MuleSoft Roadmap 2022: How We See it

MuleSoft Roadmap 2022: How We See it

Over the last few years, MuleSoft has proven to be a true unified tool for automation, integration, and API management. MuleSoft as a tool helps to automate any workflow, so that technical or non technical teams can adapt to the new business changes. At A5 our primary aim is to simplify complex things to make life easier for our clients and their end-users. We innovate to accelerate digital transformation for our clients. In this blog, we have attempted to check out the MuleSoft Roadmap 2022 and add our perspective to help our clients adapt to the new business transformations. 

During the recent 2022 MuleSoft Connect conference MuleSoft unveiled its most exciting set of new products and features since the release of API Manager in 2014. Their new offerings are great additions that can support your business transformation goals. Here we discuss DataGraph, Universal APIM, and the new RPA product that together makes it a powerful business- led transformation tool.  

DataGraph: Unifying Data from Various APIs

An experienced API is not designed to serve all potential future consumers, so you don’t have to spend much time and effort trying to design the perfect reusable experience API. (The reuse that you will experience with 3-tier will most often be found in the system or process layers.) If you look at 3-tier API-led and think about the value added by the experience layer, it’s all about flexibility, with each consumer creating their experience API.

So if the goal of the experience layer is flexibility, there is a case to be made about building a general-purpose query service that can return many different data objects/tables instead of building a large number of experience APIs. Here we say there is a case to be made. Building such a service makes it easier for developers familiar with the data landscape to get the exact information they want. However, developers from outside the organization that is new to the API will find it more challenging to find the data they are looking for. Having a set of well-defined experience APIs exposed in an API portal is much easier for somebody to see what data is available quickly. A generic query service can be considered an “expert mode” to get the data. 

So, you and your IT teams can decide to build a general-purpose query API. Still, if you choose to develop a generic data query API, you need to look at the GraphQL standard and MuleSoft’s DataGraph offering. DataGraph was released about a year ago, and MuleSoft recently announced many improvements to the offering that demonstrate the robust enterprise nature of the offering.

First is that you can now not only query data but can create and update data using DataGraph Mutations. While you might not want to start your DataGraph journey by building several mutations, the ability to do this means that an investment in the DataGraph technology does not limit your service to only querying data.

Another exciting addition is GraphQL Federation which allows you to create Graphs of Graphs. Here’s how we see it- GraphQL, by its very nature, is designed to federate underlying APIs, which is excellent. However, different teams will create other GraphQL APIs in a large organization. With federation, an Enterprise Architect can manage API sprawl and leverage work done by developer groups to create enterprise-level APIs that combine multiple GraphQL and REST APIs. 

APIM: Managing APIs Universally

MuleSoft’s transition to being a pure play APIM Vendor has taken a big step forward since it now has three fully viable deployment options.

The first is a “traditional” MuleSoft deployment where you could manage APIs built on a platform other than MuleSoft only by having a proxy API running inside MuleSoft. While this worked fine, it was awkward and expensive over the long term. 

The second has been around for about two or three years now. MuleSoft supports a Service Mesh-based architecture by providing an Envoy Filter which allows MuleSoft to act as a centralized API Policy Enforcement Point for an Istio/Envoy Service Mesh. This is nice for MuleSoft customers who are also using Service Meshes.

Now, through the Flex Gateway and API Governance announcement and release, MuleSoft fully supports Universal API Management. Meaning MuleSoft can Secure, Monitor, and Manage APIs built using any platform or development language with no compromises. MuleSoft’s license model also now recognizes that some APIs are managed and hosted inside MuleSoft, and others are managed by MuleSoft but are hosted on other platforms.  

MuleSoft RPA: Automate Mundane Tasks And Processes

Business process automation has always had two main aspects. The first is integrating and orchestrating IT systems, and the second is managing, tracking, and optimizing manual business process steps. It will be exciting to see how MuleSoft’s and Salesforce’s approach to automation plays out over the next few years.

Using MuleSoft Anypoint to automate IT systems that support APIs, database connections, or messaging systems and MuleSoft RPA to handle integration to systems whose only interface is the UI gives excellent coverage for managing processes involving IT systems. Salesforce Flow helps to complete the picture by orchestrating MuleSoft and handling manual tasks like data entry and approval tasks inside the Salesforce environment. With these new additional features, MuleSoft Roadmap 2022 showcases a strong business transformation tool that is truly ready to lead both technical or non-technical teams at length. 

Now that we have discussed the MuleSoft Roadmap 2022 in detail, let us know what’s in your mind about the new features of MuleSoft. Need a broader understanding of how MuleSoft can address your ongoing business challenges? How can you use MuleSoft to automate your mundane tasks to lead business transformations? How can MuleSoft and Salesforce together lead your next digital transformation project? Get in touch with one of our experts to learn more about how we accelerate digital transformation for our clients with MuleSoft and Salesforce as our partners. 

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Brion Schweers, Board Observer

Brion Schweers is a Senior Vice President of Product Management at Salesforce, currently managing the Revenue Cloud Solution Excellence team. During the past 30 years, Brion has assisted enterprises around the world in transforming their business by focusing on their Product-to-Cash processes. Prior to joining Salesforce Brion was VP & GM, CPQ at Apttus, VP, Sales & Success at A5 Consulting, served on the OAUG ConfigSIG Board and spent 15 years at Oracle in various roles related to their CX and CPQ products. Brion is also the executive Sponsor of Vetforce – Carolinas and is actively involved in the Salesforce Military program where he mentors Veterans and their spouses with actionable, personalized career advice.

Joseph Truhe, Board Member

Joseph Truhe has over 20 years of investing experience. Prior to joining Jefferson Capital in 2013 Joseph was a Portfolio Manager with Whitney Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he oversaw the company’s Trust accounts and served as the Energy sector analyst for the Hancock Horizon Funds. Prior to Whitney, Joseph worked as an analyst and member of the investment committee at HFR Asset Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund platform in Chicago, Illinois. There, Joseph reviewed and maintained investment discretion over the firm’s Event Driven and Asia-focused hedge fund allocations. He was also responsible for the expansion of the firm’s Asia-focused fund offerings.  Joseph holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Steve Swartzman, Board Member

Steve Swartzman is a Principal and co-founder of CPC. Previously, as a co-founder of C3 Capital, he helped originate and manage over 35 investments, including national brands such as American Apparel, Traeger Grills, and Grunt Style. Steve’s chief focus remains consumer brands and e-commerce enablement businesses, and he currently serves on the boards of Grunt Style, Accel Clinical Research, Spoke Custom Products, Warne Scope Mounts, and New World Natural Brands.

Prior to C3, Steve structured and managed subordinated debt investments at KC Venture Group, and he spent 7 years as a Vice President with Citibank in New York, managing client relationships for emerging markets clients and structuring over $1 billion in complex trade financings. He is a past President of the Midwest chapter of the Small Business Investment Alliance, and he serves on the board of the International Center for Music at Park University in Kansas City.

Steve received a MBA from Columbia Business School and an AB in History and Literature from Harvard College.

He resides in Kansas City, where he was raised, with his wife Evelina and two sons, Harrison and Zandy. When he’s not working, his favorite activities are fishing, golfing, and eating.

Charles Scripps, Board Member

Chad has over ten years of experience investing in dynamic, growing businesses in diverse industries and geographies. His private equity experience includes HIG Capital, which has over $12B in capital under management, and AEA Investors, which manages over $3B of invested and committed capital. While at HIG and AEA, Chad led diligence, structuring, and financial analysis of potential and existing investments, and completed transactions in the industrial products and consumer services industries. Chad also has experience investing in the public equity markets, most notably as a Managing Director at Fox Point Capital, a $1B fund seeded by Julian Robertson of Tiger Management. He invested across a number of industries, including industrials, financials, technology, and consumer products, and led Fox Point’s international research. Prior to focusing his career on investing, Chad was a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, solving strategic problems for the world’s leading companies. Chad earned an MBA with Honors in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS with Distinction in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lester F. Alexander II, Board Member

Les Alexander is a partner with Jefferson Capital Partners where he provides mezzanine and equity capital for growth and buyout transactions. Mr. Alexander is a member of the firm’s investment committee and serves on the board of directors of several portfolio companies where he is actively involved in strategic planning and corporate governance. Prior to joining Jefferson Capital, he worked at Advantage Capital Partners where he completed several portfolio company investments and served on the investment committee. Before becoming a private equity investor, Mr. Alexander served as president of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a leading fire truck and emergency vehicle manufacturer. At Ferrara, he was responsible for managing a workforce of 450 employees producing over 300 vehicles annually for its domestic and international customers. As an investment banker for 15 years with such firms as Howard Weil, Southcoast Capital, and J.C. Bradford & Co., Mr. Alexander completed over 50 public offerings of debt and equity securities, private placements, and merger and acquisition transactions totaling more than $7 billion for public and private companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Alexander is an adjunct professor at Tulane University and Loyola University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in investment banking, private equity & venture capital, advanced financial management, investments, and entrepreneurship. He is also the board president for Benjamin Franklin High School, a public charter school in New Orleans. Mr. Alexander is the former Chairman Finance of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and served on the global Board of Directors. He is a founder of the Louisiana chapter of ACG and was a recipient of the ACG global Meritorious Service Award and the Louisiana chapter’s Outstanding Service Award. Mr. Alexander received his bachelor of science in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1989 and his MBA from the University of North Carolina in 1993.

Patrick F. Healy, Board Member

Based in Kansas City, Mr. Healy is a co-founder of C3 Capital. He has been an active private equity investor since 1985 and was a co-founder of C3 Holdings in 1994. Prior to this time, he sponsored and structured equity investments in real estate. He gained extensive workout and restructuring experience as chair of the creditor’s committee of a $1 billion bankruptcy and from being called upon to rescue a publicly-traded company from a major fraud. Mr. Healy was a senior tax partner at Mayer Hoffman McCann, a regional CPA firm, for eleven years. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kansas.

Chris Waters, VP of Strategic Sales

As Vice President of Strategic Sales, Chris guides and influences all strategic sales activities at A5 , starting in presales activities, successful sales methodology, sales process, and continued revenue generation and expansion opportunities. Furthermore, he will provide oversight in strategic sales function for the company and develop strategic sales plans that will promote growth in sales and customer satisfaction. Chris has proven his commitment to sales leadership and organizational success through field leadership as National Sales Manager at Deluxe Corporation, Field Sales Manager within the Social / Analytics Cloud at Oracle, US Regional Manager for CPQ Major Accounts at Oracle and now as Vice President on Sr. Leadership Team at A5.

Keith Fox, GM Salesforce Canada

Keith Fox is a software and consulting veteran for the past 34 years. Keith started his career at EDS which was followed by 4-year stint offshore in Bermuda. Keith then returned to Canada where he held a number of progressive sales and technical positions with software companies such as Sybase, BEA, and Oracle. After his stint with Oracle, Keith founded Cloudware Connections, a premier Salesforce consulting partner. 11 years down the line, Cloudware was acquired by A5, and Keith joined as GM for Canada.

Tarun Sharma, Vice President Delivery

Tarun Sharma is Vice President Delivery at A5 and is responsible for customer success, project operations, recruitment, resource utilization, and sales operations functions for Oracle practice. As a business and technology leader Tarun helps businesses develop solution strategies to streamline the sales process and improve customer relations to drive revenues, profits, and build brand loyalty. Tarun has led customers through digital transformation journeys. He has commanded strategic and tactical initiatives to shorten sales cycles, increase deal values and productivity, improve brand awareness and help organizations become easier to do business with. He has helped customers modernize their sales enablement tools and present a single source of information to support an omni-channel sales approach. This includes global roll-out for multiple business units included multi-currency and multi-language. Tarun graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

Adam Rosenfield, VP of Salesforce Practice

As Vice President of A5’s consulting practice – Adam is responsible for both strategic alliances with partners and expanded sales growth through the entire portfolio of A5 services. With over 20 years of Sr. level management consulting expertise – Adam has worn multiple hats in his career including practice development, sales, and client advisory. He has sold & delivered countless enterprise transformational initiatives creating a measurable competitive advantage for his customers. In addition to various technical software certifications, Adam holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in Accounting & Information Technology from the University of Texas at Austin and resides in El Paso Texas with his wife and 3 children.

PJ Alfrejd, CFO

As the CFO, PJ is responsible for all things financial at A5. With over 20 years of experience in financial leadership positions, PJ has worn all the hats required of a growing tech business. His extensive knowledge of the consulting industry, experience with M&A, and strength in operational finance is another catalyst to take A5 to the next level in its growth trajectory. PJ is a CPA with a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has held various finance leadership positions at Exodus/Savvis (acquired by Centurylink), Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco), and mFoundry (acquired by FIS).

Vinay Kruttiventi, President & CEO / Chairman of the Board

As the CEO of A5, Vinay plays an active role in all aspects of day-to-day business operations. He is also actively involved in establishing a strategy and vision for the company. As a true customer advocate with Salesforce and Oracle product development, Vinay is actively engaged in various industry user/special interest groups. Since founding the company in 2004, Vinay has grown the business into a leading Salesforce, and Oracle partner focused on multi-cloud transformations.

Vinay has successfully implemented and architected CPQ solutions and multi-cloud complex transformation projects for various Fortune 500 companies since 1996. He has a strong authority over industry, process, and technology in Configure-Price-Quote and ERP applications. Vinay graduated from Osmania University with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University) with a Master in Technology degree.