Data management takes center stage at Rutberg 2017 conference

Each year, research-centric investment bank Rutberg & Company gathers top business leaders and technology experts for an intimate, two-day forum where they discuss and debate the technology, ideas, and trends driving global business. The annual Rutberg 2017 conference took place last week in Half Moon Bay, California, and data management was front and center.

SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon joined Mesosphere CEO Florian Leibert and Segment CEO Peter Reinhardt for a spirited panel discussion on the growing data management opportunities and challenges facing enterprises today. The panel was moderated by Fortune reporter Jonathan Vanian.

A number of important data management and integration trends emerged, including:

  • LOB’s influence grows: Gaurav noted that more and more, “innovation is coming from the LOB,” whether in Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, or elsewhere in the organization. These LOB leaders are tech-savvy, are responsible for their own P&L’s, and they know speed and agility will determine tomorrow’s winners. So they’re constantly on the hunt for the latest tech solutions that will drive innovation, spur growth, and help them beat the competition.
  • Data fragmentation on the rise: With individual LOBs procuring a flurry of new cloud applications and technologies, the result is often business silos and a disconnected enterprise. “The average enterprise has 10x more SaaS apps than a CIO thinks,” said Gaurav of the increasing SaaS sprawl, which is requiring CIOs to think differently about how they integrate and manage disparate apps and data sources across the enterprise.
  • Self-service integration is here to stay: The bigger a company gets – with more apps, more end-points, more data-types, more fragmentation – there’s never going to be enough humans to manage the required integration in a timely manner, explained Gaurav. Enter new, modern, self-service integration platforms. “The holy grail of integration is self-service and ease-of-use … we have to bring integration out of the dungeon and into the light,” Gaurav continued. And this means getting integration into the hands of the LOB, and making it fast and easy. The days of command-and-control by IT are over: “Trying to put the genie back in the bottle is wrong; instead you need to give the LOBs a self-service capability to wire this up on their own,” noted Gaurav.
  • AI will be a game-changer: Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are already making apps, platforms, and people smarter. Like with Google auto-complete or shopping on Amazon, we’re already becoming accustomed to assistance from, and recommendations by, machines. “Software without AI will be like Microsoft Word or email without spell-check,” it will be jarring not to have it, said Gaurav. AI is already being applied to complex tasks like app and data integration; it’s not a future state, he said, the start of “self-driving integration is happening today.”
  • The enterprise is a retrofit job: For all the latest advances – new cloud apps, AI and ML technologies, self-service integration platforms – the enterprise remains a “retrofit job,” where the new must work with the old. Large, global enterprises aren’t about to throw out decades of technology investment all at once, particularly if it is working just fine or well-suited to handle certain business processes. So, new cloud technologies will need to work with older on-premise solutions, once again cementing integration platforms as a critical piece of an enterprise technology strategy. “It will be a hybrid world for a long, long time,” concluded Gaurav.

Without question, data has become any organization’s most valuable asset, and those that are able to integrate, manage, and analyze data effectively will be the winners of tomorrow.

Gaurav Dhillon on the BBC: “Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Passion”

Growing up in India, SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon was an avid listener of the BBC World Service, the preeminent international radio broadcasting giant based out of London. He wasn’t alone – since 1939, the BBC World Service has ruled the global airwaves, reaching hundreds of millions of people every week with its award-winning 24-hour news, reporting, and analysis.

So it was full-circle for Gaurav, when on a trip to London last week, he was invited by the BBC World Service to appear as a guest on its live global news radio program, ‘Business Matters.‘ Hosted by Roger Hearing, the hour-long show reviews the day’s global headlines and business news, with commentary throughout from live guests – this time including Gaurav and Marketplace reporter Nancy Marshall-Genzer.

After discussing the day’s news, the discussion turned to Gaurav and his storied career in technology. On the table for discussion: Gaurav’s upbringing in India, early influences that shaped his life’s ambitions, how he helped build Informatica from an idea into a billion dollar public company, why his burning desire to innovate and build great products led to his departure from Informatica and to the founding of SnapLogic, and his advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to make their mark and have an impact on our world.

You can listen to the full broadcast here. The focused 12-minute discussion with Gaurav starts around the 26:30 mark.

Gaurav Dhillon on Nathan Latka’s “The Top” Podcast

Popular podcast host Nathan Latka has a built a large following getting top CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs to share strategies and tactics that set them up for business success. A data industry veteran and self-described “company-builder,” SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon was recently invited by Nathan to appear as a featured guest on “The Top.”

Nathan is known for his rapid-fire, straight-to-the-point questioning, and Gaurav was more than up to the challenge. In this episode, the two looked back at Gaurav’s founding of Informatica in the ’90s; how he took that company public and helped it grow to become a billion-plus dollar business; why he stepped away from Informatica and decided to start SnapLogic; how data integration fuels digital business and why customers are demanding modern solutions like SnapLogic’s that are easy to use and built for the cloud; and how he’s building a fast-growing, innovative business that also has it’s feet on the ground.

The two also kept it fun, with Gaurav fielding Nathan’s “Famous Five” show-closing questions, including favorite book, most admired CEO, advice to your 20-year-old self, and more.

You can listen to the full podcast above or via the following links:

SnapLogic CEO Gaurav Dhillon Shares His “Founder Story” with Ignition Partners

Founding a startup is not for the faint of heart. Raising capital, building product, managing teams, winning customers, fending off competitors — the list goes on and on. Every successful entrepreneur knows you can’t go it alone, you’ve got to find strategic, committed, supportive partners that will help you through the tough times and propel you forward in good times.

SnapLogic found exactly that in Ignition Partners back in 2012. In the trenches together now for the past four years, the two have grown SnapLogic into what it is today and look forward to helping the company along its path to becoming a world-class cloud software company for the ages.

Reflecting on the partnership, SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon sat down with the team from Ignition to share his thoughts on the daunting fundraising process, overcoming bumps in the road, and why Ignition is the ideal partner for SnapLogic. Gaurav is joined in the “Founder Stories” video by other Ignition portfolio executives including Laura Mather of Unitive, Godfrey Sullivan and Erik Swan of Splunk, Kumar Sreekanti of BlueData, Jonathan Gray of Cask and Amy Chang of Accompany.

Below are excerpts from Gaurav’s conversation with Ignition Partners.

On the daunting fundraising process:

“Your product gets examined, people need to take apart the idea and put it together again in front of your eyes. For a lot of founders and entrepreneurs, it’s very difficult to have someone sort of decompose your baby right in front of you.”

On what makes for a good venture partner:

“There are certain firms and certain partners who approach you as ‘the boss’; no bad news is ever allowed. The joke in the Valley is if you take money from ‘that guy’ you need a ‘VP of Management of That Guy’.”

On overcoming bumps in the road:

“At SnapLogic, we had to make some tough choices, we had to really take a different product approach than we had started with.”

On why SnapLogic partnered with Ignition Partners:

“A lot of folks in the venture capital business are well connected but less and less of them have the sense for how to build a great company, how to build something that is durable, who really take pleasure in helping someone grow. That’s when you start to say – ‘who’s going to be the best person for us on our journey’. And make no mistake, all companies, especially successful ones, are on a journey and they have to deal with the twists and turns of what is going to happen in the marketplace. In the case of Ignition, this team had all come from operational backgrounds, they had been in my shoes, they had run big products and big companies.”

To watch the full videos, please click here and here.

 

 

Gaurav Dhillon: “What Fly Fishing Reminded Me About Entrepreneurship”

GD at KDOW PhotoSnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon recently sat down with Kym McNicholas, host of KDOW 1220AM’s weekly business talk radio show, “Kym McNicholas on Innovation”. They discussed a range of innovation topics – everything from how Gaurav turned an idea into a billion dollarbusiness in the ’90s, why he returned to the startup world as founder and CEO of SnapLogic, how customers can accelerate their business and become data-driven with new cloud and big data technologies, and advice for emerging entrepreneurs. Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon: “What Fly Fishing Reminded Me About Entrepreneurship””

Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Elastic Integration Overview

In this series of posts, I’ve been sharing excerpts from a recent discussion between SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon and John Gallant, chief content officer of IDG US Media. In the first post, Gaurav discussed the looming integration issues that people should focus on. In the second post, Gaurav reviewed the specific challenges SnapLogic addresses. In this post, Gaurav describes the core components and principles of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform. Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Elastic Integration Overview”

Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Use Cases

SnapLogic founder and CEO Gaurav Dhillon recently sat down with John Gallant, chief content officer of IDG US Media, to discuss modern integration technology requirements in the enterprise: SnapLogic covers app integration in the cloud. In the first post in this series, I shared Gaurav’s answer to the question: What are the looming integration issues here that people should focus on more? In this post, Gaurav reviews the specific challenges SnapLogic addresses. Continue reading “Gaurav Dhillon Q&A: SnapLogic Use Cases”