Today’s “citizen integrators” range from members of your enterprise IT organization, to people in sales operations, marketing, finance and HR, to analysts and administrators of SaaS applications like Salesforce or Workday.
It’s time for a unified, self-service, modern, and connected integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that is built to handle hybrid cloud, big data and IoT integration. Here are 5 signs you need to rethink your integration strategy. Be sure also check out our 10 modern integration requirements.
Your old on-premises tools can’t keep up with the world of social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC). Legacy middleware technologies were conceptualized and built in the 1990s and were not designed to handle an IT ecosystem that expands beyond traditional confines of the firewall. Either built for moving large data sets in scheduled batches (ETL) or moving small volumes of data in real-time (EAI), neither technology is well-suited for cloud integration and the new world for unstructured information.
All APIs are not created equally and having an open API does not mean easy on-going maintenance and cloud integration. There’s no doubt that APIs are everywhere but one does not superannuate the other. In fact, in his Forbes review of our Spring 2014 release, Ben Kepes writes about the convergence of API management and integration noting: “All in all it’s an interesting release for the company and gives us a glimpse of what the future looks like for the broader integration space.” You can learn more about the API management features in the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform in one of our online videos here.
You have multiple tools and teams for different styles of integrated data systems (application, process, data), not to mention hand-coding. The world of integration has been converging in the on-premises world for years. In the cloud world, it’s on the fast track.
According to this Gartner iPaaS report, “Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offerings support fit naturally with most adaptive integration requirements, given their focus on ease of use and fast time to integration.” Gartner also predicts that, “By 2018, 35% of enterprises will consolidate their data integration and application integration competencies as one team for aligning disciplines and technologies.”
Are you logging into multiple applications and spreadsheet to get a single view of customers and employees? Yes, it’s an old problem, but it simply hasn’t gone away. Cloud single sign on (SSO) solution providers like OneLogin and Okta do a great job allowing people to log in once, but if you’re a sales rep, for example, you want to go to one place to see all relevant customer activity including social media, support tickets and order history. This requires real-time cloud integration. And when it comes to cloud analytics, you want to be able to dynamically assemble data from multiple sources to get relevant information and insight. This requires that “citizen integrators” can serve themselves. It requires broad cloud services and on-premises connectivity and it requires powerful cloud data integration capabilities. Learn more about our Snaps here and the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform user experience for “citizen integrators” here.
Does it seem that the more SaaS apps you deploy, the less adoption and ROI you’re getting? Silo’d SaaS inevitably leads to “SaaS Sprawl”. As summarized in this Cloud Computing Experts Forecast post, IDC predicts that, “over the 2013 to 2017 forecast period, public IT cloud services will have a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 23.5%, five times that of the IT industry as a whole and PaaS will lead IaaS and SaaS with a CAGR or 29.7%.” Clearly the demand for SaaS and PaaS is on the rise. It just makes sense. But the right approach to cloud integration is the key to unlocking the transformative potential of these investments.