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Cloud Integration Services for Salesforce

Here’s a brief presentation from this week’s destinationCRM webinar.

Cloud Data Integration Discussion

Check out this interview with Dr. Chris Boorman over on the BeyeNetwork. He very succinctly defines cloud computing as “computing that is beyond the firewall of an enterprise.” He goes on to break “the cloud” down into the following categories:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

As “the cloud” further fragments enterprise data, he stresses that “data is the DNA of a company” so  it is important to be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do you remain in control of your data?
  • How do you ensure that the data and the apps you’re running beyond the firewall are synchronized with the applications you have within the firewall?
  • How do you trust your data?

What should an enterprise look for in cloud data integration?

1.  An organization that:

  • Understands cloud computing and is viable
  • Offers choice to solve the problem from within the enterprise (inside-out), Or from outside the enterprise (outside-in)
  • Has a track record of customer success in providing cloud data integration

2.  Technology solutions that:

  • Provide simple self-service browser-based solutions for business users while providing IT with the overall visibility of who is doing what with the data
  • Reside where the data exists – either alongside the SaaS application, or on the IaaS platform, or on-premise
  • Share metadata across SaaS, IaaS and on-premise in order to remain in control of all distributed data assets wherever they reside

Listen to the entire interview here and learn more about cloud data integration here.

Salesforce to Salesforce Integration

Here’s a cloud integration demo that I think is pretty interesting – how to easily integrate one Salesforce instance with another. The use case might be an enterprise account looking to consolidate departmental implementations or an acquisition that results in the need to unify two disparate orgs.

Other use cases? A useful example of Salesforce integration? Let me know what you think.

More information is available here.

Cloud Computing: The Next Wave of Data Fragmentation?

I like this quote from a wide-ranging article about information overload and data integration:

“…cloud computing also represents the next wave of data fragmentation. As an example, any customer that uses will have all the sales-opportunity information managed in the cloud by that site. Now, that same customer, in order for them to answer a very simple question such as, “Did we actually get an order from a customer,” or, “How much did we pay the sales reps,” would have to integrate information from with all the management information that is typically in some on-premise application, with sales compensation information that is also managed on-premise.”

The good news is that the software as a service (SaaS) model is now more often than not seen as a friend of IT, instead of a foe. While this really depends on the company culture,  the current economic climate and pressures to reduce operational costs and risk are forcing even the most old-school IT organizations to develop new vendor sourcing and management strategies. The SaaS model, with subscription pricing, fast implementations, and lack of reliance on hardware and software on premises, is freeing up IT resources and fundamentally changing the dymanics of all aspects of enterprise software.

For example, the SaaS model has fundamentally changed the process of software evaluations and purchasing. Line of business (LOB) users are now often driving the technology purchase and the implementation process and, in some cases, they are bypassing the IT organizations altogether. So how do you ensure that your SaaS/cloud strategy is a lightening rod for revenue growth, cost savings and business alignment and not just another data silo bandaid that will deliver short term LOB gain, but result in long term IT pain?

The first step: DON’T WAIT TO INTEGRATE.

Develop a comprehensive SaaS integration strategy and choose the right cloud-based data integration solution. This is critial to avoiding further data fragmentation and it’s critical to success in the cloud.  I’ll write more about what to look for in an integration as a service solution in future posts. Also check out, “Data Integration in the Clouds Becomes More Valuable” for a good overview.

Salesforce Data Loader Demo

Check out this Salesforce data loader demo from Jeff Douglas, a senior technical consultant from Appirio.

More details available here.

FTP Data Integration in the Cloud with Salesforce

Here’s a new demo of FTP cloud data integration with Salesforce. As this these 5-star AppExchange reviews note, the cloud-based data integration solution is, “simple, robust, and easy to use.”

A Window Into Salesforce Data Management

Here are the slides from yesterday’s cloud integration webinar. The session included a fairly comprehensive demonstration as well, so if you missed it be sure to check out the recording here.

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