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Reducing risk of IT failure


ObjectWatch has put out a report titled The IT Complexity Crisis: Danger and Opportunity. They estimate that we are losing $500 billion per month in IT failures. That’s a scary number. If this rate of failure continues, business confidence in IT will diminish.

A couple of points in the report caught my eye, as they are applicable to the points we have been discussing over the last several months.

Come see us at Oracle OpenWorld!

October 6 2009


Join us in booth 1833 (South Hall) at Oracle OpenWorld,  to experience firsthand the simplicity of MuleSoft Tcat Server and the enterprise-class features that make it “Tomcat with superpowers.”

iBeans = Dead Simple Integration for Web Apps

September 22 2009


I am very excited to announce that MuleSoft has launched a new open source integration product called iBeans (short for Integration Beans). iBeans provide a way to dramatically simplify common integration tasks for Web application developers.

Why did we create iBeans?

Agile Planning at Mule

September 18 2009

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At MuleSoft we use Agile development to build and deliver all of our software products. One of the more challenging and potentially time consuming part of agile is story estimating. Recently we decided to take a new approach to this that has proven to be a lot of fun and amazingly accurate. I call it Bubble Sort Estimation.

Interview about MuleSource at QCon


During the QCon conference in San Francisco, I filmed an interview with Ryan Slobojan. Despite being flu-ridden throughout the week, I managed to make it through this conversation without passing out (or worse!). It was an interesting conversation, covering:

  • What the Mule ESB and Mule Galaxy are
  • Mule ESB Enterprise versus Community
  • MuleSource’s monitoring solution
  • Cloud-based deployments
  • The recession’s effect on open source

Ryan asked some good questions around differentiators and roadmap during the interview,

Galaxy on EC2 in one hour!


We have been running Galaxy successfully on our in-house servers and laptops for demo purposes for some time now and decided that having a running image of Galaxy on Amazon’s EC2 was the next logical step. Galaxy in the cloud gives us the opportunity to expose a running instance to a much wider audience than might otherwise interact directly with the product.

How SOA paved the way for Cloud

February 25 2009


Though some think SOA failed and others see it only as a partial success, this has been because of the approach to SOA and not its underlying principles. SOA (or what I’d rather call Service Orientation, but that doesn’t fit our obsession with TLAs) is responsible for beginning a new evolution in the way we build software. This change is as fundamental as the shift to OO programming but essentially a much bigger jump: OO was adopted one developer at a time,

How to Build a Recession-Proof SOA Strategy

January 26 2009


My article on creating an SOA strategy in this tough climate was just published on eWeek:

The current economic crisis and recession is affecting both IT spending today and budgets for 2009. Often viewed as a major cost center, IT becomes one of the first areas where senior management looks to make cuts when times are tight. Here, Knowledge Center contributor Ross Mason explains how to build a recession-proof, service-oriented architecture strategy.

Tune in to the inaugural MuleCast

November 5 2008


MuleCasts are by the Mule community, for the Mule community. The series will highlight cool and interesting use cases, work done by active Mule community members, and helpful project updates for Mule and Galaxy.

In this episode, MuleSource CTO and co-founder Ross Mason speaks with Tijs Rademakers and Jos Dirkson about their recently released book “Open Source ESBs in Action” published by Manning. During this podcast Ross, Tijs and Jos discuss why the open source model makes sense for ESBs and integration,