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CIOs are Getting SMACT: #Social, #Mobile, #Analytics, #Cloud, #IoT

Check out this Infographic from SnapLogic – Why Are CIOs Getting SMACT?
[Infographic] Why Are CIOs Getting SMACT?

SnapReduce: Cloud Integration and Big Data

For 5+ years this blog has focused primarily on the topic of integrating cloud applications like Salesforce.com, Workday, ServiceNow, Zuora, etc. with each other and with on-premises applications like SAP and Oracle. Occasionally I’ve written about the shift to cloud-based business intelligence tools and platforms, but it’s been mostly all things software as a service (SaaS) and integration platform as a service (iPaaS).

Thanks primarily to YARN and some of the advances in the Hadoop 2.0 platform, this week SnapLogic announced SnapReduce 2.0. Cloud application integration has expanded to big data integration. Here’s SnapLogic’s Chief Scientist Greg Benson discussing the news.

Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends in 2014 from Tableau

I like how Tableau created a web page and slideshare presentation for their 2014 business intelligence predictions. I also like their predictions. Here they are, with a few comments.

  1. The end of data scientists (does that mean data artisans too?)
  2. Cloud business intelligence goes mainstream (I guess I was a little early on that one – here’s an interesting cloud BI survey)
  3. Big data finally goes to the sky (go Redshift!)
  4. Predictive analytics goes mainstream (hmmm…I still remember “Data Mining for the Masses” circa 1998 with BusinessObjects Business Miner)
  5. Agile BI extends its lead (is there one BI vendor that doesn’t call their tools agile?)
  6. Embedded BI begins to emerge (Good news for JasperSoft, given they’ve been talking about this for years.)
  7. Story telling becomes a priority (In other words, stop talking speeds and feeds and discuss outcomes – as suggested recently by Ken Rudin)
  8. Mobile BI becomes the primary experience (Michael Saylor has to be happy about this prediction – has anyone read The Mobile Wave?)
  9. Organizations begin to analyst social data in earnest (Is Earnest was a new flavor or Hadoop?)
  10. NoSQL is the new Hadoop (not sure what the angle here is for Tableau, but sure.)

Here’s the presentation with more details.

The Cloud Integration Dilemma for Enterprise IT

According to Gaurav Dhillon, CEO of SnapLogic, there’s not just an Innovator’s Dilemma hitting legacy technology vendors, there’s an Integrator’s Dilemma that the customers of traditional middleware and data integration providers are struggling with in the face of the today’s industry mega-trends. As he states:

“The dilemma for enterprise IT organizations is that their legacy integration technologies were built before the era of big data, social, mobile and cloud computing and simply can’t keep up.”

Here’s a video of Gaurav talking about the Integrator’s Dilemma:

Ken Rudin Talks Big Data and Big Business Impact @ #strataconf

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Ken Rudin runs the analytics team at Facebook. Today at Strata and Hadoop World he delivered a fantastic presentation on Big Data and how Facebook approaches analytics.  Instead of adding another V to the Big Data pile, he instead focused on the most important I in BI – Impact. I had the pleasure of working with Ken Rudin for 2.5 years at an early-stage cloud analytics company called LucidEra, where he pioneered something called, “The Pipeline Healthcheck.” Some of the messages he conveyed at #strataconf are ones he’s held for a long time:

  • Analytics is not just about getting the answers, it’s about knowing what questions to ask.
  • It’s not about insight, it’s about impact.

You can watch his presentation below. It’s clear, concise and will have an impact – particularly if you’re a business analyst or planning to become one. I agree with this post from BI guru, Cindi Howson:

“If I were to ask a biz sponsor or BI team to watch 1 keynote, it would be Ken Rudin, Facebook.”

Well done Ken!

Embedded Cloud Integration and the 3 V’s of SaaS Applications

I recorded an interview recently as part of the Cloud Channel Summit in Mountain View.  Industry analyst Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies posted his views on the event here and here.  In my interview I talk about the need for SaaS application and platform (PaaS) providers to either build, buy or partner when it comes to cloud integration. Everyone talks about the 3 V’s when it comes to Big Data. My belief is that IT organizations are equally overwhelmed with the volume, variety and velocity of SaaS applications coming into the enterprise.  This is why the topic of cloud integration will continue to it’s rise in relevance and strategic importance in 2013.

Re-Imagining the Future of Software and Technology as We Know It

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I wrote a summary of my 2012 cloud integration predictions on the Informatica Perspectives blog, but haven’t yet posted 2013 predictions. Today Mary Meeker’s slides are making their way through corporate boardrooms at most, if not all, technology companies, not to mention getting some great coverage across the web. Here’s the presentation. I really like the “re-imagine” section. There’s no doubt that cloud computing and software as a service (Saas) have forced a great deal of re-imagination in the traditional application, platform, middleware and infrastructure  markets. Marc Andreessen believes that 2012 Will Be Remembered As The Year Of SaaS. Some have said that “Cloud and Data are the New Black” (although black clouds are generally not a good thing, right?).

One thing is for sure, whether it’s social, mobile, cloud, analytics, Big Data or [insert secular megatrend here], two words we’re going to hear a lot of in 2013 are:  “re-imagine” and “disruption.”


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