In 2013, SaaS, Mobile and Big Data (the ‘Big 3’) have moved on from visionary ideas well into disruptive realities impacting IT. IT is no longer in denial, as they were for much of the last decade, and in fact are “leaning in” on all fronts. According to CIO Magazine’s 2013 CIO survey, more IT organizations are focusing on building better relationships with the lines of business, and are raising their game and engagement into LOB projects, particularly around SaaS selection, implementation, and integration.
I am excited to share the news that MuleSoft has acquired ProgrammableWeb. This combination brings together the world’s most widely used integration platform with the world’s most authoritative voice and community for APIs.
ProgrammableWeb was founded in 2005 and has been the pioneering authority on APIs, providing a comprehensive directory, daily industry news, analysis, case studies, tools and technical resources. By providing an independent voice for APIs, ProgrammableWeb has managed to foster the world’s largest and most active API-centric community.
So, why ProgrammableWeb and MuleSoft?
Earlier this year MuleSoft completed our second annual SaaS Vendor survey with our research partner THINKstrategies. The goal was to quantify the importance and impact of integration on the business execution by leading SaaS providers. One of the most surprising findings in the report is that SaaS Integration is now an Executive level concern. Like anyone else who has worked in middleware for the last 10-15 years, I’ve mostly heard from engineering and IT about the challenges of integration, given their involvement in solving these challenges directly.
As you probably know, Box.com released a new API last december. And as you also probably know, we’re old fans of everything Box (you might remember prior posts about how to move Salesforce files into Box and how to move your Facebook pics to Box). That’s why when we heard about this new API we couldn’t wait to start playing with it, so that now we proudly announce the new Box Connector v2.0!
This new V2 connector features 100% API coverage including new features such us:
I am excited to announce the general availability of the Mule 3.4 release. Mule 3.4 introduces new capabilities across Mule ESB, CloudHub, Mule Studio, Anypoint DataMapper, Anypoint Connectors, and the Anypoint DevKit.
The Next Generation Integration Platform
There are three main areas around which Mule 3.4 introduces innovations that we believe greatly change the traditional ways in which integration is approached.
Jason Mondanaro is the Director of Product Management at MetraTech, the leading provider of agreements-based billing, commerce and compensation solutions. As the leader of their SaaS billing product line Metanga, Jason works very closely with customers and engineering to develop best of breed billing applications for their diverse and growing customer base.
Last week we sat down with Jason to discuss the challenges the Metanga team encountered around SaaS integration, and the benefits they’ve seen to date working with MuleSoft as a strategic SaaS partner. As you’ll discover from our conversation below, many times the product or engineering leaders within enterprise software companies choose to build a ‘whole’ product themselves. Learn why Jason has a different opinion, and the strategic thinking that lead Metanga down the SaaS partnership route.
We are happy to announce that we moved the Mule project to GitHub. Since 2009 we have been using GitHub to host all our new projects, and Mule was the last standing project we had on SVN. We wanted to do it right, without losing any history, commits, etc, and it took us a while. We are finally taking this last step and sorry you had to wait this long to be able to fork Mule!.
Nowadays git gained popularity because of its flexibility. If you are not convinced by now you should probably read this wiki page.
Mario DeSousa is the lead SaaS Architect at MetraTech, the leading provider of agreements-based billing, commerce and compensation solutions. From the UI to the API, Mario is a key evaluator for technology and architecture decisions related to Metanga, MetraTech’s SaaS billing engine.
Last week we sat down with Mario to learn more about the technical criteria he evaluated CloudHub against, and the internal benefits that the engineering and product teams have seen to date as a part of the SaaS integration partnership. The integration app model powered by CloudHub not only passed Mario’s technical evaluation criteria, but it’s safe to say, it blew him away. Read on to find out why.
I’m really excited to announce the general availability of Anypoint Service Registry.
Anypoint Service Registry is a cloud-based multitenant governance platform designed for the new challenges of the enterprise. Built from the ground up to support hybrid environments, helping to connect the explosion of endpoints, APIs and services across on-premise systems, the cloud and mobile devices — all on a single platform.
Anypoint Service Registry makes it easy to catalogue and discover services, manage them throughout their lifecycle, monitor their utilization, and enforce standards, policies, and contracts. As a result you can focus on delivering new capability to the business much faster.
This is the most exciting time to be in the enterprise. When I started my career, I was usually asked to integrate to two types of applications: large legacy mainframe systems that had a team of ‘experts’ acting as gatekeepers and horribly customised enterprise applications that frankly nobody wanted to touch without a team of ‘experts’ to blame if things broke. There was nothing glamorous about my chosen vocation, yet I loved it. I wanted to figure out how to make these applications to better work together.