cloud computing , cloud integration , Salesforce integration , Salesforce.com
Tags: #df13, Cloud integration, Dreamforce 2013, Internet of Customers, Jeff Kaplan, Marc Benioff, SaaS Integration, Salesforce.com, snaplogic, THINKstrategies
Here’s a quick interview I did with Matt Childs from Vidcaster on the show floor at Dreamforce 2013:
Last week I interviewed Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies to get his views on the conference and what was announced. Some of the highlights are here. The slides we reviewed are below.
cloud computing , data integration , Data Integration in the Cloud , Informatica
Tags: Application programming interface, Cloud integration, Cloud-based integration, data integration, Gaurav Dhillon, Informatica, SaaS Integration, snaplogic
Gaurav Dhillon co-founded Informatica in 1992 and ran the company until 2004. In 2006 he co-founded SnapLogic, a data integration start-up in San Mateo, California. In 2010 he took over as the company’s Chairman and CEO and re-focused the company on tackling the emerging cloud data and application integration challenge in the enterprise.
Today SnapLogic introduced the SnapLogic Integration Cloud, with a focus on three key areas:
You can read more about the Winter 2014 release of the multi-tenant integration platform as a service (iPaaS) here. Here’s a video of Gaurav introducing the company out summarizing the importance of the right approach to cloud data and application integration in the API economy. He’s also presenting on that topic on a GigaOM webinar with David Linthicum later this week.
In this video, SnapLogic CEO (and co-founder of Informatica) Gaurav Dhillon talks about the mission of his company and what’s changed in the data integration market.
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.
cloud computing , cloud integration , Data Integration in the Cloud , Informatica , PaaS , SaaS
Tags: Cloud integration, governance, ICC, integration competency center, lean integration, SaaS Integration, self-service
Today I moderated a webinar focused on Eliminating SaaS Sprawl with Cloud Integration. We focused on the usual challenges of silos and data fragmentation, but also focused on the opportunity to apply Lean Integration principles in a next generation integration Center of Excellence (CoE) or integration competency center (ICC). The conversation centered on the need for speed and business agility, while also maintaining strong governance and control in IT. What I call “Governed Self Service.”
David Lyle, co-author of the book on Lean Integration, pointed out that integration is a concept that mirrors the “just-in-time” (JIT) manufacturing principles of the automotive industry. With JIT manufacturing, the necessary components to assemble a car are sourced throughout the supply chain and brought onto the factory floor just before they are needed thus minimizing the amount of time a worker has to wait for the necessary part. Lean Integration transforms organizational processes and relies on leading-edge technology for automation and reuse to systematically reduce costs and accelerate delivery. His presentation summarized how the objectives of cloud integration are one and the same as Lean Integration:
- Eliminate waste
- Increase value for end-user customers
- Drive continuous improvement
Mark Murray from the Informatica Cloud team, then delivered a powerful cloud integration demonstration that focused on re-usable templates and the concept of having a central instance and sub-instances that can be deployed out to the divisions and lines of business, while maintaining centralized administration Pretty powerful stuff!
I’ve embedded the webinar in it’s entirety below:
AppExchange , Big Data , cloud computing , cloud integration , data integration , Data Integration in the Cloud , data quality , Informatica , PaaS , SaaS , Salesforce integration , Salesforce.com
Tags: #df12, AppExchange, big data, cloud computing, Cloud integration, cloud MDM, data integration, Dreamforce 2012, Informatica, Informatica Cloud, Josh Greenbum, mark smith, Master Data Management, SaaS Integration, Salesforce, Salesforce.com, SAP AG
Two things stuck out for me at Dreamforce 2012:
- What an amazing ecosystem Salesforce has built. The Cloud expo was packed with high-quality booths and there were over 3000 people at the partner keynote! Congratulations to the partner success team and kudos on the newly designed Appexchange.
- How important cloud integration / enterprise connectivity has become to Salesforce customers, partners and prospects. These two slides from that same partner keynote say it all:
When it comes to the back-office, Big Data Management apps top the list of Salesforce customer requirements. Oh, and by the way, all new cloud applications must connect across the business.
Today two post-Dreamforce 2012 articles caught my attention that address the need for cloud integration head on. In his post – Plumbing the Salesforce Clouds is Your Business, Mark Smith from Ventana Research notes:
“The challenges your organization faces with data are getting larger, and the financial benefits of data in the cloud, such as reduced TCO and reduced implementation fees, are substantive. Too much time and too many resources are wasted in manual approaches where data is transitioned inconsistently and incorrectly. Automation helps organizations rationalize their overall information management efforts.”
Joshua Greenbaum at Enterprise Applications Consulting has this to say his his article, Salesforce.com, Enterprise Platforms, and the End of the End of Software:
“And the tools are there, or on the way. Hence the refrigerator pitch, though it was interestingly devoid of details on just how easy it will be to build an integration framework that could tie together a Pandora-like pure cloud environment or a more common hybrid cloud/on-premise environment. But heck, that’s really hard. It took SAP years to get NetWeaver out of slideware mode and into simple and easy to implement mode, despite all their efforts. So I don’t expect Saleforce.com to settle this issue in just one Dreamforce. It will take a while, no doubt.”
I’ll write about the Informatica Cloud integration and MDM session later this week on the Perspective blog. In the meantime, I’ve embedded the slides below so you can see for yourself how three enterprise organizations have taken advantage of data integration, data quality and master data management technology to drive overall Salesforce adoption and success. It’s Big Cloud Data Management in action!
business intelligence , cloud computing , cloud integration , Informatica , SaaS , SaaS Business Intelligence , Salesforce integration , Salesforce.com
Tags: cloud computing, Cloud integration, Informatica Cloud, SaaS Integration, Salesforce analytics, salesforce backup, salesforce compliance, salesforce replication, Salesforce.com
I moderating a webinar last week that featured two great salesforce.com customers sharing their experiences with Informatica Cloud data replication. The webinar also featured a demonstration of cloud integration in action.
One of the customers shared their insights in this brief video:
Here is the recording of the cloud integration webinar:
And here are the slides:
cloud computing , cloud integration , data integration , Salesforce integration
Tags: AppExchange, application integration, cloud computing, Cloud integration, data integration, Google Insights, SaaS Integration, Salesforce integration, Salesforce.com, software as a service
I did a quick comparison on Google Insights on a few keywords I track and thought I’d share the results. A few observations:
- “Salesforce Integration” was first out of the gate in May 2006. This is roughly when AppExchange was first launched.
- “SaaS Integration” entered into the vernacular in 2008. About the same time the term “on-demand” died I suspect. SaaS integration hasn’t done so well as a term, however. I put in SaaS application integration and it only made matters worse. This was a bit of a surprise I must admit.
- “Cloud Integration” made a dent in October 2008 and has been on a steady climb ever since.
Google Trends has similar results. But when you go to Dice.com it’s a bit of a different story. There are:
But back to the keywords. I put in the terms “Data Integration” and “Application Integration“ to compare and they’re an order of magnitude greater than all three, albeit with a much longer history. Of note, however, is that the trend line for both of these more mature terms was on the decline for a few years but now seems to have leveled off somewhat.
Big Data , cloud computing , data integration , IaaS , Informatica , Oracle , PaaS , SaaS , Salesforce.com
Tags: big data, Cloud integration, cloudcomputing, Enterprise architect, hybrid IT, Informatica, Informatica Cloud, SaaS Integration, Salesforce.com, software as a service
Over at ITBusinessEdge, Loraine Lawson published a discussion we had recently, which was primarily focused on the Informatica Cloud Winter 2012 release. The conversation ended up getting into the topic of “hybrid IT.” I was asked if companies are really pursuing Private Clouds and had this to say:
“If you’re Salesforce.com, you say that private cloud is like a unicorn, it doesn’t really exist and it’s everyone liking the benefits of cloud computing but feeling like there’s too much risk in terms of security and data privacy and those sorts of things. At Oracle Open World, I had several enterprise architects come up to me and say there’s two things I want to talk about: cloud computing and Big Data. And I said, so you’re an enterprise architect and you’re trying to figure out a blueprint for your company? Absolutely.
When it comes to cloud, one guy went so far as to say, “We will not do any public cloud in our company. It’s going to be 100 percent private.” And then you ask him are there any SaaS applications in your business? “Oh, yeah, they’re all over the place.” Well, good luck, right? Good luck shutting all that down and going 100 percent private, it’s just not going to happen. That’s why I think it is going to be a mix. It is going to be hybrid, whether it’s public-private, whether it’s cloud and on-premise. Hybrid is the new black.”
Accurate? Way off? I’m interested in the discussion.
cloud computing , data integration , Data Integration in the Cloud , IaaS , PaaS , SaaS , Salesforce.com , SAP
Tags: application integration, cloud computing, Cloud integration, Gartner AADI, iPaas, PaaS, SaaS Integration
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.