What is an API ecosystem strategy and why do you need one?

The Edison light globe was a revolution in technology, and was the ‘killer-app’ for starting wide-spread use of electricity at the turn of the 20th Century. Today, while we have the bayonet type of socket adapter or ‘interface,’ we still have the original screw type interface that Edison invented. What may be a lesser known and scary fact is that the original deployment of electricity itself didn’t rely on the ubiquitous electric power point that we all know today,

How Salesforce leveraged MuleSoft to create a seamless acquisition process

In a series of blogs, we have highlighted the various ways Salesforce is leveraging MuleSoft technology to improve internal processes — like streamlining employee onboarding or enabling the operational shift to API-led connectivity with a C4E. This blog is the next in this series of how Salesforce uses MuleSoft that we will continue to add to over the coming months.

In 2019 alone, the value of global merger and acquisition (M&A) deals amounted to $3.7 trillion.

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.

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.