Software as a service (SaaS) sounds so simple. But the SaaS model gets complicated when businesses depend on multiple SaaS applications from multiple companies. The big challenge: How can an organization -- or a managed service provider -- coordinate data between multiple SaaS clouds? SnapLogic, an open source startup, is working to address that issue.
I met SnapLogic CEO Chris Marino during OSCON (Open Source Convention) 2008 in Portland, Oregon. Marino described a future where businesses rely on a mix of SaaS applications and on-premise applications.
Imagine this scenario: A company leverages...
- SugarCRM for hosted customer relationship management;
- Quickbooks for on-premise accounting;
- Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) for cloud-based storage; and
- SuccessFactors for hosted HR management.
If SnapLogic works as advertised, it could become a key tool for businesses and MSPs to more effectively manage structured data -- regardless of where the data resides.