October 7 2019

Many large organizations have multiple systems within their IT infrastructure, each with their own set of APIs. From scaling rapidly to supplying solutions to new problems, an organization has to integrate vendors’ systems and their respective APIs quickly and efficiently. This can be difficult to do when each of these systems has its own specific data format.

Unless you have a well-defined connection strategy, it will not only be difficult to connect your system with those of external vendors but it will be difficult to expand your systems within your business units.

 

These different systems create challenges such as:

 

1. Need for Custom Development

Custom development and adjustments to the existing organization’s systems is needed whenever a new vendor systems are connected to the organization's IT infrastructure.

 

2. Painful Migration

Your organization can become tied to a system-specific data format. Should there be a need to migrate from one system to another or to replace a part of your system, it can become tedious and it can make the migration move more slowly, which can be detrimental to business efficiency.

 

3. Difficulty in Scaling

In addition to external vendor systems, your organization will most likely have multiple business units, each with its own way of doing things. These systems make it challenging to expand into these business units.  

 

MuleSoft can help mitigate the challenges above in the following ways:

 

1. API-led Connectivity Approach

This is an integration approach to connect diverse systems.  This approach increases productivity on future projects by building reusable assets. This way, you build an infrastructure that equips your company to deal with change and innovate quickly.

 

2. Anypoint Platform Scalability

Using the MuleSoft Anypoint platform helps you manage scalability. The platform allows you to place horizontal scaling or vertical scaling within your systems and scale-out to handle all business growth. 

For example, if you are connecting an SAP system within your organization with those of your vendors, you can leverage an API-led connectivity approach. In the future, if the number of vendors increases, MuleSoft grants you the freedom to expand APIs of existing vendors to new ones. Alternatively, you are also able to spin up more managed clusters and nodes that the Anypoint platform provides.

 

3. API-led Approach that Allows Systems to Change Quickly

Connectors are prebuilt components that abstract system-specific logic from business logic. These connectors allow easy system integration and clear isolation from business logic.

For example, let’s say you have an SAP ERP system and you receive the data feed from Workday using point-to-point integration. If you migrate from Workday to another system, you may not be able to use the existing integration with Workday related part of it. Having SAP and Workday connectors or prebuilt system APIs will avoid this problem.

 

4. API Management Tools to Manage API Lifecycle and Speed Up Integration.

Mulesoft makes it easy to define, write, test, and deploy your APIs across multiple environments.  

You can import specifications into development tools provided by MuleSoft and auto-generate all the baseline code from just those specifications. MuleSoft also establishes connectivity tasks that otherwise you would have to do. This speeds up integration, which allows you to speed up the time it takes to do business.

 

AVIO can help with MuleSoft integration

AVIO has many resources with a range of expertise.  Here are the ways we can help you with your integration:

 

1. Define strategies to reach your goals.

We look at your current implementation and analyze your existing footprint.  We recommend the steps you need to take to reach your goals and how you can improve. Once we analyze your current footprint/system, we can define a strategy to go towards your goals. This is possible due to the resource expertise at AVIO.

 

2. Help with Integration and Migration within the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform

As a MuleSoft implementation partner, we can help with new integration or with migration. We can analyze and make sure migrations follow industry best practices and architectures.  So, for your next migration, you don’t have to worry about starting from scratch. It will be implemented using a plug-n-play architecture so you can easily replace or enhance different system parts.

 

3. Following Integration Best Practices

From our experience in MuleSoft Integration, we have developed our own best practices.

 

4. Define and Implement a Scalable Logging Strategy

No integration happens without logging, and every system requires a logging mechanism.  When we are working with a customer, we evaluate the best approach for implementing a logging strategy.  We have best practices that help you get the right amount of information when something goes wrong from the logging system.  

We build a scalable logging architecture for all of our clients. This allows for growth in the future so that if your organization needs to integrate more systems, you can handle it. In addition, we make sure you can transfer data reliably between channels.

 

5. Leverage API Specification or API Management of MuleSoft

We always follow the latest standards around API specification development in the IT industry. We select the best API specification standards for a customer.

  

6. Master Modernization using API-led Connectivity

If you have legacy systems and want to migrate away from them, we can use APIs to integrate between systems.  We look to API development and management that will lead towards modernization. 

 

To learn more about how AVIO and MuleSoft can transform your business and help you in your digital transformation journey, contact us.

 

About the Author

Manik Magar

Manik Magar is a Technical Architect at AVIO Consulting. In his 12 year career, he has worked for many industries including Finance, Insurance, Retail, Investments etc. He is a MuleSoft Certified - Integration Architect (Level 1). He focuses on providing end to end solutions with mix of technologies. Manik is an active community member in MuleSoft Community. He is one of the first four official MuleSoft Ambassadors, which is a group of people who help MuleSoft developer community.    

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