Some of the biggest tech companies and solutions right now, including Uber, WhatsApp and Instagram, all got their start with small teams. In fact, Instagram had only 13 employees in total when it was sold for $1 billion to Facebook. At their core, these big companies were able to create something totally new and revolutionary through modern integration and API technology.
Besides creating billion-dollar companies, what else can be built with API and integration tech? In a recent webinar, Simon Peel, Jitterbit’s CMO and Chief Strategy Officer, outlined how much easier it is now to build platforms, apps and even artificial intelligence solutions thanks to APIs and current integration solutions.
Solution Composition Trend 1: Compose Platforms
If you need a solution that can do everything you really need it to, how would you go about making that a reality? If your plan is to wait for a vendor to put everything you need into one great platform, then you’ll probably be waiting for a while. Instead, many companies are just piecing together existing best-of-breed solutions to create a stack that can handle all of their disparate wants and needs.
For example, consider the stack most HR departments need to handle all of their many tasks. To start off, they are posting openings on a variety of job boards, including more broad ones like Indeed, alongside resources designed for specific groups like technical staff or recent college graduates. Background checks, candidate vetting tools, screening solutions and more all help to determine if a particular candidate will be a good fit. Staffing and scheduling solutions help establish an initial routine for the hire, while compensation and benefits tools keep the new employee in the know regarding pay and perks.
More than a dozen tools can be used by HR just for the hiring and onboarding process alone. Instead of buying one solution to do a mediocre job with all of these tasks, HR is much better off piecing together the very best point solutions to develop a highly effective stack. It’s no small wonder that HR is now the enterprise department most likely to have such a large and diverse stack in place.
Composing platforms, no matter which department you’re in, is only possible through integration and APIs.
Learn how HR can become more strategic by connecting employee management and financial management systems with an API integration platform.
Solution Composition Trend 2: Compose Apps
As we mentioned previously, some of the most successful apps today came into existence through APIs. By piecing together existing technologies and tools with APIs, these small teams were able to bring a totally new and uniquely different offering to market. But, this isn’t the only way to use APIs and integration to bring a new app to life.
At many enterprise, old on-premises apps store huge amounts of useful data. Without existing APIs or much in the way of integration, this potentially critical information remains underutilized or even unused. With integration technology applied to these monolithic applications, the data pulled out can then be used to create a new and hugely beneficial app.
For example, consider the information available in the main app offered by LA Metro, Los Angeles County’s public transportation system. By using APIs to pull data from a wide variety of sources, including data warehouses, ERP systems and point-of-sale terminals, LA Metro is able to provide riders with an app that makes all of their relevant information easy to find and obtain.
Solution Composition Trend 3: Compose AI Solutions
Few topics are as trendy or as talked-about as artificial intelligence. Major firms like IBM, Google and Amazon, just to name a few, have poured billions of dollars and thousands of hours into getting AI to where it is today, but how do you actually harness this intelligence?
This is where APIs and integration come into play yet again. Through this technology, accessing AI is easier than ever before. To see how this works in real life, consider Salesforce’s customer service response team. By using APIs to access Google’s Translate AI, Salesforce reps are able to more seamlessly receive and reply to queries in dozens of languages.
To learn more about Disrupting Markets and Increasing Valuations Through API Transformation, be sure to check out this webinar today. This is Part 1 of a 3-part series.
Check out Part 2: Accelerate Innovation and Capitalize on the API Economy now, and register for Part 3: Integration and APIs: Two Sides of the Same Coin on October 4.