CMI – Top 500

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2018 Top 500 Companies in the North Bay

CMI earned the distinction of being one of the top 500 revenue-producing companies in the North Bay. This annual distinction is awarded in the North Bay Biz 500 special edition and can be viewed online. We are very proud to be amongst a strong list of top producing companies in the San Francisco North Bay.

We would like to thank our Clients and Partners for their continued trust in us throughout our 40 years of business. We still obsessively drive our mission of serving our Clients with a spirit of long-term partnership and mutual success. The entire CMI team looks forward to continuing to serve our San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento and Central Valley current and future clients for years to come. Thank you.

What Salesforce acquisition of Mulesoft means for your enterprise

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Your Data Integration and Analytics practice

You may have seen this week that Salesforce acquired Mulesoft for $6.5 Billion. I always like to think about “what does this mean to me?”.
To answer that we arranged a conference call with Richard Ganley, SVP of Digital Transformation with Informatica this morning. He has been with Informatica for more than 13 years and seen this industry evolve and shift each and every year.

First, here is a good article summing up Salesforce’s perspective:
Salesforce announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement to buy data integration vendor MuleSoft for $6.5 billion as the backbone for a new Integration Cloud.
With more than 1,200 client companies in 60 countries, San Francisco-based MuleSoft offers a platform for building application networks that connect apps, data and devices.

In a statement, the CRM-centered giant said the acquisition will allow it to “unlock data across legacy systems, cloud apps and devices to make smarter, faster decisions and create highly differentiated, connected customer experiences.”

The new Integration Cloud will offer an Integration-Platform-as-a-Service that is intended to let enterprises access any data anywhere.
Doesn’t Salesforce already have the capability to integrate data from anywhere?

Kelsey Mason, a senior analyst with research firm Technology Business Research, wrote in a blog post today:
While the front-office aspect of digital transformation is important, true enterprise-wide digital transformation cannot occur without access to back-office systems that Salesforce lacks within its own portfolio and the insights that come from those systems and solutions. Though Salesforce could acquire its way into the ERP market, legacy giants SAP and Oracle, as well as custom-built ERP systems, will continue to occupy the majority of large enterprises’ back office IT environments.

She added that MuleSoft’sAnyPoint Platform, which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, helps enterprises create and manage APIs (application programming interfaces) that can connect with legacy and cloud systems, as well as with the wide diversity of Internet of Things devices.
Analyst David Raab, founder of the Customer Data Platform (CDP) Institute, told me that it wasn’t clear yet what synergy Salesforce-plus-MuleSoft offers that wasn’t available before to a client that was a customer of both companies. But the ability to connect to the growing number of diverse Internet of Things devices, and to share data across vendors and enterprises, is now inside Salesforce.

Now let me paste in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant on Integration Platform as a Service:

You can see that Informatica is substantially above Mulesoft on Execution and also in front of Mulesoft on Completeness of Vision.

But wait there’s more …
Informatica also has the Gartner very top offering in Data Integration, Master Data Management, Data Protection, and Data Quality Platforms. Mulesoft does not.

Back to our call this morning, Richard Ganley has seen this before – with IBM’s acquisition of Cast Iron and with Oracle and SAP acquisitions. He believes that the breadth of Informatica’s offerings combined with the higher quality offering they have in iPaaS and the fact that Informatica basically invented Enterprise Data Management 20 years ago … that this acquisition may be a great thing. As Mulesoft (with their uniquely wonderful culture) get absorbed into Salesforce there will be “Change Capital Spent” at Mulesoft and acquisitions like this always come with risk of key people eventually leaving.

This acquisition could be one of the best things to happen to CMI just as we are starting to launch our Data Integration and Analytics practice.

The Legacy of the Inventor of Email

Remembering Ray Tomlinson

AtThis past month the inventor of email passed away. Ray Tomlinson died on March 5th but the legacy of his brilliance continues to shape popular communications. According to the Radicati Group, 100 billion emails are sent and received each day in the United States. That volume is up significantly from prior years and is projected to continue to increase into the foreseeable future.

While many of us have to deal with tremendous volumes of email (and spam) each day, it is remarkable that the innovation has universally been credited to one man. Specifically, Ray Tomlinson built the Arpanet and Telnet protocols (major achievements by themselves) but then wrote the first application to utilize Arpanet. He combined SNDMSG and CYPNET to create modern email. In fact, he actually was the one who decided that the now ubiquitous “@” sign would be used in the ‘user@host’ convention.

MIT celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2011 by naming the top 150 innovators and ideas that came from MIT. Ray Tomlinson placed 4th on that illustrious list that included Tim Berners-Lee as number one (world wide web), Eric Lander as number two (sequencing 1/3 of the human genome) and William Shockley as number three (solid state transistor). Tomlinson started his career in an IBM Internship before getting his graduate degree from MIT. In 1967 he went to work for Bolt Beranek and Newman (later known as Raytheon BBN Technology).

The fact that one man could elevate the humble “@” sign from obscurity to global fame is certainly interesting. A rags-to-riches story for a keystroke that typically requires a shift key to enable the alternate character set in order to even be accessed. Mr. Tomlinson gave the @ sign credit by saying:  “it is the only preposition on the keyboard.” NPR interviewed Tomlinson in 2009 and asked him what was written in that very first email that was sent. He said that it was completely forgettable as it was a string of random characters. We suspect that it is quite possible that you see a few of your emails each day in that same completely forgettable category. But imagine if there were no email at all for just one day and the global business impact that would create. Ray Tomlinson had a major impact on our lives.