Search “IFTTT for the Enterprise” and you’ll see that almost every week now there’s a new cloud service/vendor being launched that has cracked the code of balancing data integration simplicity with power. Search “Data Preparation” and you’ll see a new category of vendors that are now positioning themselves as ABETL (Anything But ETL). You even see SAP embracing simplicity, but many long-time customers and pundits certainly see that as mission impossible.
I wrote a post last week about the rise of the Citizen Integrator on the SnapLogic blog now that “simplicity is the new black” in the new world of DIY data access, integration and management. Here are a few requirements that I think are going to be essential ingredients:
- Single Sign On– If you want more people using the tool, it’s going to have to be as easy to access as other cloud applications.
- Cloud-Based Design Environment – Many of the integration tools out there continue to rely on eclipse-based developer tools or last generation’s on-premises tools. These are hardly going to attract the new breed of Citizen Integrator.
- Create, Edit and Schedule – Citizen Integrators are going to expect to be able to drag, drop and connect.
- Broad Connectivity – Maybe this goes without saying, but integration tools must be able to connect to cloud and on-premises applications, databases, files, and big data sources.
- Extensive Deployment Options – Cloud to Cloud, Cloud to Ground and Hybrid deployments must be supported.
- Configurable, Re-Usable Patterns – Don’t make me re-invent the wheel. Give me some starter templates and allow me to share them with others.
- Mobile Monitoring – There’s an app for that! As Salesforce1 now allows me to run my business on my phone, integration should also be turned into an app for specific use cases.
- Online Training, Tutorials, Community – It’s no secret that SaaS and community go hand and hand. DIY developers are going to want to find what they need with a few clicks.