Last Wednesday I went to the MuleSoft Summit in Amsterdam to learn more about Mulesoft and their vision for the future of integration. The following topics / presentations were given during the day:
- API-led Connectivity: Driving Digital Transformation - Guy Murphy, MuleSoft Solution Principal - Strategic Accounts EMEA
- Lean Systems: Our experience in integration industry - Stijn Decneut
- Hybrid Integration Platform: Foundational Infrastructure for a Digital Business - Guy Murphy, MuleSoft Solution Principal - Strategic Accounts EMEA
- API-led Connectivity - Paul Crerand, MuleSoft Director Solution Consulting EMEA
- "How" to enable Digital Transformation - Nick Cochran, MuleSoft Senior Director EMEA Customer Success
- Anypoint Platform: High-Level Roadmap - Paul Crerand, MuleSoft Director Solution Consulting EMEA
Of course these cover lot of content, so I will write about a few 3 industry trends that I found interesting. But first, a bit more on Mulesoft!
MuleSoft is a software company headquartered in San Francisco, but have offices around the world (including Amsterdam). Started in 2006, the company's Anypoint Platform of integration products are designed to tie together software as a service (SaaS) and on-premises software.
Mulesoft is also the only leader in all three Gartner Magic Quadrants:
Three new industry Trends
1. SOAP (WSDL) vs. REST (RAML)
Some organizations think that REST is still just for mobile and performance gains, however that is simply not true. It can be said that one reason SOA failed is that services were build for the consumer, and not for the customer.
SOAP’s pitfall is that it has become way too complex and is not human readable. Consider the example below:
- Customers don’t care about servers.
- Customers don’t care about policies.
- Customers work with whoever is the most (capable &) convenient, at that moment.
Just because you create it does not mean someone will use it.
When designing your API’s focus on your core business capabilities, and expose them as conveniently as possible. REST APIs can make connecting to a business as convenient as browsing their website. Just compare above example to below:
2. The new role of IT
"By the end of 2017 Demand for Enterprise Mobile Apps Will Outstrip Available Development Capacity Five to One" - Gartner
Thus, IT can no longer build the apps, IT must govern and supply the data (via API’s).
So, how do you get started on this? This leads to industry trend number 3...
3. Hybrid Integration Platform
- Enterprises have access to unprecedented amounts of data. Where are the API’s?
- “Everything will be digital and everything will connect.”
Hybrid integration platform (HIP).
“A hybrid integration platform is on-premises and cloud-based, integration technologies securely connected so that it supports the integration of on-premises endpoints, cloud endpoints and the combination of the two, for all integration patterns.” - Gartner
Thus, modern enterprises need to have a HIP strategy. There are different ways to tackle this, but of course the Mulesoft recommendation is to use their Anypoint Platform: “One Platform to connect any application, data source, or API, to support HIP needs”
iPaaS Platform Features
- Integration Services Development Platform Governance Platform
- Life Cycle Management Platform
- Content Marketplace Collaboration
- Monitoring, Management, and Administration
- Secure Connectivity to On- premises Platform
Application Integration Suite Features
- Communications Transformation
- Orchestration Intelligent Routing Adapters
- Legacy B2B Gateway
- Monitoring, Management and Administration
API Management Platform Features
- Policy Management
- Security, SLAs, ...
- Policy Enforcement
- Central PAP, Distributed PEPs
- Security Extensions
- Token Mapping, Redaction
- Management of Traffic
- Messages Interfaces
- Developer Support API Customization
All in all I enjoyed the day, and I am looking forward to start playing and learning more about the Mulesoft Anypoint Platform!