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    What is MuleSoft A simplified look by Eshia Solutions

    May 17, 2021  03:53 pm

    Author Name: Saurabh Pancholi

    Over the last year, the impact of COVID 19 had led many organizations to rely heavily on IT to ensure a rapid but effective shift to remote working. As a result, the day-to-day operational demands of IT have considerably increased. In fact, according to the 2021 Connectivity Benchmark Report, organizations asked IT to deliver 30% more projects over the past year.

    Simultaneously, organizations have been increasing IT budgets but not enough to meet the growing demands. As a result, a growing IT delivery gap has emerged in many companies, which seems to widen further due to the accelerated digital transformation initiatives instigated by the companies. At the same time, companies are facing integration challenges that are considerably hindering digital transformation initiatives down the road. As per the 2018 Connectivity Benchmark Report, about 89% of IT decision-makers reportedly believe that their organization’s digital transformation is slowing down due to the increasing integration challenges.

    However, these companies need to overcome these integration hindrances and establish a balance between the two. And to do so, organizations need to adopt and drive digital transformation through structured integration. This is where Mulesoft comes in.

    What is Mulesoft?

    Mulesoft is an integration platform that provides business agility by combining Enterprise and SaaS applications. Mulesoft integration allows enterprises to connect applications, devices, and data on several computing platforms in more simple terms. It enables them to deliver an intelligent and connected customer experience across all touchpoints and channels.

    Salesforce acquired MuleSoft in 2018, and since then, it has emerged as one of the world’s largest application network development and management platforms. With the help of the integrated platform, companies can re-architect their SOA infrastructure from custom integration codes, proprietary platforms, and legacy systems, thus facilitating the effective development of business agility. Not only that, but Mulesoft also empowers companies to successfully migrate technology infrastructure to the public or private cloud while allowing them to prioritize the adoption of SaaS applications and other cloud technologies.

    How does Mulesoft integration work?

    MuleSoft brings an organization’s systems and departments together, paving the way for faster innovation and change. Mulesoft APIs make it easier & more effortless for organizations to connect any application, data, and device. Using this modern API-led approach, companies can unify their data, streamline & automate their end-to-end business processes, and build connected experiences. This, in turn, accelerates IT delivery and improves business agility & scalability to organizations.

    The 2021 Connectivity Benchmark report shows that organizations generate over a quarter of their revenue from APIs and related implementations on average. Mulesoft APIs significantly enhance the scope for better revenue growth. According to a Forrester report, Mulesoft customers, on average, realized an RoI of 445% within just three years and were also able to free up 90% of developer time from maintaining APIs and integrations.

    What are the challenges faced in integration?

    Despite embracing digital transformation initiatives, many organizations are facing de-accelerated growth in their efforts for innovation. And this is major because of challenges faced by organizations in integrating new applications in their existing IT infrastructure. For instance, companies would traditionally connect their applications through point-to-point integration. While this point-to-point approach might be effective for a company using fewer applications, it becomes counterproductive when used by an organization with an ecosystem of 1000+ applications.

    How to overcome the integration challenges?

    Thankfully, integration challenges can be overcome by leveraging development siloes and APIs. Development siloes offer reusability and self-service capabilities to a company. Thus it prevents the time and expense of building every new application from the ground up and enables organizations to create a more efficient IT model that focuses on innovation, reduces costs, and delivers faster.

    One such reusable component is API, which allows developers to connect and reuse software assets. APIs, acting as messengers between applications, databases, and devices, provide an easier & simpler way for companies to unlock data within existing systems and connect these data to other systems. APIs help mitigate integration challenges and facilitate faster innovation, improved productivity, enhanced efficiency, and increased revenue. Mulesoft APIs serve this purpose and are leveraged through the Anypoint platform.

    What is MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform?

    MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform is an integrated, unified, and single solution platform for iPaaS and full lifecycle API management. The Mulesoft Anypoint Platform is equipped with different types of Mulesoft tools, including:

    • Anypoint Security: This Mulesoft tool provides your organization with enterprise-level security and protects your application network, improving scalability and reliability
    • Anypoint Design Center: This is the development tool of Mulesoft, and, as the name suggests, it is the place where APIs are designed, and integration flows are implemented. The design center enables you to build connectors, map data, and test APIs within an interactive interface
    • Anypoint Management center: It is a web interface of the Mulesoft integration platform and is responsible for managing API users, traffic, integration flows, SLA’s, among many other things
    • Anypoint Exchange: The Mulesoft tool for exchange offers you numerous prebuilt private & public assets, through which you can communicate with any other system with the help of existing connectors or build a custom connector
    • Runtime Engine & Services: A central console from which your developer can monitor all the resources deployed on your Mulesoft integrated platform. This Mulesoft tool combines real-time integration data and connects data across legacy systems and Mulesoft APIs in single runtime engines
    • Anypoint Analytics: With the help of this analytics tool, you can create custom charts and dashboards, visualize Mulesoft API performance and identify issues
    • Anypoint API Connector: These are a set of built-in connectors that can be leveraged to integrate many REST and SOAP applications

    Advantages of Mulesoft

    • Flexible: Mulesoft provides adequate flexibility for further integrations with other technologies. For instance, you can go and integrate from a single java project
    • Easy to integrate: Mulesoft is not only flexible but is also easy & simple to integrate. It is an embeddable and lightweight software that will effortlessly improve the productivity & scalability of application development
    • More than a data warehouse: With the Anypoint Mulesoft integration, the platform’s functions go beyond just hosting data and APIs
    • Accelerated Delivery: Mulesoft tools are well equipped with prebuilt assets and connectors that push integration projects to a rapid start. Reusing existing APIs also reduces the overall time and ensures accelerated development and faster deliveries
    • Automated Security: Mulesoft integration maximizes API security with multi-level security & governance capabilities throughout the APIs lifecycle. The platform is equipped with standard security compliance and automatically applies the same security policies to all APIs
    • Resilient Operations: With built-in reliability, scalability, and visibility, Mulesoft offers a resilient infrastructure and empowers you to make smart operational decisions by leveraging monitoring, visualizer, and analytics tools
    • Future-proof foundations: Being flexible and simple, Mulesoft is a platform that is capable of change. The versatility of Mulesoft integration leaves adequate scope for your enterprise to adapt to changing requirements. Thus, whether you switch to an alternate deployment approach or replace integrations, you will be ready for the future without having to reconstruct APIs or integrations

    Industry-specific benefits of Mulesoft

    Mulesoft integration platform caters to the needs of individual industries and provides a wide range of industry-specific benefits.

    Financial services

    Using Mulesoft in the financial sector will empower you to:

    • Digitize and connect banking processes through APIs and scale integrations with new technologies with security & speed
    • Leverage APIs to modernize the core banking systems and build a stronger, well-equipped architecture that is future-proof
    • Maximize security across organizational data silos where you can easily access and transfer critical banking data
    • Reduce operational costs and deliver faster customer experiences by automating processes
    • Build a unique digital banking platform and deliver more personalized and secure banking experiences

    Government

    Mulesoft offers great benefits to government agencies as well. With Mulesoft, it becomes much easier to:

    • Digitally transform operations and modernize legacy IT systems to reduce costs and improve efficiency & productivity
    • Cater to citizen demands and provide them with quality digital & cloud services while simultaneously fostering omnichannel citizen engagement
    • Replace manual processes, minimize errors, accelerate decision-making, and deliver faster results across civil services through automation

    Healthcare

    Mulesoft benefits the healthcare industry by:

    • Streamlining manual processes, enabling cross-collaborations, and delivering access to critical healthcare data within a secure environment
    • Accelerating healthcare solutions to drive better-informed decision making
    • Improving the speed and efficiency of COVID 19 IT project delivery
    • Ensuring easy access to and monitoring important patient data in real-time
    • Significantly enhancing the quality of care across healthcare facilities through initiating automation and digital transformation
    • Speeding up the product and drug development and driving faster healthcare deployment through seamless integration
    • Transforming and empowering healthcare R&D by delivering end-to-end visibility to clinical data and real-time optimizations
    • Driving innovation and expanding revenue channels & overcoming market competitions

    Higher education

    With the Mulesoft integration platform, educational institutions gain the benefits of:

    • Transforming education and learning by equipping institutional staff and students with the right digital tools
    • Gaining complete visibility over educational parameters through integrated data from multiple sources
    • Optimizing student & staff experiences by streamlining institutional workflows through automated scheduling & booking capabilities
    • Providing a better focus on value tasks like teaching, participation, communication & collaboration instead of wasting hours on manual processes
    • Monitoring individualized student performances through the entire student lifecycle by building a 360-degree view of single students across academic, health, housing, and financial systems
    • Maximizing investments and increasing RoI by connecting different systems using APIs

    Insurance

    The Mulesoft integration platform enables insurance firms to:

    • Modernize legacy systems and make their infrastructure future-ready
    • Empower distribution and service channels by building a 360-degree policyholder experience
    • Expand distribution channels and establish new opportunities for revenue sourcing
    • Launch insurance initiatives faster and more effortlessly

    Manufacturing

    Adopting Mulesoft integration platform can help the manufacturing enterprises with the following benefits:

    • Manufacturing enterprises can ensure an effective sales & distribution strategy by connecting across on-premise, cloud, and IoT technologies
    • Manufacturers can maximize supply chain visibility and streamline supply chain processes to define shorter product cycles
    • Mulesoft allows them to optimize factory processes and accelerate product innovation
    • It empowers manufacturers to optimize internal operations, unlock efficiency, and initiate faster time to market

    Media and telecom

    With Mulesoft, media and telecom organizations can:

    • Build competitive advantage by initiating connected customer experience through OSS/BSS modernization
    • Effectively integrate legacy systems to new technologies and manage & distribute digital assets across repositories in real-time
    • Provide the right software architecture that empowers media companies to shift to a multi-channel distribution model seamlessly
    • Maximize customer experience & engagement by capturing 360 degrees of customer interactions across multiple channels
    • Maximize revenue by creating new distribution channels

    Retail

    The retail sector can use Mulesoft tools for a wide range of benefits, including:

    • Building deeper relations and creating innovative, personalized, and omnichannel customer experiences across in-store, web, mobile, and social
    • Improving end-to-end operational efficiency as well as inventory management by allowing real-time data stream
    • Maximizing scope of sales & distribution by building and analyzing a single 360-degree customer view
    • Ensuring an integrated ecommerce web experience through faster retail innovations and reusable APIs

    MuleSoft Certification

    MuleSoft certification allows professionals to demonstrate their level of expertise in Mulesoft to potential employers. There are multiple types of professional accreditations that are offered separately to the partners & developers of Mulesoft. At present, MuleSoft Certifications are categorized in two sections: Developer and Architect  

    Developer Exams 

    • MuleSoft Certified Developer – Level 1 (Mule 4) 
    • MuleSoft Certified Developer – Level 1 (Mule 4) DELTA 
    • MuleSoft Certified Developer – Integration and API Associate (Mule 3) 
    • MuleSoft Certified Developer – Integration Professional (Mule 3) 
    • MuleSoft Certified Developer – API Design Associate (RAML 1.0) 

    Architect Exams 

    • MuleSoft Certified Platform Architect – Level 1  
    • MuleSoft Certified Integration Architect – Level 1 

    Conclusion

    Mulesoft is one of the best integration platforms in the present market, allowing organizations to connect any number of applications and platforms they want and communicate with them. Mulesoft tools provide the flexibility and efficiency required for effective application integration and enable companies to scale & grow through accelerated innovation and delivery. In a world where access to real-time updated data is imperative for almost all industries, Mulesoft presents itself as the best solution that maximizes productivity & performance.

     

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