In this digitalized world where technologies are rapidly growing, it’s very important to keep up with new technologies and innovations. Today, maximum data gets shared on the Internet, generated and transmitted daily; its storage, security and easy accessibility is a huge responsibility. That’s why Application Programming Interface (API) came into existence.
This is a quick guide to help you understand what API and Hybrid Integration is all about and how it can help your business.
What is API?
API provides data requested by different websites and specifies how software components should interact with each other. APIs set protocols and tools for building applications and provide the ability to integrate it with business applications. In addition, it leverages the information within these applications in other business systems.
Basically, APIs aren’t usually written by organizations themselves. You can use APIs created by different organizations such as Google. Let us take an example to understand it in a better way. If you own a website with the option to sign up and are interested in using the option sign up with Google, this can be easily done using Google API.
You might wonder, what’s the chances of this getting exploited? Well, if anyone wants to use another organization’s API, he must send a request to that organization and in response he will get an API key which tracks his actions for that particular API. It’s not always the bed of roses, there are at times, challenge when it comes to using APIs, but nothing that skilled developers cannot counter.
What are the Challenges of API?
The main aim of API is to make diverse software work together. Here are some common challenges faced by organizations:
- Elaborating Technology: To keep up with the trends in API building one needs skilled developers. This proves difficult time and again; however, if you decide to opt for a company with proven record of successful development and deployment, it becomes seamless to elaborate technology.
- Security Issues: Security is the core requirement of every organization. If care is not taken, then it can result into data losses and API abuses unless talented developers relentless test issues and fix them in advance.
- High Time Consumption: Expanding technology and setting up a single connection is very time consuming; it may take around one week to set up a single connection.
- High Expenses: Hiring skilled and knowledgeable developers requires network and higher budget unless you have the right set of people on board willing to make pocket-friendly customizations.
- Conservation and Enhancement: Once the connection is set, it doesn’t mean that your work is completed. You must maintain the connection by assigning a dedicated resource to the task because even a small change in the system can mess up the data manipulation process.
- System’s assortment: The system is very diverse as there are number of architectures for systems and APIs.
Having multiple API Integrations can really create a mess so introducing some special integrations such as Hybrid Integration, integration software as a service (iSaaS), integration platform as a service (iPaaS) with APIs can help you maintain the system easily and securely.
Here’s some quick information about how Hybrid Integration can help you overcome these challenges.
What is Hybrid Integration?
The hybrid integration platform (HIP) is a framework of on-premises and cloud-based integration and governance capabilities that enables differently skilled personas (integration specialists and non-specialists) to support a wide range of integration use cases. It bridges the gap between your existing databases, applications, warehouses and PaaS, SaaS and big data. Enterprises are adopting functionality of on-premises application concentrating on the data to meet up with the emerging technologies.
Hybrid Integration helps integration of on-premises applications with cloud-based applications. Nowadays organizations are planning to introduce a single platform for new services along with on-premises solutions. Hybrid Integration enables any company to communicate between cloud and on-premises systems.
“Yes, but why should you adopt Hybrid Integration for your organization?”
Why to Use Hybrid Integration?
Hybrid Integration helps you integrate your on-premises services with fully secured Cloud at lowered cost. Here’s why you should adopt Hybrid Integration for your organization.
- One central center: The basic feature of integration is to connect all different systems and software irrespective of the platforms in which they are. It becomes easy for an organization to use data of different sources and manage it from a single center.
- Expansion of Services: HIP helps in expanding the services as it can integrate any system with another. It provides both internal and external connections.
- Introducing Innovations Quickly: It is an advantage of HIP that it can keep up with new trends, innovations and technologies, so adopting new innovations is now easier with less risk.
- Reduced Costs: By introducing HIP no more hardware is needed as systems relate to Cloud and have a common center, multiple integrated tools are also eliminated.
Let us now talk about how integrating HIP with API can help your business grow.
Hybrid Integration with APIs
Integration of HIP with API enables applications to create and publish interactive APIs. Interactive APIs have the capability of providing data from both the source and the Cloud. This keeps the data secure and it can be easily transferred.
Integration of HIP with APIs provides a lot of features which can help your organization grow faster and will help you meet new innovations of technologies.
Here we are highlighting a use case that defines Hybrid Integration platform and its implementation in hosting Mobile Applications on the Cloud.
Enterprises are adopting Cloud Technology to achieve agility, innovation and elasticity and it has drastically reduced the cost. Enterprises are migrating their existing Mobile Applications, Data, Warehouse Data and much more to the Cloud. Although Cloud is first preference for the enterprises nowadays, it is best practice to mix on-premises solutions with new Cloud services and applications.
Enterprise adopt the strategy of shifting Mobile Applications to Cloud as it reduces the cost; without integrating it with on-premises platform, but with the shift to SaaS integration.
In the next step the data that is no longer used is shifted to public Cloud this reduces workload on the system and cost of maintaining the data.
The final step focuses on how new business models are forced by mobile technology to connect customer-facing application function. This mobile technology must interact with the correct APIs to show up the Mobile Applications.
Earlier, Mobile Applications where build using client-facing applications (SaaS). After introducing iPaaS, APIs are created from SaaS applications and platforms are deployed on Cloud. Mobile Applications and Data are highly demand Hybrid Integration Platform as it provides efficiency, security and is cost effective.
Still are you thinking, that adopting Hybrid Integration for hosting your Data and Mobile Applications on Cloud can help you reduce the overall cost?