CONNECT 2014 is approaching fast! With over 15 customer case studies and 30 breakout sessions, it can feel a bit overwhelming.

The best way to plan your journey to CONNECT is knowing what you’re interested in.

If you’re interested in hearing from thought leaders…

don’t miss the keynotes! CONNECT will host leaders from some of the most innovative companies, including:

  • Ross Meyercord, CIO Salesforce
  • Jay Vijayan, CIO Tesla
  • Ben Hayes, CIO Box
  • John Collison, Co-Founder Stripe
  • Ross Mason, Founder MuleSoft
  • Uri Sarid, CTO MuleSoft


If you’re interested in hearing from customers…

don’t miss our 15 customer case studies, where you’ll hear from customers on how they drive customer engagement, amplify the pace of innovation, and create new revenue channels through integration.

In my post yesterday, we did a brief introduction to the migration pattern. Today we are going to do a similar overview of the broadcast pattern which is a kinetic version of the migration pattern.

Pattern 2: Broadcast

What is it?

Broadcast can also be called “one way sync from one to many”, and it is the act of moving data from a single source system to many destination systems in an ongoing, near real time or real time, basis. Typically “one way sync” implies a 1:1 relationship and to us it is just a instantiation of the broadcast pattern which is a 1:Many relationship, hence we chose the name broadcast even though it will manifest itself as a 1:1 in many integration applications like our Salesforce to Salesforce templates that we recently made available.

Hi all, in this post I wanted to introduce you to how we are thinking about integration patterns at MuleSoft. Patterns are the most logical sequences of steps to solving a generic problem. Like a hiking trail, patterns are discovered and established based on use. Patterns always come in degrees of perfection with much room to optimize or adopt based on the needs to solve business needs. An integration application is comprised of a pattern and business use case. You can think of the business use case as an instantiation of the pattern, a use for the generic process of data movement and handling. In thinking about creating templates, we had to first establish the base patterns, or best practices, to make templates atomic, reusable, extensible, and easily understandable.

When thinking about the format of a simple point to point, atomic, integration, one can use the following structure in communicating a Mule application:

Companies are looking to connect to their customers while leveraging customer data across the business to make more informed decisions. As organizations drive digital transformation initiatives to cater to today’s online consumer, there is a massive need for businesses to connect to their customer’s in an holistic way.

Most companies turn to CRM solutions to get a better view of their customers, but it’s not as simple as selecting a single CRM system. It takes defining an architecture that is able to span multiple systems, collecting the most important data from each system and presenting it appropriately in the CRM system. Many companies not only have multiple systems with customer data, but in many cases have multiple CRM systems, either by choice, by legacy or by acquisition. In companies with multiple CRM systems, or multiple instances of the same system, allowing customer information to flow from one instance to another is a major challenge.

Today, it is completely common to even have multiple Salesforce instances for a variety of reasons, which is why MuleSoft has created a set of Anypoint Templates to solve common Salesforce org to org integration challenges. Anypoint Templates from MuleSoft address Salesforce integration challenges, while leveraging a proven, optimized framework. They simplify your integration needs and help you connect applications more quickly by configuring or extending integration flows, or starter applications, we have created. All of these can also be expanded to support common integrations between Salesforce and other CRM systems with Anypoint Studio.

Below we illustrate some of the most common reasons to have multiple Salesforce instances, and how our Salesforce to Salesforce templates can help:

In this post, I wanted to give an analogy around how to think about API’s, connectors, and integration applications. This is something that can be confusing when you first start working with or building integrations since the definitions of applications and connectors are relative terms which means that they differ in the application space vs the integration space. Let’s say that you want to connect your laptop to your TV so that you can watch some YouTube videos. What would this look like using the terminology used in the integration space?

Shohil Kothari on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What’s your connected world?

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We asked you to describe a connected world, and received some great responses!

Here are a few of our favorites:

 

 

 

A Step-By-Step Guide

SaaS applications like Salesforce have proven to be highly disruptive for many .NET architectures.  In this multi-part blog series, we’ll demonstrate step-by-step how .NET-centric organizations can use existing assets (e.g. legacy .NET applications, SAP) to maximize the value of their Salesforce investment without disrupting underlying code.

Scenario:

In Part 1 of this blog post series we will explore a scenario that has an Auto Insurance company building quotes that allow customers to evaluate their premiums.  As part of this process there are some complicated quote calculations that must take place. These calculations take into consideration a customer’s age, driving record, level of education and location. These calculations are proprietary to the organization, provide a competitive advantage and have broad impacts if mistakes are made while building the calculations in the Quote system.

mule in action second editionA good part of the Mule community has learnt to use Mule with the first edition of Mule in Action. With the advent of Mule 3, there has been huge demand for a book covering the latest improvements, best practices and lessons learned in the trenches.

Mule in Action, Second Edition, released by Manning Publications after two years of intense work, hopes to fill this need.

In this book you can find:

In 3.5 we introduced the concept of domains in the Mule container. You can now set up a domain and associate your Mule applications with a domain. Within a domain project you can define a set of resources (and the libraries required by those resources) to share between the applications that belong to the domain.

Within the mule-domain-config.xml you can define a JMS broker connector that can be reused by all the Mule applications that belong to that domain.

This way, you can share a jms caching connection factory and reuse jms client resources with the consequent optimization of resource consumption.

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!

If you’re interested in Integration and APIs, don’t miss CONNECT 2014 – the event behind the integration revolution!


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