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Event Analytics Service

Idea

The Event Analytics Service provides the essential functionality for a data-driven analysis of event data. It enables the user to get a better grasp of what is happening inside the system through statistical analysis.

The service enables the user to run the following applications:

  • Alarm management
  • System troubleshooting
  • Root cause analysis: identification of the root causes of faults or problems

Access

For accessing this service you need to have the respective roles listed in Analytics Services roles and scopes.

Basics

Almost any programmable device emits event data, containing a reasonable message text with a corresponding time stamp of the occurring events. Event data can be leveraged in order to create a new form of economic value. By analyzing it, we can extract additional knowledge and uncover useful patterns and hidden relationships between the emitted events. In return, it can not only help us to better understand the system's behaviour and dynamics, but also drastically increase the effectiveness of system management and support reasoning.

The service processes event data sets as tuples of the data types time and string. An analytic session should have a maximum data volume of 1 MB and at least 1000 events.

Statistical Analysis

The statistical analysis enables the user to identify statistically significant dependencies by displaying the most frequently occurring events (Top Events). It is a reasonable assumption that those events are of the highest interest to the user. This information can be used to determine which data is useful for further analysis (e.g., by passing the data to future Event Analytics endpoints). It also helps to reduce the cost of further analysis, as well as increase the algorithm performance (both in terms of accuracy and time required).

The analysis takes the entire data set as input, sorts it according to the number of occurrences of identical events and returns a sorted list of individual events with their occurrences.

Features

The Event Analytics Service exposes its API for realizing the following tasks:

  • Find most frequently occurring events

Example Scenario

The manager of a brewery wants to get deeper insight into the factory's production line to find possible reasons for repeatedly occurring unexpected downtimes.

The manager collects all available event data between successively occurring downtimes, feeds these into the Event Analytics API and evaluates the analysis.

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