SnapLogic this week unveiled a summer 2014 edition of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platfom that adds monitoring and analytics tools that allow organizations to track not only how much capacity is being consumed by the service, but also the data flows, tasks, data volumes and API calls.
In addition, the new release adds support for iOS applications and the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 single sign-on standard.
Finally, the summer 2014 edition also brings with it a new online community for Java developers and updates to prebuilt connectors, dubbed Snaps, for Salesforce, SAP, Workday, NetSuite, Oracle RDBMS, Amazon Redshift, Tableau, Twitter, SOAP, REST, XML, CSV and HDFS. New Snaps are now also available for Google Directory, LinkedIn Concur, Expensify, Xactly and Swagger.
Darren Cunningham, executive vice president of marketing for SnapLogic, says the thing that distinguishes SnapLogic most as a cloud integration platform is that it is designed to handle the integration of both applications and data within a single unified process. In contrast, most other integration platforms will link applications together, but will require developers to invoke separate toolsets to actually move data between applications.
As an integrated platform-as-a-service (iPaas) environment in the cloud, the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform provides a more agile approach to integration, including the ability to enable self-service capabilities to so-called "citizen integrators," Cunningham says. To appeal to that specific class of integrators, the latest release of the SnapLogic cloud integration platform also includes visual data mapping and pattern-recognition tools alongside a new expressions editor built around functions and properties.
At the moment, most of the data that needs to be integrated in the enterprise still resides on-premises. But as cloud application usage continues to grow, Cunningham says it’s clear that the center of gravity for integration of all types is moving to the cloud. Rather than simply moving the cumbersome integration processes used on-premises today, he says the cloud represents an opportunity to rethink integration from end to end.
Obviously, SnapLogic is not the only vendor pursing an integration opportunity that is rapidly shifting to the cloud. The degree to which any one vendor will be able to dominate that space remains to be seen. In all probability, there will be multiple centers of integration gravity strewn all across the cloud. The challenge facing developers and integrators will ultimately be how to stitch all those cloud integration frameworks together in ways that make it possible to scale new classes of distributed applications never previously thought possible.