation of twenty-first-century life. It runs our governments and industries, our transportation systems, hospitals, and emergency services. It is the foundation for global economics and global electronic trading in the new millennium.

Information processing systems have grown up around the globe at "Web speed," only slightly slower than "warp speed" in science fiction. The Internet or "Web" has been a driving force. The technology to build these systems, to make them faster, capable of handling and routing larger and larger amounts of information, has developed to help drive this growth. New applications are appearing all the time to entice us into new ways of using IT systems.

But there is no similar development of foundational technology for monitoring and managing the information that flows through global information systems. And the fact is, if we do not know what is going on in these systems—and I mean "know" in the sense of human understanding—we cannot protect them, and we cannot use them to maximum advantage. This chapter describes our event-based world and some of its challenging problems.

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