Last week we attended Workday Rising in Chicago where we talked to attendees about integrating Workday with the rest of their IT ecosystems. The real stars of the show, however, were our customers from Vassar College who gave a brief presentation at our booth to discuss their journey from finding the need for an integration vendor, to assessing different platforms, to ultimately choosing SnapLogic’s elastic integration platform as a service (iPaaS).
Interested in seeing a live demo of SnapLogic integration in action? We’re kickstarting this year’s bi-weekly SnapLogic Live demo sessions, starting this week with a focus on big data and powering the data lake.
As we did with our previous SnapLogic Live series, each week we will focus on one particular type of integration and, via a live demo, show how customers are able to solve their varying integration challenges using the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform.
In addition to the demo, we also take time to address questions we typically hear from customers in a given use case. You can check out previously recorded SnapLogic Live sessions here, and register for this week’s Big Data demo here.
The calendar for the next few months is below. Registration for each coming soon!
- Thursday, February 25th – An overview of the SnapLogic Winter 2016 Release
- Thursday, March 10th – Integrating Workday Financials
- Thursday, March 24th – Using the SnapLogic Spark Snap
- Thursday, April 7th – Integration for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Thursday, April 21st – Big Data Integration and Powering the Data Lake
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Last week, SnapLogic customer Steven Mandelbaum, Managing Director of The Advisory Board Company, shared how he put SnapLogic at the center of his cloud integration architecture during a webcast for InformationWeek. You can check out the recording to hear how Steven ran his evaluation of a modern integration platform, and why he selected SnapLogic.
During the live event, Michael Biddick, host and contributing editor of InformationWeek polled the 265 attendees on current trends around cloud integration. Michael and the panel speakers expressed some surprise to a few of the responses. Here’s a look at what we found:
- • You Probably Don’t Know Everything You’re Using: Almost a third – 27% – of respondents said they were unsure how many SaaS or web-based applications are in use in their organization today! SaaS applications are being adopted by organizations so quickly, even the central IT team isn’t always in the loop. Chances are, those of you who think you know, probably don’t know each and every app that your users are using. Just look at the slew of cloud-based BI, ERP, CRM and social media apps geared at today’s enterprise users. Line-of-business leads can make application purchases without leveraging IT these days. And you know they’ll want these applications to pull data from other on-premise or SaaS apps and services sooner rather than later.
- • You Probably Have At Least Three SaaS Apps: More than 40% of respondents tallied at least three SaaS applications in their companies today (these are the ones they know about, see previous bullet point). Another thirty percent said they had over four SaaS apps in their stable. This is in addition to those core applications and data residing in on-site data centers. This presents a connection challenge that most organizations aren’t used to or ready for. Our group agreed that a point-to-point strategy for connecting all these applications isn’t going to fit the bill. Unless, of course, you really WANTED to hand-code all those integrations…
- • Agility is By Far the Biggest Driver for Cloud Integration: More than half of respondents—52.8%— said that they needed to be able to quickly adapt and scale their business, and this was a primary reason for pursuing cloud integration over traditional hard-coded solutions. As new data types and SaaS applications become available we see SaaS silos spring up, exacerbating the difficulties of moving information between systems, gaining insight and acting on this data. No surprise to us here, but companies are looking toward cloud integration platforms (some say iPaaS, we say SnapServer ) that can help them easily connect these apps and services.
- • You’ve Got Your Eye On Social Media: In another intriguing, but perhaps unsurprising, result: Almost 20% of respondents plan on integrating social media apps within the next 6-12 months. Social media ranked almost as high as other key functions like eCommerce and CRM. This certainly supports what we’ve seen with SnapLogic customers – leading organizations are hungry to tap the deluge of data available from social media sources and apply it to better understanding their customers. Legacy applications were also cited as a primary focus for integration, reminding us that cloud integration can’t reside only in the cloud – it has to come down to Earth, too.
- What do you think? Does any of this sound familiar to your business? What are your plans for integration this year? Let us know what you think!
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