Integration7mins | 11/10/2022
Along this journey to innovation, three of the most common goals are also three of the biggest challenges—becoming more agile, unlocking core data, and scaling. By adopting universal API management, your business can leverage the full value of your existing technology and dramatically accelerate digital initiatives.
With modern enterprises using up to 500 APIs on average, bringing your diverse ecosystem together is no walk in the park. Unless you’ve got MuleSoft by your side. In this article, I will discuss how this leading integration, API, and automation platform is the key for supercharging your digital transformation.
The Smart Way to Boost Business Agility
We live in a fast-paced digital world where agile businesses end up miles ahead of their competitors. Why? Think about how rapidly and unpredictably markets and customers change. The businesses that can adapt to this change quickly are the ones that survive and thrive. They’re able to pivot to meet changing demands while their competitors fall behind
One of the most exciting aspects of MuleSoft is that it allows your business to build, adapt, and adopt systems at impressive speeds. To show you how, let’s look at the composable business model.
Overtake Competitors with a Composable Business Approach
A composable business is where you have interchangeable building blocks that make it easy to adapt quickly. At J4RVIS, we use this model to help businesses boost their agility and MuleSoft is the platform that enables this.
MuleSoft is essentially a super API store. It establishes an API layer, giving your team the ability to unlock data and functions from your enterprise and make them easy to discover and reuse. MuleSoft BLOG acts as a centralised layer that is highly composable and allows building integrations through reusing components with simplicity and speed. For example, if you want to change your business processes or your customer experience you can leverage these building blocks to rapidly shift how you operate your business. MuleSoft gives businesses an agile toolkit to keep pace with new demands, shift how they operate, create better digital experiences, and, ultimately, get ahead and stay ahead of competitors.
Scale Your Business with Ease
When it comes to scaling a business, a lot of internal IT departments don’t have the resources or operating model to do this efficiently. This can become a serious obstacle to digital transformation, stunting business growth and wasting opportunities. As well as boosting agility, MuleSoft’s composable business approach empowers you to scale your business with ease by allowing your team to efficiently build systems that support and drive growth.
Unlock the Power of Your Data
Having access to data across your core systems is key to digital transformation—leveraging this data for automation and actionable insights supercharges it. A core challenge for businesses is having the right technology in place to unlock data and connect it properly across different systems. At J4RVIS, we use MuleSoft to leverage business systems by sharing data across different apps, creating an organisation that runs seamlessly using real-time data.
Use Case: Grill’d and MuleSoft
To give you a real-world example, we recently implemented MuleSoft for Grill’d which has enabled them to feed real-time sales data into their workforce management tool to accurately reflect demand and update rosters accordingly. And of course, this information is also vital for a smooth supply chain that gets the right amount of stock to the right stores at the right time.
Establishing a Single Source of Truth (SSOT)
Are you planning on building personalised customer experiences or gaining insights into student performance to boost graduation rates? MuleSoft empowers you to take control of your data with a platform that provides a single source of truth (SSOT) across your diverse digital ecosystem. It brings together disparate systems and different data formats to create meaningful and impactful insights. Remember what I mentioned earlier about modern enterprises using up to 500 APIs? This fact alone makes a SSOT invaluable for unlocking the power of your data across a diverse digital ecosystem
Speed Up IT Projects
IT teams are seeing more projects than ever before and API sprawl limits how quickly they can build new capabilities and digital experiences. On top of this, many organisations don’t have in-house integration experts to solve this challenge.
No matter what kind of business it is—retail, finance, hospitality, education—specialist apps and platforms are used to perform certain functions in the company. In an ideal world, you have access to any function in any of your systems, but to be able to do that you need an API layer like MuleSoft that sits on top of these systems
Free Up More Time for Digital Transformation Projects
While your IT team is working to keep the lights on and maintain the everyday functions of the business, it doesn’t leave much room for them to deliver digital transformation projects. So, instead of being able to deliver a project in three to six months, it’s going to take a lot longer—whether it’s a change to business operations, regulation or compliance requirement, or a shift in a product offering.
Without strategic API management, IT teams are left with the building blocks that already exist. With MuleSoft, you can go to the API “super store” (Exchange) and leverage existing templates to accelerate the delivery of projects.
How to Implement a Successful API Strategy
When I’m talking to people about API strategy, I often say it’s like building a house. You can hire a tiler and a carpenter, but unless you have a solid plan and architecture in place, you’re not going to get a great outcome. It’s the same with your API strategy. If you implement a platform like MuleSoft without a solid plan, you’re not going to end up getting the most value out of it. That’s why you need to start with a vision, a strategy, and a roadmap. With this as your foundation, the end full potential of data, and improve scalability.
Follow Your Business’ Vision
Digital transformation is an investment of time and money, so it’s important to ensure every aspect of it is aligned to your business vision. Your integration
strategy should be able to demonstrate the business value it’s going to bring to justify the investment you’re putting into it by building a strong business case.
Lay Out a Strategic API Roadmap
If you have a good architecture mapped out, you’ll get a lot more out of your integration investment. If you don’t have these architectural guidelines in place, you can end up with duplication issues which works against the goal of boosting agility and scalability.
Building a successful API roadmap requires both integration and industry expertise that business IT teams often don’t have. That’s where a partner like J4RVIS comes in. We work with our customers to learn about their vision of where the business is going and what challenges it’s addressing. Then we design a roadmap and architecture that enables the business to achieve those outcomes and use MuleSoft to implement our API-led strategy.
Prepare Your Team
One final aspect that’s worth mentioning is making sure your business is prepared for the change. If you’re investing in a digital transformation but your organisation is stuck in an IT methodology that isn’t agile, it can slow things down. You might be building all these amazing apps and investing in technology that speeds this up, but you also need to consider change management from a broad perspective to really set your business up for success
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