June 12, 2019
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Last month, GraphEffect announced an API that allows multiple parties/companies to collaborate on projects using their own marketing/collaboration tools. Now, GraphEffect has launched another platform, Shift.com, that empowers applications to communicate with each other.
MachineShop plans to deliver a service that normalizes all the data being collected across the Internet of Things (IoT). The MachineShop service, formally launched today with $3 million in funding, normalizes data formats across a wide range of APIs. It connects devices in a way that provides access to a common set of business logic, event management and communications services that MachineShop manages.