Are you an API expert? Take our quiz and find out!

July 22 2016

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MuleSoft API expert quiz

Application program interfaces (APIs) have become extremely valuable to hugely successful companies such as Facebook, Twilio, and Expedia. They are, in fact, a strategic investment for any business. You can offer your APIs as your entire business, have your APIs become part of your core business, or even use other companies’ APIs to build your business – you get the idea.

What you need to know about containerization and “the internet of physical things”

July 21 2016

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In this blog post, I would like to highlight the similarities between the physical logistics of moving physical cargo containers and the digital logistics of moving data. In essence, I want to translate the shipping jargon into everyday language to allow you to gain an insight into the world of containerization. Equally for the Container Terminal Managers and their IT teams, this blog post takes optimization from the yard to the server room; I want to highlight that integration of systems is critical and how having the right approach can enable your business to flourish.

API-led connectivity and CQRS: How Mule supports traditional integration tasks

July 20 2016

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API led connectivity

There is a lot of interest in how Mule supports emerging patterns like CQRS (Command Query Responsibility Segregation), so I wanted to create a series of blog posts discussing an insightful approach. Over the course of the series so far, we described the initial problem at hand and how to solve it using CQRS and API-led Connectivity. Next, we designed and implemented the synchronous Query API application followed by the implementation of the asynchronous Command API application with a composable API architecture.

Upcoming webinar: B2B/EDI and the agile supply chain

July 18 2016

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Agile supply chain

If you think the world is becoming more complex, you are probably right. One place where this is readily apparent is the supply chain industry. It used to be that a typical supply chain was made up of 5 or 6 suppliers. Now, thanks to specialized manufacturing and globalization, a supply chain might have hundreds of partners with complex relationships. This has had profound consequences on numerous industries, notably retail, logistics, and manufacturing.

APIs: a culture shift for the enterprise

July 15 2016

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When we hear the word “disruption” we usually think of start-ups taking over a particular space through an innovative approach. Instead of renting an expensive hotel room or car, start-up companies utilize the power of the shared economy and built apps for us to save money and access those resources on demand. Another example can be with music. No longer do we buy music and deal with storage. Instead, streaming music is easy, painless, and we can use our storage for other apps and files. However, start-ups shouldn’t be the only companies that should have the disruption mindset. Businesses of any type, in any industry, should embrace disruption to break away from the status quo. If they don’t, eventually, somebody else will do the job better and grow bigger as a result.

Upcoming webinar: What going digital really means for IT

July 14 2016

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IT professional

Everybody wants to transform digitally. Our recent survey showed that 96% of businesses are either executing digital transformation initiatives or are planning to start them soon. This is ideal for companies that are looking to improve their processes, delight their customers and stakeholders, and bring new products and services to market to keep ahead of digital disruption.

What is the difference between using private flow versus VM transport?

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In this post, I will show the differences between chaining flows with VM transport versus chaining flows with flow reference. When I need to divide my Mule flows into reusable units, I often break them into smaller flows and then chain them together in a main flow.

Flows can be chained together using flow-refs or using VM connectors; most recent examples use the flow-refs. However, flow-refs are a Mule 3 addition and in Mule 2 VM connectors were used to chain flows.

4 key guiding principles to building your application network

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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.

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Upcoming webinar: Driving Digital Transformation in Federal Government

July 11 2016

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Federal Digital Transformation

Organizations today face an increasing amount of roadblocks from legacy systems. From system outages to high support and maintenance costs, legacy systems prevent businesses from innovating at the necessary pace to keep up with competition, customer demands, and the desires of stakeholders like employees and partners.

iPaaS and its impact on higher education

July 8 2016

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iPaaS for higher education

Technology evolved so much since ten years ago, and it has been especially apparent in the education sector. Back then, the extent of computers in elementary schools only taught you how to type and when children were in middle school, they used a computer to type essays and play flash games. Fast forward to 2016, elementary schools now have curriculums that teach kids how to create and code websites. Furthermore, we even see children using iPads to learn with apps and augmented reality. Games are also playing a huge role in education as well. Both kids and adults are learning how to code through Minecraft creating an entirely new market for Minecraft modding software. As we shift to a digitally dominant world for education, it is fascinating to see how technological ecosystems come together to enable that movement.