Hacking the Hackathon: Reviving the Old School Science Fair

May 26 2017

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It all started with a simple question from my boss: “Steve, would you like to be in charge of a hackathon at MeetUp?” On the surface, it seemed like an innocuous request since MuleSoft Engineering typically does hackathons about twice a year or so.  “Sure,” I thought. “I’ll just get the engineers to self-organize into project teams, order them some pizza, and then sit back and relax while the amazing projects come rolling in.” However, I quickly realized that there was much more to this hackathon than initially met the eye; it would take a considerable amount of careful planning and preparation by a dedicated team of people to pull it off.

Better Government Depends on Legacy Modernization

May 25 2017

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In 2016, the Government Accountability Office, a US government watchdog, published an account of the oldest government IT systems. The average age of those systems, which handle things like our nuclear forces, our weather satellites, and incidents involving hazardous materials, is 49.8 years. The oldest system, at 56 years old, is the Internal Revenue System that handles taxpayer data and handles refunds, which is  “written in assembly language code — a low-level computer code that is difficult to write and maintain — and operates on an IBM mainframe,” according to the GAO. So it’s no wonder that these legacy systems sometimes struggle to meet modern needs.

Digital Transformation: It’s not a question of “If”, but “How?”

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Market, technology and legislative trends have created digital transformation needs across industry verticals. The mandate for digital transformation is clear – the question that IT leaders must answer is not “If“, but “How?

Conversational Bot with Mule, Slack, API.AI & NLP in Minutes!

Is it possible to create a conversational bot, fully functional, using Natural Language Processing (NLP), in minutes? Good news, it is.

In this post we will show you how to start from the ground up, giving you everything you need to create your own basic conversational bot, using 100% free accounts and software (yes, all this power for free).

The free accounts and software shown in this post have some limitations and it is designed for you to understand and learn the basics of:

Meet a Muley: Colin Laird, Account Executive

May 19 2017

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I work on the Sales team in our Sydney office as an Enterprise Account Executive at MuleSoft focused on organizations in the Financial Services and Insurance industry in what’s called ANZ North. ANZ North is the New South Wales and Queensland regions within Australia. If you boil it back, my role involves two responsibilities:

  1. Represent what MuleSoft does in the clearest and most succinct way, thereby helping organizations identify and plan on making the most effective and strategic changes to their business

MuleSoft IoT: How to Use Mule Runtime to Light an LED Bulb

May 18 2017

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MuleSoft’s lightweight Runtime Engine can be used to expose microservices and APIs on any IoT device. In this post, I will demonstrate how users can use MuleSoft and a Python script to create a simple API that lights up an LED bulb 10 times in a loop. To get started, please refer to the requirements, video tutorial, and steps below.

Requirements:

Raspberry Pi 3, LED Bulbs, resistors, jumper wires, Mule server, and a breadboard.

Git Repository:

Mule IoT LED Project

The Composite Bank

May 16 2017

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Although we hear a lot about robots replacing jobs, most businesses are already well down the path of automation. Moving forward, businesses will continue to leverage advances in automation technology. However, the new frontier of competitiveness has shifted to product and service innovation. Success on this front goes to those able to create customer experiences that deliver insight and convenience. These experiences are created by understanding the lifestyle needs of mobile consumers, and strategically inserting services that satisfy these needs along the consumer’s path.

Top 4 Pitfalls of the Customer Experience

May 16 2017

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Read MuleSoft’s Connected Consumer Report to learn more about the disconnected consumer, changing consumer expectations, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for banks, retailers, insurers, and public service organizations.

 

We live in a world in which consumers expect on-demand and fully-connected experiences. Organizations cannot escape these expectations and the forces of digital disruption that come with it.

IT Q&A: Ask Ross Anything

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Earlier this year we published our Connectivity Benchmark Report research that surveyed 951 IT decision makers on whether they’ve been able to achieve their digital transformation goals, whether they will have enough resources to do what they want to do this year, and whether they can actually complete all of their projects..

Meet a Muley: Facundo de la Cruz, DevOps Engineer

May 11 2017

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What’s the most interesting problem you’re working on solving right now?

As a DevOps Engineer in our Buenos Aires office, right now, I’m working on a project monitoring system integrations. There are a few legacy solutions that will be deprecated, so I’m using some of the company’s automation tools to migrate all these checkpoints, monitors, and alarms to a new system. It’s a very interesting project because if your monitoring solution is generating a lot of alerts, people tend to ignore them; then one day a very critical alert could be ignored. This project allows us to integrate everything into one system, with very specific metrics, which helps ease the monitoring solution.