Introducing SnapLogic Community

We are happy to announce that our new SnapLogic Community is live!

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Created by popular demand - it’s been running in alpha and beta for a few months – the community is a place where we encourage customers to ask questions about SnapLogic and share their expertise and best practices. Whether you’re looking for help or have tips or tricks, the goal is to provide a community that helps each other.

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  • Want assistance configuring a particular Snap? Post a question in the Snap Packs category.
  • Interested in sharing a pipeline you have found to be particularly useful? Write about it in the Designing Pipeline category.
  • Want to build your own Snap Pack? Go to the Developing Snaps category.

And yes, we are involved. SnapLogic developers, product managers, field teams, and others review the posts as they come in and when they are updated, but we will rely on the community to support each other.

How to get started

The SnapLogic community is currently for SnapLogic customers only. If you’re a customer with a verified customer email domain, it won’t take us long to approve you and grant you access. 

Go to https://community.snaplogic.com/ to request access. 

When approved, look out for an email with further instructions.

Once you’re approved and logged in, take a look at the content already provided by customers and SnapLogic employees who took part in the alpha and beta releases. Find something particularly useful? Go ahead and “Like” the post. Want to contribute to a thread or have a question? Please do! This community is for you. You will help drive the direction the community takes as it evolves. As your Community Manager, I will occasionally ask for suggestions for the site, but feel free to post ideas that you might have as they come up to the Community Info category.

We’re looking forward to growing this community. Sign up today and let us know what you think.

Request access at  https://community.snaplogic.com/.

SnapLogic’s Summer Internship Program

Here at SnapLogic, we launched our very first Summer Internship program. This summer we employed five interns, each working in a different area of the company: Rakesh Dammalapati, a Professional Services Intern; Dave Gan, an Engineering Intern; Gracie Walters, a Human Resources (HR) Intern; Michael Westra, a Business Development (BD) Intern; and Natalie Wiser, a Marketing Intern.

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All five of these interns got to be part of an up-and-coming startup company in Silicon Valley. They not only gained that well desired real world experience, but the internship also came with a lot of profitable perks. The interns were given their own managers in which they were able to establish a professional relationship that taught them about the company’s values of innovation, intensity and integrity. They were also given the opportunity to meet with some of the top executives of the company who shared details of their past career paths.  Each executive shared valuable stories, advice and resources that will give the interns a huge advantage when they start making decisions about their own careers.

With the summer coming to an end, we asked our interns to reflect on their past 12 weeks spent here at SnapLogic. Here is what they said:

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SnapLogic Cares at The Samaritan House

SnapLogic-Cares-LogoSnapLogic recently launched a new philanthropy program called SnapLogic Cares. The program is directly tied to our culture, which is committed to giving back to the communities through employee volunteer opportunities that give back and make a positive difference in the lives of others. SnapLogic Cares plans to sponsor regular volunteer activities for all of the U.S. office locations (San Mateo, Boulder, Boston, and New York) and soon organize activities for the international offices.

The SnapLogic San Mateo office decided to have their first volunteering event with the San Mateo Samaritan House. Their mission statement: Continue reading “SnapLogic Cares at The Samaritan House”

Guest Blog: SnapLogic and Box.net Partner for Box Innovation Network

Today, Box.net launched its Box Innovation Network, which encourages cloud partners like SnapLogic to help develop a vibrant ecosystem. I’ve already written about how SnapLogic can seamlessly integrate with complex developer ecosystems, so today I’m going to share the floor with Alex Willen, a developer advocate from Box.net, who has more details to share about the Box Innovation Network.

Thanks, Praneal!

I’m Alex Willen, and at Box, we’re huge proponents of driving innovation and openness in software development. It’s always a pleasure to work with companies like SnapLogic whose products and vision align with our own goals.

That’s why we’re excited to announce them as one of the founding partners in our newest platform program, the Box Innovation Network® (/bin). Designed to foster innovation in enterprise software, /bin will provide developers the tools they need – including technology, consulting and in some cases, even funding – to help them build and bring to market products that re-invent the way enterprises operate today.

But the Box/SnapLogic story doesn’t just start here. It really began in April 2010 when we launched the Box Snap – one of the first Snaps in the SnapStore. Earlier this year, it was the second-most downloaded Snap. Results like these clearly illustrate the power of not only SnapLogic’s suite of tools, which save customers the time and cost of custom development, but also the community that uses them.

We’re hosting an event at Dogpatch Studios in San Francisco tonight to celebrate the launch of /bin. SnapLogic’s CEO Gaurav Dhillon will join us for a roundtable discussion on innovation, moderated by Caleb Garling of Wired.com, that will also feature Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator; Oren Teich, COO of Heroku and Jerry Chen, VP of Cloud and Application Services for VMware. We’ll also have presentations by Box’s CEO Aaron Levie and VP of Platform Chris Yeh, plus a keynote by Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup.

We’re taping the event and will be posting the video later. However, if you’re interested in joining us in person, send us an email at bin@box.net. For more information about /bin, check out box.com/bin.

Learning Big Data: Hadoop Community Meetup

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Hi folks, I’m Greg Benson and today I wanted to tell you about a great recurring event for anyone interested in Hadoop. But first, allow me take a moment to introduce myself. I am Director of Research at SnapLabs, the research organization of SnapLogic. I am also a Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of San Francisco. I focus on parallel and distributed systems and have developed several distributed languages and run-time systems. I have also lead SnapLabs to identify transformational opportunities in application and data integration, resulting in breakthroughs like SnapReduce – or as we like to call it, “Hadoop for Humans.”

OK, that’s enough about me and a nice transition back to Hadoop. For those of you that don’t know, Hadoop has a great user community. In fact, there is a monthly meet-up in San Francisco.

Last Wednesday August 10, the University of San Francisco and SnapLogic co-sponsored the monthly SF Hadoop Meetup.  If you are interested in learning more about Hadoop and talking directly with Hadoop committers and Hadoop practitioners, this is a great event to attend.  It is low-key and very friendly.  Aaron Kimball, co-founder of Odiago, organizes the event, and he does a great job.

The meetup employees the “unconference” format in which attendees set the agenda at the beginning of the meetup.  There are two 30 minute sessions, with about 5 tracks per sessions.  This results in about 10 different topics to choose from.  Anyone is welcome to propose a topic.  For example at the July meetup hosted by CBSi, I led a session talking about how different projects are using Hadoop MapReduce as a target.  This led to a discussion about how Pig, Cascading, FlumeJava, Plume, and SnapReduce all use MapReduce as a target.
Topics from the Meetup on Wednesday included MapReduce internals, Avro, Dataflow approaches to MapReduce, converting from a traditional RDBMS to Hive, log processing, and several more.

It’s great to see both regular and new faces at the SF Meetup and it shows that San Francisco has thriving community of both Hadoop developers and Hadoop users.

Check out the SF Hadoop Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/hadoopsf/

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London Cloud-Connection Summit Marks the End of ‘Soviet Era’ Integration Projects

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Yeah, the title is hyperbolic. Maybe it was the royal setting at the famous Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in central London or maybe it was the cucumber sorbet. Regardless, Phil Wainewright’s use of the ‘Soviet Era’ metaphor really resonated with our elite group of CIOs and CTOs.

I had the privilege of moderating the Summit about cloud connection strategies while visiting SnapLogic’s EMEA headquarters.  In addition to Wainewright, we had a panel of thought leaders that included Canonical’s Enterprise Application Manager Henrik Omma, and tech journalist Adrian Bridgwater (who also wrote about the lunch for ComputerWeekly.com).

Here’s a recap of my top 3 takeaways from the day, which taken together, mark the end of “Soviet Era” IT:

  1. It’s all about agility. No one can afford to spend months planning out multiple-year integration projects, because it will all quickly become irrelevant.  We must be fast and flexible enough to respond quickly to the demands of the business, and the burgeoning number and types of new cloud-based data sources and applications.
  2. No more “rip and replace.” Everything new needs to work with existing investments, which makes flexible connections (not complex integration) a critical enabler for any evolving IT portfolio.
  3. Automation and reuse aren’t luxuries. Manual integration processes need to be replaced with standardized, repeatable connectors for a more intuitive organization-wide connection “fabric” that can keep up with the pace of multiple projects and a myriad of connection points.

What this all boils down to is that robust data integration, based on a change-ready connection infrastructure, increases business profitability and growth because it provides your business with the value of agility.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Summit!  If you weren’t there, let us know what topics you’d like to discuss at an IT executive luncheon. I’m also open to suggestions on fabulous restaurant locations we should try next…

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More Than Just a Snap: Connecting Zuora

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One of the great privileges I have as Director of Alliances & SnapStore is that I get to engage with a wide range of innovative companies.  Some of them are independent software vendors (ISVs), some are system integrators (SIs), some are independent developers and others are customers. What has become very apparent over the course of hundreds of conversations is a common thread that we’re very excited about at SnapLogic, namely, the power of a single, standardized integration platform backed by a solid expertise network.

Let me elaborate: obviously there are customers with specific integration needs that accumulate over time who can ring home the value of a data integration platform. In today’s world of ever-growing cloud applications, however, those integration needs accumulate at an increasing pace, making integration a growing challenge and creating a hurdle to the adoption of those SaaS apps.  SnapLogic’s data integration platform enables customers to address both their current and future integration needs on a single, standardized platform backed by a community of experts from leading ISVs, SIs and developers.  ISVs have successfully erased sales objections tied to integration by quickly building a certified rich connector or Snap for their application. Quite simply, SnapLogic catalyzes the adoption of an ISV’s application.

One such success is Zuora. SnapLogic has collaborated with Zuora’s customer care team to build integration solutions to meet the needs of Zuora’s customers without any deviations from Zuora’s product roadmap.  We take away the integration pain while allowing Zuora to focus on their core competency: delivering a great SaaS application. As Marlene Summers, senior manager of Zuora’s customer care team put it: “You can’t be in the SaaS world by yourself.  You have to blend in and make yourself open and accessible for other systems to talk to.” For more details of this successful partnership, see the recent Silicon Valley Business Journal article.

In fact, we’ve seen this time and again that by coupling a solid Snap with a vendor’s application, that vendor is able to speed up their sales cycle, wield a competitive advantage and still focus on their core competency.  In future blog posts, I’ll relay more exciting stories from the field on how SnapLogic is being successfully leveraged by our ecosystem.  In the mean time, if you are engaged in building or delivering solutions in the cloud, learn how you can easily provide connectivity across apps by partnering with SnapLogic.

 

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