3 ways to justify strategic integration investments to business leaders

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. 

A global bank’s mortgage integration made easy with reusable APIs

Bank mortgage integration

Picking up where I left off in my last blog on one global bank’s integration journey — this is an overview of how the bank realized immediate benefits of leveraging MuleSoft’s API-led connectivity approach.

Getting started with MuleSoft’s SAP integration tools

MuleSoft’s SAP integration tools

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.

Abstracting SAP configuration complexity with an API-led approach

API-led connecitivity for SAP integration

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.

Solving SAP integration challenges with Anypoint Platform

anypoint cloud integration

Anypoint Platform helps you connect SAP’s on-premises and cloud-based solutions, SAP middleware, third-party legacy systems, and modern, best-of-breed technologies.

Integrating SAP to transform your business

SAP integration concept

The SAP ecosystem is complex. However, the right SAP integration strategy enables organizations to transform critical business functions.

Redwood Logistics on B2B integration: “We’re able to onboard customers three times faster”

August 3 2016

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b2b logistics integration

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.

Best practices for multi-SaaS integrations

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.

Why microservices are replacing old IT operating models

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 –

Stop making spaghetti code

Spaghetti is delicious when it’s on your dinner plate, but it can give you indigestion when it’s an enterprise integration pattern. When developers and IT teams are tasked with building integrations, creating too many point-to-point integrations can create an ugly mess that’s brittle, expensive to maintain, and difficult to modify or adapt. This has negative effects on enterprise agility and efficiency.

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James Donelan, our VP of engineering, has an article in Techbeacon this week in which he outlines the risks of messy point-to-point enterprise integrations.