Big Data Discussion with SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon

Big Data SnapLogicThis week SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon sat down with Andrew Nusca from Fortune Magazine to answer the question – Is big data the answer for every company? The article, Beware the “Big Data Barbell“, features an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of big data investments and an interesting perspective on the overall data management opportunity with the co-founder and former CEO of Informatica.

Here are a few sound-bytes from the discussion:

  • “More data doesn’t make you any smarter; it just means you spent a lot of money to store it. This is where the market will shake out — the benefits.”
  • “I’m not here to tell you it’s a panacea; I’m here to tell you that managing that data … people are going to get varying mileage from it.”
  • “There are Orwellian concerns around big data in society, but not in business. But in business, there are issues around having the wrong data or not being able to get at information — that’s the same as it was 50, 60 years ago. At SnapLogic, we’re trying to finish some unfinished business. Why is this so hard in 2014?”
  • “There’s nothing worse than a half-baked, half-funded big data project. That’s the worst of all. You’re creating a bad feeling about the true benefit of this.”

You can read the entire article here.

Gaurav also recently participated in a big data panel at the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit in New York. Here’s a quick video. Stay tuned for more big data announcements and opinions from SnapLogic in the coming weeks!

Integration Should Be a Cloud Accelerator Not a Bottleneck

Today Integration Developer News wrote about our recent TechValidate Cloud Integration Survey, pointing out that the barriers to cloud application adoption “numbers are notable and underscore that larger U.S. companies want to use cloud not just for SaaS apps – but for big data and analytics.” As we discussed in the TechValidate Cloud Integration Survey webinar, the results are in line with the conversations we’re having with our customers, partners and prospects. As SaaS application, analytics and API adoption grows in the enterprise, the ability to connect with other systems is the essential ingredient to long-term customer success. Integration should be a cloud accelerator not a bottleneck.

The survey highlights that when it comes to integration platform as a service (iPaaS), speed and time to value are the primary drivers. The results also highlight the legacy integration challenges (known as the Integrator’s Dilemma) that both data-centric batch and bus-oriented service bus tools face when it comes to today’s social, mobile, analytics, cloud (SMAC) integration challenges. (See the post on why integration heritage matters for more on this topic.)

As for the barriers to cloud adoption, the article points out that security and data privacy remain at the time of the list. “When it comes to using cloud-based analytics, these concerns were even more pronounced. Some 57% of respondents said data security and privacy concerns are still barriers to adopting cloud analytics. Further, 38% complained about the inability of cloud-based BI (business intelligence) tools to handle a large variety of data sources.”

As I mentioned in the IDN article, data security and privacy should always be one of the first questions customers ask a public cloud service provider, but it should only be an objection if the vendor can’t produce the certifications and SLAs that enterprise IT organizations expect. In some cases the cloud security threat has more to do with job security risk than data breach risks due to the focus most public cloud providers have put into hardening their infrastructure.

You can download the entire survey results here. You can watch the webinar, which includes a deep dive SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform demonstration here. The slides are embedded below.

Recapping the SnapLogic Integration Cloud Spring 2014 Release

It was an exciting week here at SnapLogic as we announced the latest features of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud in our Spring 2014 release. Included in the announcement were features from last month’s January release and additional features and updates to come in March. Backed by the support of our awesome partners, we also saw received some great industry feedback on the news.

SnapLogic Integration Cloud Spring 2014Forbes contributor Ben Kepes, in Broadening Data Integration with SnapLogic, says of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud that “all in all, it’s an interesting release for the company and gives us a glimpse of what the future looks like for the broader integration space.” He also recognized the UX strides we’ve made, mentioning the HTML5 front-end that simplifies use of the product for everyday developers and integrators – the “Citizen Integrators” – and says that “enabling business people to utilize these sorts of tools is critical to increasing agility and unlocking the potential of multiple data sources.”

Michael Vizard noted that, “SnapLogic is making the next logical step by including API management capabilities within the cloud service.” In sharing his expert insights on the iPaaS industry in general, Vizard said that “as integration becomes a platform-as-a-serivce (PaaS) in the cloud in its own right, it’s clear that more functionality is going to migrate into cloud platforms…that ultimately will redefine the relationship between applications both inside and outside the cloud.”

SnapLogic Integration Cloud webinar

For more information on SnapLogic Integration Cloud Spring 2014, take a look at the recorded webinar which introduces the new features and includes a demo of cloud integration in action. Also check out below for a roundup of what people were saying on Twitter about the Spring 2014 release:

Spring into Cloud Integration with SnapLogic

Today SnapLogic announced our Spring 2014 release, which is codenamed “Stallion” for a number of reasons:

  • 2014-year-of-the-horseFirst and foremost, because it’s focused on making our Elastic Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) even faster.
  • Secondly, because of our continued focus on delivering a single, best-of-breed cloud integration service that can solve the Integrator’s Dilemma by handling diverse requirements: cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground, data integration, application integration, etc.
  • And finally, because it’s the Year of the Horse. Happy Chinese New Year!

SnapLogic Integration Cloud Spring 2014

The SnapLogic Integration Cloud announcement includes elements of our January release and updates that the team is planning to deliver in March. The key innovations that we’ve highlighted here are:

  • Built-in API Management and Development
  • New Performance Monitoring Dashboard
  • Powerful Data Integration for Cloud Analytics
  • Enhanced User Experience for “Citizen Integrators”
  • New and Updated Snaps on the SnapStore
  • Enterprise-Ready Cloud Integration for Hybrid IT

Want to learn more? Be sure to register for the webinar. You can read the press release here and find out what some of our partner are saying about the latest release here. I’ve also embedded a demonstration of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud in action below. Contact Us if you’d like to dive deeper.