From helicopter to enabler: The new face of enterprise IT

Can an IT organization effectively run a 2017 business on 25-year-old technology? As someone who played a large hand in developing the data integration technology in question — at Informatica, where I was CTO for nearly two decades — I can tell you that the answer is simple: “No.”

A vastly different primordial landscape

That said, I know that when Informatica was created, it was the best technology for data integration at the time. The world was a lot simpler in 1992: there were five databases that mattered, and they were all pretty similar. There were just a few ERP systems: Oracle, SAP and a young PeopleSoft. Informatica was ideally suited to that software baseline, and the scale-up UNIX platforms of that era. The web, obviously, was not in the picture.

IT organizations were also a lot simpler in 1992. If any business person wanted new tech functionality — a new workstation added to a network, or a new report from a client/server system — they put their request into the IT queue, because that was the only way to get it.

IT is still important; it’s just different

Fast-forward 25 years to 2017. Almost everything about that primordial technology landscape, when Informatica roamed the world, is different. For example, now there’s the web, the cloud, NoSQL databases, and best of breed application strategies that are actually viable. None of these existed when Informatica started. Every assumption from that time — the compute platform, scale-up/scale-out, data types, data volumes and data formats — is different.

IT organizations are radically different, too. The command-and-control IT organization of the past has transformed into a critical enablement function. IT still enables core operations by securing the enterprise and establishing a multitude of technology governance frameworks. But the actual procurement of end-user technology, such as analyzing data aggregated from across systems and across the enterprise, is increasingly in the hands of business users.

In other words, the role of IT is changing, but the importance of IT isn’t. It’s like parenting; as your kids grow your role changes. It’s less about helicoptering and more about enabling. Parents don’t become less important, but how we deliver value evolves.

This is a good analog to the changes in enterprise IT. The IT organization wants to enable users because it’s pretty impossible to keep up with the blistering pace of business growth and change. If the IT organization tries to control too much, at some point it starts holding the business back.

Smart IT organizations have realized their role in the modern enterprise is to help their business partners become more successful. SnapLogic delivers a vital piece of required technology; we help IT organizations to give their users the self-service data integration services they need, instead of waiting for analysts to run an ETL through Informatica to pull the requested data together. By enabling self-service, SnapLogic is helping lines of business — most companies’ biggest growth drivers — to reach their full potential. If you’re a parent reading this, I know it will sound familiar.

Here’s another way to find out more about why IT organizations are embracing SnapLogic as a critical enabler: readSnapLogic’s new whitepaper that captures my conversation with Gaurav Dhillon, SnapLogic’s CEO and also an Informatica alumnus: “We left Informatica. Now you can, too.”

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Webinar: Introduction to iPaaS – Drivers, Requirements and Use Cases

Synerzip webinarIf you have heard the term “iPaaS” but still aren’t quite sure what it means, join us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 20th at 10am PST, for a webinar in partnership with Synerzip to hear more about this increasingly recognized term and why you might be ready to adopt an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solution.

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8 Reasons Why Your Legacy Data Integration Plan Must Change

InfoQ-LogoIt’s great to see more and more discussion about the need to re-think your enterprise integration strategy. This week, I participated in an InfoQ Virtual Panel: The Current State of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The key takeaways were:

  • iPaaS is no longer just about integration occurring in the cloud. iPaaS takes advantage of inherent cloud platform capabilities such as dynamic scale, containers, resource management and self-service.
  • SaaS connectors are still relevant and a preferred approach over direct API calls for productivity, simplicity, abstraction and security reasons.
    SOAP, once largely entrenched in ESBs and Integration Brokers, has given way to REST and JSON in iPaaS.
  • The future of iPaaS is connecting and enabling other high value business outcomes related to analytics, machine learning and big data.
  • Digital transformation is a driver for organizations to move from traditional on-premises middleware to iPaaS in order to drive down costs and increase velocity.”

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10 Modern Data Integration Platform Requirements

SnapLogic’s Vice President of Engineering Vaikom Krishnan recently outlined the 10 New Requirements for Modern Data IntegrationHere is a presentation that summarizes these requirements.

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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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Webinar: 5 Critical Things to Understand About Modern Data Integration

Linthicum-webinar-graphicData integration is not optional. It is a fundamental technology that binds systems and data together to drive the business. The importance of data integration is self-evident. However, in the changing world of IT, the path to effective data integration approaches and technology seems to be out of reach for even the most innovative and well-funded enterprises. The gap seems to be more about understanding than capabilities. Let’s fix that problem.

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New With the Spring 2016 Release: Data Ingest-Prep-Deliver for Microsoft HDInsight

SnapLogic continues to build on its momentum in cloud-based data management with new support for HDInsight, Microsoft’s big-data-as-a-service on Azure. This follows our other recent announcements regarding support for the Microsoft Azure and Cortana ecosystem including availability in the Azure Marketplace. Continue reading “New With the Spring 2016 Release: Data Ingest-Prep-Deliver for Microsoft HDInsight”