Cloud fluency: Does your data integration solution speak the truth?

There’s been a lot of cloud-washing in the enterprise data integration space — vendors are heavily promoting their cloud solutions, yet for many, only a skinny part of their monolithic apps has been “cloudified.”

In an era of “alternative facts,” it’s important to make technology decisions based on truths. Here is an important one: A data integration solution built on genuine, made-for-the-cloud platform as a service (PaaS) technology offers important benefits including:

  1. Self-service integration by “citizen integrators,” without reliance on IT
  2. For IT organizations, the ability to easily connect multiple data sets, to achieve a bespoke enterprise tech environment

These are in addition to the traditional benefits of cloud solutions: no on-premise installation; continuous, no-fuss upgrades; and the latest software innovation, delivered automatically.

Why “built for the cloud” matters

You can’t get these benefits with “cloudified” software that was originally invented in 1992. Of course, I’m referring to Informatica; while the company promotes its cloud capabilities, the software largely retains a monolithic architecture that resides on-premises, and does most of its work there, too.

In contrast, SnapLogic is purpose-built for the cloud, meaning there are no legacy components that prevent the data and application integration service from running at cloud speed. Data streams between applications, databases, files, social and big data sources via the Snaplex, a self-upgrading, elastic execution grid.

In more everyday terms, SnapLogic has 100% cloud fluency. Our technology was made for the cloud, born in the cloud, and it lives in the cloud.

The consumerization of data integration

Further to point 1 above, “citizen integrators,” industry futurists like R. “Ray” Wang have been talking about the consumerization of IT for more than half a decade. And that is exactly what SnapLogic has mastered. Our great breakthrough, our big innovation, is that we have consumerized the dungeon-like, dark problem of data integration.

Integration used to be a big, boring problem relegated to the back office. We’ve brought it from the dungeon to the front office and into the light. It is amazing to see how people use our product. They go from one user to hundreds of users as they get access to data in a secure, organized and appropriately access-controlled manner. But you don’t have a cast of thousands of IT people enabling all this; users merely help themselves. This is the right model for the modern enterprise.

“An ERP of one”

As for the second major benefit of a true cloud solution — a bespoke enterprise tech environment, at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional means — here’s a customer quote from a young CEO of a hot company that’s a household name.

“Look, we’ve got an ‘ERP of one’ by using SnapLogic — a totally customized enterprise information environment. We can buy the best-of-the-best SaaS offerings, and then with SnapLogic, integrate them into a bespoke ERP system that would cost a bajillion dollars to build ourselves. We can custom mix and match the capabilities that uniquely fit us. We got the bespoke suit at off-the-rack prices by using SnapLogic to customize our enterprise environment.”

To my mind, that’s the big payoff, and an excellent way to think about SnapLogic’s value. We are able to give our customer an “ERP of one” faster and cheaper than they could have ever imagined. This is where the world is going, because of the vanishingly low prices of compute power and storage, and cloud computing.

Today you literally can, without a huge outlay, build your own enterprise technology world. But you need the glue to realize the vision, to bring it all together. That glue is SnapLogic.

Find out more about how and why SnapLogic puts best-of-breed integration within every organization’s grasp. Register for this upcoming webinar featuring a conversation with myself, industry analyst and data integration expert David Linthicum, and Gaurav Dhillon, SnapLogic’s CEO and also an Informatica alumnus: “We left Informatica. Now you can, too.”

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Gaurav Dhillon is CEO at SnapLogic. Follow him on Twitter @gdhillon.

Enterprise IoT: Watching Cat Videos Without Getting Caught (or, How I Learned to Stop Looking Over My Shoulder and Trust the CEO Proximity Alert

We have a slight problem at SnapLogic. While we spend a vanishingly small percent of the day watching adorable cat videos on the Internet, it seems our CEO always shows up behind our desks while doing so. If only we knew when our CEO was nearby and could get an alert when he was.

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SnapLogic Live: Enabling the Citizen Integrator

In the midst of some big announcements recently – our new Partner Connect program, kicking off a July data warehouse roadshow and yesterday’s Top Places to work award – we’d like to take time during this week’s SnapLogic Live to review our definition of the term ”citizen integrator,” and how to enable someone in that position to facilitate the various integration demands within their company.

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What You Need to Know About Modern Data Integration

dave_linthicumLast week we hosted a webinar with industry analyst, thought leader and author David Linthicum that focused how the enterprise problem domains are changing and how data integration technology must change with it. The presentation boiled this down to 5 critical and lesser known data integration requirements, how to understand them, and how to pick the right approaches and technology to solve the problems.

According to David, the 5 most critical things to understand about modern data integration are:

  1. Workloads and data are likely to be distributed across traditional systems, private clouds, and public clouds.
  2. Data is growing quickly, with big data and data lakes common within most enterprises.
  3. Data must be delivered in real-time, on-demand, in support of most modern applications and business processes.
  4. Security is now systemic, it can no longer be an after thought.
  5. DevOps is the new standard for building and deploying applications and data store.

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SnapLogic on the Radar with MWD Advisors

MWD AdvisorsSnapLogic was recently reviewed by advisory firm MWD Advisors for our efforts to reinvent integration platform technology by creating one unified platform that can address many different kinds of application and data integration use cases.

A few highlights from the report:

  • An in-depth look at our multi-tenant, AWS-hosted platform which includes the SnapLogic Designer, Manager and Dashboard
  • The Snaplex execution environment; namely, the Cloudplex, Groundplex and Hadooplex
  • 3 competitive differentiators – deployment flexibility, a unified approach across multiple integration scenario types and both scalability and adaptability

Read the full review here, or take a look below. You can also check out other SnapLogic reviews on our website.

MWD Advisors is a specialist advisory firm providing practical industry insights to business leaders and technology professionals working to drive change with the help of digital technology.

The 3 A’s of Enterprise Integration

This post originally appeared on Data Informed.

binary-big-dateAs organizations look to increase their agility, IT and lines of business need to connect faster. Companies need to adopt cloud applications more quickly and they need to be able to access and analyze all their data, whether from a legacy data warehouse, a new SaaS application, or an unstructured data source such as social media. In short, a unified integration platform has become a critical requirement for most enterprises.

According to Gartner, “unnecessarily segregated application and data integration efforts lead to counterproductive practices and escalating deployment costs.”

Don’t let your organization get caught in that trap. Whether you are evaluating what you already have or shopping for something completely new, you should measure any platform by how well it address the “three A’s” of integration: Anything, Anytime, Anywhere. Continue reading “The 3 A’s of Enterprise Integration”

Attention Enterprise Architects: Sage Advice from Jason Bloomberg

bloomberg_rest_seminarIf you’re interested in enterprise IT architecture, chances are you’ve heard of Jason Bloomberg. The president of Intellyx, which is “the first and only industry analysis, advisory, and training firm focused on agile digital transformation,” Jason is a globally recognized expert on agile digital transformation who writes and speaks on how today’s disruptive enterprise technology trends support the digital professional’s business transformation goals. He is a prolific writer who is a regular contributor to Forbes, has a biweekly newsletter called the Cortex, and several contributed blogs. His latest book is The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013).

Recently Jason has published a series of articles that are directed towards today’s enterprise architect (EA), focusing on what’s new and what’s different in the era of social, mobile, analytics, cloud and the Internet of Things (SMACT). Here are the four posts he’s written so far: Continue reading “Attention Enterprise Architects: Sage Advice from Jason Bloomberg”