API: The New Age Communication

API: The New Age Communication

Today’s business software world is no stranger to the API, otherwise known as application program interface. Because with so many concurrent programs running on multiple different platforms, companies need to efficiently and effectively maintain a method of communication between various software systems. So, by joining an expense management system with another application programming interface, companies can automatically import data into another system. Plus, by connecting systems using an API, there’s generally no need to login more than once, making accessing to the data easier.

How it works:
To use the Certify expense report application program interface, current Certify enterprise clients can talk to their dedicated account manager anytime to request an API for an external system. Once set up with an API, company administrators are given a specific key to authenticate and connect the two systems. And because these passcodes help to configure the API connection, they should not be given out; they should only be used with trusted parties in your company.

Once the API is implemented between Certify’s platform and another system, authorized administrators can request expense report data be sent to another program, like a database management system (DBMS). In fact, there are over fifteen different fields that the API can pull, like:
  • Expense report ID
  • Employee department
  • Employee first name
  • Employee last name
  • Employee ID
  • Total non-reimbursable amount of the expense report
  • Total reimbursable amount of the expense report
  • Start date (of the expense report)
  • Expense report name
So while the “GET:expense report” API from Certify pulls a majority of the information that a receiving API might require, this is just one call, capable of an application program interface system. Current Certify customers and administrators with questions on expense report APIs can contact their dedicated account manager at any time. Not yet a Certify customer? Contact a representative to find out more.