Posts Tagged 'integration'

Informatica Cloud Demo @ Dreamforce

Here’s a demo of Informatica Cloud @ DF10.

The SOA, ROI, VIP: Greg the Architect

Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of Greg the Architect until today? This is pretty funny stuff. The marketing guy and his iScream is particularly good.

The Right Time for Salesforce.com

I enjoyed this Forbes.com video interview with Informatica’s CFO Earl Fry and CIO Tony Young. It includes some great points about the business case for the AppExchange and how a CIO thinks about SaaS application adoption. It also highlights the importance of a data integration framework for managing mergers and acquisitions.

SaaS FUD: Security and Integration Top the List (Again)

Security and integration concerns top the list (again) of software as service fear, uncertainty and doubt, according to a recent Forrester survey:

Forrester: Why isn't your firm interested in SaaS?

This CIO.com article provides a good overview of the research report, with lots of quotes from analyst Liz Herbert. Here’s a good one:

“Some tools make it possible for non-IT roles to manage ongoing integration points (within reason), which appeals to business populations that are attracted to SaaS to gain independence from IT. However, sourcing and IT professionals should typically get involved to make sure that the integrations are cost-effective and avoid duplicating integration work being done elsewhere in the organization.”

Agreed.

The article also links to a thought-provoking article by Brian Sommer called, “9 Questions every SaaS vendor needs to be able to answer.” It’s a great summary of what’s on the minds of large enterprise CIOs when it comes to SaaS.

We’re a Sports Team, Not an IT Company!

Great quote from the CIO of the Dallas Mavericks:

“We don’t just sell basketball, we sell the total Mavs fan experience and the Informatica Cloud is a key enabler of our customer relationship management success. Informatica was recommended by salesforce.com to help us integrate as much of our data and centralize as many systems as possible, and we’ve been delighted with their support and product capability. We’re a sports team, not an IT company, and the Informatica Cloud has simplified our integration task while allowing us to focus on our core competency.

You can read the press release here. Best of luck to the Mavs tonight against the Spurs!

Drowning in Data: The Cloud Opportunity and Threat

These two headlines caught my attention today:

Whether you believe that Applications Don’t Matter or not, will the clouds accelerate or slow down the data flood? As one CIO on today’s SaaScon Cloud Integration Panel put it:   “Data isn’t born and doesn’t die on premise!” My sense is that we’re poised for the perfect storm… (sorry, the cloud cliches are just too easy!)

Check out these stats from the Oracle Applications User Group survey:

  • 42 percent require one to five full-time employees to maintain a “legacy application”
  • One in seven requires even more headcount, and 14 percent devote a tenth of their annual IT budget to maintaining such applications
  • 75 percent make up to five copies of live production data for non-production purposes

And based on the Sandhill.com survey, M.R. Rangaswami projects that:

“Large enterprises with 10,000 to 15,000 applications are considering moving 2,000-3,000 applications to the cloud over the next three years or obtaining them there as software as a service.”

The data problem is getting worse and the shift to SaaS, PaaS, and Infrastructure as a Service is happening more quickly than most people thought. This probably explains why integration was mentioned in every CIO and vendor session I attended today at SaaScon.  Cloud computing may be the solution to many of the application issues cited above, but if cloud integration isn’t prioritized and managed from the outset, you’re just heading towards a much bigger data fragmentation problem and you won’t be coming up for air anytime soon…

Finally an Integration Solution for Midsized Companies

I received an email from a software vendor today making this claim: Finally an Integration Solution for Midsized Companies.

The message was about fast delivery, low TCO, no programming, and simpler operations…..all good messages. The trouble is that the proposed solution from this vendor was an on-premise hardware appliance, not data integration delivered as an  on-demand service. It reminded me of a post I wrote a few months ago that still gets quite a bit of traffic:  Signs You Have Integration Appliance Reliance.  Midsized companies, more than any other segment today, are drawn to the benefits of software as a service (SaaS) data integration. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, some of the reasons that true mulitenant integration services are gaining momentum include:

  • Ease of use for non-technical users (minimal training, “set and forget” interface)
  • The ability to try before you buy (if you can’t sign up on and get started on their website, find out why!)
  • Subscription pricing model
  • Capital expense vs. operating expense

The trouble is that all vendor solutions are not created equally. Whether your company is midsized or in the Fortune 100, here are a few resources to help you select the right integration as a service solution:

Stuffing too much in a box

And most importantly, if you work for a midsized company with limited IT resources, be sure to select an integration solution that can grow with you as your data volumes and complexity inevitably grow. Performance benchmarks and scalability must not be ignored.

The bottom line: Don’t get “boxed” in to a short term data integration solution that you’ll quickly outgrow as your requirements broaden.

Somehow this image seemed appropriate…


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