On Thursday, October 17th, 2019, Silverline hosted the quarterly NYC MuleSoft Meetup at our headquarters. The night kicked off with two presentations and ended with some networking and noshes.
First, I led a discussion on Fostering Innovation through APIs. After going through the usual intros and logistical information about the Meetup, I polled the audience for their take on how to foster innovation. The attendees responded with a solid list of the different ideas, which I then added to by discussing how the MuleSoft API Exchange and Portal facilitate innovation. The conversation differed from MuleSoft conversations I have led in the past — we didn’t focus on build or design, instead we discussed what comes after APIs are built. I reviewed and demonstrated some of the key features of the API Exchange such as auto generation, a quality searchable catalog, and how the portal allows for lightweight branding.
Then our guest speaker, Silverline MuleSoft Architect Bryan Kwon covered the new MuleSoft API Community Manager. Bryan talked about how Developers are the target audience for API communities and how the API Community Manager supports promotion and engagement. He also discussed the importance of branding and expanded on various Socialization Features that can be found in most successful API Communities such as Forums, Chats, Blogs and Support Case Managements. His presentation concluded with a review of already published and live API Communities for well-known brands, such as stripe.com and docusign.com.
The event continued with a panel discussion where the meetup attendees were able to ask more detailed questions regarding the night’s presentations, as well as other MuleSoft platform-related questions. The formal portion of the evening ended with trivia, prizes, and everyone’s favorite: awesome swag!
After presentations, the group networked over drinks and Mediterranean food.
The meetup group aims to get together once per quarter and the organizers actively solicit feedback concerning topics and suggestions on content depth. If you are interested in getting involved with the MuleSoft user group or want to recommend topics for future meetings, reach out to the leaders Gean Martinez & Suyog Gandhi (info below).
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