by Spencer Nguyen • September 14, 2022
According to Gartner, worldwide government IT spending is forecast to reach nearly $558 billion in 2022, an increase of 6.5% compared with the previous year. As technology integration becomes more prevalent in society, the government, organizations, and businesses must begin the process of digital transformation. When it comes to successful digital transformations, APIs and databases are at the core.
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A database is an organized collection of information stored in a way that makes it easy for users to access, manage, and update. In general, databases are utilized by organizations for storing, maintaining, and accessing any sort of data. Overall, the primary function of a database is to allow organizations to make more informed business decisions based on well-organized data and information.
Organizations primarily use databases to:
There are various types of databases. Some of the most common types of databases include:
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An application programming interface (API) allows multiple software components to communicate with each other using a set of definitions and protocols. Therefore, the primary purpose of an API is to allow multiple applications to communicate with one another. To better understand APIs and how they work, it’s best to think of an API as a type of translator or “middleman” between applications and servers. Check out the two examples below to get a deeper understanding of how private and public APIs work.
When it comes to APIs, there are a variety of different types that organizations can utilize in their API management. However, two of the most common types of APIs that organizations use are REST APIs and SOAP APIs.
To better understand how APIs function, let’s look at some popular API use cases.
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Now that we have a solid understanding of both databases and APIs, it’s time to take a deeper look at the connection between the two. When looking at the connection between databases and APIs, we discover that they are two distinct mechanisms that can work in tandem. Essentially, developers can communicate with databases by writing queries to access data, change tables, and more. In turn, APIs allow communication between an application and a database management system.
Overall, APIs allow developers to talk to a database and extract information. So, why would a developer choose to use an API to communicate with a database rather than just query the database? Well, there are three primary reasons that developers benefit from utilizing APIs to talk to databases rather than just query the database:
Overall, implementing API usage is a great way for organizations to better protect the valuable data that resides within their company databases. Are you interested in learning more about how an API could help add an additional layer of security to your organization’s database? Register today to start your 14-day trial in our hosted environment, discover DreamFactory’s new features and API management platform, and test the user experience for yourself.
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