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[Infographic] Cloud Integration Drivers and Requirements

Here’s an an infographic from SnapLogic that reviews some the drivers and requirements for cloud-based integration, also known as Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), as well as reasons why legacy technologies won’t be able to keep up with the need for speed.

2015 Technology Predictions

I enjoy reviewing the predictions from technology pundits this time of year. I particularly appreciate it when industry analysts take the time to review their predictions from the previous year. Here are a few:

And kudos to Gartner’s Doug Laney for this post – A Look Back on My Information and Analytics Strategy Research from 2014, which also includes links to some of Gartners big data management predictions.

Speaking of predictions, here’s SnapLogic’s Gaurav Dhillon sharing a few of his predictions for 2015:

Avoiding Same Old Same Old (SO SO) Integration

I recently presented to the San Francisco data management association (DAMA) on The Impact of SMACT on the Data Management Stack. The presentation reviewed what we call the Integrator’s Dilemma, which is faced when legacy integration tools are no longer effective in the new world of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (SMACT) and summarized some of the drivers for changes to the modern data management stack. Check out the SnapLogic blog post for a review of the top 5 changes.

When it comes to avoiding Same Old, Same Old (SO SO) integration, the 5 recommendations are:

  1. Determine if you’re suffering from the “Integrator’s Dilemma”
  2. Review your Integration Competency Center / Center of Excellence practices
  3. Do an audit of your cloud applications currently in use
  4. Dig into Hadoop
  5. Investigate AWS Redshift other cloud data warehouse/ business intelligence / analytics options

The presentation is embedded below. Feedback welcome!

10 Reasons Why Old ETL and EAI Will Struggle in the #Cloud and #BigData Era

I recently wrote a post on the SnapLogic blog about the challenges legacy vendors are facing when it comes to managing the new data management challenges – whether it’s social, mobile, analytics and big data, cloud computing or the Internet of Things (SMACT).

The last point is probably the most important – Focus and DNA. When you’re on the inside, I compare it to the frog in boiling water story, but I think Aaron Levie, the visionary CEO of Box.com, put it best when he recently tweeted:

  1. Cannibalization of the Core On-Premises Business
  2. Heritage Matters in the Cloud
  3. EAI without the ESB
  4. Beyond ETL
  5. Point to Point Misses the Point
  6. Franken-tegration
  7. Big Data Integration is not Core…or Cloud
  8. Elastic Scale Out
  9. An On-Ramp to On-Prem
  10. Focus and DNA

You can read the entire post here.

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?

Influential Business Intelligence Blogs

In(tegrate) the Clouds was named as one of the 23 most influential business intelligence blogs today by Justin Heinze at BI Software Insight.  It’s a great list to be a part of – thanks Justin! It’s also helpful to get the Twitter handles of all of the bloggers.

Here’s the list, in no particular order I don’t think:

  • TechnoSocial Blog
  • Smart Data Collective
  • BI Analysis
  • In(tegrate) the Clouds
  • Upstream Info
  • AllformZ BI Blog
  • Forbes Blog: Bruno Aziza and The Tribulations of an Analytical Mind
  • B-Eye Network Channel: BI & Integration – Colin White
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Intelligence and Cultural Transformation: Peter James Thomas
  • Key 2 Consulting
  • Business Intelligence Products and Trends and B-eye Network Blog: Barney Finucane
  • The Data Doghouse
  • Meta Analysis
  • Ms. SQL Girl
  • Business Analytics News
  • Business Intelligence: Process, People, and Products
  • Decideo.fr: Francophone Community of Business Intelligence Users
  • BI Scorecard
  • TDWI: Business Intelligence Portal
  • Ventana Research: Perspectives by David Menninger
  • James Kobelius’ Blog

You can read the entire post with all of the links here. You can read more of my posts about cloud data and application integration on the SnapLogic blog.

Integration Innovation – Why Legacy ETL and EAI Vendors are Struggling

I wrote a post on the SnapLogic blog this week about the wave of innovation that is happening in the data and application integration market and introduced two new data management acronyms (like we need more, I know) – OETL and OEAI:

  • Old Extract, Transform, Load
  • Old Enterprise Application Integration

There’s no shortage articles (and books) on disruptive innovation and why it’s so hard for on-premises software vendors to transition to the new era of social, mobile, analytics and big data, and the internet of things (SMACT). Here are 10 reasons (some unique and some applicable to all mature technology vendors) why legacy data integration and middleware vendors are struggling to re-invent themselves:

  • Cannibalization of the Core On-Premises Business
  • Heritage Matters in the Cloud
  • EAI without the ESB
  • Beyond ETL
  • Point to Point Misses the Point
  • Franken-tegration
  • Big Data Integration is not Core…or Cloud
  • An On-Ramp to On-Prem
  • Focus and DNA

You can read the entire post here. Let me know if you agree / disagree – I clearly have somewhat of a bias.

Here’s a powerpoint I worked on in 2007 that continues to be appropriate today.


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