The Mule Is Roaring
Mule itself is a very solid project, great Spring integration, lightweight to use but with lots of clever bells and whistles. MuleSource has one of the few “open source” business models that I think can succeed – selling software insurance on infrastructure pieces to banks (just like JBoss did). If anything, I think that Mule will democratise ESBs. They mainly seem to be used by big co’s, but with something as simple to set up as Mule, you’ll start to see it used more and more by smaller companies and start ups as a critical piece of backend infrastructure.
Besides being an absolutely top bloke, Ross worked at Atlassian as an engineer on Confluence 1.0, and recently came full circle to sit down for a great case study on how MuleSource uses our software to power their development environment.
Together, Confluence and JIRA have improved productivity 10-fold in terms of managing a distributed team of developers, tracking issues and fixes, surfacing documentation and knowledge effectively, and managing over 100 code modules.
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