MuleSoft Composer’s Ease of Use Reduces the Need for IT
An overview of MuleSoft Composer for Salesforce is the subject of this “Salesforce Simplified” podcast, and there’s no one better-suited to speak on the subject than AdVic’s own MuleSoft Practice Director, Tom Minton.
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Hello, everyone, and welcome. Guess what? Tom’s here. That’s right. Today’s subject on the Salesforce Simplified podcast is MuleSoft Composer for Salesforce, which was introduced earlier this year, and there is no one better suited to talk about that subject than Ad Vic’s own MuleSoft Practice Director, Tom Minton. Hello, Tom.
Thank you for having me. I really appreciate it.
It’s great to have you with us. Let’s talk about this MuleSoft Composer for Salesforce. Tell me about it. Tell me what it is and tell me what it enables folks to do.
Sure. The main advantage to MuleSoft Composer for Salesforce is that it allows Salesforce admins the ability to create inner integrations with external systems, just really with no code. Just clicks. Is something that is pushed out to their particular organization and as an admin, they have a screen and they have a variety of connectors they can connect to without having to involve anyone deeper in the IT department, without having to have a huge, vast knowledge of MuleSoft coding ability, and just really to get sort of the results they need, the information they need in a much quicker, much more efficient way.
Why, in your opinion, did MuleSoft create Composer when they already had a great product in Anypoint?
They do have a very number one integration platform in their Anypoint Platform however, there’s a lot of businesses, especially some of your medium and emerging businesses, that are … There’s sort of a sticker shock. I’m not going to say that it’s the most expensive option, but it certainly is an investment that you make kind of for the long game and you see your savings and your efficiencies down the road. That particular plate isn’t always in the budget. It was a way to offer, I don’t want to say a lighter version, but a certainly a more compact version that allows companies that you don’t have to worry about some of the overhead or configuration of any environments or some of the things that come along with MuleSoft and your existing Salesforce administrators are able to pick up that tool and use it for very, very little ramp up.
Before we get into some of the things that MuleSoft Composer can do on its own, can we talk a little bit more about the difference between MuleSoft Composer for Salesforce and MuleSoft Anypoint Platform?
Yeah, sure. Anypoint Platform is the full-blown tool that allows you through their development plan, which is known as Anypoint Studio, to develop fully customizable integrations that have hundreds of connectors. You can connect to just about anything in the world with MuleSoft, which makes it great. But most IT departments in the world …, IT, before the last say 10 to 15 years was always a cost. It was always just the cost of doing business. You had to have the IT department. We’re moving into a world and a thought in business leadership where IT is now actually could be a source of revenue. Sort of Cloud first. There’s a lot more online now. There’s a lot more app sort of needs where you’re making money for your IT department. The full platform is wonderful for that. It allows full customizations. You can do some pretty tricky transformations and things like that.
Now, Composer, you are able to connect to many different … I think as of today, there’s 14 different connectors you can use into 14 different systems. However, you’re limited to those. In the full version, if you really needed to get to something and there wasn’t a pre-made connector available on Anypoint exchange, you could usually use some other connector, like a database connector, and get to the back end or if that particular system has an API, you can tie into it through that way. Composer, you’re kind of limited to what they have; however, they’ve taken the most common uses and elements of what business is going to need and put them into Composer. Their tagline is clicks, not code. That’s really the big difference is you use what you have with Composer. There’s not a lot of customization that you can do, whereas with the full blown MuleSoft product, the sky’s the limit on that.