Fall is the time to move your clocks back, get a pumpkin latte and slow down with the approaching cold weather. But not for SnapLogic! We continue to deliver integration tools with full force. After our Summer 2016 release, which was feature-packed, the Fall 2016 release takes the SnapLogic platform to a whole new level by extending support for Teradata, introducing new Snap Packs for Snowflake and Azure Data Lake Store, adding more capabilities to Spark mode, and delivering several enhancements for security, performance and governance. As our VP of engineering, Vaikom Krishnan, aptly said, “We continue to make it easier and faster for organizations to connect any and all data sources – whether on premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments.”
It’s always a treat to be able to share our customers’ inspiring success stories. MWD Advisors, a UK-based industry research and advisory services firm, recently spent time with our customer, global pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca. MWD published the results of that interview to their research subscribers in a report titled “AstraZeneca supports strategic cloud shift with ‘citizen integrator’ platform” (reprint provided here).
AstraZeneca started their journey with SnapLogic as part of an IT initiative to make their business process infrastructure more agile, and to incorporate cloud-based platforms and applications. They wanted to efficiently integrate SaaS systems and on-premises platforms without investing in a large, specialized integration team.
SnapLogic’s Vice President of Engineering Vaikom Krishnan recently outlined the 10 New Requirements for Modern Data Integration. Here is a presentation that summarizes these requirements.
After a brief hiatus, we’re kicking off our Summer 2016 SnapLogic Live series next week with Hybrid Cloud Integration for Salesforce. As all SnapLogic Live webinars go, this session will feature a live demo of SnapLogic integration in action, this time with a focus on Salesforce.
We are pleased to share with you the integration success story of one of our customers: Xactly. Xactly is a leading provider of enterprise incentive compensation solutions for employee and sales performance management.
In order to stay lean, agile and stay on top of their rapid growth, the Xactly IT organization took a cloud-first approach. While they quickly adopted and gained efficiencies from SaaS solutions such as Workday, Salesforce and NetSuite OpenAir, the fact that they were disconnected led to information siloes. Pulling information out of each tool in the stack took time and effort. This did not fit their agile goals.
So they turned to SnapLogic. Continue reading “Xactly Uses SnapLogic to Connect Cloud-Based Applications, Speed Business Data Flows”
I’m proud to say that SnapLogic has gone from a market visionary to a market leader in the most recent publication of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for integration platform as a service (iPaaS), worldwide. Here’s what our founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon had to say in our announcement today:
“SnapLogic is focused on leading the integration market by delivering a modern integration platform that solves data and application integration requirements. Our customers are enjoying the benefits of a self-service platform to gain faster time to value on their cloud and big data investments and, in many cases, are retiring legacy application and data integration technologies as sunk value. We are thrilled to be recognized by Gartner as a market leader and thank all our customers and partners who have supported us along this journey.”
In the movie Shawshank Redemption, Andy DuFresne is wrongly imprisoned and spends the next 27 years tunneling out with the only tool he had available – a simple rock hammer. 27 years! What if Andy had a more modern and powerful tool?
When it comes to today’s enterprise IT organization, most companies are also “Innocent Prisoners” to their legacy integration tools. Leading tools in the traditional ETL and ESB marketplace are now almost 27 years old – built in the 1990’s. Yet companies are still saddled with the “legacy technical debt” of choices made 5, 10 or sometimes even 20 years ago. The good news is that more and more companies are finally realizing that their technology vendors can’t just iterate out old technology by releasing a few new features, or coming out with a watered down “cloudified” version of their software.
In 2015, over 50% of your data is coming from new sources- created in the last 3- years as your data and applications are moving to the cloud and new big data sources emerge. How many software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications are you running today? How many will you have in place next year? At SnapLogic alone we have over 30 SaaS applications and we are not a $1B company (not yet ).
HR and Marketing departments seems to buy next SaaS application every month without involving IT. And while C-level executives and industry analyst firms like Gartner may mandate that you move your apps and analytics to the cloud, but most IT and line of business organizations continue to be hampered by their existing application and data integration tools.
Your applications and your data is moving to the cloud – why isn’t your Integration Platform? I have met few people who debate this fact – but many continue to be paralyzed to move because they are chained to legacy integration tools that are slow, complicated and were built before SaaS, JSON, REST and Big Data were even considerations.
So you agree, but how do you get started?
- Find a small project and get started. With a cloud-to-cloud integration scenario – you don’t even need to install software – it’s all in the cloud. You could be integrating Salesforce and Eloqua or pulling data out of Workday and loading it into Amazon Redshift before you leave the office tonight!
- Don’t be afraid to fail fast. I have several customers who can attempt BI projects in a day or 2 just to see if they will be successful. Most successful teams are willing to try new things.
So the bottom line? Don’t be like Andy, find a modern project like SaaS-to-SaaS integration and get started today. There are modern integration tools out there to help.
This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Louis Hausle has worked with Integration tools since 1999, working at companies such as Informatica, IBM, Acta and SnapLogic.