API-led Connectivity with MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform

Software integration isn’t a backend system anymore – customers and partners are willing to use multiple devices and apps to access your services. With API-led connectivity approach to IT architecture you can create seamless frameworks of applications, data sources, and devices connected by APIs, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

What is API-led connectivity?

Although an API isn’t a new technology as such, it’s application to software architecture combined with a notion of reusability is quite innovative. According to MuleSoft’s methodology – API-led connectivity is a methodical way to connect data to applications through reusable and purposeful APIs.

An API-led connectivity approach promotes the identification, publication and discovery of companies’ digital assets – API’s and microservices – to enable higher degrees of reuse. It implies that API’s become primary building blocks for your internal and external systems integration needs.

This approach speeds up the app launch and modification cycles, the release of new products to market, makes it easier to secure and manage access, and ultimately enable companies to do more and faster with less.

How does API-led connectivity work?

API-led connectivity moves beyond the idea of point-to-point and traditional ESB architecture – instead, you build layers of API’s that are responsible for certain systems, processes and end consumer experiences. It is realised by introducing layers of abstraction and control between the mission-critical legacy systems and the front-end exposed to developers, unlocking corporate data and assets.

API’s expose a company’s digital capabilities in a way that they can be reused and recomposed in different and potentially unintended ways to create innovative new services and consumer experiences. This methodology also allows organisations to easily add more and more devices and solutions into their mix while maintaining high performance of the whole system.

For example, API’s exposed via MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform can be broadly categorised into one of three layers: Experience, Process and System APIs.

  • Experience APIs are developed according to how the information is displayed on any particular device, or consumed by different stakeholder groups. Experience API’s are used for multiple endpoints, access rights and rules and more.
  • Process APIs are designed specifically to reflect business processes in an organisation, such as customer creation or payment execution.
  • System APIs are those APIs which extract sensitive information from backend systems and unlock legacy systems, either databases, applications or servers.

How to start?

The best way to start delivering with API-led approach – is to identify a set of key projects that would allow to establish the right working practices, guidelines and governance model, as well as generate a first set of reusable APIs.

How Ricston can help?

The Ricston API Foundation Program has been developed as a best practice to establish a baseline API-led integration capability for customers adopting the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform™. The program provides seamless on-boarding of the technology and establishes a framework to ensure successful adoption.

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About MuleSoft, a Salesforce company
MuleSoft’s mission is to help organizations change and innovate faster by making it easy to connect the world’s applications, data and devices. With its API-led approach to connectivity, MuleSoft’s market-leading Anypoint Platform™ empowers over 1,400 organizations in approximately 60 countries to build application networks. By unlocking data across the enterprise with application networks, organizations can easily deliver new revenue channels, increase operational efficiency and create differentiated customer experiences. For more information, visit https://www.mulesoft.com
About MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform
MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™ is a leading solution for API-led connectivity that creates an application network of apps, data, and devices, both on-premises and in the cloud. This hybrid integration platform includes iPaaS, ESB, and a unified solution for API management, design and publishing.
Mule – a runtime engine of Anypoint Platform leverages mainstream Java development tools like Eclipse, Maven, Spring & Ant.
MuleSoft is a registered trademark of MuleSoft, Inc, a Salesforce company. All other marks are those of respective owners.

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