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Distributor's Link Magazine Fall 2023 / Vol 46 No 4


32 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK COMPUTER INSIGHTS, INC. 108 Third Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 TEL 1-800-539-1233 EMAIL WEB THE CONNECTED WORLD by Dennis Cowhey Harnessing The Power Of Seamless Integration In today’s interconnected world, individuals and computer systems are more connected than ever. Just like people, computer systems use various languages and dialects. Among the numerous ways systems share information, the most efficient and widely adopted method is through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). In simple terms, an API is a software interface that enables two or more computer programs to interact and exchange data. It acts as a bridge between different applications, offering a service that allows them to seamlessly communicate and collaborate. The Role Of APIs In ERP Integration Solutions Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems play a critical role in managing and streamlining various business processes. To ensure that other programs can both request and submit information, APIs are an absolute necessity, granting access to and utilization of the data stored within an ERP application. These APIs act as versatile data intermediaries, facilitating the seamless flow of information between the ERP system and the applications, whether they are requesting data or submitting new data. Imagine an API as the dynamic conduit between the ERP system and a program seeking specific information. This conduit not only enables the smooth transfer of data, making it accessible and usable by other applications, but also allows these external programs to interact bidirectionally, requesting and submitting data as needed. The Business Edge TM - A Leading ERP Solution A prominent player in the realm of ERP software is The Business Edge TM by Computer Insights, Inc. This powerful ERP system is tailored specifically for distributors of fasteners and industrial supplies. With a sharp focus on the fastener industry, The Business Edge TM empowers companies across the United States and Canada, ranging from small enterprises with four employees to large organizations with over 500 staff members. BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 126

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