MuleSoft Intros Crowd
April 21, 2017
Crowd features a set of powerful collaboration capabilities that enable
the creation, saving, discovery and reuse of APIs and other integration
assets within Anypoint Platform to drive new levels of business agility.
This Anypoint Platform release introduces significant updates to
Anypoint Exchange and the new Anypoint Design Center, making the
discovery, promotion and consumption of composable IT assets, such as
APIs and best practice templates, both easier and more natural for users
of the platform. By enabling self-service access to reusable assets,
central IT organizations can pave the road for innovation across the
enterprise, and enable line-of-business (LOB) and broader IT teams to
deliver their own integration projects quickly and securely. With this
release, IT teams across the organization are empowered to innovate
freely, deliver better customer experiences, quickly introduce new
products to market and contribute to building a composable enterprise.
"As one of the world's leading insurers, we strive to constantly improve
and extend our digital capabilities. Technology is a key enabler for us
to drive a superior customer experience, and innovate faster on new
features and services for our customers," said Mojgan Lefebvre, SVP &
CIO, Global Specialty, Liberty Mutual Insurance. "Liberty Mutual needs
technology partners who are driving innovative thinking and who want to
be at the forefront of our digital transformation. MuleSoft's Anypoint
Platform plays a key role in our strategy to enable reuse and
consumption across the organization and to build connected applications
with a digital-first approach."
"When deciding on a solution to connect all our internal applications
and systems, we sought a technology partner that could support our
cloud-based infrastructure. MuleSoft enables Splunk to orchestrate
across multiple cloud services in a matter of weeks versus months," said
Declan Morris, CIO, Splunk. "We are accelerating our business by
leveraging MuleSoft's continuous innovation. With Anypoint Platform,
we're able to extend API-led connectivity to enable reuse and
consumption across the enterprise, resulting in speed while minimizing
Current Ad Hoc Integration Approach Hampers Business Agility and
Introduces Security Risks
According to Gartner, "Digital business transformation is driving
ever-more connections between applications, systems and endpoints in
complex, multiorganization ecosystems. Application leaders responsible
for integration are having to empower almost every member of their
organization to support this new reality."
The explosion of mobile, big data, SaaS, PaaS and the internet of things
is creating spiraling levels of integration work and complexity. In
addition, integration specialists, application developers and LOBs
across the enterprise are increasingly doing their own integration on an
ad hoc basis. As a result, applications, data and devices are
inconsistently accessed, integrated and managed, and are hampering
business agility and introducing governance and security risks. To
reduce these risks, central IT will need to provide proper enablement
and collaboration to empower these broader IT teams to deliver their own
New Release of Anypoint Platform Enables a New IT Operating Model
This new release empowers users with the right tools and crowdsourced IT
assets from their organization to be self-sufficient with integration.
Through the new Anypoint Design Center and Anypoint Exchange,
organizations can quickly save, discover and reuse secured IT assets to
collaboratively build an application network for their enterprise.
Crowd highlights include:
A new Anypoint Design Center that
empowers every team across the enterprise to save and self-serve IT
assets to build application networks:
Web-based flow designer:
MuleSoft's web-based designer for integration flows is easy to
access and suited for use by IT professionals.
Guided flow design:
Every step is suggested based on the action that users take,
helping them to compose their flows by following best practices.
Reuse becomes native:
Reusable assets are embedded into every step of the design
experience, making reuse a natural choice rather than merely an
option users have.
A native collaboration, reuse and
consumption experience delivered through Anypoint Exchange:
Promotion of reusable assets:
Exchange is now integrated with all components of Anypoint
Design Center, including the flow designer and the API designer.
Reusable assets are suggested and promoted as you design your
APIs and integration flows.
Ratings and reviews:
Any user can comment or reply to a comment on any asset within
the Exchange to ask questions, offer suggestions, provide
feedback and more.
Quick view of dependencies:
Every reusable asset has a portal. Within an asset portal, users
can view the full list of other assets that have dependencies on
it, providing visibility and insight into potential impact from
changes to the asset.
New UI: Users benefit
from improved search capabilities, enhanced manual asset
publication flow and support for the OpenAPI Specification (OAS)
New API design capabilities within
Anypoint Design Center:
Faster, consistent API design:
Users can save API fragments (e.g., libraries, security schemes
and data models) from within API designer into Exchange for
discovery and reuse. API fragments can then be used for building
any API spec, ensuring consistent, secure API design across the
Seamless CI/CD automation:
Users can promote APIs across different environments.
Crowd, central IT and product teams have a unified way to bring people,
process and technology together to build an application network without
losing governance and control. Different teams can collaborate on
building APIs and integration while driving toward a common outcome on a
shared platform," said Mark Dao, chief product officer, MuleSoft. "The
innovations in this release are enabling businesses to change the way
they operate by empowering more users to discover, reuse and connect
technology and business assets to achieve greater levels of agility and