Integrating SAP applications with the rest of the enterprise has always been something of a challenge. Not only are there a lot of native interfaces to master within the SAP application environment, the middleware technologies relied on to make that integration happen have been difficult to master.
Against that backdrop it will be interesting to see how MuleSoft, a provider of a lightweight middleware framework delivered via the cloud, will fare now that the company has added support for SAP applications.
According to Chris Purpura, vice president of business development for MuleSoft, IT organizations have been looking for an easy-to-deploy middleware solution that takes the grunt work out of integrating SAP applications for years. The complexity of those integration efforts have deterred organizations from extending the value of the data that winds up being locked up behind a "walled SAP garden," says Purpura.
By first abstracting all the interfaces involved and then making middleware available as a service, the average mean time to integration should drop substantially. That in turn will allow organizations to get more value out of their SAP investment by making the data collected in the system of records they rely on available to any number of other applications, says Purpura.
Almost everywhere you look new applications that are designed to engage customers are being built. Unfortunately, because of the complexity associated with integrating with SAP applications, many of them are recreating the same data that already exists in SAP applications. Not only is that data redundant, more often than not it's in conflict with the data in the SAP application. Reducing the hurdles associated with SAP application integration is a good first step towards eliminating a series of cascading problems that currently plague far too many enterprises.