Early this week, Mulesoft was acquired by a CRM giant – Salesforce. The move, to combine strengths of the two technology domains in concern; integration and software as a service (SaaS), will shake things up in the world of middleware, cloud technologies, systems integration, and Saas.
Can this technology marriage work for the end-customer?
Salesforce is recognised as the de facto leader of the Saas world. Their drive to acquire integration leaders likens to a plan to strengthen their own technology and commoditise their ecosystem. However, we expect that the resulting competition will force many Salesforce and Mulesoft partners to re-evaluate their relationships.
The decision to absorb Mulesoft into the Salesforce environment is at odds with enterprise’s growing concerns with regard to ‘vendor lock-in’ – which also happens to be the fourth largest cloud concern – according to the Internet Trends Report 2017 delivered by Mary Meeker; a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
The acquisition of Mulesoft by Salesforce could potentially mark the end of Mulesoft as an independent, general purpose integration provider as it shifts focus to servicing the needs of salesforce customers. On the other hand, WSO2 will become the last standing independent Integration vendor offering its open source solution while avoiding dreaded vendor lock-in.
Mitra Innovation is a preferred partner of WSO2 and helps smart entrepreneurs, enterprises and public service organisations to accelerate innovative ideas into global businesses. We leverage WSO2 product sets to deliver digital transformation and integration solutions to major customers like Travis Perkins and Water+ utility.