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Stuck in the Post Dreamforce Cloud #DF12

Have you recovered from Dreamforce 2012? Next week I’ll be at Oracle Open World talking about cloud integration and to be honest, I’d much rather write about the Marc Benioff show than register for Larry’s World at this point. (Although, I do wonder if we’ll see the 2nd tweet from Mr. Ellison and what his position will be on all things cloud this year. Remember the @Benioff  boot out last time around? Some classic tweets.

I guess like a lot of people you could say I’m stuck in the PDC (Post Dreamforce Cloud) at this point. I’ve been spending time in the Dreamforce Chatter org reviewing sessions, watching YouTube videos and reading a plethora of blogger opinion about the conference (see links below).  Sound familiar?

To bring back some of the #DF12 energy, today I hosted a webinar focused on some of the Dreamforce data management highlights. The presentation congratulated the 2012 Informatica Cloudy Award winners and featured live demonstrations of two of the hottest topics at the Informatica booth:

You can download the slides and watch the recording here:

Denis Pombriant wrote one of the best summaries of Dreamforce I’ve seen so far here.  I also enjoyed his interview with Brent Leary from CRM Essentials.

The 2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Results @mjskok

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Cloud computing icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A colleague of mine just sent me the 2012 Future of Cloud Computing Survey results from the venture capital firm North Bridge.  There were 785 survey respondents, which included a mix of line of business, CXO, IT and other. 65% of of the respondents were vendors and 35% were customers, which may skew the results to cloud, but the results are aligned with research from IDC, Gartner and other industry analyst firms.

A few of the results that my colleague highlighted as noteworthy (and I agree) are:

  1. 75% of SW will be developed using PaaS in 2017
  2. Confidence in Cloud for mission critical up from 13% in their 2011 survey to 50% in their 2012 survey
  3. Consistent with IDC’s forecast, around 85% of all new SW will be delivered via Cloud (SaaS)
  4. 55% of CIOs will increase spending in SaaS in 2012
  5. Only 3% of respondents view Cloud as too risky (10% last year)
  6. Venture investment in Cloud grew by 50% 2010-2011 to $2.4B

Do you agree with the results? Any naysayers still out there? With quotes from SAP included in the presentation, clearly hybrid is the new black

Great job Michael J Skok for putting together a very nice presentation of your data. I’d have embedded it here, but it doesn’t seem to be enabled for the presentation in Slideshare.

Video: Unlock your SAP Back Office with Force.com

This Salesforce.com demonstration  is a great example of the power of cloud integration.

 

#GartnerAADI Tweet Stream in Review

This past week I attended Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development and Integration (AADI) summit in Vegas. The tagline for the conference was:  “Cloud, Web, Mobile and Social: Rocking Your Enterprise Application Strategy.” To illustrate how “All In” Gartner when it comes to cloud computing adoption, the conference featured two tracks on the topic:

There was also a track with significant cloud content called: Architecture for Postmodern IT: SOA, WOA, EDA, and Cloud.

I plan to post some observations and notes on the Perspectives blog next week, but just looking at the #gartnerAADI stream of tweets from the conference tells the story. Here are few of my favorites:

That’s to Gartner for a fantastic event! Lots of great sessions, customer and analyst discussions. With SAP’s announcement of their acquisition of SuccessFactors, 2012 is definitely shaping up to be the biggest year yet for cloud computing adoption in the enterprise and cloud integration will continue to be a hot topic.

SAP, meet Force.com #socialenterprise

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Last week salesforce.com launched a new campaign targeted at SAP customers: “Unlock your back office and become a social enterprise.” The message is clear – build a layer of agility around your legacy ERP system and immediately increase the business value of your existing investment.

SAP, meet Force.com…

How is this possible, you ask?

“By unlocking and extending the data trapped in your SAP ERP deployment with mobile and social apps built on Force.com.”

The campaign clearly highlights the benefits of establishing the right cloud integration strategy early. It also highlights specific cloud application integration and data management partners, which is nice to see.

Here’s a presentation outlining some of the considerations, best practices as well as an Informatica Cloud demonstration of SAP and Salesforce integration. I’ll also be hosting a webinar this week that will focus on Oracle EBS integration with salesforce.com. Clearly cloud integration is in the spotlight.

Integrating Salesforce CRM and SAP

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Here’s a video of Informatica Cloud integrating Salesforce.com data and SAP.

Cloud Integration Webinar: Salesforce.com and SAP

Last week I participated in an Informatica Cloud webinar focused on the best practices for integrating Salesforce CRM and SAP. We discussed these two critical steps when it comes to planning your back-office integration with salesforce.com:

  1. Begin with the Business Process in Mind
  2. Determine the Right Approach

Not surprisingly, we spent quite a bit of time discussing the pros and cons of staging vs. direct application integration. It’s a topic that these two posts goes into in detail:

You can watch the recorded webinar here and I’ve posted the slides and demo below:

Cloud Integration: Make Salesforce Stick and Accelerate Sales Performance

On Wednesday at 10am PST I’m hosting a webinar on Salesforce integration as part of Jigsaw’s Deal Maker series. I’ll provide an overview of the top 5 cloud integration use cases and share examples of salesforce.com customers who have been able to get more from their investment while maximizing overall sales performance.

You can register for the 30 minute webinar here:  Make Salesforce Stick with Cloud Integration

Cloud Integration Informatica Cloud Webinar

You Know You Work for a European Company When…

I didn’t see the message of this SAP Business Objects video coming. I guess this is one way to get your message out:

“You don’t need to run SAP to run SAP BusinessObjects…”

SAP to Salesforce Synch with the Informatica Cloud Platform

Here’s a demonstration of the Informatica Cloud Platform at work – building a complex SAP mapping and running it as a custom integration Cloud Service.


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