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Wayne Eckerson

Welcome to Wayne's World, my blog that illuminates the latest thinking about how to deliver insights from business data and celebrates out-of-the-box thinkers and doers in the business intelligence (BI), performance management and data warehousing (DW) fields. Tune in here if you want to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies in this dynamic industry.

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

Data integration is bread-and-butter technology. Never glamorous or sexy, it holds the key to opening data to business users. Until recently, most data was tabular, stored in relational databases, and pumped in batch from one system to another. Today, data is multi-structured and increasingly managed by cloud applications. Data integration platforms that don't keep up with the times are doomed to an early obsolescence.

One data integration vendor that is determined to stay relevant among changing tides of data management is SnapLogic. The San Mateo, California-based firm offers a data integration platform that runs both on premise and in the cloud so it can connect any application or data source either inside or outside the firewall. The design, management, and monitoring tools run as multi-tenant applications from HTML5-based browsers and almost any SnapLogic functionality can be triggered by events or scheduled jobs via its REST API. Moreover, the product manages multi-structured data using JSON rather than forcing data flow through a tabular format.

SnapLogic derives its name from pre-packaged data connectors that "snap" together in visual data pipelines in its design tool. SnapLogic offers hundreds of snaps for just about any application or database, both in the cloud or in the data center. The company is also venturing into big data integration with its Hadoop-based offering called SnapReduce 2.0 and pre-built data integration templates that support core processes, such as order to cash or source-to-target data flows from various source systems into Amazon Redshift.

For more information, see www.snaplogic.com

Posted August 15, 2014 3:26 PM
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