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Posted on 9 March, 2016 by Kevin Henshall & Riaan Ingram

Importing types defined in an OpenAPI specification into Mule ESB

A mainstay of service-oriented integration is contract first design to accelerate development and facilitate a test driven development approach. When it comes to APIs the most widely accepted ‘contract’ definition standard is the OpenAPI specification, previously known as the Swagger Specification. In contrast the MuleSoft technology stack relies on the RAML specification, which is natively supported across its API Gateway and ESB products.

Due to the large base of tooling and community support that OpenAPI offers, you may prefer to make use of the OpenAPI standard to define your contracts instead of RAML. In this blog we will show you how to import the types defined in an OpenAPI definition into Anypoint Studio for development use in MuleESB.

Posted on 2 March, 2016 by Brett Parslow

5 Recommendations for Delivering Mobile Applications with True Value

“Enterprises have realised that to deliver true value from their mobility initiatives they must mobilize their internal operations and customer interactions” IDC

The mobility market is maturing and it is no longer enough to simply have a mobile app to be ahead of your competitors. To create significant advantage, you need to develop mobile solutions that make it easier for your employees to do their job - whether that be giving them the information they need to service customers better, reducing paperwork or enabling them to complete internal tasks on the run.

In this blog I’m going to share with you my top five recommendations to ensure your mobile application delivers true value for your business.

Posted on 17 February, 2016 by Riaan Ingram

Workday Technical Tip - Large Documents

In the HR domain, employees typically have multiple large documents associated with them that are of interest to an enterprise such as performance reviews, profile pictures and scanned contracts. In this blog I discuss how to avoid issues that can arise from employee documents when integrating with Workday

Posted on 14 January, 2016 by Nirdesh Gupta

Solving the Agility Challenge with APIs

Efficient systems integration has long been a key enabler, and a key obstacle, for organisations striving to be strategically responsive and flexible. Middleware platforms continue to be a proven, best practice approach for large scale integration. However, in the digital age businesses can’t always afford to wait a year to test a new a concept or launch a new product.

APIs provide a faster, more lightweight approach to systems integration. In this blog I’m going to discuss how APIs can help you go ‘bimodal’ to solve the agility challenge.

Posted on 18 December, 2015 by Souvik Mukherjee

Applying Think Outside the Box Principles in the Digital Era

In the digital era, information technology is the horse to the chariot on which businesses ride to solve problems and ultimately reach their goals. Businesses are relying on their IT systems to enable better engagement with customers, drive competitive advantage and create new revenue streams.

With this reliance comes both an opportunity and responsibility to solve problems in different ways. One of the pioneers in the research of complex systems management, Howard Eisner, has long been an advocate of Think Outside the Box (TOTB) for problem solving. In this blog, I’m going to discuss how applying these principles to the design and management of IT systems will keep your business at the front of the pack in the digital era.