We are excited to announce our next set of Designer features, new Snaps, and tool updates to the SnapLogic Integration Cloud. As part of our ongoing commitment to hear customer feedback and deliver features with the Agile methodology, we will be performing an update this week.
The complete list of features in this release and past releases can be found in the Release Notes, with highlights below.
Integration Tools and UX Improvements
- Support for Importing and Exporting Pipelines
Support has been added for the exporting and importing of pipelines. Now you can develop a pipeline in a test environment, then move it to production when ready.
- Auto Suggest on New Pipelines
You no longer need to save a pipeline in order for the suggest data to be available.
- Support for URL-encoding Added to the Expression Language
The global functions of encodeURIComponent and decodeURIComponent were added to the Expression Language to let you generate a proper query string for a URL from document data.
Improvements to Administration and Monitoring Capabilities
- Ability to Monitor Scheduled/Triggered Tasks from Manager
When reviewing the Pipeline Run History in SnapLogic Manager, you can click on the Runtime ID or Status of a pipeline to open that run within Designer. You can then view the Pipeline Run Log to see the run status or why a Snap failed.
- Pipeline Runtime Stats Available in Tooltips
While a pipeline is executing, insights into real-time stats are available in the tooltips of the individual Snaps.
- Reset User Permissions
A Reset button has been added to allow the org admin to reset a user’s permissions for an organization back to the original settings.
New Snaps to Address Your Integration Needs
Whether it’s support for Fixed Width file formats, the ability to query Google Analytics data, or creating subscriptions in Zuora, we’ve got you covered. See the complete list of new and updated Snaps.
Click here for complete List of Snaps.
Configuration for On-premises Snaplex and Proxies
SnapLogic Snaplex on premises is a service installed on an end user’s local machine that provides access to data both on premises behind a firewall and in the cloud. The Snaplex can be installed anywhere on the end user network that has access to the required data or on premises application.The documentation for On-premises Snaplex has been updated with information on configuring proxies.
Links to previous release notes
Last week the SnapLogic team attended Gartner’s Application, Architecture, Development and Integration Summit in Las Vegas. It was a great conference with record attendance. Not surprisingly, the focus of the conference was the impact of “The Nexus of Forces” (aka SMACT – Social, Mobile, Analytics (Big Data), Cloud and the Internet of Things) on application development and integration. There was general recognition that we live in a hybrid world, which requires a re-thinking of all aspects of application and data integration. My colleague Maneesh Joshi was blogging from the show floor:
He also delivered a 30 minute presentation on the topic of Integrator’s Dilemma. I’ve embedded the presentation below:
Here are some of the Gartner AADI social highlights (from the hashtag #GartnerAADI
. My favorite quote was actually from the lone data-centric Gartner analyst at the conference, Ted Friedman. Once all of the other analysts had provided their priorities for 2014, Ted commented, “It’s great to be API First or Cloud First or Mobile First….just don’t be Data Last.”
Yesterday we hosted a webinar with Jeff Kaplan, cloud computing expert and director of THINKstrategies, on the major announcements made a few weeks ago at Dreamforce, trends – both recent and predicted – in the cloud, and the themes of integration and connectivity throughout the event.
A big message at Dreamforce was the role of integration and connectivity, and how these fit in with the new Salesforce1 platform. Also discussed were the criticisms about Salesforce1 as a marketing ploy, rather than the Salesforce approach that it is a completely new and unique platform. Kaplan explained that it was a little bit of both – a rebranding effort for sure but also a look at a new and improved platform that pulls together different pieces of what Salesforce has been acquiring and building over the past few years. In a word, Salesforce1 is a prime example of connectivity. Also strongly playing into this theme is the huge mobile focus of this new platform, making all applications accessible via any mobile device and further helping the Internet of Connected Customers. Kaplan also pointed out that partners will be huge fans of Salesforce1 because it’s a signal that Salesforce is truly a platform now with a strong focus on APIs, allowing for more opportunities to build and integrate.
So how does this tie into SnapLogic and the integration needs that all of this connectivity inevitably leads to? As customers implement more and more applications and platforms, connectivity won’t just be a theme or trend – it will be a requirement. In the webinar, we pointed out 5 specific ways to stay connected, those being:
- Remember: The Internet of Customers (and Things) is powered by connectivity.
- Remember that innovation requires integration.
- Treat data as an asset, not a liability.
- Build a SMAC-centric infrastructure (Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud).
- Don’t wait to integrate!
Thanks very much to everyone who joined the webinar today, and check out the slides here for more information. We’ll also have a recording of the entire conversation available and will update when it’s ready.
And last but not least, we’d like to announce the winner of our Dreamforce #connected photo contest (and check out the stream of some of the awesome entries we received below). It was great seeing all of the entries and congratulations to Daniel Hoechst (@dhoescht) on his great photo of San Francisco from the bay, helping him to win a new GoPro! Daniel, we’ll be in touch directly on getting you your prize and thanks again to Daniel and everyone else who participated!
I attended a great session on strategies to mobile-enable your applications at the Gartner AADI Summit this morning. Gartner Analysts Gordon Van Huizen and Massimo Pezzini discussed several challenges and strategies to tackle the hot topic of mobile-enablement of applications and API management. Massimo presented two styles of mobile application integrations – point-to-point and mediated.
Given the heterogenous nature of today’s IT application architecture, the latter is the more common scenario. This means most customers would need to insert a mediation layer that can provide a level of indirection, a level of control, and the ability to aggregate data across multiple applications to deliver pertinent information in a single API call. This is a great time to consider an iPaaS (integration platform as a service) as the tool to handle this use case. This is particularly important when part of your application portfolio is in the cloud. The traditional ESBs are just not designed to handle the brave new world of SaaS. Choose your new integration platform wisely.
It is also critical that the iPaaS has been purpose-built for the web and mobile architectures of this new world. The last thing you need is a platform that needs kludgy fixes to adapt to mobile-friendly protocols such as REST, HTML5, etc. Customers feel a sense of comfort that their investments in SnapLogic for four main reasons:
- REST-based: Every SnapLogic pipeline (data flow) can be exposed as a REST service with a flip of a switch (click of a mouse in a check box, really). These services can be secured for appropriate authorization and authentication to make sure they are fully secure.
- JSON Format: The internal data representation of SnapLogic pipelines is in JSON format, which is the preferred format for all mobile APIs. This means there is ZERO additional effort to convert an existing pipeline into an API. Other iPaaS offerings that are using non-JSON (records, proprietary structures, etc.) as internal representation need to add a layer of overhead where the internal representation needs to be converted into JSON before the API call is responded to.
- Orchestration and Aggregation: As demonstrated in the architecture diagram in the above picture, orchestration or aggregation is a key requirement in mobile-enabling of applications. Mobile application developers expect all the relevant information in a single API call and not have to go to multiple applications individually and then piece that information together on the mobile client app. SnapLogic delivers multi-point hybrid integration capabilities that effortlessly orchestrates or aggregates across the firewall boundaries, whether the data is residing in the cloud or on-premise. The 160+ prebuilt connectors, called Snaps, also greatly simplify the integration design and development.
- Elasticity: And lastly, future-proofing the iPaaS layer to handle exploding mobile API loads is totally non-negotiable. SnapLogic’s elasticity allows customers to scale out dynamically to handle variable workloads.
A Fortune 50 customer mobile-enabled its salesforce by using SnapLogic as the mediating iPaaS. They exposed SnapLogic pipeline that aggregated data across Salesforce and Oracle E-Business Suite. The sales reps were able to access all relevant information (customer contact information and products owned from Salesforce, and payment status from Oracle E-Business Suite). They secured the API by integrating SnapLogic with CA’s Siteminder for authentication and SSO.
For the above reasons, SnapLogic becomes the iPaaS of choice for mobile-enabling your application infrastructure. Please feel free to reach out to me with your comments and questions on my twitter handle (@mpjoshi) or by leaving comments on the blog.
Anyone having Dreamforce withdrawal? There’s certainly been no shortage of commentary on the size of the event, the celebrities who attended, the Hackathon winner, and the announcements made by Salesforce. On Thursday, I’ll be reviewing the highlights of Dreamforce 2013 with Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies. Jeff posted some of his observations on the Sandhill.com website and has some interesting perspectives on all things cloud computing and SaaS.
We posted a few articles already outlining the SnapLogic perspective on Dreamforce as well as some of the best pictures people “snapped” and shared at ths conference:
I hope you can attend tomorrow’s discussion - we welcome your questions and opinions. I was also interviewed at Dreamforce and shared some thoughts on the show floor. Here’s the video: