The American procurement industry is riddled with an increasing number of challenges. So much so, that the industry, on the whole, has been in a state of constant crisis. According to a study by Capgemini, a ‘reduction in transportation costs’ has been listed as one of the leading concerns in the procurement market. While the need for greater technological innovations would always be the most challenging concern, the crisis of the American procurement market is dominated by some other challenges as well:
An API (application programming interface) is the software intermediary that lets two applications talk to one another. For instance, if you have ever seen a website displaying a Google Maps object, the website will be using the Google Maps API for embedding that map object. If an API such as this didn’t exist, any developer wanting a map on their website would have to build their own interactive maps using their own mapping data. The same is true with mobile apps that, for example, use the camera of your smartphone for taking images or videos. If the right APIs were not made available to developers, this process would be significantly more complex and non-user friendly.
Because APIs are used for transferring data and connecting services, they are also crucial from a security perspective. An API that is hacked or otherwise exploited can result in massive critical data breaches of personal, financial, and other information. Securing an API is therefore absolutely critical. Unfortunately, proper cyber security is not always something that’s taken as seriously as it should be when it comes to APIs.
As with many of the features targeted by cyber attackers, everything that makes APIs useful also makes them good targets for hackers. They are publicly available, standardized and ubiquitous, efficient, easy to use, flexible, and very well documented.
Some people say that this is the “engine” and the “heart” of the site, others name it “a tool for solving problems of routine tasks of locating information and editing and creating sections”. In this case, both sides are correct.
The E-commerce industry is on a perpetual upward trajectory, made possible by the constant advancements in technology, online marketing, and security, which in turn makes it easier than ever for a customer to enjoy a digital shopping experience from their smartphone or computer. However, as the three-trillion-dollar industry expands, a piece of the financial pie attracts more and more competition with each passing year.
Smartphones have been long used for pretty much everything. With fast processors and ever increasing RAM, it has become easy for you to store your music, files, videos, and multi-task between applications. The smooth transition between applications, thanks to various powerful processors, has led to the necessity of keeping some essential apps on your device.
Surely, with a world of applications, there are various options you may have to choose from. However, here is a list of some essential apps that you can keep in your brand new phone to make your lives better: