APIs are becoming a key element of the digital industry progress because they bring an integration and information exchange component that makes access faster, while ensuring scalability, security and flexibility of the application platforms implemented.
API isn’t only the Application Programming Interface acronym, but it represents a tremendous component of the digital transformation, because it simplifies the dialogue between applications, avoiding useless replication of code. Software programming is a language, for this reason, to facilitate the code writing, some “standard” procedures are usually grouped into a set of specific tools for carrying out a specific task within a certain program: they are the so-called libraries (or routines). The APIs are placed in this context, simplifying the dialogue between one application and another, avoiding redundancy and unnecessary replication of code.
To give a concrete example, the Facebook API, allowed external developers to create thousands of applications and services that access the data offered by the social network. Among the most common uses is the possibility to register to a site or make purchases using your Facebook profile. Cisco Meraki was one of the first to implement Facebook Login technology to allow common user to access to a protected Wi-Fi network using his own social credentials.
To make an example of how the APIs are popular, today, the 75% of traffic on Twitter and 65% of that on Salesforce originated from API, but any company that enters the world of the APP economy has to do with a set of APIs aimed at integration of new services, so all of us is using APIs most of the times without knowing.
Encouraged by the needs of mobility and cloud, more and more companies through the APIs tend to share their information resources with other developers (internal or external) to ensure that their assets generate a further expansion of the reach, revenues and loyalty of users . To understand how strategic the APIs are and why they are fundamental in supporting the digital transformation and the business, it is enough to say that, to date, there are over 14 thousand public APIs used by various services and software in common use. In addition to those of Facebook, the probably most popular APIs are those provided by Twitter, Google, eBay, Amazon and Cisco, with whom we have recently worked to develop VAPP Application Portal, the software solutions portal dedicated to Cisco Meraki users. Vapp extends and expands the Cisco Meraki dashboard capabilities.