Imagine a workplace where anyone — including non-technical users — can develop a new product or service, automate a business process, or build a single source of truth for a dataset. Employees are more productive and customers are better served because IT is no longer a bottleneck with a growing backlog of requests from the business. Instead, teams across the organization can unlock mission-critical data wherever it resides to accelerate project delivery and drive innovation at scale.
To kick off Dreamforce 2019, MuleSoft is committing to democratize innovation across the enterprise by skilling up 100,000 Integration Trailblazers by 2025. We have launched a trailmix on Trailhead, Salesforce’s free online interactive learning platform. This enablement program is available today and includes content on API and integration basics, building APIs, and creating API ecosystems.
APIs and integration are the engine for digital transformation
Every company is undergoing digital transformation, and integration has never been more strategic. According to the Connectivity Benchmark Report, enterprises have on average 900 applications, but only 29% of them are integrated, which makes it challenging to deliver instant, personalized, and seamless customer experiences. Fortunately, a well-defined API strategy can help unite siloed data to deliver connected experiences while providing the flexibility to adopt new technologies and reconfigure systems as the needs of the business evolve.
In this era of continuous growth — driven by increased consumer expectations and constantly shifting market conditions — the demand for data integration projects is unprecedented. In fact, 92% of IT leaders say their company’s integration needs span beyond IT to encompass a wide range of business functions, including business analysts (49%), data scientists (42%), human resources (37%), and marketing (36%). Each of these functions depend on connecting applications, data sources, and devices for their day-to-day work – and this skill set shouldn’t live within the four walls of IT. CIOs must find new ways to enable self-serve integration outside of IT so that everyone in the organization can become a strategic driver of innovation.
Arming everyone with the power of API-led connectivity
Companies, teams, and individuals who embrace the game-changing potential of integration are Integration Trailblazers. An Integration Trailblazer is anyone who encourages their organization to leverage APIs and integration to transform customer experiences. These innovators can be Salesforce admins, developers, integration architects, or individuals across business functions like marketing, operations, and finance.
With our new enablement program on Trailhead, we are taking the first step in democratizing integration across the enterprise, taking knowledge that is typically reserved for IT professionals and making it accessible to everyone. Beginning with customer champions like Ashley Stewart, our Integration Trailblazers will become leaders in their organizations by combining departmental expertise with newfound technical knowledge to drive customized solutions.
“At Ashley Stewart, we believe that by skilling up our employees on integration and APIs, we not only help them thrive in their career but also help our business thrive for the future,” said Eileen Rizzo, senior vice president of IT. “API-led connectivity is the most critical skill and concept to learn to create connected customer experiences and bring new innovations to market. As we broaden the Integration Trailblazers within our team, we will be able to accelerate our digital transformation initiatives, particularly as we expand our SaaS solutions.”
Become an integration Trailblazer by checking out our Trailmix. If you finish the quest between November 18 and January 31st, you’ll win a special MuleSoft Community Badge on your Trailhead profile (to be awarded when the Quest closes) and have the chance to win a Salesforce + MuleSoft special edition Patagonia jacket!
Additionally, Integration Trailblazers with object-oriented programming backgrounds, such as technical developers and architects, can become Integration Professionals. Check out training.mulesoft.com for technical product training and to find out how to become MuleSoft -certified.
Finally, don’t forget to share your successes on social so we can celebrate with you!
Integration Trailblazer Trailmix Sweepstakes Official Rules:
*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes runs from 11/18/2019 12:00 AM PT to 1/31/2020 11:59 PM PT. Open to legal residents of the U.S. (incl. D.C.), Austria, Canada (excl. Quebec), Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the U.K. Must be 18+ (20+ in Japan). Country of residence and other restrictions apply. See official rules: English | Français | Deutsch | Español | 日本語 | हिनद | Latviešu valoda | Lietuvių | Magyar | Ελληνικά | Українська
Integration Trailblazer FAQs:
- I completed the Quest, but didn’t receive a response or confirmation — when will I know if I get a jacket?
- Sweepstakes rules are posted here. After the Trail Quest ends on January 31, 2020, salesforce.com will randomly select the potential winners from among all eligible entries received.
- When will I receive my jacket?
- Sweepstakes rules are posted here. Potential winners will be notified within 7 days of the draw via email based on the contact information provided within your Trailhead profile.
- Should I send someone an email to receive my jacket?
- Sweepstakes rules are posted here. 200 winners will each receive 1 MuleSoft and Salesforce branded Patagonia Nano Puff jacket. We will reach out directly to the sweepstakes winners.
- I completed the Quest -— where is my badge?
- Everyone who completes the Quest through January 31, 2020 will receive a Community badge in the first week of February.
- Are there more MuleSoft Trails or Quests?
- We’re working on releasing more MuleSoft content! In the meantime, feel free to visit https://developer.mulesoft.com/tutorials-and-howtos to learn more about developing APIs and integration with MuleSoft.