Category: Tech Ramblings

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!


APIs Are Bridging the Mobile App Gap

Mobile is the beginning of an entire new generation of businesses built around the customer, and the fuel of the next generation is the API.

 

The Internet Of Things: The Real Money Is The Internet, Not The Things

The Internet of Things is exploding, but the real opportunity is building pan-device business services.

The “Man-in-the-Middle” attack is such a well-recognized security risk, with established solutions and preventative measures in place that when I first heard about the recent ruckus around the Apple security flaw, I thought Apple’s trouble was more legal in natural, maybe some sort of royalties dispute between iTunes and the Michael Jackson estate. Only later did I found out what all the fuss was about “in the middle”, not “in the mirror”, and why I had to upgrade the iOS on my iPhone on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Regarding the specifics to Apple’s security flaw, there is already plenty of press coverage out there.  For example, David Auerbach wrote a great analysis over at Slate.com.

In this post, I’d like to illustrate how automated unit testing with appropriate code coverage could have detected that particular kind of error, the one caused by grammatically correct code that inadvertently invalidated the whole logic of the program. We will build the unit tests using the MUnit module, an open source Mule testing framework that significantly streamline and simplify the process of writing unit tests.

As companies adopt more and more SaaS applications, there is a pressing need to connect these applications to each other, as well as to legacy applications. Companies who don’t create connectivity between SaaS applications end up with information silos. Front office applications, without information from the system of record, don’t provide value. Back office data, if not surfaced in a system of engagement, is irrelevant.

What if you could connect all your SaaS and on-premises applications with a single platform? You could achieve a single view of your customer, across every application that touches the customer lifecycle. You could streamline your quote to cash office, removing error-prone, manual processes and accelerating the revenue cycle. You could unlock your back office by bringing relevant records and information into systems like Salesforce to bring value to your sales teams.

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!


Infographic: The API Economy Explained

Software is eating the world; APIs are eating software. So what is the API economy and how can you capture its value? Check out this infographic to find out!

 

Five Great API Ecosystem Lessons from Evernote

Building an API ecosystem into a platform is essential for joining the API economy. Evernote learned 5 important lessons on their path to “platformification”.

 
 

It sounds like the title for a fantasy movie, but Google, OAuth and the “confused deputy” is a very common issue. Wikipedia defines a confused deputy as “a computer program that is innocently fooled by some other party into misusing its authority. It is a specific type of privilege escalation” (complete article here).

The Wikipedia article shares an example of a compiler exposed as a paid service. This compiler receives an input source code file and the path where the compiled binary is to be stored. This compiler also keeps a file called BILLING where billing information is updated each time a compilation is requested. If a user were to request a compilation setting the output path to “BILLING”, then the file would be overwritten and the billing information lost. In this case, the compiler is a “confused deputy” because although the client doesn’t have access to the file, it’s tricked the compiler (who does have access) into altering the file.

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At MuleSoft, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to work on one of the most meaningful challenges in integration: interoperability across healthcare IT systems. Whether it’s ensuring that doctors have the information they need to make an accurate diagnosis or verifying a patient’s prescription so that they have access to medication, integration is core to a functioning health care system (indeed integration is often the root cause when there are problems, as those at Healthcare.gov can attest!).

HIMSS, the largest healthcare technology conference in the US, is where the two worlds of ‘today’ and ‘tomorrow’ meet, as the who’s who of the healthcare world gather to learn, share and inspire each other to achieve more.

The recent growth of SaaS applications, systems, and services in the market has greatly impacted how we approach enterprise architecture. Data now resides beyond the enterprise firewall and needs to be controlled and managed – a problem made increasingly difficult by the growing popularity of bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

Hybrid integration bridges the network divide between existing enterprise databases, warehouses, applications, legacy systems and SaaS, B2B, B2C, BYOD, and big data. It leverages new systems to make way for innovation, competitive advantage, and driving new business models, allowing on-premise applications to seamlessly integrate with cloud based ones. MuleSoft helps enterprises connect applications both on-premise and in the cloud, simplifying the integration process and allow for seamless hybrid integration.

Shohil Kothari on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant for iPaaS

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The way businesses use SaaS applications, systems and services has changed dramatically; having a solid integration solution in place is crucial for enabling seamless connectivity.  A couple weeks ago, we discussed the importance of choosing an iPaaS solution that fits your specific integration needs – not all businesses are created equally and what works for one organization may not work for another.  Properly evaluating a solution can have a huge impact on the success of your business.

With that in mind we thought it would be a good idea to share Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service. The report evaluates 17 separate vendors across numerous dimensions to help you choose the right cloud-based integration platform for your integration challenges.

View the report to discover why MuleSoft is named a Leader!

Included in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for iPaaS:

  • Expert perspectives on the iPaaS vendor landscape
  • Critical analysis of key differentiators
  • Latest developments in integration technology
  • Industry benchmarks and trends

Get the entire report today »

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!

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.