It’s that time of year again! Our team packs up and hits the road to meet with prospects, customers, and partners to discuss a challenge that both IT and businesses encounter in today’s competitive market – How to become a Connected Company?
The recent release of the Anypoint Connector for .NET opens up many opportunities for plugging into .NET based rules engines. Since the .NET Connector allows developers to call out to native .NET code, these rules engines can be easily integrated as a result.
Why do I want to do this?
Utilizing a rules engine promotes efficiency in system interfaces where some business logic needs to be executed and this logic can be frequently updated. You could wire all of this logic into your integration application via custom code or using several routers but these rules become difficult to maintain in code and may require several re-deployments as changes are introduced. Using a rules engine allows developers to decouple business logic from integration logic and as a result, rules can be easily maintained.
Anypoint Templates Library and Salesforce integration templates for Siebel and SAP
I am excited to announce the release of the next set of Anypoint Templates as well as a new way to find, access and utilize them. Made up of patterns (migration, broadcast, aggregation, bi-directional synchronization and correlation), objects (such as accounts or opportunities) and endpoints (Salesforce, SAP, Siebel, Database), templates address specific use cases and provide a launch pad for integration success. Anypoint Templates help you learn how to use MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform, leverage best practices and IP from MuleSoft, and ultimately, help you see success faster. Anypoint Templates are configurable, customizable, and extensible, making them both reusable and flexible.
The Connected Bank
For many banks, back office systems for such critical functions as deposit accounting, loan servicing, and payment processing have been in place for decades, running on huge legacy mainframes. According to industry analysts, IT departments spend 70 to 90 percent of their budgets managing and maintaining these disparate systems, leaving little left over for new initiatives.
In addition, with poor operational efficiency a barrier to growing revenues, banks have prioritized reducing exceptions, delivering transparency, and improving system interoperability to increase technology ROI.
I am excited to announce release 39 of CloudHub! This release is based on a lot of user feedback, and contains a beta of our redesigned user interface as well as one of our most requested features – CPU & memory.
We’ve been hard at work the last few months building a revamped user interface which helps you be more productive and integrates seamlessly with the Anypoint Platform for APIs. We’re excited to preview some of that work today. You’ll notice a clean, modern interface that makes it easier to get things done. For example, the the home page now provides easy access to your applications, settings, and logs at a glance. It now also has a handy summary of resource utilization and the number of recent transactions processed.
MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform vs. Microsoft BizTalk Server
1. Extensibility to Best of Breed
BizTalk Server promotes a tightly coupled model in which many of the services are bundled within the product. While this is great for compatibility it limits the ability of companies to use 3rd party applications that may provide better functionality. MuleSoft has built Anypoint Platform to be open and extensible to best of breed services and applications.
Included with Anypoint Platform are 120+ Anypoint Connectors for the most popular applications on the market, including Salesforce.com. Our broad partnership with Salesforce helps us deliver a secure, reliable, comprehensive integration.
When you’re not using pre-built connectors, MuleSoft’s DevKit allows your developers to quickly build Mule extensions that integrate directly with Anypoint Studio, the single graphical design environment for Anypoint Platform. This broad connectivity solution enables you to deliver integrations in days or weeks, not months.
I am very excited to announce the general availability of the Anypoint Platform for APIs July 2014 release. This release places a broad set of rich API tooling at developers fingertips, allowing them to address the entirety of the API lifecycle in a more efficient and effective manner. The release also enables API program owners to deliver a robust API platform that can easily integrate with existing enterprise assets. The significant set of enhancements introduced in this release revolves around three core themes.
360 degree API life-cycle
This new release unifies the user experience across the API lifecycle to streamline the creation, management and consumption of APIs. Now users of the Anypoint Platform for APIs can access all functionality of the platform through a single pane of glass for enhanced usability and visibility across their API programs. This means that API owners can design APIs, publish portals, manage and monitor their APIs and enable API consumers (i.e. application developers) to explore the published portals and register their applications – all in a single product, accessed through a single interface.
Unlocking the back office
Businesses strive to build closer relationships with customers to improve customer experience and ultimately, grow revenue. However, to better serve customers, sales teams need to have a wealth of information at their fingertips. Making data housed within back office enterprise applications available to the field is critical to businesses looking to cater to existing and potential customers. Moreover, access to this vital data enables sales teams to close bigger, better deals.
One thing I’ve witnessed over the last few months as I’ve worked with dozens of customers is that, despite the fact that companies already have hundreds and thousands of APIs (anything that is an “interface” is an API in my mind), companies are still adding more. This includes the thousands of interfaces exposed by an SAP or Oracle, or the hundreds of SOAP web services, FTP jobs, asynchronous batch jobs, newer REST APIs. And let’s not forget the companies that have been acquired or partnered with, and all of their interfaces from their internal systems.
So there is a no shortage of APIs – far from it in fact. So, a “lack” of APIs is definitely not a problem.
When are there going to be enough APIs?
Short answer: Never.