How to become an Integration Trailblazer!

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.

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!



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39 Responses to “How to become an Integration Trailblazer!”

  1. One of the best API and Integration platform to work with.

  2. Its an wonderful platform to learn mulesoft integration. And i will love to complete the Integration Trailblazer.

  3. Great post

  4. This is really great to know about the Integration Cloud.

  5. Integration technology is going to lead businesses into the future. Everyone needs to get on board and learn the skills needed to stay currant.
    Embrace the New Challenges.

  6. It was nice

  7. going good

  8. Very helpful in understanding the global marked strategy on implementing the mulesoft across the companies.

  9. Why the prize is not available to residents in Australia.

  10. Great tutorial to explore the capabilities of MuleSoft Integration platform.

  11. Nice

  12. One of the best API and Integration platform to work with.

  13. Very well content

  14. It is good to learn something new technology like this. Please update more topics and programming on this.

  15. would love to complete the Integration Trailblazer.

  16. Awesome intitiative. Loving IT!

  17. a lots have enjoying this MuleSoft badge
    such a wonderfully journey.

  18. Great Post!

  19. What an insightful article on integration and future of integration.

    I will read more about mulesoft and integration. People from non technical background now can also grow in these domains.
    It’s just wonderful!!

  20. awesome

  21. I love to work on Mulesoft

  22. It is a great initiative, would love to learn Mulesoft

  23. I am so excited about this amazing training that you are offering. I’m going to finish the Integration Trail in time and hopefully win the ultra cool jacket.

  24. good

  25. A good start for Integrations and API led connectivity. One stop for all needs

  26. really its very helpful to me

  27. Great to hear, Rohit!

  28. Hi Agni – thanks for your interest in the Integration Trailblazer quest! Unfortunately we were not able to set up the sweepstakes in Australia for legal reasons. However, if you complete the quest before Jan 31, you will still receive a limited edition badge.

  29. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Aditi!

  30. Thanks for the feedback Arti, definitely more to come!

  31. This is really great to know about the Integration Cloud.

  32. good content.

  33. Is South Africa covered as in do I also get a jacket when I finish the trailmix before 31/01/2020?

  34. GREAT STUFF!

  35. Great stuff

  36. Hi, I have completed the mulesoft trailmix but the status is still saying only 22% completed! May I know if there is a time limit when it gonna get completed automatically or do I need to wait?

  37. good

  38. Nice

  39. Its an wonderful Opportunity to learn mulesoft integration. Thanks a lot