Will APIs be the Next Big Thing for Enterprise Project Management?
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By Rebecca Landgon
Application Programming Interfaces or APIs are the hot new trend in enterprise project management
software. So, what are they and what advantages can they offer?
Historically and actually still today, Project Managers have used desktop applications which tend to
provide a varied user experience, and are data silos. The role of the Project Manager involves
communication and coordination of a wide range of human resources, and stakeholders. Yet the
software at their fingertips has previously not sufficiently supported their day to day requirements.
The applications did not interface with other applications, and therefore the rich data could not be
easily shared. Project Managers were faced with having to share GANNT charts and other reports as
exports since many others would not even have MS Project or the software of choice installed.
Therefore this restricted the ability for resources to interact.
The power of APIs
Application Programming Interfaces are a set of routine definitions, protocols, and tools for building
applications. They have gained widespread popularity as they provide a standardised method of
integration. Project Management is one industry that has embraced APIs. These are some examples
of their use in enterprise project management:
- Customer relationship management (CRM) enabling more efficient management of
customers affected by internal projects. For example, pulling data in directly from Salesforce.
- Financial/accounting systems integration enabling easy management of project budge changes.
- Partner/supplier management platform integration enabling better coordination with
suppliers during project delivery.
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration.
- Learning management system (LMS) to manage training courses and certifications for
Project management API’s can provide the perfect way to integrate with a cloud based analytics
platform which can easily manage the plethora of available data. This will then assist Project
Managers to utilize data to move from tactical to strategic decision making.
APIs are without doubt the future of enterprise project management technology. It provides a way
to bring project management out of its silo and allow it to integrate seamlessly with others inside
and also outside of the organisation.