The author, Mark Woodfield, is the Head of Technology Development for UCAS
Three million applications from over 700,000 UK, EU, and international students. That’s the volume of enquiries the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has to deal with each year. With such a large volume of enquiries, and with an audience that is more tech-savvy than most, how do you keep up with the rapid pace of change in the marketplace?
In the midst of increasing competitive pressures from both incumbents and startups, companies across all industries are adopting Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies as a means of increasing operational efficiency, improving digital engagement with customers, and accelerating new product go-to-market market faster.
For organizations with decades of accumulated on-premise infrastructure and applications, adopting these technologies in a way that enables them to coexist with existing technologies presents a number of thorny, technical challenges. In particular, connectivity between on-premise and cloud systems has emerged as an obstacle that has slowed the adoption of modern cloud technologies within established enterprises.
A new year will be arriving in just a couple of days and, of course, with it comes the opportunity to make all kinds of resolutions to help your business. How are you going to better incorporate SaaS applications into your business software? How are you going to improve your mobile apps? What is your company going to do to address microservices?
We are very pleased to announce a new release of Anypoint Platform, featuring Anypoint MQ. Now customers can perform advanced asynchronous messaging scenarios and can even more easily address real-time, high reliability and highly scalable use cases, all in the cloud.
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.
When business leaders think about their organization’s data, they might think about records kept in on-premises systems or even in cloud applications, but they generally think of that data as very much inside the business. But what if those data assets could be reimagined and repackaged as a complete service and then exposed, inside and outside the business, through APIs? Now enterprise data not only has the possibility to spur growth but also provide new revenue streams for the business. It all begins with a great API strategy.
One of the great uses of Anypoint Platform is automating business processes that need to interact with multiple systems and deliver useful functions. Many times these business processes are ones that started out requiring humans and as the business has grown it has become clear that the human process will no longer scale with the demand.
News Corporation, one of the largest media companies in the world, was facing an existential challenge. It owns some of the most famous newspaper titles in the world; in Australia it has 150 titles and touches 75% of the population over 14. Readers were changing how they consumed their content; mobile web page views rose 6 times in two years and their mastheads were facing double-digit declines year-on-year.
I’m Mike Hamilton, the Director of IT for MuleSoft, and I am very excited to be kicking off a series of blog posts talking about how we use MuleSoft technology here at MuleSoft.
At MuleSoft our approach to IT involves blending our work and talent into the fabric of the business. We are continually looking for opportunities to use our technical experience to solve or enhance business processes and in turn make MuleSoft and our fellow Muleys successful. This creates exciting opportunities to better understand processes that drive our business and to build strong working relationships across teams.
Ken Yagen, our vice president of products, noted, “Digital transformation requires enterprises to rapidly integrate SaaS applications and digital services from
business partners with their existing back office systems. This calls for broad API-led connectivity and deployment on a platform that seamlessly connects the cloud and traditional data centers. Gartner’s recognition is a testament to CloudHub’s leadership and significant role in an enterprise’s hybrid integration strategy.”
MuleSoft provides the most widely used integration platform for connecting any application, data source or API, whether in the cloud or on-premises. With Anypoint Platform®, MuleSoft delivers a complete integration experience built on proven open source technology, eliminating the pain and cost of point-to-point integration. Anypoint Platform includes CloudHub™ iPaaS, Mule ESB™, and a unified solution for API management™, design and publishing.