With Mule iON, MuleSoft has just taken the lead in a market in which they are the only player, and from the way it looks, only a handful of paying customers.
Apparently, there is a growing need for a "cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS)" and MuleSoft is filling that void, providing a product that "offers the simplest way for SaaS providers and integrators to on-board new customers, allowing them to build domain-specific integration applications that solve the integration challenge in a scalable and repeatable way."
To be honest, that sounds like some seriously confusing marketing bafflegab, and it confuses me when it comes to understanding exactly what the service is that they are providing. But apparently there's some substance behind the market need. "By 2016, Gartner has predicted that at least 35% of all large and midsize organizations worldwide will be using one or more iPaaS offerings in some form." So, MuleSoft is jumping in and taking the lead. So what can Mule iON actually do? Here's the take from the press release
Mule iON enables a host of integration use cases, including:
- SaaS to On-Premise Systems – integrate data from SaaS applications (e.g., Salesforce.com) with on premise systems, including databases, file systems or via FTP, lowering the barriers to adoption for SaaS and cloud .
- Cloud to Cloud Data Synchronization – synchronize data between popular SaaS vendors, breaking down data silos in the cloud.
- On-Premise Event Streaming to SaaS Application – update events originating from on-premise applications to SaaS or social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Yammer, Chatter).
- Exposure of On-Premise Data through SaaS Portals – expose enterprise data via a REST API to consuming applications, unlocking valuable business data from systems for external use.
You can read more from the MuleSoft's iON iPaas page.