If your company is a typical large enterprise, you have hundreds – maybe thousands – of applications that your team built, you bought from a third party vendor, and came built into a legacy system. These applications are organized much like classes in a school – they run alongside each other and sometimes interact, but only with much planning and work beforehand.
Now, that’s no way to run a company – we all know that – but it’s an easy situation to find yourself in. However, you don’t need to remain stuck with scattered applications that run on different platforms, don’t play well with web, mobile, and cloud services, and require elaborate solutions to patch them together (otherwise known as “the big vendor integration approach”).
What you need are APIs.
If you are familiar with the term but unsure exactly what it means, an Application Programming Interface (API) connects Software A with Software B and allows them to communicate easily and share data and/or functionality.
Those two reasons are why we consider APIs the future for integration and interoperability of enterprise applications and web, mobile, and cloud services – but that’s just the beginning. Here are 6 more reasons why we are big fans of APIs:
APIs are flexible
APIs can be used in just about any way to turn your disconnected and jumbled systems into a high quality, functional system that runs seamlessly. You just have to restructure your current architecture and decide which applications need to work together. Map out a new plan and start developing and plugging in APIs.
APIs are easy to use
APIs, particularly REST (representational state transfer) APIs, are not only easy to use, but they don’t require complex frameworks to set up. Even better, they are scalable and will grow along with your company, network, and overall operations.
APIs are the fastest way to connect to the web, mobile, and cloud
APIs are little interoperability engines-that-can. Want to connect your legacy systems to the web or mobile applications? APIs are the best solution, because they can be set up so darn fast – an especially important consideration if you are poised for rapid growth.
APIs deliver a nice ROI
Developers and programmers are big fans of APIs because they follow standard protocols, making them are fairly easy to develop. Because programmers spend less time creating APIs, development costs are lower, allowing you to enjoy a very nice ROI.
APIs facilitate collaboration
The McKinsey Global Institute found that companies can increase their productivity by 20 to 25 percent when they use APIs for internal collaboration – which can also speed up time to market of new products and services. Those benefits are definitely nothing to sneeze at!
APIs improve business intelligence
Once you have APIs in place, your business intelligence analytics will improve immensely. You’ll better understand which parts of your system are functioning perfectly and which are slowing things down, allowing you to make the necessary changes quickly.
All of the above reasons add up beautifully to one basic truth: APIs are the key to legacy modernization. Their flexibility, ease of use and development, and incredible ROI turn legacy modernization projects from a daunting proposition into a no-brainer. Learn more about our approach to legacy modernization.