Shifting Gears

Shifting gears - Connext by YenloOn your bike there are situations where you want to shift gears, for instance going uphill or with wind straight ahead. Modern technology will make that even smoother than before using wireless gear shifting and precision operations. So, you can tackle whatever is ahead.  In our businesses we have the same thing: we want our systems to be able to seamlessly adapt to changing loads using elastic scalability. Does your API and ESB platform do that? Let me tell you about one that does!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about the longevity of technology, describing technology that was in use. 100 years ago, and to a large extent, we still use. Bicycles are such an example. Already in use one hundred years ago and we still use them as a mode of transport, especially in the Netherlands.

They might look the same as 100 years ago, but especially in the area of road bikes a lot has changed. And by the way, that's also true for mountain bikes or MTBs. Although we do not have mountains in the Netherlands, we do have a lot of wind. Therefore, shifting gears is something that is important when for instance we have a strong headwind. Luckily my bike allows me to shift gears in order to maintain my speed. For many cyclists this is a mechanical process where shifting means pulling or loosening a cable, thereby changing gears. It is a purely mechanical mechanism that has improved over the years.

But now we see the next phase of shifting gears. SRAM, an American bicycle component manufacturing company has created the SRAM RED eTap, a wireless system for gear shifting on both the front and back derailleur. The benefits are faster and more direct gear shifting, regardless of the situation. You can even add special buttons to your time trial or triathlon bike with buttons that you can push to shift gears. Uphill or downhill, wind ahead or wind in the back, you can shift gears for optimal cycling.

A nice analogy

Of course, shifting gears to tackle an obstacle when cycling is a very nice example that has an analogy in our businesses. In business you also need to shift gears. Imagine that you have an environment that is running for instance WSO2 API Manager and WSO2 Enterprise Integrator.

You suddenly see that traffic, or in other words the demand for your products or services, is growing fast and it could well be that it is growing so fast that the overall environment cannot cope with it. This can result in an outage which could mean lost revenue and for course your customers do not like your systems being not available. Like the cyclist that quickly changes gear when going uphill or shift gears in order to maintain speed, wouldn’t you like to have an environment that allows you to do just the same?  

Imagine an environment that like a cyclist shifts gear (automatically) when demand is high and scale down when traffic falls below a certain threshold value.


Well, I am happy to tell you that our Connext platform does exactly this. In this managed iPaaS platform we can scale automatically like the best cyclists can shift gears. If furthermore allows you to focus on your business (‘the ride’ in cycling terms) and let us take care of the gear shifting.

Contact us for a demo if you want to learn more abut Connext.

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June 12, 2019

Ruben van der Zwan

Ruben is CEO and founder of Yenlo. He is an IT visionary from the first hour, and always working on creating better ICT solutions. Ruben believes that with technology, we can bring the people in this world together and bring prosperity to everyone. Ruben is an evangelist of open source technology, integration platforms, and WSO2 in particular. He is a frequent speaker on international conferences.