Today more than ever, companies are looking for the best way to integrate their platforms and systems. For teams it is not so productive, for example, to be jumping from system to system looking for that data they need to close a sale or deal. It is a waste of time, money and productivity. That is why solutions such as AWS and Mulesoft have been born in the technology industry to integrate and connect applications through APIs.
Speaking of APIs, we explain how API-based integration works: “It is the process of connecting data and applications through APIs (application programming interfaces). It allows integration flows to be defined and reused by multiple parties inside and outside the organization”, they explained in an article on the Tibco portal.
Why is this integration of systems through APIs so attractive? It's due to the "increasing complexity of IT architectures containing vastly different applications and data sources, hosted on-premises, in the cloud, and more," they added in the same article.
In the case of Mulesoft, a technology focused on offering integration solutions for applications, data and other devices, makes its Anypoint Platform available to companies, dedicated to quickly designing and creating APIs and integrations.
Among the advantages that Mulesoft Anypoint Platform has, are the following:
Increase productivity by an average of 64%
“With API-driven connectivity, logic is distilled into its constituent parts, which means logic can be reused across different applications. This increases productivity, avoids duplication of effort, and allows developers to leverage each other's work," the company explained in an article on its website.
Allows you to launch projects on average 78% faster
With API-driven connectivity comes reuse and productivity. The advantage? Faster time to market and project launches.
Lower operating and maintenance cost by an average of 74%
“Another benefit of API-driven connectivity is reduced integration costs, as a result of reuse. This translates into lower maintenance and operating expenses”, they added in the same article.
If we talk about alternatives to Mulesoft Anypoint Platform, a very good option could be AWS Glue. We know that Amazon Web Services, as its name suggests, offers various cloud services to companies and, precisely with this solution, it offers simple, scalable and serverless data integration.
“AWS Glue is a serverless data integration service that makes it easy to discover, prepare, and combine data for analytics, machine learning, and application development. AWS Glue provides all the capabilities needed for data integration, so you can start analyzing and using it in minutes instead of months", they detailed in the website.
Tasks executed by AWS Glue include:
The great thing about AWS Glue is that through a friendly visual interface, users can easily search and find data, thanks to the AWS Glue data catalog.
“Data engineers and ETL (extract, transform, and load) developers can use AWS Glue Studio to visually create, run, and monitor workflows with just a few clicks. Analysts and data scientists can use AWS Glue DataBrew to visually complete, clean, and normalize data without writing code. With AWS Glue Elastic Views, application developers can use Structured Query Language (SQL) to combine and replicate data across different data stores,” AWS explains about the different professional profiles and roles that can take advantage of AWS Glue.
Faster data integration
“Different groups in your organization can use AWS Glue to work together on data integration tasks, including extracting, cleaning, normalizing, combining, loading, and running scalable ETL workflows. In this way, it reduces the time it takes to analyze and use the data from months to minutes, ”AWS detailed in its documentation.
Companies can automate data integration at scale
“AWS Glue automates much of the effort required to integrate the data. AWS Glue tracks your data sources, identifies data formats, and suggests schemas for storing your data. It automatically generates the code to execute its data transformations and loading processes”, they indicated in the same article.
You can forget about managing servers
AWS Glue runs in a serverless environment. There is no infrastructure to manage, and AWS Glue provisions, configures, and scales the resources needed to run your data integration jobs. You only pay for the resources that the jobs use when they run.