iPaaS: The Cooler, Hipper ETL and ESB at GameStop

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.”

GameStopLogo_BlackRedMark Patton, vice president of architecture at GameStop, a global retailer that operates more than 4,000 stores in the U.S. and another 2,000 abroad, commented in the article that the company needed to be able to rapidly integrate many new and legacy cloud and on-premises applications for real estate management, HR, ERP systems, financial platforms, etc.: “We needed a way to glue these things together. You need to be able to get data into and out of apps quickly.”

When asked why not use the data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) tools that come with SaaS application providers like Salesforce, the article noted that, “he’d rather develop skills in a platform that can integrate myriad sources together, instead of being beholden to whatever integrations Salesforce develops for its SaaS.”

Mark Patton’s comment: “My view is the cloud environment will remain extremely fragmented, so there will always be a need for someone to play Switzerland, for some platform to integrate across these vendors.”

nwlogo10The NetworkWorld article also quoted Gartner industry analyst Massimo Pezzini, who noted that the iPaaS market will grow at a 55% clip to reach a $1 billion market within three years, and included last June’s IDC estimate that the worldwide data integration and access market (which includes ETL and iPaaS) will reach $5 billion, growing 8% annually.

Here’s a video of GameStop’s Mark Patton discussing his deployment of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform in which he points to the fact that, “We’ve been able to decrease the time it takes to implement a well-defined integration by 83%.”

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Category: Integration
Topics: ESB iPaaS SaaS

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