Api Integration Management
API stands for Application Program Interface. It refers to a set of tools, protocols or routines used for building applications. An API informs software how it must interact. Another way to understand API is to think of it as the waiter in a restaurant. There’s the user(diner), and there’s also the software(cook). In a restaurant, the diner’s order needs to get to the cook and the result – their actual food – needs to be returned. When it comes to applications, this job goes to API. It is the connection that makes possible the interaction between people and their devices and the digital systems they rely on.
A quick example you’re probably familiar with is trying to book a flight. Nowadays, most of us use sites like Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz. Whatever your preference, they all do the same thing. You tell the site when it is you want to leave, where it is you’re going when you’d like to come back, cabin preferences, budget, etc.
These sites don’t have direct access to the airlines’ databases, though. Instead, they interact with the airlines’ APIs, returning what your options are for that upcoming trip. They essentially go to the airlines with your order and come back with the results. In other words, APIs are all about connection, and are a way to integrate data from one source into another source, such as a web service or mobile app.
We’re currently living in the era of Web API, which started back in 2005. Since 2010, however, the prevalence of public API has soared. API integration helped make businesses like Amazon and eBay possible has now become commonplace and its popularity doesn’t show any signs of waning.
Greater Business Agility
After reading about the innovations API has already fueled, it should be pretty obvious that these will continue into the future. One way this will happen is with API that is progressively more agile. While the history of API shows that agility is already a major factor, we predict you haven’t seen anything yet.
Companies benefit greatly by continuing to make API available to developers and making them as easy to leverage toward as many goals as possible. Furthermore, as the Instagram example pointed out, if they don’t do this, developers will generally find a way on their own.
For those who may not be familiar with this concept, microservices architecture is a software development method that allows you to make applications as deployable, modular services that all belong to the same suite. These services act independently but communicate through a lightweight mechanism, so they’re still able to accomplish their stated goals.
This will be a major trend in API because, much like with agility, it allows developers more freedom to use API integration for API-related innovation.
Widespread Private and Partner API Integration
The benefit of a private API is that it has the potential to greatly decrease development time and the required resources for integrating internal IT systems, build new ones that maximize productivity and create customer-facing applications that market reach and increase value to existing offerings.
Partner APIs hold great promise because they give the developer(s) greater access to the company. Essentially, in this type of arrangement, interface designers and business managers work with developers on building new applications.
With all kinds of innovations happening each and every day, it is an exciting era in the history of API. However, keeping up with the changes and knowing how to maximize the benefits can be tricky to understand. Hiring a company like OpenLegacy to help streamline your API integration is one of the quickest, easiest, and most effective ways to ensure you stay up on all the latest trends and maximize the value.