Why the ESB is the Wrong Approach to Cloud Integration

This week Maneesh Joshi from SnapLogic posted an article on Wired Insights called: Why Buses Don’t Fly in the Cloud: Thoughts on ESBs. It’s a pretty deep post, summarizing the vision of a services oriented architecture (SOA) and why the concept of the enterprise service bus (ESB) has reached its limits in the era of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the internet of Things (SMACT). Here are a few snippets:

“Long implementation cycles, inability to absorb change, and high costs have made it difficult for these ESB solutions to keep up with fast evolving business requirements and often resulted in unmet expectations.”

“The ESB as an agile integration layer has been exposed as the long pole in project plans and customers are looking for alternatives.”

“On-premise ESBs or cloud integration platforms that are natively XML-based but apply translations to JSON at its extremities to keep up are going to fall short in the world of SMAC.”

“REST and JSON together are increasingly replacing SOAP and XML, making ESBs less relevant in today’s enterprise SMAC architecture.”

“Sticking with legacy technologies such as ESBs will only hamstring organizations from innovating rapidly and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.”

Do you agree? Do you see integration platform as a service (iPaaS) as complementary or a long-term replacement of the ESB as more and more of the applications and platforms are delivered in the cloud?

Talking Cloud, Mobile, Collaborative Analytics with Howard Dresner

This week I participated in an interactive webinar with Tidemark, SnapLogic and Howard Dresner. Howard reviewed some of the early findings from his annual Wisdom of the Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study – 2014 Edition, with a particular focus on Cloud, Mobile and Collaborative Analytics. It’s always great to get his perspective on the changing landscape of business intelligence and analytics.

I’ll post a few notes from the discussion on the SnapLogic blog this week. In the meantime, here’s the recording:

Still Stuggling with SaaS Silos?

Got SaaS? Salesforce? ServiceNow? Workday? Zuora? Amazon Redshift?

What about on-premises apps? SAP? Oracle? Microsoft Dynamics?

Don’t forget social media, big data, identity management, online storage and cloud analytics solutions…

I summarized 5 signs you need to re-think your cloud integration strategy on the SnapLogic blog today. Here’s an overview:

Netflix CIO: 8 Ways for IT to Fix Its Reputation

Check out this great CXO talk featuring Netflix CIO Mike Kail. As summarized by Vala Afshar on the HuffPost Tech Blog, Mike outlines eight ways Information Technology organizations can fix their reputation. I find #7 to be the most disruptive, yet perhaps the most obvious in the best-of-breed SaaS-centric world of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud (SMAC).

  1. Focus on cloud wherever possible
  2. Hire talented people that think differently
  3. IT’s charter is to improve business efficiency
  4. Support “UAD” (Use Any Device)
  5. Try to remove friction wherever possible
  6. Communicate deep context for change
  7. Embrace “shadow IT”
  8. Partner with line-of-business

I’m curious how many other CIOs out there have embraced shadow IT and what the implications are for the traditional command and control enterprise IT model.

I’ve embedded the video below. Thanks for another great CXO interview @ValaAfshar and @mkrigsman. Great guiding principles and advice for other IT leaders @mdkail.

Better Business Analytics in the Cloud

I moderated a SnapLogic webinar today focused on the market shift to business intelligence, analytics and enterprise performance management delivered in the cloud. We discussed the trends, shared some industry analyst perspectives and demonstrated the importance of cloud integration to an overall business analytics as a service strategy. Here’s the presentation. You can watch the recording when it’s posted here. As always, feedback welcome.

Here are some of the links referenced in the presentation:

Cloud Integration on the Whiteboard

Check out this chalk-talk series with the head of engineering at SnapLogic talking about application and data integration delivered as a cloud service (aka iPaaS):

Going Beyond Point-to-Point Cloud Integration

SnapLogic Integration Cloud Architecture in Review

The series of whiteboard presentations is posted on the SnapLogic blog.

Digital Marketing in the Spotlight

I recently shared a few digital marketing resources on the SnapLogic blog and noted the widespread challenge marketers face in 2014 by being data rich and insight poor.

If you’re serious about becoming a more analytical marketer, but intimidated by all of the big data noise, you might want to heed the advice of data visualization guru Stephen Few in his post, Big Data, Big Deal:

“Our current fascination with big data has us looking for better steroids to increase our brawn rather than better skills to develop our brains. In the world of analytics, brawn will only get us so far; it is better thinking that will open the door to greater insight.”

Not surprisingly (albeit somewhat ironic), when it comes to visually presenting data, there is no shortage of digital marketing infographics. Here are a few that do a nice job of illustrating the data challenges and opportunities digital marketers face in 2014.

Infographic: Marketers Struggle to Make the (Data-Driven) Grade

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Data-Rich and Insight-Poor [Infographic]

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Most desired digital marketing skills of 2014 revealed

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