Lexity, marketing apps provider, has launched Commerce Central-an open commerce cloud platform for ecommerce services. Commerce Central allows developers to distribute and connect apps to more than thirty ecommerce platforms (e.g. Magento, Etsy, eBay, etc.). Seen as the first truly “open” commerce platform, Commerce Central allows developers to use the same code across multiple platforms.
Zootle, UK based hosted CRM provider, offers most of its features through the SalesSystemCRM API. From prospecting to order processing, the API allows developers to integrate an entire ecommerce solution with its existing website and apps. The SalesSystemCRM app suite already focused and tailored to budgets in the SME space. However, an API makes the CRM provider even more attractive to businesses strapped for IT resources.
One of the challenges with building an application these days is the number of dependencies that application will actually have on other applications. Ideally in order to know how that application will actually perform application developers would be able to test their application against the application it depends on running in production. The odds of that happening, however, are slim to none, especially if that other application is running as a cloud service that has to be always available to end users.
As application development becomes more complex in the era of the cloud organizations are finding that it’s not so much the tools they are using that are the problem but rather the lack of a coordinated approach to managing the build, test and deploy process.
Treasure Data’s open source approach to big data and the cloud promises a speedy setup, just days rather than months. The Treasure Data REST API allows organizations to forego having an IT person involved in transiting to the cloud. The set up is Hadoop-based cloud warehousing using Apache Hive.
Partnering with a storage vendor may not be the first thing that comes to mind for most developers, but EMC is looking to changd some hearts and minds about the strategic role storage plays in application development.
The Decibel API allows website developers to create code integrated with this content management system company, customize Decibel, create an app, and plug it into their code with Decibel’s Open API. Decibel is PCI DSS 2.o compliant for security reasons and its framework is highly structured. Full documentation is not publicly available, but Decibel’s tools can develop websites, extranets, intranets and business applications on the web.
There’s no doubt that an application becomes exponentially more valuable as the number of data sources it connects to increases. The challenge is managing that process. While the rise of application programming interfaces that make it simpler to invoke another application has dramatically increased the usefulness of application software, trying to manually manage that process via a series of point-to-point connections winds up being overly cumbersome.