What are Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
An API is a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing and exchanging data. Basic interoperability programmes supporting information exchanges can be traced back to the 1960s. Yet the growth of APIs in the last decade has been nothing short of astronomical.
An API provides a frictionless system-to-system communication channel to facilitate automated sharing of data in accordance with a pre-agreed structure. It eases the access to data, the creation of new tools and reports and the exchange of information between platforms, as it is eliminating the time consuming process of multiple integration points in the clients internal applications.