Arsenal Football Club is one of the most famous football teams in the world. It has over 100 million fans worldwide and sees its international fans as key to its further success, and wants to create amazing experiences for the fans when they come to Arsenal’s home stadium in London.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but this year retailers noticed that customers aren’t spending the bulk of their holiday budget on Black Friday as they have in the past. Instead, shoppers are spreading their purchases throughout the pre-Christmas period, and are shopping online, whether on desktop or their smartphones, more than in the past. This shift has made it difficult for retailers to track and learn from shoppers’ habits during the holiday season.
I’m pleased to announce the next release of our development tools, Anypoint Studio 5.4, as well as the next version of our runtime, Mule 3.7.3. This release includes a number of great new productivity improvements for Mule developers, including a new graphical mapping tool for DataWeave, a migration assistant for DataMapper, a new, more modern look and feel, bundles MUnit 1.1, and an improved palette.
One of the challenges that fast-growing enterprises face is building an IT infrastructure that meets the needs of both today and the future. Faced with the same challenge of rapid growth at MuleSoft, we have deployed our own tool, Anypoint Platform, to decouple core systems and enable the automation of core business processes.
We recently introduced our HowTo blog series, which is designed to present simple use-case tutorials to help you as you evaluate Anypoint Platform. This first blog in Series 1 will show you how to insulate your backend systems like databases by exposing a system API using SOAP over HTTP. The principle behind this approach is our API led connectivity methodology, which is an evolution of SOA.
The term “SOA governance” has taken on the connotation of a select group of people coming together periodically to talk about SOA topics, establishing a policy which is dutifully documented, and then disappearing back to their ivory towers without making much impact on the business. But the notion of governance is becoming ever more important as businesses adopt SaaS technologies and initiate mobile, big data, and IoT initiatives. Suddenly those responsible for SOA policy can’t exist in their ivory towers anymore; every aspect of the business needs access to those policies, and those policies now touch everyone in the business. SOA governance therefore is evolving from a largely internal function for IT teams to one that extends to external audiences.
In April 2013, hackers hijacked the Associated Press’ Twitter account to post one fake tweet about two bombs exploding at the White House and the President being injured. As a result, the stock market went into a 143-point free-fall before the hoax was exposed and Dow Jones Industrial Index recovered. The entire episode may have only lasted 3 minutes, but thanks to programmed trading, billions of dollars can be made or lost in milliseconds. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure how much real damage was done during this episode since the Dow’s recovery didn’t necessarily unwind the losses many incurred when that hoax erased more than $136 billion in market value.
There are numerous great reasons for using Anypoint Platform at MuleSoft. You might even assume that inside the company there would be little competition. But like many organizations, using Anypoint here required competing with the inherent desire people have to use custom code for integrations.