What are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and why have they become mission-critical to your organization in 2021?
An Application Programming Interface, or API, enables companies to make their applications’ data and functionality available to external third-party developers, business partners, and internal departments within their organisation. This allows services and products to communicate with each other and leverage each other’s data and functionality through a documented interface.
Basically, APIs simplify software development and innovation by enabling applications to exchange data and functionality easily and securely. It is simply a coding that allows something, in real-time, to send information back and forth between a website, or app, and a user.
How does an API work?
An API is a set of defined rules that explain how computers or applications communicate with one another. APIs sit between an application and the web server, acting as a secure intermediary layer that processes data transfer between systems.
So how would this benefit your Company?
At some point in time, most large companies have built APIs for their customers, or for internal use, and Locstatt is no different. We now offer exclusive Partner APIs to facilitate software integration between specific businesses, and in turn provide a way for your separate programs to interact with each other. The possibilities for our Locstatt clients are endless and are certainly the future when it comes to adding multiple business opportunities.
Let’s take Training as an example…
Imagine being able to automatically collate ALL of your Training records from 3rd party providers, and have it displayed in your Locstatt Company Performance Overview!! Simply having the power of Tracking all your Training effortlessly. Imagine the time and effort that would save each month.
Also imagine the cost savings when you no longer need those extra ‘admin’ personnel manually collating your external Company information from pdf, csv or excel sheets.
What about that App you use to Track & Manage your Company vehicles, or the Flight Tracking Dashboard you use to monitor the helicopter flights to your offshore platform?
Why not get an API in place, and bring everything under one umbrella? Give your upper management not only the power at their fingertips to log into just one site, but also to make those safety critical decisions from leading indicators.
Locstatt now offers 2 distinct API packages:
Why the Locstatt Application Programming Interface (API) is Vital for your Company.
It has become apparent, that in 2021, the rapid growth in use of APIs to counteract the use of stranded applications is now quickly separating those companies willing to embrace cutting-edge technology from, those companies that are left sitting on the side-line.
What is our definition of Stranded Applications?
A ‘Stranded Application’ is often a web-based tool that, while communicating high quality data, does not talk to other applications.
APIs can now create endless possibilities for our Locstatt clients, and are certainly the future to multiple business opportunities.
Why we need APIs.
Improved Collaboration – many of which are disconnected. APIs enable integration so that these platforms and apps can seamlessly communicate with one another. Through this integration, companies can automate workflows and improve workplace collaboration. Without APIs, many enterprises would lack connectivity and would suffer from informational silos that compromise productivity and performance.
Easier innovation: APIs offer flexibility, allowing companies to make connections with new business partners, offer new services to their existing market, and, ultimately, access new markets that can generate massive returns and drive digital transformation performance.
Because APIs allow companies open access to their resources while maintaining security and control, they have become a valuable aspect of modern business.
Over the years, what an “API” is, has often been described as any sort of generic connectivity interface to an application. More recently, however, the modern API has taken on some characteristics that make them extraordinarily valuable and useful.
In fact, API use has surged over the past decade, to the degree that many of the most popular web applications today would not be possible without them.
The 10 Locstatt Modules themselves are already integrated, so every application talks to the other 9; isn’t it about time you start to integrate all the other pieces of the puzzle, so you can truly see the power of your whole Company?