API (Application Programming Interface) services are, by definition, interfaces that provide a program with a description of how to interact with a system in order to retrieve and/or change the data within it. An API Service is the means with which a piece of software interacts with the functionality stored in the software’s backend (i.e., on the server or made available by a third party).
They are basically a collection of functions and procedures which allow us to communicate two applications or libraries.
In short, It is like a connector between two services as shown in the picture.
In one line, API is its an interface between different software programs or service.
Let’s take a simple example, suppose you go to a restaurant.
API is the messenger(waiter) that takes your order from you and tells to the chef in (kitchen), what food to be prepared and after some time waiter returns with the ordered food.
Source – Quora. https://www.quora.com/What-is-an-API
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With our dedicated offering and API you can do so much more and better things.
What can I do with an API?
Lots of things! APIs give you the ability to control most functionality via your own application.
1. Embedded Reports
With our Live Links and API you can build embedded dashboards right in your core web applications.
Security and parameters can be passed along and interactions on the dashboards can take you back to the main application.
Actionable analytics is just one step away!
2. Real-Time Data
When new data arrives in your application, you can send it at the same time via our API and your dashboards will reflect that data immediately!
APIs are great to monitor events such as new sales, support tickets, sensor data (IoT), and many other critical items in real-time.
3. Manage Your Data
Our APIs let you take control of your data via your own applications. You can build a control center to automate data refreshes, add and update data, manage schedules by triggering them, pausing and monitoring them.
An automation dream.
4. Make It Interactive
Add dynamic filters and analytics so users can manipulate dashboards and get answers to their business questions. Filter data by user or team.
5. Automate Process
Configure dashboard publishing and alerts, we plan all data updates and dashboard distribution for you.