I recently participated in an online web conference called Cloudcon 2015: Integration and Web APIs where I reviewed 5 signs you need better cloud integration:
- You’re Struggling with the Integrator’s Dilemma
- You Have Unintegrated Integration:
- You Thought Cloud = API Utopia
- You Still Have Swivel Chair Integration
- You’re Considering Going Back to On-Prem Due to Diminishing SaaS Returns
It’s a topic I wrote about in this blog post last year. Here’s the recording of the presentation, which also includes an overview of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform and a Q&A session with Vance McCarthy from Integration Developer News.
This week Carl Lehmann from 451 Research reviewed the trends, best practices and reference architecture for integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and hybrid cloud integration. Here’s the presentation, which also includes an overview of SnapLogic’s Elastic Integration Platform.
In 2009 I worked with data and application integration guru David Linthicum on a whitepaper called, “What to Look for When Evaluating Cloud Integration Solutions.” The 6 requirements were:
- True multitenant versus hosted offering
- Ease of use
- Try and buy / rapid deployment
- IT or LOB usability
- Vendor viability
While I don’t think I’d change this list too much in 2014, I’ve been putting together a series of posts on the SnapLogic blog summarizing the requirements of a modern integration platform. Now commonly known as integration platform as a service (iPaaS), the 6 primary requirements are:
- Fully-Functional Cloud-based Service (based on a Software-Defined Architecture)
- Single Platform for Big Data, Application and API Integration
- Elastic Scale
- Built on Modern Standards (REST, JSON)
- Broad Cloud and On-Premises Connectivity
- Self-Service for Citizen Integrators
Let me know if you agree or disagree with the list. I’ve embedded a demonstration of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform below if this is an area of cloud computing that is new to you.
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.