GAIN A NEW LEVEL OF INSIGHT WITH ANYPOINT PLATFORM’S APPLICATION NETWORK GRAPH
Our partners MuleSoft recently announced the next major release of Anypoint Platform and the ability to harness the power of the Application Network with an “Application Network Graph”. Here is a summary of what this means for Anypoint users and an organisation’s digital transformation.
THE APPLICATION NETWORK
Firstly, it’s important to understand what an Application Network is. If you are unfamiliar with the term, in a nutshell API-led integration is about moving away from point-to-point connections to creating reusable services across the enterprise.
The Application Network exists in three layers or tiers, which separate APIs by function, purpose and owners. System-level APIs communicate underlying systems of record and other central IT resources. Process-level APIs are where Line of Business Owners add operational functions, and the third layer; Experience APIs, which are purpose built by Developers for a specific experience, are discoverable, self-serving, and reusable.
By following this modularised approach to connectivity, organisations can create an adaptable network of reusable microservices that are readily available for users. Each time you add another service, you add more value to your network. By encouraging self-serving access to data and resources, you can achieve a faster delivery and rate of innovation.
THE POWER OF THE GRAPH
The power of the Application Network lies in its graph, which understands every detail about an organisation’s applications, data and devices.
One way to think of the Application Graph is by looking at when social networks first emerged. In the early days, they were just basic information about yourself and your contacts. But with the advent of social graphs, social networks were able to choose the article you read first or recommend films to you based on what a friend liked. That changed the level of insight users could receive.
The same applies to the Application Network Graph: It contains metadata about all the details within an organisation’s Application Network, such as the catalog of APIs that are available, their versions, the developers that are authorised to access those versions, and the apps consuming the APIs.
As MuleSoft CTO Uri Sarid recently said at Dreamforce 2018, ”By exposing the relationships between the elements across the network, suddenly we can ask the Application Network questions – turning unstructured data into structured data and being able to query it”.
LIFTING THE LID ON SECURITY
From a security perspective, this means the Application Graph can alert you to all kinds of errors well before deployment. Imagine you’re using an API; its rules, and all appears fine. But the person who implemented it had no idea you would be storing sensitive information such as a social security number. But with the graph you can find out the make-up of each API if required well in advance.
In today’s digital-first world, the ability to build an Application Network can define how successful and organisation’s digital transformation is. By being able to easily unlock, visualise and act upon data in real-time, an organisation equipped with Anypoint Platform is able to pull critical business-level data from these connections, and therefore make better strategic decisions in a more competitive way.
MULESOFT ANYPOINT PLATFORM
MuleSoft's Anypoint Platform is the only solution that allows enterprises to truly achieve this level of automated digital transformation with API-led connectivity for service orchestration, application integration and APIs through a single platform.
Do you want to know more about how you can create more transformational opportunities with API-led connectivity? Please contact Henrik Mörner, Sales, or call 0046 72 211 63 56.
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