Amid an ever-changing digital landscape, enterprises face many new technologies. These organisations must examine the impact of each and decide how best they can be used. A crucial element in this decision is the judgement of the chief information officer (CIO). Their voice is accountable for solving all technical obstacles and determining the direction of travel. A pressing obligation a CIO must understand these days is the importance of System Integration. They must learn how to utilise their existing IT landscapes most effectively and do so with minimal disruption.
Gaining a reputation in this field is MuleSoft. As a notable player, this article dives into the benefits of MuleSoft’s iPaaS solution, Anypoint Platform. We’ll see how its capabilities can be used and why they have had such an influential impact.
Challenges facing CIOs
The role of a CIO is very demanding – responsible for the security, management and utilisation of all information and data owned by an organisation. And, consequently, all the underlying IT systems that carry it. The number of enterprise applications is continually growing (up year-on-year), but currently, only 29% of those are integrated. Customers increasingly demand exceptional service from the businesses they interact with (with 72% of all customer interactions now fully digital). As such, a CIO can no longer allow data to be viewed in isolation, nor is it acceptable to create disjointed, unintegrated processes.
Below, we’ll examine their issues and investigate how integration can help solve the challenge.
“Digital Transformation has become a strategic goal for all organisations seeking to maintain a competitive edge.”
Achieving digital transformation isn’t readily understood; it doesn’t simply mean buying in new Tech and throwing out the old. First and foremost, it means understanding how to modernise current architecture. Yet, implementing any new strategy to fit an existing culture is demanding but equally important. For example, well-established organisations such as banks must retain mature mainframe systems developed over decades and only aim to modernise them.
This can be achieved via integration and is where MuleSoft steps up, linking services and systems regardless of the underlying technology. Organisations with a well-defined integration strategy can quickly embrace new technologies and deliver superior customer experiences. This ability to adjust and differentiate themselves is vital. MuleSoft has reported that an average organisation may lose up to $9.5 million if it fails with transformation programs.
As an example of successful transformation, an e-commerce business used MuleSoft to integrate its CRM, e-commerce platform, and inventory management system into one unified solution. It simplified operations and improved customer journeys. Consequently, the organisation saw increased efficiencies in managing interactions, better visibility of its inventory, and faster order fulfilment.
“The IT landscape comprises many SaaS and On-Prem applications.”
Many organisations are still using point-to-point integrations. This bakes in brittleness that eventually impedes new development and future growth. However, organisations spent $4.7 million on implementing custom integration. MuleSoft can remove this problem through its approach of API-Led Connectivity. Its platform provides a firm grounding, fostering integrated data flow and eliminating many silos. Not being able to do this has always been considered one of the major blockers to any transformation.
Healthcare providers have used MuleSoft to link their electronic health record systems (EHR), laboratory information, and billing systems. The result is enhanced patient care through improved operational practices.
Agility and Scalability
“An organisation’s ability to react to changing customer demands is critical to success.”
MuleSoft allows organisations to adapt quickly to changing business needs. An API-centric approach enables the design of discrete, reusable building blocks. This approach makes adding new applications and services far more manageable and straightforward. APIs simplify development; the average organisation believes APIs generate 38% of revenue alone.
A financial institution used MuleSoft to build an API marketplace. They can now onboard new partners and integrate with additional financial services quickly. It has accelerated its innovation cycle, providing customers with the agile omnichannel experience they wanted.
“Data is at the heart of every business; unfortunately, much of this is never utilised effectively.”
MuleSoft can be pivotal to unlocking data and delivering accurate, up-to-date insights. MuleSoft’s technology helps organisations attain real-time value from their data. And based on this current information, better decisions are made. However, 77% of organisations still need help providing their users with data-driven insights.
Retail chain businesses have used MuleSoft to integrate their point-of-sale (ePOS) systems with data analytics platforms. This view allows them to analyse purchasing patterns and personalise product recommendations made to customers.
“Cooperation with partners, suppliers, and customers is vital in today’s interconnected world.”
MuleSoft connects organisations with their ecosystem of stakeholders to allow harmonious interactions. They gain access to information from multiple systems without switching between various applications. Note that 36% of organisations now provide a completely connected user experience, but half still need help achieving the same.
For example, a logistics company used MuleSoft to integrate with its logistics partners’ systems to automate shipment tracking and provide real-time notifications. The result was better transparency. By utilising MuleSoft, they achieved greater end-to-end visibility.
MuleSoft’s platform is a powerful tool that has revolutionised system integration. Organisations that leverage those abilities see new potential. They can expect benefits, including reduced costs, streamlined processes, and optimised resource utilisation. Building integrated experiences increases customer satisfaction, promotes operational visibility, and allows faster innovation and new services.
Choosing MuleSoft also assures a future-ready advantage. The platform supports many integration patterns, APIs, and event-driven architectures. All to the required industry standards. This flexibility allows organisations to evolve and grow, becoming stronger and fitter through integrated connectivity.
If you’re ready to learn more about Mulesoft and the role it could play in your organisation, get in touch with one of our experts for a no-obligation chat.