How the Speed of Change is Transforming the Way We Do Business

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Every single day, I get a front-row seat to see how enterprise technology is transforming how we do business. And make no mistake, the world is changing more rapidly than ever before. The one thing that every company I work with has in common is everyone is trying to increase the clock speed of their business.

Physical, Virtual, Social: Is the Application Network Next?

August 28 2017

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Networks have always been at the heart of our society, defining our relationships, creating our experiences and ultimately shaping our lives. From the steam railways that enabled commerce between cities and towns, to the cables that paved the way for global communication over telephones and then the internet, networks have a history of redefining our way of life.  

More recently, the internet has given rise to virtual networks that allow us to connect to vast computing resources,

When iPaaS Goes Awry – Don’t accelerate your point-to-point connections

The Shortest Way

A recent report from Mckinsey revealed that when companies pursue digital transformation, the complexity of IT architecture increases.  This complexity doesn’t happen immediately. Most companies start the journey to digital transformation by adopting modern cloud applications like Salesforce, Workday, and ServiceNow. In isolation, these apps reduce complexity — but they need to be connected to other systems to be valuable.  Creating this value typically drives an increase in point-to-point connections, a reduction in the quality documentation,

Customer Success Story: House of Fraser’s Integration Strategy

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Julian Burnett, the CIO and an Executive Director at the House of Fraser, has a problem that many businesses can identify with. Legacy systems need to be modernized, supply chains have to be updated, new channels have to be brought online — change is happening at an incredibly rapid rate and must be addressed while keeping the business operational.

House of Fraser is a premium department store based in the UK, and like almost every other business on the planet,

Enterprise Darwinism and the Centre for Enablement

February 15 2017

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As Charles Darwin famously said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, it is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Every industry is affected by digital transformation, and every company is grappling with how to cope. This is Enterprise Darwinism.

In response to these external changes, there is an emergence of IT teams evolving to think and operate differently. Before, IT was an order-taker – when a business unit needed anything to do with technology,

Are Application Networks the Key to Survival for Large Organizations?

January 30 2017

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Large organizations aren’t nimble enough to launch new, innovative solutions to meet customer demands and get ahead of the competition.

The barriers to entry—for every industry— have evaporated. Start-ups are disrupting everything from financial services, to crowd-sourced insurance, to customizable health care, to shopping experiences. A new idea can be developed in the garage using powerful building blocks like unlimited cloud compute power, free dev tools, open APIs and open source components. New entrants build fast,

The top 6 facts about Mule ESB

September 14 2016

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An Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is a set of principles and rules for connecting applications together over a bus-like infrastructure. ESB products enable users to build this architecture, but they differ in their methodology and the capabilities they provide.  Mule as an ESB is the runtime engine of Anypoint Platform

The core concepts of Mule ESB

The core concept of the ESB architecture is that applications are integrated by putting a communication bus between them and then enabling each application to talk to the bus.

Redwood Logistics on B2B integration: “We’re able to onboard customers three times faster”

August 3 2016

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EDI is an industry standard messaging protocol in the transportation logistics industry. It is also notoriously difficult to work with, as it is an aging technology, and is often not immediately compatible with newer types of systems like SaaS and mobile applications.

Yet companies in the transportation industry need modern B2B collaboration and integration with new systems as companies are now competing on supply chain efficiency. They have to reduce their non-production costs and streamline how they deliver their goods to market.

4 key guiding principles to building your application network

The Application Network

In a previous post, I explained the reasons why pure SOA, despite being a powerful architectural paradigm with many benefits, could fall short.  Building on that narrative, I will provide in this post guiding principles to help you create a modern integration strategy – one that enables digital transformation, supports the API economy and is suitable for the pace of change required to build an application network.

Our customers get it done faster

Time and again, we hear from our customers that the biggest business advantage that they can have is speed. They want to reduce their time to market, they want to spend less time building integrations and more time developing new products, and they want to create new experiences for their customers as quickly as possible.

How can you make your business go faster? By connecting data in new ways. Instead of spending your time connecting systems with custom code or building integrations with a blackbox tool,