Application programme interfaces allow two pieces of software to interact with each other. That sounds rather geeky. But its also most definitely about business. Jyoti Banerjee explores the business drivers that drive the API decisions made in Xero, the cloud-based accounting app.
Today APIs are available from thousands of different software companies, particularly those selling cloud-based products. These APIs are available from companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon, but they are also available among thousands of companies hawking solutions for accounting, CRM and HR.
Xero is a Kiwi software company that we have already covered via an interview with Gary Turner, its UK boss. In a second interview, Jyoti asks Gary to comment on the role that APIs play in driving the shape of Xero's product footprint as well as the business decisions it makes about who it partners with.