Using APIs to build a great architecture

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As we often say, APIs are the way to connect applications, data, and devices that will give your organization greater agility and flexibility. We recommend an API-led approach to connectivity that will enable your business to take advantage of digital transformation. But how does API-led connectivity work from an architecture perspective?

Software company Perficient has put together an excellent overview of our three-layered approach to API-led connectivity, highlighting the three layers:

  • System APIs

“Polishing the status quo won’t protect you from disruptors”

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There are very few industries that aren’t going through digital disruption right now, but perhaps one of the most profoundly affected by the digital revolution is the retail industry.

In MuleSoft’s recent Connectivity Benchmark Report, fully 100% of retailers surveyed said they were embarking on digital transformation activities. This is because there is a sea change right now in how people shop. Australian publication iStart highlighted that there had been a 50 percent decline in visits to physical stores over the Christmas shopping period over the last five years, as people switched to online alternatives.

Batch improvements in Mule 3.8 – Mutable commit blocks

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Hello there! If you’ve been using Mule for a while now, you probably remember that the batch module was introduced back in the 3.5 release. If you’re not familiar with it, you can familiarize yourself by following these links:

A brand new look for Anypoint Platform

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When you log in to Anypoint Platform, you’ll notice some changes have been made, providing a more clean, modern, and consistent experience throughout the platform. In addition to cleaning up the layouts, we have optimized the products so that navigating the various areas within a product is easier and more clear, and so that important information is prioritized.

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In this latest release, the MuleSoft Product team has rolled out several enhancements to Anypoint Platform:

Connect Marketo to anything

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Marketo’s out-of-the-box, bi-directional integration with Salesforce.com keeps both Marketo and Salesforce in sync all day, every day – providing marketing and sales teams with the power to drive more revenue for your company. The Marketo Marketing & Lead Management solution is available for download from the Salesforce AppExchange.

But what if you need a custom solution? What if your organization uses of multiple Salesforce and Marketo instances? Learn how MuleSoft’s Anypoint Connector for Marketo allows developers to easily connect to Marketo’s API and design complex integrations within hours.

Our customers get it done faster

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Time and again, we hear from our customers that the biggest business advantage that they can have is speed. They want to reduce their time to market, they want to spend less time building integrations and more time developing new products, and they want to create new experiences for their customers as quickly as possible.

Announcing Mule 3.8: A unified runtime for integration and API management

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As part of our upcoming Anypoint Platform June 2016 announcement, we are excited to release Mule 3.8. This release extends the flexibility of Mule, the runtime engine of Anypoint Platform, by unifying integration and API management capabilities into one lightweight distribution. It also significantly enhances core Mule functionality including DNS round robin load balancing, DataWeave Flat File, Fixed Width and COBOL Copybook support, Mule HA improvements, and more.

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Anypoint Studio 6.0: Bringing together capabilities across the API development lifecycle

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As part of our Anypoint Platform June 2016 announcement, we are excited to release Anypoint Studio 6.0. We know API development, system orchestration and connectivity are increasingly intertwined tasks. This release is all about unification — with a goal of making our users even more productive in accomplishing these tasks.  Anypoint Studio 6.0 provides everything you need to design and build APIs in a single, powerful and newly redesigned IDE.

All API-related use cases in One single design environment

Your checklist for CONNECT!

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CONNECT, MuleSoft’s conference focused on digital business, will be here in less than a week! Are you ready for the event? Here’s your checklist to make sure.

  • Register for CONNECT, and do it quickly, before tickets sell out! Make sure you use the code (mktg-blog-10) for a 10% discount on the ticket price.
  • Book a hotel room. Rooms fill up fast, so don’t procrastinate.
  • Review the agenda and add sessions you’re interested in to your calendar.

Production Lifecycle for IT operations: Anypoint Platform vision and June 2016 updates

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According to a May 2015 survey conducted by the Harvey Nash Group and KPMG, 59% of CIOs and other IT executives face a skills shortage. In parallel, the goals and demands of the business continue to rise, which is forcing CIOs everywhere to do more with less. The need to build, deploy, and maintain applications and APIs at a faster rate, with a lighter focus on setup and training and a heavier focus on making sure the business is running smoothly is apparent.  To deliver on this need, CIOs need a platform that provides meaningful and correlated data and helps users make faster decisions and navigate platform usage efficiently.