Today in APIs: Smartsheet Announces App Gallery to Extend Connectivity

Smartsheet App gallery launches with 40 add-ons. Google releases updated shopping API. Plus: Eco hackathon eyes zero waste, and a virtual hackathon for SWIFT features $20k in prizes.

Smartsheet Opens App Gallery with 40 Add-Ons

Smartsheet, a company that helps enterprises coordinate work, has announced the launch of its App Gallery. All of the apps use the Smartsheet API. The gallery includes apps from cloud-based products like DocuSign, which allows documents to be sent to Docusign and returned with electronic signatures. Evernote features the ability to transform a free-form note into an assigned task in Smartsheet. With Box, Smartsheet users can keep relevant files in context. And Salesforce users can attach a Smartsheet to any Salesforce object, such as an account and make real time collaboration possible. Other apps in the gallery feature JIRA, Tableau, Mailchimp, Dropbox, Marketo, and Harvest.

As CEO Mark Mader commented, one key aim is to wipe out silos of information to allow a freer flow of data:

The BYOA trend is alive and well within enterprises – employees are actively seeking tools to help them be more productive in the workplace. With so many cloud-based tools available, connectivity and interoperability are extremely important to keep business flowing smoothly. Our App Gallery serves as the centerpiece for making Smartsheet a centralized Platform – an essential utility – for managing work easily and intelligently.

The vision guiding Smartsheet is simple: seamless Integration facilitates coordination. This can be seen in its previous moves, from releasing its API a year ago to creating Smartlabs to today's gallery inauguration.

Google's Updated Shopping API Adds Features

Google's updated shopping API now gives finer controls on the following fronts. It offers item-level data that gives insight into why an item was disapproved (landing page URL problems or inaccurate product identifiers. Updates to pricing and availability are faster for customers.

Eric Tholomé posts on the Google blog that this is a followup to the Google content API for shopping released in 2010:

While the current API will continue to be available until the end of February 2015, we encourage you to adopt the latest version of this API and take advantage of these new features as early as possible.

A last improvement is that the new API offers more integration options with more programming languages and connecting to more data formats.

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