Shopping for a new staffing ATS, CRM, or system of record? Then you’ve probably heard the term “open API” thrown around in a few demos. Usually after you ask “does this integrate with [insert list of necessary solutions here]?” Over the last 20 years, APIs have become essential tools that allow staffing firms to streamline tech stacks and improve operational efficiency. But, in light of recent concerns around data integrity and security, it’s become clear that we need to have a better understanding of the benefits and risks associated with this common buzzword.
What’s an API?
If you want to get technical, an API, or an application programming interface, is a set of specifications and protocols that allow developers to create applications that access or share the data or features of a system. At the most basic level though, an API is the bridge that lets two systems connect and share data. For example, let’s say you have a staffing CRM and background check provider. If you connect the two systems using an API, then the CRM could share contact information with the background check provider, and the background check provider could share screening results seamlessly with the CRM.
To learn more about APIs, the benefits as well as the security concerns, click below.