MuleSoft today kicked off the MuleSoft Connect 2014 conference with an update to the Anypoint integration platform that makes it easier to integrate with Salesforce.com applications while also improving the speed at which batch files can be integrated into the platform.
The templates that MuleSoft developed for Salesforce.com applications are designed to make it easier for power users to work alongside developers to integrate Salesforce.com applications with other enterprise applications, says Ken Yagen, vice president of products for MuleSoft (parent company of ProgrammableWeb). The goal is to eliminate the need for developers to manage every aspect of the integration as well as provide a template through which common sets of data integration tasks are accomplished.
As part of a broader effort to make it simpler to integrate processes, the May 2014 release of the Anypoint Platform has not only created a predefined load/step/commit model to ensure reliability and recovery; but overall performance is also much better because records can now be processed in parallel.
Mulesoft also announced that Anypoint Studio, formerly Mule Studio, is now 30 times faster in terms of process data mapping and transformations. In addition, CloudHub, Mulesoft’s cloud integration platform as a service (iPaaS), has been SSAE 16- and FIPS-certified.
What differentiates Anypoint as an integration platform is that it is designed from the ground up to handle a broad range of integration scenarios, Yagen says. Whether the applications are running on-premise or in the cloud, Anypoint is designed to support integrations that invoke RESTful APIs and service-oriented architecture (SOA) interfaces to any number of proprietary interfaces that were developed for a variety of legacy applications.
Just as significantly, Yagen says that integration can occur in real-time or using batch-oriented processes that currently dominate so much of the enterprise computing landscape.
The end result is a multi-tenant platform designed to handle multiple types of integration requirements versus requiring IT organizations to deploy one type of platform to handle SaaS application integration and another for traditional enterprise applications running on premise, he says.
Next up, Yagen says it’s only a matter of time before MuleSoft extends the analytics tools it provides to monitor data flows in a way that can be used to increasingly automate any number of business processes.
There’s no doubt that there the advent of cloud integration services in the cloud is leading to an application integration renaissance. In fact, the greater the number of interfaces a business application has the more valuable it becomes.
The good news is that instead of having to wait for the IT organizations to acquire all the middleware and hardware needed to integrate an application, cloud integration services are now making those applications more accessible to developers both inside and out of the organization.