APIs and web services integrations share data between systems.
In the simplest terms, APIs are best thought of as doors which clearly define exactly how a program will interact with the rest of the software world saving time and resources.
Moving information between programs is achieved by “exposing” some of a program’s internal functions to the outside world. That makes it possible for applications to provide data, receive data, and take instructions on another’s behalf without requiring the developers to share all of their software code or write connecting spaghetti code. This simplifies communications by limiting outside program access down to a specific set of features (trigger a number of functions to do something), limiting to a set number requests, and perhaps only allow read-only access (no writes), or any controls as required.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, we take advantage of APIs to achieve connectivity between well-known existing applications for many of our clients. This often involves the manipulation of well supported data formats to share this information (e.g. XML, JSON, EDIFACT, CSV).
We have lots of experience with both open source and proprietary stack APIs.
Contact us to discuss your next project which may require some integrations with APIs.