FaceBook_484x252_workdayWebinarYesterday’s webinar focused on Workday integration with the rest of the enterprise and the need for an elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS). We’ve highlighted some key details and a portion of the Q&A discussion from the webinar below, and you can also check out the recording here. Before jumping into a SnapLogic cloud integration demonstration, the team touched on the topics of Human Capital Management (HCM) as it moves to the cloud, exploring integration options specific to Workday and some questions around integration’s role in driving adoption and customer success.

Perhaps most important to note is that Cloud HCM is becoming an unstoppable trend, worth the risk and making HR better in many ways. A 2014 Cloud HR technology survey from Human Capital Media Advisory Group asked what kind of Cloud HR software companies currently use, plan to purchase in the next year and plan to purchase in the next three years. Workforce management (Workday, for example) was the most currently used type of Cloud HR software, and the interest in making systems “mobile-friendly” was listed highest as software that companies plan to purchase in the next three years. When asked about an organization’s motivations for exploring cloud-based software services, the top five mentioned were accessibility, cost savings, mobility, productivity and scalability.

All of this means that HR departments are moving along with the adoption of SMACT (social, mobile, analytics and big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things) like the rest of the enterprise and will need to adapt as they adopt new applications and tools to help these departments run. Integration therefore will be critical to Cloud HCM adoption and success, contributing to some or all of the following:

  • Migrating data from legacy HR systems to the cloud
  • Optimizing recruitment and employee engagement programs
  • Automating employee on-boarding
  • Attracting and retaining employees through multi-source talent management and analytics
  • Synchronizing employee information across front and back-office apps
  • Connecting candidate sourcing and screen applications via Web Services, FTP
  • Modernizing employee compensation
  • Expanding from HR to Finance

The webinar also featured a Q&A session with John Sandhu, who has over 10 years of integration experience working with Workday, SAP and other enterprise applications. Some key questions and answers below:

In your experience, wheScreen Shot 2014-09-17 at 4.12.54 PMre do Workday customers typically start?
I typically see 3 common scenarios:

  1. Migrating from on-premises HCM applications like PeopleSoft, which requires the new Cloud HCM solution to adapt to existing processes.
  2. Consolidating disparate HR applications into the new HCM platform.
  3. Adopting an HCM platform for the first time, which requires new processes and the greatest amount of change management both from the business and technology perspective.

Depending on which scenario applies, this will help determine if you take a modular, scale-in approach to the Workday implementation or whether it’s more of a “big-bang” deployment.

What are the most common initial integrations / use cases?
Of course, this depends on many factors including company size, industry and file-based integration requirements, but some of the common HCM integrations are (with examples):

  • Benefits Providers (Aetna, Kaiser, Blue Cross)
  • Payroll (ADP)
  • Application Tracking Systems (Taleo)
  • Learning Management Systems (Cornerstone)
  • Custom applications and processes (probably the most common use case!)

How important is integration to Workday adoption / success?
Time and time again, integration has been recognized as the essential ingredient to SaaS application adoption and success. You don’t want to end up with a disconnected SaaS silo that fails to deliver end-users with all of the information they’re going to need to do their jobs. You need to be able to orchestrate an end-to-end business process, such as new employee on-boarding, which requires connecting with multiple systems, often in real time. Your integration platform must be flexible, not brittle and realistic, not rigid.

If you weren’t able to catch the live webinar yesterday, the recording can be found here as well as some additional resources below:

Every two weeks we’re running a TechTalk series where one of the SnapLogic cloud integration gurus dives into a specific topic, and reviews best practices. It’s a 30 minute, interactive, ask-the-experts training session that is designed for SnapLogic customers and partners. Topics come from the new SnapLogic Developer Community forum (requires customer login).

SOAP-SnapIn our most recent integration platform as a service (iPaaS) update, we introduced quite a few enhancements to our SOAP Snap. We encourage you to take a few minutes to join our live TechTalk this Thursday at 10:00 am PST / 1:00pm EST to find out what’s new and learn a few tips and tricks that will help you during your application and data integration development and deployment cycle. What you can expect to learn during this training session includes:

  • Use cases for the SOAP Snap
  • SOAP Snap functionality
  • Configuring the SOAP Snap
  • Building a pipeline with the SOAP Snap as an endpoint that can be triggered as a RESTful service

Joining me again will be Jason Slater, who runs pre-sales for the West Coast. We hope you learn something new. And if there is a specific topic you would like us to cover, please let us know on the community (or in the comments section below) and we will review it in an upcoming session. Don’t forget to register here and to log onto the SnapLogic Developer Community to share your integration insights, question and challenges. And check out some past recorded TechTalks that cover additional topics like scaling your integrations and SnapReduce 2.0.

According to industry analysts, within 5 years the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO. Check out our new infographic, which explains why CIOs are getting “SMACT” due to the adoption of Social, Mobile, Analytics and Big Data, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things, and provides some compelling statistics in each of these categories. You can also learn more here about the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform, delivering real-time, event-driven application integration and batch-oriented and streaming big data integration for analytics in a single platform.

[Infographic] Why Are CIOs Getting SMACT?

Here are the sources for all of the SMACT Infographic stats:

In addition to downloading a PDF of the above infographic here, check out some additional SnapLogic resources below all about the new world of social, mobile, analytics and big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things:

TechTalk graphicTo kick off our bi-weekly TechTalk webinar series featuring tips and tricks for the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform, yesterday’s session focused on scaling integrations. As discussed in the webinar, there are two basic approaches here – the first is using Child Pipelines when the work you want to parallelize is compute heavy. The second approach is to use a Splitter and Join Snap when the work is computationally light.

A recording of yesterday’s TechTalk can be found here, and be sure to check out the slides below for more of the key points discussed.

Our TechTalks are designed for SnapLogic customers and partners and serve as interactive ask-the-experts training sessions. We invite you to register here and come with questions. Here’s what you can expect:

  • A 30-minute session focused on a specific topic where your questions will be answered by our cloud integration specialists
  • A review of some of the recent Q&As submitted on the SnapLogic Developer Community Forum

It’s back to school for the kids and back to the conference center for technology companies and their customers, employees, and partners. With a focus primarily on cloud applications and platforms, big data and analytics, here’s a list of September events in the US that we’re tracking at SnapLogic. What are we missing? Where else should we be? This list of Big Data events is a helpful resource and there’s a good overview of cloud computing events here. Safe travels!

ResourcePageButton_techtalkDoes this scenario sound familiar to you? You’ve built a SnapLogic pipeline that meets your cloud integration needs but would like to optimize it for performance? Should you optimize it by building nested pipelines or build it all in one pipeline?

We encourage you to take a few minutes to join our live TechTalk this Thursday at 10:00am PST, and be on the lookout for tips and tricks that will help you during your integration development and deployment cycle. This bi-weekly, interactive, ask-the-experts training session is designed for SnapLogic customers and partners. What you can expect during this interactive webinar includes:

  • A 30-minute session focused on a specific topic where you can have your questions answered by our cloud integration specialists.
  • A review of some recent Q&As submitted on the SnapLogic Developer Community Forum (requires SnapLogic customer login).

Joining me on the first few sessions will be Jason Slater, who runs pre-sales for the West Coast. We hope you learn something new. And if there is a specific topic you would like us to cover, please let us know in the Comments section below and we will review it in an upcoming session. Don’t forget to register here.

Have a great (short) week!

Additional SnapLogic Resources:

Workday_webinar_eventpage_iconWorkday is rapidly becoming the centerpiece of the enterprise HR ecosystem, and some of the most successful Workday customers are running the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform to accelerate their cloud-based human resources management system (HRMS) and ensure maximum end-user adoption. Use cases include new employee on-boarding, sales compensation, payroll, talent analytics, active directory and back-office integration.

However, according to Lisa Rowan, Research Vice President of HR, Talent and Learning Strategies for IDC, “the apparent appetite to change [human capital management] solution providers in the coming 12-18 months is higher than it has ever been. This is both good and bad news. The good news is that there will be ample new business opportunity. The bad news is that there is likely a lot of churn ahead.” What this means for Workday customers and users of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform is that the importance of integration and adaptation for cloud applications has never been greater.

Workday integration pipelineAs we’ve mentioned before, at SnapLogic we’re working with leading IT organization on two primary challenges – the “cloudification” of your enterprise application portfolio, including the addition of SaaS products like Workday, and managing the resulting shift in data gravity. Join us in a few weeks on Wednesday, September 17th for a live webinar to hear more about how our elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is used for integrating Workday with the rest of the enterprise. We’ll also be giving a live demonstration, reviewing common use cases such as employee on-boarding, payroll, talent analytics and active directory. Our integration experts will be sharing their insights and best practices to help ensure that you have a successful journey to the cloud, whether you’re integrating on-premises systems like SAP, other cloud applications like – in addition to Workday - Salesforce and ServiceNow, or building a a next-generation analytics infrastructure running on Hadoop. We encourage any HRIS Managers, Operations and Project Leads to attend, as well application and data integration specialists, solution architects and “citizen integrators” – basically anyone interested in learning more about modern integration solutions!

To summarize, we’ll be discussing integration with Workday HR and Finance, featuring a case study using SnapLogic and Workday for employee on-boarding and providing a live demonstration of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform in action. In the meantime, take a look at more details and examples of Workday integration here, and check out this video featuring an example of an on-boarding solution. And don’t forget to register here!