Anypoint Platform Architecture: Application Networks

An application network connects applications, data, and devices within an enterprise and to external ecosystems using APIs. This instructor-led course teaches experienced enterprise and solution architects how to direct the emergence of an effective application network out of individual integration solutions following API-led connectivity across an organization. It is case-study driven, with the solution architecture and effect on the organization's enterprise architecture for two strategic change initiatives being documented as the course progresses.

 3 days in-person

 3 days online

Advanced

Objectives

Pre-requisites

Outline

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Break down functional requirements into business-aligned, versioned APIs with effective granularity and API data model.
  • Direct creation and publication of API-related assets using RAML and Anypoint Platform components.
  • Architect for non-functional requirements on the level of API invocations and API implementations using components of Anypoint Platform.
  • Architect for specific requirements by augmenting API-led connectivity with Event-Driven Architecture.
  • Select Anypoint Platform deployment options.
  • Advise on effective use of the automation capabilities of Anypoint Platform for DevOps, CI/CD, and testing.
  • Advise on the establishment and operation of a Center for Enablement (C4E).

A basic knowledge and experience with the components of Anypoint Platform from one of the following:

Prior architecture knowledge and experience:

  • A clear understanding of the concepts and steps involved in developing software for the JVM (usually from developing in some JVM-based programming language)
  • Recent experience as an architect for a cloud platform software development initiative using any technology stack
  • A full understanding of the fundamental ingredients of enterprise integration including interface definitions and contracts; data encoding using XML or JSON; REST APIs or SOAP web services; SQL or NoSQL database access; message-passing using JMS, AMQP or similar; network protocols like TCP/IP, HTTP and HTTPS; single-resource transactions
  • Familiarity with the purpose of common components of enterprise and cloud technology architectures including identity providers, load-balancers, and name servers
  • Familiarity with basic security concepts including certificates and encryption at rest and in transit

  • Module 1: Introducing the course

    • Define Outcome-Based Delivery (OBD)
    • Describe how this course is aligned to parts of OBD
    • Use essential course terminology correctly
    • Recognize the ArchiMate 3 notation subset used in this course
  • Module 2: Introducing MuleSoft, the application network vision, and Anypoint platform

    • Articulate MuleSoft’s mission
    • Explain MuleSoft’s proposal for closing the increasing IT delivery gap
    • Describe the capabilities and high-level components of Anypoint Platform
  • Module 3: Establishing organisational and platform foundations

    • Advise on establishing a C4E and identify KPIs to measure its success
    • Choose between options for hosting Anypoint Platform and provisioning Mule runtimes
    • Describe the set-up of organizational structure on Anypoint Platform
    • Compare and contrast Identity Management and Client Management on Anypoint Platform
  • Module 4: Identifying, reusing, and publishing APIs

    • Map planned strategic initiatives to products and projects
    • Identify APIs needed to implement these products
    • Assign each API to one of the three tiers of API-led connectivity
    • Reason in detail about composition and collaboration of APIs
    • Reuse APIs wherever possible
    • Publish APIs and related assets for reuse
  • Module 5: Enforcing NFRs on the level of API invocations using Anypoint API Manager

    • Describe how Anypoint API Manager controls API invocations
    • Use API policies to enforce non-functional constraints on API invocations
    • Choose between enforcement of API policies in an API implementation and an API proxy
    • Register an API client for access to an API version
    • Describe when and how to pass client ID/secret to an API
    • Establish guidelines for API policies suitable for System APIs, Process APIs, and Experience APIs
  • Module 6: Designing effective APIs

    • Appreciate the importance of contract-first API design and RAML fragments
    • Opt for semantic API versioning and where to expose what elements of an API’s version
    • Choose between Enterprise Data Model and Bounded Context Data Models
    • Consciously design System APIs to abstract from backend systems
    • Apply HTTP-based asynchronous execution of API invocations and caching to meet NFRs
    • Identify idempotent HTTP methods and HTTP-native support for optimistic concurrency
  • Module 7: Architecting and deploying effective API implementations

    • Describe auto-discovery of API implementations implemented as Mule applications
    • Appreciate how Anypoint Connectors serve System APIs
    • Describe CloudHub's features and technology architecture
    • Apply strategies that help API clients guard against failures in API invocations
    • Describe the role of CQRS and the separation of commands and queries in API-led connectivity
    • Explain the role of Event Sourcing
  • Module 8: Augmenting API-led connectivity with elements from event-driven architecture

    • Selectively choose elements of Event-Driven Architecture in addition to API-led connectivity
    • Make effective use of events and message destinations
    • Impose event exchange patterns in accordance with API-led connectivity
    • Describe Anypoint MQ and its features
    • Apply Event-Driven Architecture with Anypoint MQ to address specific NFRs
  • Module 9: Transitioning into production

    • Locate API-related activities on a development lifecycle
    • Interpret DevOps using Anypoint Platform tools and features
    • Design automated tests from the viewpoint of API-led connectivity and the application network
    • Identify the factors involved in scaling API performance
    • Use deprecation and deletion of API versions in Anypoint Platform
    • Identify single points of failure
  • Module 10: Monitoring and analysing the behaviour of the Application Network

    • Describe the origins of data used in monitoring, analysis, and alerting on Anypoint Platform
    • Describe the metrics collected by Anypoint Platform on the level of API invocations
    • Describe the grouping of API metrics available in Anypoint Analytics
    • Make use of options for performing API analytics within and outside of Anypoint Platform
    • Define alerts for key metrics of API invocations for all tiers of API-led connectivity
    • Use metrics and alerts for API implementations to augment those for API invocations
    • Recognize operations teams as an important stakeholder in API-related assets and organize documentation accordingly

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