APIs, application program interfaces, are tools programmers use when creating new computer software. This is specifically what enables the hardware components and the different programs in a computer system to interact effectively. APIs are like a language that enables programs, or different types of software, to communicate with each other quickly and reliably.

Open APIs are APIs that have been made public. These types of APIs facilitate communication and simplify the integration process since it doesn't matter if the engineer is affiliated with the owner of the API or not. Eventually, all products will communicate through APIs. APIs will increasingly play a greater role in future technology through improved applications, greater automation and a variety of IT management.

Improved Applications

Open APIs can easily improve applications that already exist. With an open application that has been released and made public, others can take this API and build on it and add to it. Those who specialize in development can make improvements to almost any existing application that is open. Choosing the best API will enable video streaming that can easily change privacy settings, change stream descriptions or manipulate live streams that have been recorded.

With many individuals and groups working on the application, there will be advancements at a much faster rate than if only those who released the app were working on it. Legacy applications can now run along with more advanced digital applications. APIs are the bond that holds both types together, connecting basic data with more innovative applications. Open APIs and improvement in applications will increasingly go hand in hand.

Greater Automation

More automation means less chance of human error. Open APIs can ultimately lead to a higher level of consistency through automation. Techcrunch states that Google recently announced the availability of an API that will enable developers to include more automation.

This particular API was created to improve workflow automation for users, to create different types of documents in bulk and build management services for content. Developers may also manipulate the documents after they have been created. This could include specific functions such as inserting images and moving, deleting, inserting and formatting text.

ChatOps, DevOps, and other Types of IT Management

New types of IT management are dependent on APIs for effective communication between software. ChatOps in particular are quickly moving from text commands to a variety of interaction, including dialog. Open APIs are critical to this type of development and will assist in simplifying a normally complex process.

Developers are able to manage their integration from start to finish without interaction with those that own the API endpoints. Open APIs allow information that is needed to be obtained quickly and easily. Therefore, open APIs can help organizations meet their goals in a more cost-effective manner.

Reporting

Big data will continue to play an important role in the future of technology. Gathering, sorting and organizing massive amounts of data, however, can be overwhelming. APIs are helping organizations more efficiently gather and analyze data. The source of different types of data is automatically put into software.

This eliminates the need for an employee to do it. Open APIs will allow a company to bring in data from several different sources. This will ultimately enable an organization to bring in massive amounts of data that employees will work with after it's already manageable.

As technology continues to advance, so will APIs. Organizations will be able to more easily and effectively incorporate a variety of features into their products. Keyboard input and even specific commands will evolve into actual conversations with an API. APIs will enable a variety of applications and websites to interact seamlessly.

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