There is a trade-off in a world where modern business applications provide more usable, reliable systems than the traditional monolithic applications of ten years ago.
We’ve heard the terms before, and we sometimes give a knowing nod in a meeting to make it seem like we understand what was said. But if you’re a little shaky about what these things are and how they might help your business, then I’ll try to explain it in a simple and applicable way.
Microservices and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are both important for developing new applications and improving existing ones. Although there can be some overlap between the two, they are different things and serve distinct purposes. When put together, APIs can help microservices and legacy systems connect and co-exist to improve IT agility.
An API-first strategy is much more about the 10,000-foot view. It’s worth considering for those beginning to incorporate microservices into their business. I take a look at this approach and its business benefits below.
As customer expectations shift in the digital age, speed and accuracy of information are becoming all the more essential for businesses of all kinds.
System integration can resolve modern business challenges by placing a variety of information subsystems into a unified application mesh; it can make a supply chain more efficient, operations smoother, and enable faster vendor communication. If you want to sharpen your competitive advantage, you need system integration.
Data integration comes in two different categories, depending on your definition of “data integration”.
The traditional definition of data integration is something along the lines of “... the process of combining data from two or more sources to provide a unified view.” - with the intent of extracting business intelligence, by viewing consolidated reporting or performing data analysis to draw out insights.