Cloud HCM Requires a New Approach to Cloud Integration

According to Bill Kutik, technology columnist for Human Resource Executive magazine:

“Forward-thinking CIOs and HR people fully understand the benefits of SaaS and it’s just a matter of if they will bite the bullet on the 10, 20, 30, 40 million dollars they’ve invested over the years in their on-premise systems. I personally believe that SaaS is the next generation of computing, just as client/server replaced mainframe and Web-based apps replaced client/servers.

Why Workday?Be sure to check out his posts here.

According to PWC, only 4 percent of HR departments are on the latest release of their HR platforms, which is why “New Tech Tools” is listed as one of the 10 Trends Driving the Mandate for Modern HCM. According to Workday’s website, the primary reasons customers choose their cloud applications for human resources and finance are that it is proven, simpler, faster, smarter, reliable and secure. But as my friends at Appirio point out in their whitepaper on Cloud-Based HCM, new human capital management (HCM) applications require new thinking from the HR and IT organization:

“Next generation cloud-based HCM applications have the potential to provide never-before-imagined benefits that can maximize business results. However, HR and IT teams cannot approach them as they did systems of the past.

Just as modern HCM requires modern solutions and a new mindset and set of relationships between departments, the social, mobile, analytics (big data) and cloud integration challenges you’ll face when you embark on a cloud-based HCM journey will also require new thinking when it comes to an old problem: data and application integration. When customers choose SnapLogic’s Elastic Integration Platform to connect the Workday solutions, as well as other cloud-based HCM applications, with other cloud and on-premises applications, not to mention databases and big data platforms, the primary reasons are:

Whether your company’s use case is new employee on-boarding to increase efficiency; to increase effectiveness of incentive and sales compensation; or talent analytics from multiple sources to increase employee retention, SnapLogic’s iPaaS, with 160+ prebuilt Snaps, can accelerate the implementation and overall user adoption of a cloud-based HCM solution with single platform for data, application and API integration. Here’s a brief demonstration of SnapLogic connecting Workday with multiple applications and data sources in a single flow, called a Pipeline:

Connecting the Clouds in a Snap

In this series of posts, we’ll provide a deeper dive overview of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud. We’ll cover:

You can also download this technical whitepaper to get the complete picture of our Elastic Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS).

Snaps: Intelligent Cloud Connectors

The SnapLogic Integration Cloud

The SnapLogic Integration Cloud offers industry’s broadest and richest variety of pre-built integration components, called Snaps. Each Snap acts as a building block of an integration pipeline and performs a single complete function such as read, write, or act on data. The SnapLogic Integration Cloud augments this wide range of Snap offerings with a custom Snap Development Kit (SDK) that allows customers to build their own Snaps that are tailored to their custom data actions or endpoint connectivity.

Read Snaps can consume data from a variety of systems (file, databases, etc.), applications (Salesforce, SAP, Workday, ServiceNow, Oracle ERP, etc.), and protocols (HTTP, REST,
SOAP, FTP, etc.). Write Snaps write data to those systems. These read/write Snaps provide users the ability to visually introspect and browse endpoint services and objects, and easily connect or consume them. Snaps that act on data are typically transforming, enriching, or cleansing data.

Unlike point-to-point integration tools, SnapLogic allows easy orchestration across multiple endpoints in a single flow, called a pipeline. This pipeline can be triggered based on events,
scheduled, or executed as jobs that are called via the REST APIs or invoked programmatically via the SnapLogic application programming interface (SnAPI).

Some of our more popular Snap Packs are:

Here’s SnapLogic’s Director of Product Management Craig Stewart talking about Snaps:

For more information on the SnapLogic Integration Cloud, download the whitepaper here.