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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, 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
  • 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.

8 Requirements for Citizen Integrators

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Create, Edit and Schedule – Citizen Integrators are going to expect to be able to drag, drop and connect.
  4. 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.
  5. Extensive Deployment Options – Cloud to Cloud, Cloud to Ground and Hybrid deployments must be supported.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.


Reinventing IT in the Digital Enterprise

PWC has launched a New IT Platform which has 5 key components:

  • IT Mandate
  • Process
  • Architecture
  • Organization
  • Governance

When it comes to the New IT Platform Architecture, PWC calls for an Integration Fabric. It’s a term I hear more and more from forward-thinking enterprise IT leaders who are looking for increased agility and the ability to rapidly connect data, applications and APIs.

Integration Fabric

This video features Mike Pearl, Principal from PwC’s Silicon Valley Practice, providing a good summary of the changing role of the CIO in today’s marketplace.

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