5 best practices to innovate at speed in the Cloud: Tip #5 Accelerate data delivery to third party applications and teams through APIs
Starting last September, The Talend Blog Team started sharing fruitful tips to securely kick off your data project in the cloud at speed. This week, we’re concluding the series with the fifth and last capability: Accelerate data delivery to third party applications and teams through APIs.
Billions of times each day, application programming interfaces (APIs) facilitate the transfer of data between people and systems, serving as the fabric that connects businesses with customers, suppliers, and employees. Having the right API strategy in place can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to utilizing APIs to deliver results, reduce response times, and improving process efficiency.
An API is a building block of code that helps programmers connect their applications to data services. Once data is accessible through an API, it can be reused in a controlled way by potentially anyone within and beyond an organization.
Why it’s important
Digital transformation doesn’t stop with analytics. Organizations need to deliver trusted data into everything they do, across their operations and as part of customers experiences. APIs significantly improve the value of your data by making it ubiquitous, allowing any applications and connected services to embed themselves in an easy and sustainable way.
When it’s important
APIs are the small bricks that build successful consumer or user experience. An API makes data actionable because it brings all the needed data together into applications to trigger actions or guide human interactions. Whether we are making a purchase, looking for a new doctor, or checking a book out of the library, every stakeholder in the transaction can benefit from APIs.
Our recent data trust readiness report reveals that only 43% of Management level is fully confident about the ability of their organization to accelerate data delivery to third party applications and teams. The rate falls to 28% among operational data workers.
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How Talend tools can help
With the transformation of the retail industry, frictionless methods of payments, PSD2 and the Open Banking Standard, organizations need to continue to improve their API strategy, ensure security and transactions in the cloud.
Increased reliance on APIs, as well as the shift toward open source, REST, and cloud-native API technologies mean that companies need a comprehensive API solution to stay competitive and remain ahead of the technology curve.
Talend Cloud API Services
Talend Cloud API Services brings full development lifecycle support—from design to deployment for APIs—to Talend Cloud. Now, you can build APIs in days not months and extend your platform to new business models and partners so you can get ahead of the next wave of data services and data monetization with Talend Cloud.
Figure 1: Easily Test APIs with Cloud API Service
How to get started
Read this comprehensive guide about API to learn how to build an API Platform strategy at your company.
Watch this short video on how to share data at scale and see how to:
· Design APIs faster with the graphical API Designer Accelerate testing through live API preview and iterative prototyping
· Add data quality, advanced routing, and transformation with Talend Studio
· Enable DevOps and deploy anywhere
Want to explore more capabilities?
This is the last of five speed capabilities series. Go and download our Trust Data Readiness Report to discover other findings and the other 9 trust and speed capabilities.
If you missed any of our previous Trust & Speed tips, you can find them all below: