This post was written in partnership with Green Irony and Alexander Solomon, Lead Insurance Industry Marketing Managerat MuleSoft.
Many IT leaders are predisposed to think, “Why do I need to buy a platform to handle my integration needs? I’ve been handling my integrations with no platform up until now.” I understand that perspective, and as a software architect with a career spent in middleware and back-end integration,
Convincing business leaders of the strategic value of integration is one of the most difficult challenges IT leaders face. Integration technologies, in nature, are “invisible” and often don’t come with a demo you can showcase to leadership. This makes it difficult for organizations to justify strategic investments in integration.
In contrast, 80% of organizations currently use APIs to digitally transform as they can unlock data and connect systems. This shows that business leaders see the value of API initiatives.
SAP provides a number of elements, data structures, and modules to enable integration with its solutions. Below is a summary of the various approaches, all of which are supported by MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform.
Regardless of how customized your SAP instance(s) may be, or how mismatched the object models may be between SAP and third-party solutions, Anypoint Platform is purpose-built to abstract the complexity of any system and its proprietary language. This results in obviating the need to build with custom code by leveraging an API-led approach.
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.
It’s not correct to say that businesses operate “in the cloud.” Rather, they can operate in as many as half a dozen clouds because of the proliferation of applications and SaaS providers. It presents quite a challenge to unify these very disparate systems and get them to work in a unified fashion, but in order to achieve digital transformation, developers have to ensure that all systems within an enterprise are integrated.
Tech executives are turning to microservices and APIs to help them achieve their business goals. In a recent MuleSoft survey, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of IT professionals questioned said pressure to deliver IT services had increased during the past 12 months. Of these, two-thirds (66 per cent) said that change was needed in order to meet a “significant” or “drastic” increase in pressure. This pressure comes as no surprise –
MuleSoft provides the most widely used integration platform for connecting any application, data source or API, whether in the cloud or on-premises. With Anypoint Platform®, MuleSoft delivers a complete integration experience built on proven open source technology, eliminating the pain and cost of point-to-point integration. Anypoint Platform includes CloudHub™ iPaaS, Mule ESB™, and a unified solution for API management™, design and publishing.