In our always-on culture, digital devices like tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, personal game consoles and others have forced developers to create a multi-channel experience. Many organizations are addressing the trend by allowing developers to access their services through an API.
APIs are also increasingly important in the burgeoning Internet of things (IoT) industry because you can easily tie sensors to each other and the sensor group to the Web.
But how do you organize all these disparate APIs? Here are a few of the enterprise and consumer API connector services that help manage cloud services, mobile devices, social media, IoT and a wide variety of other endpoints.
One of the granddaddies in the connector space, IF This Then That (IFTTT) lets you build custom event triggers that launch when specific conditions are met. Applets, short conditional statements, help automate almost anything. For example, when you post to your blog, a corresponding tweet and Facebook update automatically post.
As a developer, you can use IFTTT to connect APIs from dozens of services including Facebook, Fitbit, Hue, BMW, Spotify, IBM Watson, Hive and many more. IFTTT allows you to create applets and embed them in your site or app. As your applets are used by your customers or followers, deep analytics help you shape your service to their needs.
Named by Forrester Research as a leader in the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) space, Workato has rapidly grown its integration capabilities and customer base. Forrester recognized Workato for the plethora of platform characteristics it offers at low cost. You can customize the integration logic to a fine degree.
The founders of Workato previously worked on integration with companies like Oracle and TIBCO, so they know your requirements for integration projects vary considerably.
Focusing on enterprise class automation, Workato handles high-volume and complex integrations for large companies and small businesses alike. Recipes for over 100,000 integration situations allow you to get up and running quickly.
One sign of the booming integration scene is the number of companies expanding their current services to include more API integration offerings.
Dell Boomi integration service began providing API life-cycle management in early 2015. Gartner named Dell Boomi as a leader in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service report. Leaders are recognized for both completeness of vision and ability to execute well in enterprise integration.
Dell Boomi allows you to publish your own API as well as create new ones from other sources. A visual dashboard helps you keep track of APIs deployed through legacy apps, FTP, Web services and other channels.
Elastic.io offers integration software that uses microservices to connect APIs, databases, apps and other sources. It is a hybrid solution, using middleware suitable for on-premise or in-the-cloud utilization.
Elastic.io works well when you have legacy applications you need to integrate quickly at low cost. Connection points to applications on the platform integrate easily with other apps on the system. While Elastic.io is highly customizable, you need reasonable technical knowledge to set up the integrations or create the integration points.
This Then That, Workato, Dell Boomi and Elastic.io are just a few vendors and solutions in the exploding API connector service category.
You’ll find there are many services, some targeting consumers and others focused on enterprise clients. As APIs grow and proliferate, API production, connection, management, security and deployment become critical issues for developers.
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