A long time ago…..pre-coronavirus…..there were face to face to Meet-ups! In the new world, with many of us having to adjust to working largely remotely and deal with the endless stream of video calls – let’s take a moment prior to our first virtual meet-up to reflect.
We were lucky enough to host our previous “in person” MuleSoft Meet-up on the 27th February, right before the outbreak of the pandemic. I will jump straight into it and take you through it, as this now seems something that took place at a parallel universe, I just want to say how amazing it was getting so many new faces attend the event! Such a big crowd of first time Mulesoft “Meet-upers”, have now added such a fantastic vibe to the evening.
I have now been to a few meetups myself, so I was interested to get the thought of newcomers, how they found out about our event and what they were looking to get out of the meetups. A common message was shared: the meetups were gaining traction in the Mulesoft space!
The London Meetup has grown from strength to strength and we can clearly see this with all the blend of new and previous faces joining us each time, as the opportunity for Mule “newbies” to learn from “veterans” was not to be missed. I’m sure the pizza and beer had their role to play in it too! But this is exactly what value we hope the meetups are bringing!
After some pizza and drinks accompanied by some chats between likeminded professionals, the night kicked off with the help of our Community Superstars as per usual – this time with Architect Pawan Gupta and Program Manager Vikas Singh from Tata Consulting. It was great to find out their seasoned backgrounds within the space with Vikas having experience within the AI/RPA space which took some real interest.
The main event of the evening was delivered by Martin Gardener, Solution Principle at Slalom, on the topic of O(h)data. Martin bought some fantastic levels of experience to the meetup with around 16 years of CRM knowledge with him. In the talk he outlined how he learned to “stop worrying, and [start to] love integrating Salesforce with the Mulesoft Odata API kit”.
Starting on the app flow and the RAML spec, Martin gave a great intro on how to get started on using the API kit, including tips on versioning of the listener to ensure proper initialization. He also later included some dataweave which really got the techies going!
In all it was, as it always is, an insightful talk with the level of engagement showing that was indeed the case. Wrapping up the event, there was the opportunity of networking and practical talks over drinks.
What a great occasion and chance to be amongst MuleSoft experts, and exchange journeys and knowledge. We are delighted to see so many of you grasping this opportunity and hearing some good discussions taking shape and forming new ideas!
Make sure to follow MuleSoft & Pace Integration on LinkedIn to keep up with all our latest news and announcements! Join us at our next Meet-up and if you want to get involved to present or showcase your experience at the London Meet-ups – please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Asim Naeem.
If you would like to find out more about what took place, check the slides presented during the event, along with some photos taken throughout the evening by clicking here.
Our next Meetup will be our first Virtual Meetup which we have now launched and will be taking place on Thursday 17th of September. You can book your place through this link!