Last Updated on 30/03/2020 by Patryk Bandurski
At the last MuleSoft Meetup, Senior Integration Architect Marcin Nowiński was talking about his personal experience regarding the MuleSoft approach to the integration. In today’s article, I will briefly summarize what was presented at the Meetup. In the end, you will be able to take a look at the powerpoint presentation.
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API Led Connectivity
It is an approach to connect applications, devices by using reusable APIs. It is completely opposite to the old bad habits like point-to-point integration. As you can see this at the picture above APIs are divided into 3 main categories such as experience APIs, process APIs, and system APIs.
This approach gives us clear contracts, reusable services and as a result, it is much easier to keep your services at high quality during constant changes. More about API Led connectivity you can find at this MuleSoft Blog article.
Application Network is a network of applications, data, and devices connected with each other by API. As a result, some created assets becoming reusable services that are easily pluggable and unpluggable.
How does the Application Network emerge? When you drive projects using API Led connectivity methodology each next project introduces new reusable assets. Like in the slide above. As you can see each next project uses some assets that were created previously.
More about this concept you can find in MuleSoft resources here and on the online Anypoint Platform Architecture – Application Networks course.
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What did the people say?
We had a great discussion about these two ideas. Here I have only summarized briefly attendees opinions.
API Led Connectivity
For some of the attendees, the idea of 3 layered architecture in integration seems to be not new. On the other hand, this is strongly supported by the Anypoint Platform and design lifecycle. The majority don’t know any other integration toolkit that would give such support.
We have asked about the experience people have with emerging reusable assets and Application Network. A lot of answers has come. For some project, it took only 4 weeks before the first reusable assets been reused. Others said about between 10th and 12th month of the project. You should keep this in mind that depends on the project.
MuleSoft knows that not only technology drives customer for success. Important is also the client’s organization and the approach to reach business goals.
MuleSoft Catalyst is a set of packaged offerings – best practices, assets, services, training, and customer success programs – for companies that want to adpot API led connectivityMuleSoft
So, here are the three Catalyst pillars:
- Business Outcomes – clear goals and KPIs to measure the success
- Organizational Enablement – enable organization through C4E and training
- Technology Delivery – MuleSoft integration technology bundle
The MuleSoft Catalyst is available under this link: https://catalyst.mulesoft.com/ . In order to log in, you must use your Anypoint Platform account connected with your company. More on this idea you can find at Salesforce trailhead site here.
At the end of the Meetup, we had a quiz holding five questions. Using the Kahoot! platform we were able clearly select three winners of trivia questions. Congrats to all the winners.
I would like to thanks all attendees for participating in a survey, at the end of the Meetup, about the organizational aspect of the event. I guess it was the funniest moment of the Meetup.
I guess we had a great time during this meetup. Marcin introduced a couple of important topics and shared his personal experience. What was really valuable was the feedback from the attendees during our hot discussions.