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.

IT Visionaries Podcast: How to connect the world using APIs and integration

I had the pleasure of joining Ian Faison, founder of Mission.org, to record an episode for the podcast, IT Visionaries. The episode is part of a series hosted by the Salesforce Customer 360 Platform to discuss emerging trends in IT and how you can apply those trends at your organization. 

I’ve shared the top five insights from our conversation below. My main hope for you when listening to the podcast and reading this list is that you start thinking about APIs and integration as the drivers of change within your organization.

Combating digital disruption with APIs

December 10 2019

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This is a summary of a post published by CIO.com. Read the full article here. 

Digital disruption is everywhere. We see it in retail with big players like Amazon, the transportation industry with applications like Uber and Lyft, and AirBnB in hospitality. The world around us is changing and going digital.This worries many leaders in at-risk industries — because the traditional good or service they offer may eventually become obsolete. 

The blockers and catalysts of digital transformation – part 2

In part 1, I presented how we digitalized and transformed the traditional assisted transport service of an NGO. The transformative change from digitalization to digital transformation is challenging because it requires change. The following image shows the three relevant stages.

Around the world of APIs in 80 days

November 14 2019

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The API economy isn’t just hot air

It is finally happening. After ten years of prophecies, preaching, and product launches, the API economy has crossed the chasm. And it’s happening worldwide.

Five stages of the API product lifecycle

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Just like any product, APIs have their own lifecycle with distinct phases. And recognizing them means you can take advantage of them by focusing on the right aims and the proper convenance at each step along the way. This was one of the key lessons we focused on when we wrote the “Continuous API Management” book in 2018.

There are situations when you need to invest lots of time and effort to get an API product ready for consumption.

The blockers and catalysts of digital transformation – part 1

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How many have you heard that you need APIs for digital transformation? How about that this also requires cultural transformation? Let me guess: too many! Businesses are struggling when it comes to knowing what to look for, what actions to take, and how to make digital transformation work.

Digital transformation is more than just technology. Digital transformation prepares organizations to leverage the benefits of new technology to create business value.

How Salesforce uses MuleSoft to onboard employees

November 5 2019

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At MuleSoft, we often talk about the power of integrating data and leveraging APIs to build connected customer experiences. But as we talk to CIOs and business leaders, they equally stress the importance of building connected employee experiences. In fact, 84% of IT leaders say improving employee technology is a critical initiative for their company. In reality though, only 50% of IT leaders are increasing their investment in employee-facing technology.

Digital twins: IoT and the application network

October 30 2019

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A surprise awaited me as I arrived to a recent analyst briefing. My scheduled analyst, the one responsible for integration, had to cancel. His replacement was the analyst responsible for IoT. What were we going to talk about? As it turns out, quite a lot.

5 ways to ensure data and API security

In 2018, there were 6,500 data breaches reported, exposing billions of records for potential misuse. In today’s digitally connected world, security is almost always top-of-mind for businesses to keep their records are safe and secure. It’s critical for organizations to implement API security best practices to keep their integrations and the data that travels between systems under tight lock and key.