Building a modern B2B strategy with APIs and EDI

Modern supply chain management solutions often rely on both EDI and APIs. EDI is often seen as the business standard for B2B transactions, however, the use of APIs has become more prevalent, especially for real-time data transfer. Businesses aren’t forced to choose between using modern APIs over traditional EDI, as there are uses for both in B2B integrations. As businesses digitally transform, they must adopt a balanced strategy for B2B integrations by embracing real-time transactions via APIs to augment their batch transactions via EDI.

Four key takeaways from NRF 2020

This year’s National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference made it clear that retailers must continue to focus investment on delivering seamless, omnichannel experiences for customers while simultaneously improving operational efficiencies. Some major takeaways from this year’s NRF conference were that retailers need to implement technologies that reduce in-store friction, and must seek out ways to merge eCommerce technology with in-store experience. Here are four takeaways from the conference that can help retail stores.

How to connect to Apache Kafka on Heroku using the MuleSoft Kafka Connector

January 20 2020

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Apache Kafka is used for building real-time data pipelines and streaming apps. It is horizontally scalable, fault-tolerant, and incredibly fast. And when coupled with Heroku and MuleSoft, developers can easily publish and consume data without writing any code.

In this article, we’ll walk-through the process of configuring the MuleSoft Kafka connector to connect to Apache Kafka on Heroku through SSL. Using the MuleSoft Kafka Connector, developers can streamline business processes and move data between Kafka and enterprise applications and services.

Legacy modernization for communication service providers

January 17 2020

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Current State

For many years, communication service providers have struggled to transform their IT architecture and landscapes that have grown over the last two decades. Most of them are facing the legacy challenges of monolithic BSS/OSS stacks compounded as the tech stacks differ for each line of business, as past acquisitions were never integrated.

Content filter pattern for REST service fields filtering

At some point, you may have a service that returns a lot of fields and related objects. What if the service consumer doesn’t want all the fields all the time? In other words, they would like to have the response filtered. This is where the Content Filter comes to the rescue. After you read this article, you will learn how to use it in your own scenarios. So let’s roll!

How to secure your APIs in MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform

In my daily interactions with MuleSoft customers, I always get the question what I regard as the most effective way to secure Mule applications and APIs on the Anypoint Platform. A majority of our customers deploy their Mule applications on CloudHub — our MuleSoft managed and hosted cloud offering. So by the default, any application that gets deployed on CloudHub is exposed to the outside world and needs to be secured — from an access and authentication perspective,

Migrating on-premises MuleSoft applications to CloudHub

Is your organization undergoing a digital transformation? Is your IT department under pressure to move all the applications and infrastructure to the cloud? An increasing number of organizations today are looking to iPaaS solutions that provide integrated software and hardware stacks for quick deployments, management, and a higher ROI. SaaS products like Salesforce, Workday, and ServiceNow have the system of records in the cloud which is another reason companies are moving to the cloud.

An API strategy year in review

API New Year! Before jumping headlong into the new decade, I want to take a moment and revisit some of the API strategy highlights in 2019. I covered several topics on the MuleSoft blog last year, but here are some of the bigger non-blog items worth giving a second — or first — look.

How Salesforce built a C4E to enable an API-led strategy

January 13 2020

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In November, we published a story on how Salesforce uses MuleSoft to improve employee onboarding. Over the coming months, we will be highlighting the various ways Salesforce has transformed by leveraging MuleSoft and an API-led approach. Today, we will cover how Salesforce enabled this operational shift using a MuleSoft strategy called C4E.

Why energy and utility companies are expanding digital product portfolios

January 10 2020

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In addition to improving customer and stakeholder experiences or increasing employee productivity, energy and utility companies are also expanding their product portfolios beyond their traditional offerings.