Posts Tagged 'Jeff Kaplan'

Talking Cloud Integration at #DF13

Here’s a quick interview I did with Matt Childs from Vidcaster on the show floor at Dreamforce 2013:

Last week I interviewed Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies to get his views on the conference and what was announced. Some of the highlights are here. The slides we reviewed are below.


SaaS Videos from a Couple of #Cloud Gurus

Check out two great new videos posted by my friends at Host Analytics.

1) Dave Kellogg, who is now an Enterprise Irregular, talks about the SaaS model and why vendors are so focused on customer success. (And no, it’s not just that they’re nice people.)

2) Jeff Kaplan, who runs THINKstrategies and can usually be found speaking at a cloud conference or at an airport, talks about how the SaaS model has enabled IT organizations to play the strategic role they were meant to play in the enterprise. He also makes a stinging point about on-premises vendors hosting crappy apps vs. investing in real, multitenant cloud services.

Good stuff guys!

2012 Cloud Data Integration Trends

Ok, there’s a lot I know I missed (usage-based integration services and the role of a vibrant Marketplace come to mind), but here is my set of 2012 cloud data integration predictions:

  1. Get Ready for Data as as a Service
  2. True Cloud MDM will Emerge
  3. Analytics as a Service is Ready for Prime Time
  4. Enterprise PaaS Adoption Leads to Integration Platform as a Service
  5. IT as a Service: The Conversation Continues

You can read the complete post on the Informatica Perspectives blog.

I’d love to hear any feedback and input you might have on the topic. We discussed some of these and other trends in a webinar today with Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies: Doing Data Right in the Cloud – How the Best Companies are Getting it Done. Here’s the recording on YouTube:

Jeff Kaplan on Cloud Integration published a discussion I had recently with Jeff Kaplan, Founder and Managing Director of THINKstrategies. Not surprisingly, the discussion quickly turned to the importance of data integration to cloud success. I asked him why cloud data management is getting so much attention these days. His answer:

  • “First, because Cloud solutions are creating a new strata of resources that are generating and utilizing important data that is being layered on top of that which is being produced by organizations’ legacy systems and software.
  • Second, the data being generated by Cloud solutions can be accessed real-time and aggregated across multiple sources.
  • Third, capitalizing on this data is an important part of maximizing the value of the Cloud. Therefore, creating effective Cloud data management capabilities is essential.”
You can read the entire interview here.

2011 Cloud Predictions from Jeff Kaplan

’tis the season, so I thought I’d highlight a great set of predictions from Jeff Kaplan, from THINKstrategies: Look for New Shapes in the Clouds in 2011.

When it comes to cloud integration, he has this to say:

“Vendors that provide cloud integration tools and professional services, in particular, will be key acquisition targets because they represent a critical component in pulling the various cloud piece-parts together.”

Be sure to read Jeff’s full set of predictions (as well as cloud computing opportunities and challenges) here. He also published a good review of Dreamforce 2010 last week and had this to say about the industry at the conference:

Dreamforce 2010: Jeff Kaplan – The Evolution of Dreamforce, THINKStrategies, SaaS Showplace and The Best of SaaS Awards from DreamSimplicity on Vimeo.

Another Cloud Integration Acquisition

There’s been a lot of buzz this week about the surprising acquisition of Boomi by Dell. First of all, I’d like to personally congratulate the team. If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I agree with what Boomi CEO Bob Moul refers to in his summary of the acquisition as, “the real multi-tenant kind” of cloud integration. Frankly, I’m also happy to see that Bob is still able to get his message out in unfiltered blog posts. He and co-founder Rick Nucci have always done a great job in getting their message out through social media channels and I hope that continues.

Here are a few interesting observations from industry analyst on the announcement:

Phil Wainewright: Panic Buying Spree Hits Cloud Integration:

“When the shelves have been cleared of cloud integration vendors, where are customers going to shop for platform-neutral integration? Perhaps it’s idealistic of me, but I have this notion that middleware works best if it has a Switzerland kind of role rather than being tied to specific platforms.”

Jeff Kaplan: Dell Forays Into Data Integration Market With Boomi Acquisition:

“It will be interesting to see if Dell is able to do a better job assimilating and growing Boomi’s business than it has with some of its previous Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) acquisitions — Everdream, SilverBack Technologies and MessageOne.”

Jeff Kaplan: Wanted, Data Integration for Cloud Computing:

“So, why is data integration so important? Because there is an explosion of data being generated from a widening assortment of sources, and data integration is key to pulling it all together. In particular, a growing number of organizations of all sizes are adopting cloud-based SaaS solutions that must work with their legacy applications and databases. This challenge is compounded by the proliferation of new sources of data, such as social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and the need to move valuable data to more mobile end-users “on demand.””

Watch this space for updates.

Master Data in the Cloud?

Interesting article in Computer World today: IT Moves to the Cloud, Anecdote by Anecdote. It got me thinking about what will move to the cloud and when. Last year at Dreamforce a number of people in a panel session hosted by Jeff Kaplan from THINKstrategies mentioned that they’re thinking about MDM in the cloud. As people get ready for this year’s event, I thought I’d put up a poll to find out when your company will (or will not) consider moving master data to the cloud:

If the topic of MDM is new to you, Wikipedia has a pretty good overview.

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