API’s and SDK’s have expanded upon the many ways we can conduct business on a day-to-day basis. The digital transformation of organizations and companies alike has been on the rise over the past several years and with more and more companies looking to integrate and collaborate with different systems and solutions, the importance of API’s and SDK’s is at an all time high.
API stands for Application Programming Interface. An API is a software intermediary that allows two applications to talk to each other. In other words, an API is the messenger that delivers your request to the provider that you are requesting it from and then delivers the response back to you. While SDK is the acronym for “Software Development Kit”. The SDK brings together a group of tools that enable the programming of mobile applications.
With API’s and SDK’s, we can push standard business processes further than we have before and have made companies transition to a more digitized and advanced workplace more focused and faster. With standard API integration you can bridge the gap between your normal business process and a solution of your choosing.
For example, with team on the run API/IoT (Internet of Things) integration for a utility company, you can use a standard my business process within the application to send reports via a Bluetooth sensor in a room that is meant to provide temperature checks. This seamless transaction can allow a utility company the ability to do their job in a more beneficial way by getting consistent updates straight to their team on the run application to always be in the loop. Through the API we can also send alerts if the temperature ends up too high or too low as well.
The real benefit of API integration is within its automation. As mentioned above, there was no manual work involved, the entire flow of information is done automatically so employees can focus on more pertinent tasks at hand. Typically, because API’s can access the components within an application, the way information is transferred is more informative and flexible than human to human interaction.
API’s have given organizations the ability to build upon static data and innovate on how existing products, systems, and operations function within the company. Meanwhile, SDK’s can help organizations focus on the mobile side of the solution and business.
In today’s world, we are always on the go. Most of the day-to-day work can be done on the go, our smartphones act more as a desktop computer then ever before. Leveraging an SDK side-by-side with flexible API’s will only strengthen business at its core.
By providing both within our team on the run ecosystem we are allowing end users to accelerate their own deployment, putting the control in your own hands, and increase the potential security. At its core, and the main benefit of both API and SDK integration is giving you, the end user, the power to control your workflow without having to give all your data away to a big corporation. You get the ability to be flexible, simplistic, and seamless in your business continuity planning while ensuring that your employees have the capabilities to perform meaningful tasks alongside your software solutions assisting and aggregating data how YOU see fit.