it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering Mule Anypoint Platform?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Mule Anypoint Platform, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Narayanaa - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Principal Architect at Invenio Business Solution Pvt Ltd
Top 5
Jul 12, 2021

I architected solutions using Oracle SOA/OSB, Spring Boot, MuleSoft Anypoint Platform on cloud / on-premises and hybrid modes;

What I see is though if you are an enterprise and have enough money then they can opt for Mule; All the enterprise level connectors like SAP etc. even connectors like FTPS are also charged additionally. Also you have multiple enterprise support models like Gold, Platinum and Titanium.

Another issue with Mule is it's complex licensing model and unclear/in complete documentation. Like for example in case of Mongo DB there is no way you can understand the significance of "connection string" based connectivity like LDAP based Authentication or X509 kind of connectivity.

Mule has Community Addition which is like Open Source but there are very few connectors to work with like HTTP, Database (Standard RDBMS), File, FTP etc.. But there's no support. Community support I frankly didn't see much neither the open-source cameraderie.

At the same time, I see MuleSoft as a Platform which can propel / transform any legacy enterprise into digital age.

Following are the reasons.

1. Mule comes with 100s of connectors for Communication protocols (HTTP, TCP, WebSockets, FTP, with Security etc..) + Data Protocols (Database, File, SAP, Salesforce) etc.. and supports a wide range of data formats like JSON / XML / CSV etc.

2. Mule Advocates API Led connectivity dividing the application into Data/System APIs (Abstracting Data Layer), Process APIs (A mash-up of System APIs), Experience APIs (supporting different UI Channels like Web, Mobile etc.) on top of Process APIs

3. It gives components a low code platform, with data transformation from one form to another form, Batch and other standard integration patterns like Routers/aggregators / scatter-gather etc.

The toolset and separation of concerns at each layer give a great level of flexibility for transforming any legacy enterprise into the digital age.

If you are an SMB or you have good developer workforce and you have standard integration scenarios like, File, FTP, Batch, Database or even otherwise -- you should look towards Spring Integration. You have great community and widely available documentation. Spring has other options for support as well as deploying to cloud to either VMware or as part of AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

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Rohit Sircar - PeerSpot reviewer
Integration Solutions Lead | Digital Core Transformation Service Line at Hexaware Technologies Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 7, 2022

I would rate Mule Anypoint Platform a nine out of ten.

Ankur_Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Practice lead for integration at Nagarro
Top 10
Oct 17, 2022

There is cloud maintenance required for some customized setups based on the client's needs and their network. My advice to others thinking about implementing this solution is the benefits of the solution depend on the architecture they have. The Mule Anypoint Platform is one of the best integration solutions and they come up with new updates which are required, whereas other solutions, do not have the latest updates. Dell Boomi has not come up with an update in the last year. Mule Anypoint Platform keeps on updating itself with newer versions every four to six months. They have a lot of free connectors. They have bundles so you don't have to buy different licenses. It's easy to use, very easy to configure, easy to install, easy to maintain, very stable, and secure. I would recommend this solution to someone who is looking for API management and integration with one single license. I rate Mule Anypoint Platform a nine out of ten

Solutions Architect at Forcepoint
Real User
Top 20
Jun 17, 2022

You have to look at how it affects your integrations and how you are going to add value to the business once you've implemented it. Suppose you are doing integrations from two to three applications, and they're charging more for that purchase. Then, it won't be so effective for you down the line, like in two or three years. If that's the case, I won't prefer to go for MuleSoft Anypoint Platform. However, if by doing this integration it would actually increase productivity, increase the flexibility for future integration needs, and improve the return on investment, then MuleSoft Anypoint Platform is a good choice. I recommend this solution, and on a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at eight.

Integration Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
May 19, 2022

They should be knowledgeable about their industry. They should leverage the platform's use cases and try to deploy it only when it is required. I am a client of this product. I would rate Mule Anypoint Platform an eight out of ten.

Principal Consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Mar 22, 2022

It's important to be aware of the cost implications of using this solution. Unless you know the extent to which you are going to use MuleSoft, you'll begin with a handful of APIs that need to be developed and then you'll start implementing more and more until you realize it's become quite expensive. I rate this solution eight out of 10.

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Padmaraj-Bharathan - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Director | Oracle PAAS & Middleware at Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.
Top 20
Jan 26, 2022

We are a partner and a systems integrator. I would advise potential new users to look at the service and target destination, where there is an expectation of automation. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten based on its overall scalability and flexibility. We're quite happy with it so far.

John-Lamb - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at Skyward Tech
Real User
Top 10
Sep 11, 2021

The issue seems to be the way they've positioned the product, advocating the experience layer, process layer and system layer through Mule. As it competes with the likes of webMethods, it rates as an eight out of 10. As an end-to-end solution, however, I would rate it a five at best.

Director of Innovation at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
May 28, 2021

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've mostly been very happy with the product's capabilities so far.

Senior Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
Apr 20, 2021

We work with our customers on integrating the solution. We aren't MuleSoft partners, nor are we direct end-users. The solution works across multiple deployment models, including on-premises and hybrid cloud. They also have their own managed cloud, which is the preferred method. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. If a company is interested in implementing the solution, first of all, they need to be clear with the requirements. They need to understand what exactly they were doing in terms of integration and they need to see what the current challenges are that they were facing. It's a good idea to analyze the different products which are available in the market. When a comparison is done, they are more likely to choose something that best fits their needs. A customer should never compromise on the quality of the product or the capabilities. If they plan to invest, they should do so by investing in a solution that has the best possible features for their budget.

IT Director - Data and Analytics at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Mar 17, 2021

I would rate Mule Anypoint Platform an eight out of ten.

Content strategist at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 15, 2021

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Chief Digital Transformation Officer at a consumer goods company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Dec 7, 2020

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I'm not sure of which version of the solution we are using right now. I'd recommend this solution to others. However, I'd advise that they be careful of the licensing terms. They're so convoluted. There are many hidden costs in the use of the product and you may not realize what it will actually cost until it's too late. Overall, I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Nov 10, 2020

We work on all three models, that is, cloud, on-premises, and RTF. Nowadays, people are going for cloud solutions. The cloud model is good if you do not have any compliance issues for storing customer information on the cloud. However, if you have compliance issues, you can go for on-premises deployment. There is also RTF deployment, which is a new and very stable option. People who have used the RTF option found it to be very good. I would recommend this solution. I would rate Mule Anypoint Platform a nine out of ten.

Technical Architect at Apisero global company
Real User
Top 10
Jul 29, 2020

I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.

Awais Omer - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Engineer at Tkxel
Real User
Mar 16, 2020

The pricing is a bit high for clients. As a developer, and my superiors and architects agree, that this is the easiest tool to use. I've worked with two configuration technologies, one was open-source and there is a huge difference with this. This is the easiest and best tool available. Mule should consider lowering the price. The should make improvements for B2B enterprises I would rate it an eight out of ten as it's a very good product.

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Mar 4, 2020

I would advise anyone interested that you need to make sure you're using the right patents. I think that's important. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Mule Anypoint Platform an eight.

MichaelSukachev - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Enterprise Architect at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 28, 2019

My advice for anyone considering this as a solution is first to get to understand exactly what resources will be needed from an architecture perspective. It is important to know how the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform works, what are the limitations, and the kind of consumption gradient they need. The idea would be to acquire enough resources — not too much that you overspend for nothing and not too low that there are performance or other problems. That was actually one of the good things about MuleSoft when we started to do our discovery or due diligence. In the presale process, a presale engineer explained some technical perspective on the MuleSoft solution and we were able to plan and handle it accordingly. They explained how their runtime how it works and what the provisions were. We had to decide how many cores we needed to get. They might delve into areas where we needed any additional explanation as to what they meant. They were very, very helpful because they assisted us in understanding instead of making anyone feel bad or have a difficult deployment because it was not so straightforward a process. They helped us to understand it and when you understand it, it becomes very easy from a planning perspective. On a scale from one to ten, one being the worst and ten being the best. I would rate this product about an eight. It is not a ten because of the problem with the connectors and right now the pricing models. Sometimes with pricing, you need to understand what you understand and when you need to be careful. The pricing may not be good or bad I don't know. In our case, it is what it is and we are satisfied. The thing that I saw was that other people who are dealing with MuleSoft, who don't have such a great relationship and perfect support team, might have misunderstood the pricing model. Because of that, the customer did not know what exactly they need to get and how the product filled their needs. So MuleSoft needs to keep their level of client education up to the level they did for us. Another thing with education has to do with training. There's not too much material on the MuleSoft cloud platform around anywhere. This is probably because at this point they have to do it by themselves because there is not a big community of users. It is very rare to find something on MuleSoft easily if you have an issue. You always can find information on Google and sometimes you can solve your issues. But what I am talking about is something a little bit more organized as clusters of information and videos. I wish I could get information from dedicated community platforms. It is maybe not something that they feel they can address, but maybe they actually can. Maybe they can create some kind of relationship with information and training platforms to introduce some awareness of their product.

it_user1040118 - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Vice President for Operations at Virtusa Global
Sep 10, 2019

We use the public cloud deployment model. We used to use the on-premises model, but we moved over to the cloud. I would advise others considering using the solution to do some kind of small project to start. Then, when you scale to a more production-like architecture, that's when you need the support and help. If you don't have it there in-house, you need to find that support. All of those tricky details which you maybe didn't do in that first phase, you need to do, and proper support will help. Make sure you have it. I would rate the solution eight out of ten. I'd rate it higher, but we got into some technical setups where we needed more expertise. We had to wait for that expertise. We got it, finally, through consultants, but we expected to get it more from the company. All they could do for us was point us in the direction of where we could get help.

it_user642135 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Associate Technology L2 at Sapient
Apr 15, 2017

It is a very good ESB tool for integration. It is easy to learn and their documentation is very well organized.

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User at California Water Service Company
Jun 21, 2022
Hi peers, With Mulesoft, integrations are easy to implement and maintain. Also, with Mule4, it is more stable.  However, the higher cost of maintenance/licensing is making us think twice to continue with this platform. Oracle SOA has died because of the same reason.   In my opinion, Mulesoft should rethink its licensing cost structure. What are your thoughts? Any alternative solutions?
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VARUNKUMAR - PeerSpot reviewer
Mgr Value Chain Integration/EDI at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 21, 2022
One of the oil giants started migrating to the Mulesoft Anypoint platform from their legacy integration platform only to realize at the midway that they couldn't bear the implementation cost anymore. As the API's got complex and started to demand more vCore, they halted any new development and deliberated to stay on the legacy platform for some more time.  So, obviously, Mulesoft should rethink on the pricing. 
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Dovid Gelber - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech blogger
Dec 1, 2021
Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether TIBCO BusinessWorks or Mule Anypoint platform integration and connectivity software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Mule Anypoint Platform. This solution’s graphic interface was designed with users in mind. The GI is very easy to follow visually. Everything is laid out in such a way that users can easily read and understand the statistics and feedback that the system collects. Instead of having to search for the data that the program collects, it is available in one place. This will save both time and resources. A single user will be able to find and interpret the data without needing a deep technical background. An organization that uses Mule Anypoint Platform will find that their monitoring capabilities have greatly improved. TIBCO BusinessWorks’s graphical interface lacks the simplicity of Mule Anypoint Platform. As opposed to the single interface screen that Mule Anypoint Platform offers, TIBCO BusinessWorks takes a more old-school approach. While it does gather data, it does not gather it in a single location. Time will then have to be spent looking for the particular pieces of data that are needed. This requirement will slow down a business's monitoring capabilities and prevent them from working at maximum efficiency. Mule Anypoint Platform also offers users two different options as far as the configuration of their system environments. It has what those who are looking to create their own technical environments seek. Mule Anypoint Platform environments can be easily customized. This makes it capable of a high level of flexibility. However, there may be those who want to save time and have no interest in having to create environments from scratch. Mule Anypoint Platform addresses this as well. There are built-in environments that can be deployed without requiring users to create anything new. All that users need to do is to start running the program. TIBCO BusinessWorks offers users the ability to build their own technical environments. Users can create custom palettes to meet whatever needs their business might have. However, should an organization want to save time by employing ready-to-use, built-in palettes, they are out of luck. There is a level of configuration required before you can use the program. Conclusion: While TIBCO BusinessWorks is a fairly competent product, we found Mule Anypoint Platform to be superior. Mule Anypoint Platform’s graphical interface and dual environmental options make it the more robust program.
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Rohit Sircar - PeerSpot reviewer
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I think one of the top leader in this space 'Boomi' is missing in the list.
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