SnapLogic customer GameStop was featured in a great write up on the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) market today in NetworkWorld: iPaaS: What this cloud technology is and why it’s important. The article highlights how, “iPaaS vendor SnapLogic shows how many cloud-based apps, from Salesforce or Workday, Hadoop and IoT can be integrated into an iPaaS and then streamed into on-premises systems.” Continue reading “iPaaS: The Cooler, Hipper ETL and ESB at GameStop”
This week at Workday Rising the SnapLogic team demonstrated a set of Snaps and integration patterns that provide a simple yet powerful way to connect Workday Financial Management with information in other enterprise applications such as Salesforce CRM. In addition to SnapLogic’s self-service application and data integration capabilities, the new Snaps and patterns automate critical business processes such as the quote-to-cash cycle and new employee onboarding.
In my conversations at the conference, it was clear that Workday customers are looking always for ways to increase the flexibility of both HR and financial processes, ease the pain of adding or retiring applications, and enable both IT, HR and Finance teams to focus on more strategic business priorities. This was a recurring theme at the SnapLogic booth. You can see a few pictures here.
Some of the key benefits of SnapLogic Elastic Integration for Workday include:
- SnapLogic Workday Snaps expose the entire Workday API visually, enabling organizations to integrate Workday data without the complexity of a heavyweight enterprise service bus (ESB) or the limitations of traditional connectors
- SnapLogic makes it simple to connect applications to Workday workflows without coding
- Easily connect Workday to other cloud or on-premises applications using SnapLogic’s library of 300+ Snaps
Recently SnapLogic customer Acxiom rolled out Project New Day, which saw them go live with Workday HCM and Financial Management as well as Tidemark, Vertex, ADP, Zuora, Cornerstone and other systems. Cherrylyn McCastle, Senior Director of IT at Acxiom put it this way:
“SnapLogic enabled Acxiom to achieve the objective of establishing a seamless, agile, and secure integration framework to facilitate integrations between corporate SaaS applications and a variety of on-premises systems. The new Workday HCM and Finance integrations ensure our front office and operational systems are well connected to the back office.”
Here’s a brief overview of SnapLogic for Workday from Workday Rising and here’s a recorded demonstration. I’d like to thank our friends at Workday for a great conference. The company’s focus on customer success and continued innovation is impressive and SnapLogic was proud to be a Silver Sponsor in Las Vegas.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with SnapLogic customer Yelp. Given the nature of their business, Yelp had a lot of customer data that they needed to process and act upon quickly in order to optimize their revenue streams. They decided to adopt the Amazon Redshift data warehouse service to give them the analytics speed and flexibility they needed. So the next question was: how to get the data into Redshift efficiently.
Once they discovered that SnapLogic had the out-of-the-box connectors they needed — not only for Redshift but for data sources Salesforce and Workday — it came down to build versus buy. They could build the integrations using in-house resources, but there was an opportunity cost and speed penalty that came with a DIY approach. In the end, they chose SnapLogic and estimate that they cut development time in half.
And they’re not done – they are connecting Workday with Redshift next. Yelp told me, “Looking ahead, we’re planning to deploy the Workday Snap to connect our human resources data to Redshift. SnapLogic has proven to be a tremendous asset.” Sounds like a 5-star review. Read more here.
It’s been a busy few weeks since we announced our Fall 2014 release in September and our Winter release is just around the corner.
“SnapLogic is stretching the capabilities of its Elastic Integration Platform with big enhancements for big data. The SnapLogic’ Fall 2014 cloud-based iPaaS brings its “snap-based” app integration technology to Hadoop 2.0, making it easier to acquire and prep data – and deliver analytics to users. These pipelines also support parsing and formatting for SequenceFile and RCFile formatting, as well as document (JSON) processing for MapReduce jobs.”
“When looking at the technology developments at SnapLogic and the recent infusion of capital, SnapLogic is well positioned to make the case that the company and its solution are moving into a strong leadership position in the big data analytics and integration space. EMA considers SnapLogic as an excellent strategic option for organizations to adopt and implement cloud-based data integration strategies.”
And Jason Bloomberg, author of the Agile Architecture Revolution, wrote on his Intellyx blog that:
“SnapLogic modernizes each element of ELT for today’s modern, cloud-centric, Big Data world. Instead of traditional extraction of structured data, SnapLogic allows for diverse queries across the full variety of data types and structures by streaming all data as JSON documents. Instead of simplistic, point-to-point loading of data, SnapLogic offers elastic, horizontally scalable Pipelines that hide the underlying complexity of data integration from the user. And within Hadoop, Hadooplexes simplify the distribution of YARN-based MapReduce algorithms, allowing users to treat the Hadoop environment as though it were a traditional reporting database.”
Here’s a SnapLogic big data integration demonstration featuring SnapReduce and the Hadooplex. Our November webinar also featured an interesting market perspective from our Chief Scientist, Greg Benson. You can watch it here.
In customer news, Harrison Lewis, CIO at Northgate Markets was recently featured in a great write up in CIO Insight, which outlines how the growing retailer tied together more than 64 integrations in five months with SnapLogic. He notes that: “We’re no longer simply exchanging data between systems, we’re putting it to use in more strategic ways.” Last week we also announced that Xactly has implemented SnapLogic to automate integrations between Salesforce, Workday, NetSuite and Domo among other business applications and corporate data sources and systems. The first phase of integrations was completed in less than two weeks. Join us for an interactive webinar with Xactly’s director of IT, Bob Genchi, on December 5th.
On the partnership front, we announced that the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform achieved certified integration with the SAP® ERP application, version 6.0. Here’s what Niraj Nagrani, our vice president of engineering had to say about the certification:
“Increasingly, our enterprise customers are making business decisions faster, enabled by real-time data connectivity between hybrid cloud applications and Big Data sources. SAP certification helps ensure that we’re able to deliver best-in-class solutions to SAP customers, allowing them to quickly gain enterprise data access regardless of where it resides.”
And finally, today we formally announced our new Snap and Snap Patterns for Wave – the Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Here’s what my old friend Keith Bigelow, senior vice president and general manager for the Salesforce Analytics Cloud had to say about the partnership:
“With partners such as SnapLogic joining the Analytics Cloud ecosystem, companies can benefit from best practices and industry expertise to extend analytics for every business need, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore and share data instantly, uncover new insights and take action from anywhere.”
It’s an exciting time for the company as we work with our customers to tackle big data and cloud integration challenges in the enterprise with a fast, multi-point and modern platform integration platform as a service (iPaaS). To sign up for an integration assessment, be sure to contact us.
Yesterday’s webinar focused on Workday integration with the rest of the enterprise and the need for an elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS). We’ve highlighted some key details and a portion of the Q&A discussion from the webinar below, and you can also check out the recording here. Before jumping into a SnapLogic cloud integration demonstration, the team touched on the topics of Human Capital Management (HCM) as it moves to the cloud, exploring integration options specific to Workday and some questions around integration’s role in driving adoption and customer success.
Perhaps most important to note is that Cloud HCM is becoming an unstoppable trend, worth the risk and making HR better in many ways. A 2014 Cloud HR technology survey from Human Capital Media Advisory Group asked what kind of Cloud HR software companies currently use, plan to purchase in the next year and plan to purchase in the next three years. Workforce management (Workday, for example) was the most currently used type of Cloud HR software, and the interest in making systems “mobile-friendly” was listed highest as software that companies plan to purchase in the next three years. When asked about an organization’s motivations for exploring cloud-based software services, the top five mentioned were accessibility, cost savings, mobility, productivity and scalability.
All of this means that HR departments are moving along with the adoption of SMACT (social, mobile, analytics and big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things) like the rest of the enterprise and will need to adapt as they adopt new applications and tools to help these departments run. Integration therefore will be critical to Cloud HCM adoption and success, contributing to some or all of the following:
- Migrating data from legacy HR systems to the cloud
- Optimizing recruitment and employee engagement programs
- Automating employee on-boarding
- Attracting and retaining employees through multi-source talent management and analytics
- Synchronizing employee information across front and back-office apps
- Connecting candidate sourcing and screen applications via Web Services, FTP
- Modernizing employee compensation
- Expanding from HR to Finance
The webinar also featured a Q&A session with John Sandhu, who has over 10 years of integration experience working with Workday, SAP and other enterprise applications. Some key questions and answers below:
In your experience, where do Workday customers typically start?
I typically see 3 common scenarios:
- Migrating from on-premises HCM applications like PeopleSoft, which requires the new Cloud HCM solution to adapt to existing processes.
- Consolidating disparate HR applications into the new HCM platform.
- Adopting an HCM platform for the first time, which requires new processes and the greatest amount of change management both from the business and technology perspective.
Depending on which scenario applies, this will help determine if you take a modular, scale-in approach to the Workday implementation or whether it’s more of a “big-bang” deployment.
What are the most common initial integrations / use cases?
Of course, this depends on many factors including company size, industry and file-based integration requirements, but some of the common HCM integrations are (with examples):
- Benefits Providers (Aetna, Kaiser, Blue Cross)
- Payroll (ADP)
- Application Tracking Systems (Taleo)
- Learning Management Systems (Cornerstone)
- Custom applications and processes (probably the most common use case!)
How important is integration to Workday adoption / success?
Time and time again, integration has been recognized as the essential ingredient to SaaS application adoption and success. You don’t want to end up with a disconnected SaaS silo that fails to deliver end-users with all of the information they’re going to need to do their jobs. You need to be able to orchestrate an end-to-end business process, such as new employee on-boarding, which requires connecting with multiple systems, often in real time. Your integration platform must be flexible, not brittle and realistic, not rigid.
If you weren’t able to catch the live webinar yesterday, the recording can be found here as well as some additional resources below:
- Presentation slides: Integrating Workday with the Rest of the Enterprise
- An overview: Workday integration
- Whitepaper: 5 Ways to Revolutionize HR Onboarding with Elastic Integration
Workday is rapidly becoming the centerpiece of the enterprise HR ecosystem, and some of the most successful Workday customers are running the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform to accelerate their cloud-based human resources management system (HRMS) and ensure maximum end-user adoption. Use cases include new employee on-boarding, sales compensation, payroll, talent analytics, active directory and back-office integration.
However, according to Lisa Rowan, Research Vice President of HR, Talent and Learning Strategies for IDC, “the apparent appetite to change [human capital management] solution providers in the coming 12-18 months is higher than it has ever been. This is both good and bad news. The good news is that there will be ample new business opportunity. The bad news is that there is likely a lot of churn ahead.” What this means for Workday customers and users of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform is that the importance of integration and adaptation for cloud applications has never been greater.
As we’ve mentioned before, at SnapLogic we’re working with leading IT organization on two primary challenges – the “cloudification” of your enterprise application portfolio, including the addition of SaaS products like Workday, and managing the resulting shift in data gravity. Join us in a few weeks on Wednesday, September 17th for a live webinar to hear more about how our elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is used for integrating Workday with the rest of the enterprise. We’ll also be giving a live demonstration, reviewing common use cases such as employee on-boarding, payroll, talent analytics and active directory. Our integration experts will be sharing their insights and best practices to help ensure that you have a successful journey to the cloud, whether you’re integrating on-premises systems like SAP, other cloud applications like – in addition to Workday – Salesforce and ServiceNow, or building a a next-generation analytics infrastructure running on Hadoop. We encourage any HRIS Managers, Operations and Project Leads to attend, as well application and data integration specialists, solution architects and “citizen integrators” – basically anyone interested in learning more about modern integration solutions!
To summarize, we’ll be discussing integration with Workday HR and Finance, featuring a case study using SnapLogic and Workday for employee on-boarding and providing a live demonstration of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform in action. In the meantime, take a look at more details and examples of Workday integration here, and check out this video featuring an example of an on-boarding solution. And don’t forget to register here!
A few months ago we published the results of a TechValidate survey that found that Cloud Speed and Time to Value are the number one drivers for adopting a modern integration platform as a service (iPaaS). Our team has put together a new series of graphics to highlight the benefits of being able to SNAP IN…to the past, present and future of your data, applications and APIs. I’ve posted a few of the graphics below created by Roger Chan, our graphic design leader. You can download the results from the TechValidate research here.
Snap Integration from SnapLogic.
And because it’s Friday, here’s one from one of my favorite movies….