APIs or application programming interfaces makes it possible for programs to communicate with one another. Though it may sound complicated, this concept is probably not something you are completely unfamiliar with. APIs are used, for example, when you cut text from Word and then are able to paste it into an Excel spreadsheet. The ability to move information between these programs is what makes an API so valuable.
And on the web, modern APIs allow the secure and encrypted transfer of data across the internet and through corporate firewalls. APIs are what make it possible for large services like Google and Yelp to work together to bring users the best experience possible. Ever wonder how your search results in Yelp are displayed on a Google map based on your location? Or how many different web services such as Pinterest make it possible to login by using your Facebook ID? APIs make that possible by revealing specific amounts of information for that program without having to expose it all.
Its value then, lies in its ability to allow outside programs or mobile apps to securely access data behind your firewall. APIs can also be used to automate data integration between trading partners, for example: insurance carriers and healthcare providers, retailers and distributors, cloud based systems and ERP systems.
Another common use for APIs are the drive web portals, allowing your clients to securely access their information and transact with your company. This is particularly valuable for projects involving consumer accounts or profiles, or any project that involves the storing of sensitive or personalized client information.
Projects can run more efficiently and successfully with the effective execution of APIs. With knowledge in utilizing RESTful architectural systems and SOAP procedures, Artemis can expertly help your project do just that.