An API is an “application program interface,” or an interface that is used to connect software systems to each other. The increasingly complex nature of component builds requires that these “API glue sticks” fill in the gaps between what would normally be incompatible programs.
What are the benefits of an API?
The API, when properly implemented, helps a company’s software stay within the boundaries of industry standards. APIs also allow a company’s data set or other infrastructures to be easily integrated within another software system architecture. This helps companies quickly build out applications and a service base without having to give up proprietary information to their own code.
How does an API improve efficiency?
APIs physically improve the efficiency of the data moving between programs. This eventually improves the other functions of that business, as data moves faster and more efficiently, so do the people. External systems can also push and pull data with a higher precision when those systems are talking to a company’s infrastructure on a “first name basis.”
How does an API integration help to automate redundant tasks?
Collaborative efforts between companies are simplified because data entry is not required into locations for two separate functions. Because APIs allow for movement and for separate infrastructures to share information, data that is input into the system in one place does not need to be repeated in another. With the proper implementation of entity management functions, companies can automate the input that is usually required to properly populate a dataset.
The Samanage REST API allows customers and developers to expand and build on the Samanage platform.