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.
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.
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.
In a recent study, MuleSoft partnered with THINKstrategies to quantify the impact integration has had on SaaS providers ability to acquire and support new customers in a growing competitive cloud landscape. View an infographic of the key findings or download the report.
For those Executives that would like to investigate if connecting to a third party application could help them grow their business, we’ve outlined a 3 step process to help quantify the opportunity.
Today MuleSoft and THINKstrategies have published the results from our 2nd annual SaaS Integration Survey. These results validate the growing interest we’ve seen from SaaS providers to build and offer integration as a part of their service. See below for the key findings and don’t forget to download the report today!
Interested in learning more? Download the full report.
You want to get more done in 2013 so you’re going to need to switch from synchronous to asynchronous processing to do more with the same resources. Mule started life as an asynchronous message engine and has a lot of capabilities and optimisations built in for processing data concurrently. To help you understand asynchronous processing in Mule we have created this cheat sheet that will help you understand the basics. Feel free to ask questions on this blog or on the forums. Enjoy.
Forget exercise and healthy eating, one of your New Years resolutions should be to do more stuff in the cloud. We’d like to introduce you to CloudHub, an integration platform as a service (iPaaS). It allows you to do things like deploy cross-cloud integration applications, create new APIs on top of existing data sources, integrate on-premise applications with cloud services. With Mule Studio - the user-friendly development tool – you can quickly build these integration applications and deploy to CloudHub with just a few clicks. This guide will help you learn the basics and get started developing your first applications.
Integration is becoming such a critical part of application development that we spend many of our cycles on making Mule easier for any developer to use. Mule Studio was built to address the needs of developers who don’t wake up every morning thinking about integration.
If you have used Mule in the last year there is a good chance that you have used Mule Studio. It is an Eclipsed based development environment for building Mule applications either visually or using the XML DSL (with full two-way editing). Mule Studio has become the preferred on-ramp to working with Mule. Of course if you prefer to hack in a text editor Mule continues to embrace Maven for command-line development.
It’s a pleasure for me to introduce the Mule Dropbox Connector. I’m sure you have heard of Dropbox and many of you have been delighted by its simple features, and now you can take advantage of them in your Mule applications.
Getting the Dropbox Connector
It’s really easy to start using this connector thanks to Mule Studio update site. To install it:
- Go to the menu Help -> Install new software
- Enter the connectors releases repository: http://repository.mulesoft.org/connectors/releases
- Select the Dropbox Cloud Connector available in the Community group
But there are a lot of use cases where this kind of cross domain HTTP request is desired, so developers came up with some workarounds:
- Server side proxy: the idea is to avoid cross domain requests in the browser by doing them on the server:To do that in Mule you can use the HTTP proxy pattern as explained in this post.