Gaurav Dhillon is the Chairman and CEO at SnapLogic, Inc., a cloud integration company that is 100% focused on delivering faster application, process and data integration in a single cloud platform. Gaurav was the Co-Founder and CEO of Informatica, which was purchased for $5.1Billion in early 2015.
icrunchdata speaks with technology thought leaders about what they are currently working on, defining moments in their career and what their interests are outside of the data. We recently caught up with Gaurav to ask him about what’s next for SnapLogic, the biggest risk he’s taken in his career and extensively traveling after stepping away from Informatica.
Gaurav, thanks for talking to us today. I’m going to jump right in…
I realized early on that a SaaS model (technically PaaS) was the right way to go and we “pivoted” away from on-prem/open source and bet the company on a cloud architecture that lets us have a single version of our platform for all customers. No software, in other words. In this way we connect apps and data for all our customers - no matter where it is, in the cloud, on-premise, in Hadoop or Spark.
Besides making that move sooner? Probably the other thing I would have done is to have focused on the enterprise sooner, as that is where most of the big hairy connection problems are.
25 My project was adding a security layer to a distributed operating system for banks.
Starting Informatica with a $75K Small Business Loan. Pretty well!
I took a whole year off. It was great to get away from technology and unplug, learn a new language as an adult and let some experiences catch up with me. I’d say a trip through Namibia was probably the highlight for me. All mankind came from there, and to see that up close was very spiritual and yet a reminder how alike all mankind is and how petty the differences often are.
Iceland had been on my mind for a while. And, I also want to get to Cuba before it gets too overrun but that may already be too late.
Andy Grove. Richard Branson.
Be impatient, but aware that big changes take longer and cost more than you plan -- but are worthwhile.
Gaurav, those are all of the questions that I have for you and that is a great way to end our discussion. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today.