Pablo La Greca on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

APIs: A new path to SOA

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Long ago, enterprise companies started using software to manage information across the enterprise. As the number of systems within the enterprise grew, the need to synchronize all these isolated systems emerged. From this came the need to find a solution allowing system-to-system communication, and the easiest approach for this was point-to-point integration. Soon, enterprises found themselves with several systems interconnected via point-to-point integration, resulting in a maintenance nightmare. Rather than being unified, each system had it’s own communication protocol – some were file based, others were databases, and if we were lucky, some of them used web services.

The mess began to look something like this:

Here’s our weekly roundup of the top 5 integration and API articles of the week.  Take a look, let us know if we missed any, and share your thoughts in the comments.  Don’t forget to follow @MuleSoft to stay up-to-date on integration & APIs!


Why Are We Still Talking About Software Integration?

Software integration used to be the customer’s headache in the days of on-premise solutions, but the cloud has changed all that. So why are we still talking about it?

 

Dark Matter in the API Universe

96% of the mass of the universe is represented by something we can’t observe – dark matter. In the API universe far more organizations are building private as opposed to public API programs. This is the dark matter of the API universe.

 

Happy Friday!

For this week’s Meet a Muley post, we thought we’d take it back to the Connectors team and introduce you to a newer Muley! Suchi Deshpande, Sr. Product Manager for Connectors, has a quirky sense of humor and focuses her time on keeping things connected. Despite coming from a mobile background, she’s settled into MuleSoft pretty well. When she’s not running around the office, she’s spending time perfecting her fighting technique.

First thought that came to mind when you looked into the mirror today?

  • I am definitely going to the gym… tomorrow.

How did you find MuleSoft?

  • Two words…Dan Ahmadi. He was my connection into MuleSoft. I used to be a Product Manager for Mobile Apps, so I wasn’t 100% sold on MuleSoft at first. But once I started doing the research and met the people, it quickly turned into a dream job scenario.

How did you first get interested in your field?

  • I had an excellent mentor in my first start-up. I always strive to be like her, but in a non-creepy way.

What exactly do you do?

  • Figuring out how to make the world one giant system… using connectors!

A typical Mule user can:

  • On-ramp in 5 days
  • Deliver projects 4x faster than traditional SOA
  • Deliver projects 8x faster than point-to-point approaches

What if you could deliver an integration project up to 8 times faster?  With the Anypoint Platform from MuleSoft, you can.  Join MuleSoft founder Ross Mason and Sr. Product Manager Steven Camina for a demo-driven walkthrough and discussion in, “Mule 101: Rapidly Connect Anything, Anywhere.” They’ll demonstrate how you can integrate faster with the Anypoint Platform by:

Here’s our weekly roundup of the top 5 integration and API articles of the week.  Take a look, let us know if we missed any, and share your thoughts in the comments.  Don’t forget to follow @MuleSoft to stay up-to-date on integration & APIs!

5 hybrid IT roles your business needs to succeed in 2014

It’s clear that 2014 will be dominated by the integration of big data analytics, cloud computing, mobile, and social media into the enterprise. But what are the best IT roles to push this shift?

  

 The Industrial Enterprise Internet of Things

Data is business and businesses themselves are data streams. Every aspect of the business represents a quantifiable piece of data. Welcome to the Industrial Enterprise Internet of Things.

 

Happy Friday!

For this week’s Meet a Muley post, we thought we’d take advantage of José Sahad being in the SF office for the week. José comes from Buenos Aires and is Lead Developer, or in more exciting terms, a Software Engineer on the Connectors team. Read on to hear about how he ended up in and his interesting quest for a cure to an all too common problem.

First thought that came to mind when you looked into the mirror today?

  • Where did the hair go?

How did you find MuleSoft?

  • Actually, they had the honor of finding me :] It was during a hiring event. My first thought was: “Why should I work for them? Everyone uses bittorrent now.”

Priya Sony on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Choosing a Cloud Integration Solution

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What to Consider

A little overview

Top business drivers across organizations manage IT projects that include SaaS to SaaS and SaaS to on-premises integration requirements. In the past, many of these businesses were able to overcome their integration challenges by implementing custom point-to-point integration. Now however, with more and more applications and data being run and managed in the cloud, point-to-point integration can’t keep up with business demands.

Selecting an integration technology to replace point-to-point integration, whether it be a tool or a complete platform, plays a critical role in the success of your business. Businesses should carefully consider a solution to solve SaaS and SOA IT projects, making sure all integration needs are met.

Damian Sima on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Working with Certificates

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As you probably know, one of the most common ways to secure communications over a networks is the use of . And although this is a great way to secure things, it can also be a pain.
In this post, I’ll share with you all a list of some of the most commons things encountered while working with certificates. I will also show you how to leverage certificates when working with Mule ESB. Finally, I’ll show you a quick hack that may save you some time when you are in a hurry.

Now what’s a keystore?

Java is shipped with the KeyTool, which is nothing more than a command line tool that allows you to create keystores. A keystore is the “secure” repository that Java uses to store the certificates. It’s basically a file that holds certificates, this file is what you’ll hock to you Java app so it knows how to encrypt and decrypt the messages.

Join Uri Sarid, CTO of MuleSoft this Thursday, January 30th as he reveals the secrets of a great API.

Much like a great UI is designed for optimal user experience, a great API is designed for optimal consumer experience. But what defines great consumer experience? And how can you deliver it consistently in every API you develop? In this session we’ll cover these topics in-depth and demonstrate best practices for developing great through collaboration.

You will learn:

  • Elements that define a great API consumer experience
  • How to consistently drive API design in every API developed
  • Best practices for API strategy
  • API design pitfalls to avoid

Presenter:

Uri Sarid, CTO, MuleSoft

Click below to register!

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4 Ways to Service-Orient API Deployments

API management is about , taken to the next level. The same practices and philosophies developed as part of SOA can also serve API management well.

  
 

 Google, Nest, and the $3.2 Billion API

The pundits are abuzz with Google’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Nest, a move that could take the tech giant further into your home, your habits and the way you live. In reality, we’re watching a great example of the API economy.