APIWORX Partners with OROCommerce to Provide Cloud Integration

OROCommerce has announced it’s newest technology partner.  APIWORX for Advanced Cloud Integration Needs!

For nearly a decade, APIWorx has been building, operating, and supporting custom API and direct cloud integrations at any scale. In 2016 they have expanded globally to support complex package integrations for mid-market and upper mid-market organizations.

As a highly experienced integrator and API-as-a-service provider, APIWorx can create tailor-made APIs to enable applications to access data, business logic, and functionality from any customer backend system including CRM, ERP, accounting or marketing solutions, and similar. APIWorx has successfully implemented integrations for Zendesk, Google Analytics, Tableau, Amazon AWS, PayPal, MailChimp, UPS, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle, Akeneo and many others.

As OroCommerce’s Technology partner, APIWorx will be providing fully managed integration capabilities for Oro installations and act as a one-stop-shop for OroCommerce integrations.

For our customers, APIWorx can create REST APIs that can be used by mobile and web applications to call publicly available services through the already existing system APIs.

APIWorx sees many common workflows with OroCommerce, which will ensure even more seamless workflows between cloud and on-premise apps. And because OroCommerce entered a huge upside market, APIWorx is pleased to join us in that growth.

‘OroCommerce is clearly positioned as a leader in the growing B2B eCommerce market, we’re thrilled to partner with them. Our integration platform will provide seamless integration services to over 100 other applications immediately’ claimed Mike Grabert, the company’s CTO.

By building and deploying customized API integrations and delivering them as a service, APIWorx enables companies to easily connect Oro and hundreds of other applications. We believe this will help any company looking to leverage managed API connectivity streamline their business operations and enhance performance.

Selling APIs

8 Facts about Selling APIs that You Should Know

For many businesses, an effective API program is mission critical. Its inherent value to the user and internal business processes is undeniable. With the API industry growing so fast, selling your APIs can be your new business model. They are not only a digital advantage but can also be a great source of revenue. Here are a few things you should know about selling APIs:

  • +25 Million Developers. Did you know that there are over 25 million developers in the world? They have a lot of decision power and money, too.
  • 3 New Positions. A few years ago, these three positions didn’t exist in the job sector: API Engineer, API Evangelist and API Business Development.
  • Employment. Today, thousands of employees work in the API market. AWS alone has 600 open positions.
  • eBay. Who started all this? Yes, it’s eBay in 2001. Now, over 60% of all listings in the website are added via their APIs.
  • API Start-up. The first well-known API start-up was Twilio Cloud Communications in 2008 with pay-as-you-go pricing and volume pricing for all models. Calls are charged 1 to 2 cents, while messages are charged 3 cents.
  • Facebook API. Did you know that the Facebook API is for free? Yes, the website takes a cut of in-app payments such as Farmville coins.
  • API as the Product. API became THE product in 2006 as started by Amazon web services. Seven years later, a number of companies offered the same.
  • Revenue. APIs potential is huge. Direct and indirect revenues per year could reach over 10 billion dollars.

APIs play a great role in improving your business model. They offer a whole lot of advantages for any kind of company. They are highly beneficial to developers as well, allowing them to communicate with stockholders to update agency systems. But, before you dive into your pricing page and start selling your APIs, consider these questions:

  1. Am I solving a difficult developer problem?
  2. Can I charge money for this value?
  3. Will my team be able to communicate with developers?

Make sure you can solve a difficult problem, provide enough value and have a team who can handle unique communication requirements before you jump into selling APIs. Learn more about API integration here.

world without APIs

The World without APIs

What if APIs (Application Programming Interface) don’t exist? They have been such a huge part of modern technological development and disruption that it’s hard to imagine the world without them. We would be left with isolated data and applications that can’t communicate. APIs hold systems together. Without APIs, the technologies we rely on won’t work.

Here’s a quick view of how the world will be without APIs:

  • No social media on Smartphones. True to many people, when they wake up in the morning, they check their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. None of these social networking sites will work without APIs. There will be no #IWokeUpLikeThis posts. In fact, Smartphones will not be that “smart” without the digital glue of APIs.
  • No weather information. The weather application from your Smartphones needs to get information from a source. While Samsung and Apple can just scrape it off from a weather website, APIs have a more standardized approach. Without APIs, you won’t be able to choose the right #OOTD and Google can’t update you on traffic if you want to travel.
  • No instant messaging. One of the best perks of today’s technology is easy and fast communication. We no longer need to send snail mails and wait weeks to months for them to arrive. Phone, email and SMS send our messages in real-time so we can respond and get response immediately.
  • No YouTube and Netflix. You’ll have to rely on video entertainment given by your local cable provider. There will be no cooking how-to and make up tutorials you can watch to sharpen your skills.
  • No online bookings. Another great thing about APIs that won’t be possible is online bookings. You can’t pre-book your flight and movie to make sure you have a seat. You’d have to go and interact with a human being to get your tickets.
  • No online banking. You can’t access your banking information online anymore. You need to visit a branch of your bank to get the details you need. You need to go to an ATM, withdraw and transfer funds – assuming that its back-ends are API-free.
  • No shopping online. Without APIs, you can’t shop at home. You need to look at physical catalogues and visit a physical store to buy the things you want and need. Coupons won’t be available online, too. They will be sent via post and you’d have to carry them with you to get a discount.

Many systems will fall down if the world is without APIs. Companies and individuals everywhere leverage API for their personal and business purposes. Without them, services, activities and processes around the world will grind to a halt. APIs are so integral to the way our society and technology has evolved that businesses cannot afford to ignore them. Click here to know how we can help you with your API strategy.