Today in APIs: Cornerstone's API Strategy

Cornerstone OnDemand launches App store and API strategy. 2Checkout's new API claims to offer the highest number of global payment methods. Plus: the state of cloud security, Google Maps' coast-to-coast UK public transport data, and the imperative of monitoring your APIs.

Cornerstone OnDemand's API Strategy

Talent management provider Cornerstone OnDemand has just opened an app store and launched an API strategy. The app store has some 25 offerings from its partners.

As Phil Wainright at Diginomica reports, some analysts suggested Cornerstone was building a Platform as a service strategy, but,

Jason Corsello, VP of corporate strategy, explained that he preferred to class it as an API strategy: “We are not building PaaS, we think we can do a lot with APIs …APIs are what I think of as the digital currency or the digital glue to what any SaaS vendor has to have.” This may sound like splitting hairs but the distinction is important in that an API strategy is more loosely coupled and implies less lock-in than a platform strategy. What this means is that Cornerstone plans to publish APIs to its data and applications without tying developers into a vendor-specific platform of supporting capabilities. Thus a key part of the announcement is the introduction of a new API-driven means of “embedding” third-party functionality “into the worflow of a Cornerstone application.” Clearly, achieving that depends on a fairly extensive API that extends into business logic and UX layers as well as data and access management.

The API will be repeatedly updated as functions are built out. The June release is a limited beta with the 1.0 release expected next spring. Following this, more APIs will be added for the recruiting, learning, performance and compensation modules. Along with its partnerships, this program is aimed at instilling confidence of customers that it will continue to support its API.

2Checkout Offers API to Span Payments Globally

Payment processing company 2Checkout adds its API as the third leg of its stool, complementing the inline checkout and Standard Checkout methods.

As the company commented, the ease of use of its API is at the heart of its offering:

Merchants use 2Checkout to process credit card, debit card and PayPal payments. Merchants benefit from using the Payment API because it allows them to directly integrate 2Checkout's technology into their website with complete coding control, which lets existing website stores and payment pages maintain their current design and User Experience. Merchants can therefore focus on designing a unique and branded checkout experience for their customers. "2Checkout's APIs were a breeze to implement on our website, and they let us keep total control over our branded shopping experience," said Bill Albert, CEO and owner of educational products merchant STEMfinity. "2Checkout's technology gave us the broadest selection of payment options to choose from, and we were able to migrate gracefully from our previous checkout method to Payment API. We are now expanding our online sales into international markets with a locally-accepted and proven payment system, and avoiding the expensive pitfalls of expansion."

API libraries are available in PHP, PYTHON, RUBY, .NET and JAVA, supporting over 100 of the most popular shopping carts. Features include a pre-integrated payment gateway account, PCI Level 1 certification, proprietary fraud prevention technology, and accepts payments in 196 countries, 26 currencies and 15 languages.

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