APIs are a necessity of modern IT. It isn’t a question as to whether APIs are needed, but instead, the question is how many are needed and how they will actually be made, created, and put into the world. Here are 10 reasons you should consider integrating an API platform
1) The Cloud.
It’s that simple. If you want to connect to the cloud, you’re going to need API integration. If you’re using Office 365, Google Apps, DropBox, or anything else out in the cloud and you want to keep pace, you’ll want to consider integrating an API platform. There are some ways to connect these Apps to your current setup, but they’re clunky and won’t keep up with the times. You might save a few bucks now, but the second something else updates in the cloud, you’ll have to patch your system.
2) You’ll need it to create new APIs
Up until about 2015, if you needed an API, you really only had two options. You could use another company’s software that was force-moulded to your needs, or you had to build it from the ground up.
Both created their own issues. If you got it from a software vendor, it might have been limited in its functionality or ability, and building one from scratch is not only time consuming but also required a serious commitment that a company of your size might not have been willing to make. With integration platforms, you now have the ability to combine those two options, and effectively have a jumping off point that you didn’t have. This not only saves you time and money but also allows you to use existing technology to the fullest.
3) You NEED an integration platform to keep up
Imagine your typical accounting office at your average company. Think about everything that falls on their shoulders. Accounts receivable, taxes, insurance, 401k, company expense accounts and more. There are some tools that say they’ll do everything they need, that solution is probably too cost prohibitive except for the largest (or dumbest) companies to purchase.
Instead, most are building their own solutions and assembling their own platforms. They are taking the best of the best solutions and integrating tasks and data sets. With an API platform, departments can connect and share data and tasks like never before.
4) You have older data that has value
At most companies, particularly older companies, data more than a year or two old just end up sitting in some backup database somewhere. This data isn’t being used because it usually has no place in your current system.
An API integration platform can really put some pep in this old data’s step by allowing you to more easily extract relevant data from these old databases and servers and reuse some of the business workflows that are already in process and working. There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel every time there is a technological update, particularly if you’re well integrated.
5) You need to create new Apps with simplicity
Most popular apps at their core are really just previously existing technology that is cobbled together using APIs. Think of a video game that uses or re-uses some of the movement of its characters through generations. Or even building backdrops. New Apps can be created in this same way.
By using an API integration platform, small teams can quickly connect pieces of various components together to create new iterations of similar apps. This may allow your company to jump from sharing a database for instant messaging to connect that with the ability to draw and share images that project essential.
6) Your teams aren’t strategic enough
Without an API integration in place, your dev teams are consumed with creating a database or backend with every new operation.
With an API integration platform in place, not only can a small dev team put their efforts on strategic projects, like creating new opportunities for revenue, but more often you need fewer and fewer people to create these revenue stream opportunities because you’re continually integrating with your platforms.
7) Your productivity is suffering without it
Developers and members of your IT department are suffering as a team. API integration creates a huge amount of productivity. Usually, they would have to create, manage, supervise, fix, adjust and otherwise juggle self-driven APIs can be spent on other tasks.
Integration platforms provide almost identical benefits to non-IT departments, too. The same productivity increase will exist in other departments as well. When you take into account the amount of time spent adapting to changing systems instead of a fluid system, it’s easy to see the benefit.
8) It’s easier than managing several different APIs
With each API you add to your existing workflow, you’re creating another chunk of time to dedicate to each connecting piece of your puzzle. Even if you’re using a third party API, you’re still going to have to oversee part of the day to day maintenance on each API you add.
Integration platforms solve this issue. Since you’re interconnected, you’re effectively reducing a huge administrative burden. This simplifies the overview process immensely. Search popularity of keywords and search phrases in realtime with Trends API.
9) You don’t have to be alone
Even if you’re used to having third-party support for other APIs, you don’t have a single dedicated source that you can look to. Even counting on your own IT department may be tough, because they have fires of their own to put out.
An Integration Platform provides In-House experts to put out the fires and be the dedicated source that you can look to for support. This really guarantees you get the most out of your investment.
10) You have to think about the future
You don’t want to get stuck in the past. What you have now may be great and perfect for your needs, but the technology world is going to evolve, and you can either continue to sink money into evolving with it or patching your way to work with it or jump on board a platform.
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