Written by Harini Krish
Lead Technical Content Writer
Innovations in technology have created amazing solutions to varied deep-rooted problems. The explosion of various technologies, applications, and systems has also created chaos. An average enterprise today has nearly 900 applications. Yet, only 29% are interconnected, which is a significant burden on IT teams as the tasks of implementation, maintenance, and governance only increase in efforts, and often lead to siloed data. The impending lack of integration results in fragmented operations, disconnected infrastructure, budget allocation, and fragmented customer experiences. Connectivity tools, in this regard, help overcome the numerous challenges that accompany enterprise integration.
While single solution integration tools have a notable existence in the market, their simplicity is often not adequate to overcome the challenges specific to communication between disparate data or even sharing some kinds of data – essentially prohibiting businesses from deploying complex integrations for desired outcomes. The truth is that more integration complexities inevitably lead to diminished ease in deploying these solutions. In this blog, we will cover what integration means for a business and how MuleSoft, as an enterprise integration tool, has been able to overcome the challenges.
The act of bringing together various smaller components of your IT into a single system function harmoniously as one is what we know as integration. The goal of the process is to stitch together often different and disparate sub-systems so that the data each component hold can become part of a larger and more comprehensive ‘single source of truth.’ In simple terms, integrations should enable you to share data quickly and easily as and when required. The more businesses adopt new technologies, applications, and tools, the more there is a need for integration. This growth of the ecosystem often leads to difficulties in creating interoperability and roadblocks in creating seamless functionalities.
One approach that has worked for organizations for the longest time, and up to a certain extent is the implementation of ‘point-to-point integration’.
This method requires developers to create custom codes between several components within the business environment. This approach's benefit is that it allows for quick and easy communication between a few applications, except it cannot be scaled and hence is not future proof. Point to point integration leads to creating a fragile and tangled system and difficult to maintain. The image below should explain how complex the system can derive any real and clear insight.
When business requirements change (and they inevitably have to), even the minor modifications can put a strain on the Spaghetti architecture, therefore, also limit business scalability and agility.
It can be tricky to secure an integration tool for an enterprise that is cost-effective, easy to manage, and scalable. MuleSoft was founded over two decades ago with the sole purpose of building architectures that are light, fast, lean, and low-maintenance and doing away with the environmentally unfriendly practice of only stitching applications together with custom codes and forgetting about it. Since the introduction of ‘Mule ESB’, the company has witnessed the emergence of SaaS and APIs on the cloud and on-premises.
MuleSoft’s Anypoint platform later emerged as the only solution to meet the challenges mentioned above and serve its purpose beyond a simple integration tool to provide an end-to-end integration platform accesses via a single dashboard.
MuleSoft’s Anypoint is heralded as the next generation of enterprise integration platforms as increasingly more and more businesses are relying on it to employ ‘best-of-breed’ apps and services. Let us dive into its components and how they serve the purpose of a unified integration suite for enterprises.
Like modules and connectors in operations, the core components of Anypoint integration platform serve to build blocks of flow. Their nature and applications are as varied as their benefits.
Anypoint Studio: Helps expedite developers' productivity by using the graphical design environment to build, edit and integrate apps and services easily and quickly.
Cloud Hub iPaaS: It allows businesses to integrate repeatedly without the need for complex code to application connectivity on the cloud or on-prem very easily and quickly.
Enterprise Management Console: Gives enterprise to manage ESB resources, including endpoints, servers, and assistance with flexibility and visibility.
Mule ESB: One of the world’s most popular integration tools, Mule Enterprise Service Bus is a middleware technology that delivers lightweight and open-source solutions to easily connect with systems on the cloud as well as on-prem.
Enterprise Security: Anypoint’ s Enterprise Security enables you to protect your entire enterprise from loss of data integrity, unwanted external attacks, and unwarranted access.
DataWeave: This allows you to integrate data with DataWeave’s graphical data mapping and transformation.
Mule runtime is the engine that runs the Anypoint Platform – a Java-based enterprise service bus (ESD) – one of a kind in the industry that can be leveraged for integrations of applications data and devices across legacy systems, SaaS applications, and APIs. With its integration program, it is easy for enterprise IT to compare the feasibility of applications and share exchange data easily and quickly. Regardless of the applications in use or the different technologies they utilize, the Mule engine enables the quick integration of existing systems.
The robust and straightforward nature of the MuleSoft suite makes it a panacea for efficiently developing reusable, manageable, and governable solutions and APIs. The Anypoint platform's comprehensiveness also allows for unwavering quality, security, and versatility, which is easy to interface, monitor, and customize – as and when your business may need it.
MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform empowers everyone in the company — from IT to LoB, from a small enterprise to a big organization, from integration to API management — to unlock applications data and devices and go digital.
At Royal Cyber, we are excited to deliver innovations to empower everyone to create connected experiences. With MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform's power, we are steering towards the dream of enabling the composable enterprise – where digital capabilities can be created from existing applications using APIs. To learn more about MuleSoft integration, sign up for On-Demand webinar to Unify Applications, Services, & Systems Across your Enterprise. For more information, or to try AnyPoint Platform you can email us at [email protected] or visit www.royalcyber.com.