Enterprise Features: Real-World Examples of APIs Being Used In Clever Ways
APIs have been one of the most important technologies to have come out of the Web 2.0 revolution. Today, data has become a service. Most major web sites can now be hacked apart, and their components re-used and slapped together to create other sites. M5 Networks uses APIs to connect their clients’ phone systems to their customer-relationship management (CRM) software, because it improves productivity and analytics.
The benefits are too many to count.
- APIs have made it easier to adapt online services to mobile devices.
- APIs have allowed fast development of highly-specialized apps for tiny niche markets.
- Multiple APIs can be mashed together to take on a new form that was never imagined by the original content creators.
- Security can be improved through the use of single sign-in to access multiple web sites.