what makes a good api

There is hardly an IT application nowadays that doesn’t provide an API, which specifies how this application should interact with the rest of the IT ecosystem. So, it’s no wonder that IT staff even at large enterprises increasingly make use of APIs when they need to integrate multiple systems with each other, commonly new SaaS applications with the existing IT …

webhooks vs API

Webhooks vs API, oh well. When there is a talk about what method to use in order to seamlessly sync datasets between applications, platforms and databases (in other words, to perform application integration), APIs are often named as today’s best-practices method for handling this. Unlike ETL-based integrations, which are not scalable, quite expensive and a bad fit for dynamic changes …

Legacy system integration

While there are many challenges young companies might struggle with, they certainly escaped one that is a blessing and a curse at the same time – the legacy IT systems. Data is indeed one of the companies’ most valued assets, as knowledge (read, ‘data’) empowers better, more informed business decisions. Moreover, chances are your organization already has most of the knowledge …

SaaStr Annual Braindates

Let me start by introducing myself properly: I’m Renat Zubairov, CEO and Co-Founder of a Germany-based company elastic.io, part-time techie, part-time sales, full-time father of three. And I will be hosting a topic at the SaaStr Annual Braindates 2020. While working at our previous companies, Igor, Rico (the other elastic.io co-founders) and I realized how much of a challenge the …

SaaS trend

With $billions invested in digital transformation over recent years, it is little surprise that IDC’s 2020 forecast predicts a continued commitment to the digital enterprise. Moreover, it’s even had a fresh new look for 2020 as the ‘digital-first’ enterprise. What is interesting is the estimation that over the next five years over 90 percent of new apps will be cloud-native, …

basics of data integration

How many times have we wondered whether school lessons will ever be useful in the outside world? I never thought of the importance of trigonometry until I tried to fit a large sofa through a narrow doorway! In a similar way – unless your career path takes you in certain directions – many may question the value of grammar in …

banking fintech trends

By the September deadline, Europe’s banks and fintech companies should be compliant with the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2).  Rather than focusing inwards on business operations, PSD2 is an outward-looking directive. It encourages open access and competition in the banking industry. Organisations across the breadth of the industry are required to open their payments infrastructures and customer data to third …

integration best practices

In the previous article of our last chapter of Data Integration Best Practices, we took a look at how to describe integrations in such a way that everybody – from developers to business users – understands the requirements correctly. We also discussed why you eventually might need some type of an integration layer to keep your integration projects under control.  …

data integration project

So far, in our blog series Data Integration Best practices, we have covered the different types of high-level and low-level problems occurring in data integration projects. We have also addressed the different types of integration, the systems that move data and even the pricing aspect of such a project. Ten articles later, we arrived at best practices moving forward.  In …