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