Leading Retailer Deploys Mule ESB as Backbone for Company-wide Architecture

Built-in Connectivity Options in Mule Enable Instant Integration with Legacy Systems, Cutting Development Time in Half
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – April 6, 2010MuleSoft, the Web Middleware company, today announced that Mason Companies Inc., a footwear, apparel and accessories online retailer, and one of the largest footwear catalogers in the world, has deployed Mule ESB to better integrate their ERP systems with third party vendors and distribution partners. Using Mule, Mason has been able to access new channels to grow its business, while its cutting system integration costs by 50%. In selecting Mule ESB, Mason joins the thousands of leading organizations who rely on Mule ESB to underpin their core businesses, including one of the world’s largest airlines, a top-three global wireless carrier, and five of the world’s top 10 banks.

As a pioneer in direct selling, Mason printed its first footwear catalog in 1906. Today, the Internet has become a major growth area for Mason, which markets 300 name brands and 10,000 styles through its ShoeMall.com website. Before implementing Mule ESB, Mason had no ESB or integration infrastructure in place. Instead, applications were integrated in a point-to-point fashion using custom code, making development expensive and creating a significant maintenance burden over time. As the company brought on an increasing number of vendors and trading partners, it became clear that an ESB could help the team significantly reduce the cost associated with integrating those applications with the core ERP system.

Mason chose Mule based on its wide selection of available connectors. Because its legacy ERP system lacked a web services interface, the team leveraged Mule's built-in socket-based connectivity options. By eliminating the need to write point-to-point code, Mule ESB has helped Mason cut the cost of integrating with third party vendors by 50%. In addition, Mule helps Mason leverage these new partners to accelerate growth. For example, by using the eBay API to load product information, the company can now leverage eBay as a channel to its massive user base.

“With Mule, we've been able to bring our 100-year-old business into the 21st century by upgrading our systems with minimal disruption to our critical transactional processes."

- Bill Korb, senior program analyst for Mason Companies Inc

“We have been able to drive rapid business growth by making our products available through additional online outlets, without the upfront investment of a complete system overhaul.”

Mule ESB is also helping Mason to “future-proof” its architecture. Over time, as Mason begins to replace its legacy ERP system with newer applications, the interfaces won’t need to be rewritten from scratch. Instead, because the integration is loosely coupled and standards-based, Mason will be able to reuse those interfaces with the new applications.

“We continue to see massive growth in adoption for Mule ESB by organizations of all sizes, and across industries,” said Ross Mason, MuleSoft founder and CTO. “Mule appeals to developers and IT executives alike, because it is the simplest way to solve difficult integration challenges, and also because it can help drive tremendous value to the business.”

About MuleSoft

MuleSoft is the Web Middleware Company, providing enterprise-class software based on the world's most popular open source application infrastructure products, Mule ESB and Apache Tomcat. With Mule ESB, Tcat Server and iBeans, MuleSoft brings an ideal combination of simplicity and power to today’s web applications. Its products boast more than 1.5 million downloads and over 2,500 production deployments by leading organizations such as Walmart.com, Nestlé, Honeywell and DHL, as well as 5 of the world’s top 10 banks. MuleSoft is headquartered in San Francisco with offices worldwide.

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