SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon Shares His “Founder Story” with Ignition Partners

Founding a startup is not for the faint of heart. Raising capital, building product, managing teams, winning customers, fending off competitors — the list goes on and on. Every successful entrepreneur knows you can’t go it alone, you’ve got to find strategic, committed, supportive partners that will help you through the tough times and propel you forward in good times.

SnapLogic found exactly that in Ignition Partners back in 2012. In the trenches together now for the past four years, the two have grown SnapLogic into what it is today and look forward to helping the company along its path to becoming a world-class cloud software company for the ages.

Reflecting on the partnership, SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon sat down with the team from Ignition to share his thoughts on the daunting fundraising process, overcoming bumps in the road, and why Ignition is the ideal partner for SnapLogic. Gaurav is joined in the “Founder Stories” video by other Ignition portfolio executives including Laura Mather of Unitive, Godfrey Sullivan and Erik Swan of Splunk, Kumar Sreekanti of BlueData, Jonathan Gray of Cask and Amy Chang of Accompany.

Below are excerpts from Gaurav’s conversation with Ignition Partners.

On the daunting fundraising process:

“Your product gets examined, people need to take apart the idea and put it together again in front of your eyes. For a lot of founders and entrepreneurs, it’s very difficult to have someone sort of decompose your baby right in front of you.”

On what makes for a good venture partner:

“There are certain firms and certain partners who approach you as ‘the boss’; no bad news is ever allowed. The joke in the Valley is if you take money from ‘that guy’ you need a ‘VP of Management of That Guy’.”

On overcoming bumps in the road:

“At SnapLogic, we had to make some tough choices, we had to really take a different product approach than we had started with.”

On why SnapLogic partnered with Ignition Partners:

“A lot of folks in the venture capital business are well connected but less and less of them have the sense for how to build a great company, how to build something that is durable, who really take pleasure in helping someone grow. That’s when you start to say – ‘who’s going to be the best person for us on our journey’. And make no mistake, all companies, especially successful ones, are on a journey and they have to deal with the twists and turns of what is going to happen in the marketplace. In the case of Ignition, this team had all come from operational backgrounds, they had been in my shoes, they had run big products and big companies.”

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SnapLogic Sits Down with theCUBE at AWS re:Invent to Talk Self-Service Cloud Analytics

SnapLogic was front-and-center at AWS re:Invent last week in Las Vegas, with our team busier than ever meeting with customers and prospects, showcasing our solutions at the booth, and networking into the evening with event-goers interested in all things Cloud, AWS and SnapLogic.

Ravi Dharnikota, SnapLogic’s Head of Enterprise Architecture and Big Data Practice, took time out to stop by and visit with John Furrier, co-founder of the live video interview show theCUBE.  Ravi was joined by Matt Glickman, VP of Products with our partner Snowflake Computing, for a wide-ranging discussion on the changing customer requirements for effective data integration, SaaS integration, warehousing and analytics in the cloud.  

The roundtable all agreed — organizations need fast and easy access to all data, no matter the source, format or location — and legacy solutions built for a bygone era simply aren’t cutting it.  Enter SnapLogic and Snowflake, each with a modern solution designed from the ground-up to be cloud-first, self-service, fully scalable and capable of handling all data. Customers using these solutions together — like Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium — enjoy dramatic acceleration in time-to-value at a fraction of the cost by eliminating manual configuration, coding and tuning while bringing together diverse data and taking full advantage of the flexibility and scalability of the cloud.

To make it even easier for customers, SnapLogic and Snowflake recently announced tighter technology integration and joint go-to-market programs to help organizations harness all data for new insights, smarter decisions and better business outcomes.

To watch the full video interview on theCUBE, click here.

Planview Selects SnapLogic Platform As Global Integration Standard

Planview, the leading provider of Work and Resource Management (WRM) solutions, has announced that it has standardized on the SnapLogic platform to help their global customers integrate Planview’s WRM solutions with any other application in their ecosystems, whether in the cloud or on-premises.

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Executing Spark Pipelines on HDInsight

Microsoft Azure HDInsight is an Apache Hadoop distribution powered by the cloud. Internally HDInsight leverages the Hortonworks data platform. HDInsight supports a large set of Apache big data projects like Spark, Hive, HBase, Storm, Tez, Sqoop, Oozie and many more. The suite of HDInsight projects can be administered via Apache Ambari.

SnapLogic-for-MicrosoftThis post lists out the steps involved in spinning up an HDInsight cluster, setting up SnapLogic’s Hadooplex on HDInsight, and building and executing a Spark data flow pipeline on HDInsight. We start with spinning up a HDInsight cluster from the MS Azure Portal. Continue reading “Executing Spark Pipelines on HDInsight”

Video: SnapLogic for Microsoft Solutions

Take a look at our new video outlining SnapLogic’s various points of integration with Microsoft and the Azure and Cortana ecosystems. This is the latest in a series of announcements and go-to-market activities we’ve done over the last nine months regarding our work with Microsoft, including our initial partnership announcement.

Produced in conjunction with Microsoft, this brief video features SnapLogic’s VP of Product Management, Craig Stewart. In it, Craig discusses how SnapLogic’s hybrid architecture is a natural fit for consuming and moving large data sets between on premises sources and the cloud, making it the ideal integration solution for Microsoft Azure data stores, HDInsight and Cortana Intelligence solutions.

The video also explores SnapLogic’s many Snaps for Microsoft solutions including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL Database, Azure Active Directory, Azure SQL Bulk Load and Blob Storage, plus on-premises Microsoft SQL Server, Dynamics, Active Directory and more.

Stay tuned for more additions to our library of solutions for Microsoft Azure, HDInsight, and Cortana customers.

SnapLogic Partner Connect Program Accelerates Digital Transformation

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Today SnapLogic announced our new Partner Connect program to bring iPaaS to the enterprise. The program is intended to recruit, retain and enable a rich, global ecosystem of technology, services and reseller partners that help joint customers accelerate the adoption of big data technologies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and cloud data management by accelerating integration and driving digital transformation in the enterprise.

Here is the press release: SnapLogic Partner Connect Program Unifies Ecosystem of Diverse Enterprise Solution Partners Helping to Drive Digital Transformation Continue reading “SnapLogic Partner Connect Program Accelerates Digital Transformation”

SnapLogic Now in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

You may have seen our recent announcement about the availability of a SnapLogic Snaplex for Azure in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. This is the latest development in our growing partnership with Microsoft, and a huge step forward in our support for Microsoft customers adopting a cloud-centric or hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Why is SnapLogic a good fit for Microsoft cloud services? The SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform architecture is naturally well-suited for consuming and moving large data sets to and from the cloud and for cloud-to-ground data flows, so it’s the ideal data integration solution for Microsoft Azure data stores, HDInsight (Spark and Hadoop clusters in the cloud) and Cortana Intelligence solutions.

SnapLogic and Microsoft Azure
SnapLogic and Microsoft Azure

We also support Microsoft customers with Snaps – our pre-built intelligent connectors – for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, SQL Database and Blob Storage, plus on premises SQL Server, Microsoft Dynamics, Active Directory and more. So we’re able to support Microsoft customers whether they are operating completely on premises, in the cloud, or a combination of the two.

As noted in the announcement, we are pleased to partner with Microsoft to help democratize business analytics with fast, self-service connectivity between data sources and Microsoft cloud solutions. The combination of SnapLogic, Microsoft Azure and the Cortana Intelligence Suite (formerly Cortana  Analytics) delivers seamless ‘analytics-as-a-service’ for the enterprise.

Coming soon: more details about our support for Microsoft HDInsight. Stay tuned…