May 4, 2010

Truviso evidently reinvents itself

When Aleri bought Coral8 last year, I wrote that the independent CEP (Complex Event Processing) vendors were floundering. Aleri quickly threw in the towel and sold out to Sybase, which hardly changed my opinion. StreamBase actually is persevering, but not with any kind of breakout success. Big vendors, such as Microsoft and IBM, have at least some aspirations of eventually filling the gap.

Meanwhile, Truviso — which never got much market traction in the first place — was in hiding; Roman Bukary never did keep his promise to brief me on the company’s new and improved strategy. Then Truviso had yet another management change, amidst rumors that it was repositioning away from CEP. As per a press release Truviso emailed today, that’s now official, with Truviso’s main business being something to do with web analytics.

Edit: It seems Truviso was at some point absorbed into Cisco.


8 Responses to “Truviso evidently reinvents itself”

  1. Tony Bain on May 4th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Hi Curt,
    I caught up with Mike late last year at Berkeley and I have similar thoughts. I think Truviso have followed a similar path and come to similar conclusions as a couple of other companies I can think of. There technology seems to be good and sound, from memory, based around work done by Sam Madden. Continuous / push based query processing. Initially this looks like a great platform for CEP and/or sensor networks. But presently I think the reality is these markets are small, very specialized and certainly in the case of many sensor networks, don’t actually have that high of a workload demand. CEP I think needs much more of a stack than just the data platform.

    The web analytics route seems a tough one as there is already so much competition in this space. My prediction is they will get picked up by a much larger fish at some stage, just because I think the technology itself has good future potential.

  2. Todd Fin on May 4th, 2010 5:45 pm

    Seems like Bukary is no longer with Truviso

  3. Curt Monash on May 4th, 2010 7:59 pm


    Yeah. The absence of Roman’s name from the management team page was my second clue. 🙂 My first clue was something cryptic he said before he left.


    Given that StreamBase came from the Stonebraker circle and Truviso had Mike Franklin involved, I always assumed that the academic project behind Truviso did NOT involve guys like Sam. But I may have been wrong.

  4. Tony Bain on May 5th, 2010 1:12 am

    My memory is quite hazy but I think I recall that Truviso has roots back to TinyDB which was Sam & Mike.

  5. Rushan Chen on May 5th, 2010 3:16 pm
  6. Roman on May 5th, 2010 8:51 pm

    Yeah, that Bukary character is no longer affiliated with Truviso 🙂

    However, it is my opinion that “CEP” was doomed from the begining not by technology, not by architecture, not by functionality but by two things: (1) terrible acronym, thank you Gartner; and (2) the pain and years/decades of misrepresentation around what “real-time BI” could or could not do.

    OK, now if you want to talk further, I am sure I can find that Bukary fellow.

  7. Curt Monash on May 8th, 2010 10:08 pm

    Sam Madden wrote in the with the following comment on his and other folks’ Truviso involvement:

    As someone suggested, it came from the TelegraphCQ project, which I was involved in as a graduate student. It was distinct from and not really related to TinyDB (though both were stream processing systems.) The academic project was done by a large group of students (including me), led by Mike Franklin and Joe Hellerstein. One of those students — Sailesh Krishnamurthy — did a lot of the design and engineering of the TelegraphCQ prototype and went with Mike to start Truviso.

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