Software vendors solve a real problem for their customers, replacing the detail and complexity of many APIs with a simplified package or view.
But the pain of managing all those APIs now falls on the shoulders of the vendor themselves, who must prioritise and normalise a growing list of APIs. A common approach is to map an internal, normalised API out to each destination, but understanding the customer impact of a given API change can quickly become a real headache.
FixSpec's founders met while working together at a software vendor, dealing with exactly these problems. We understand the need to provide wide market access balanced against the need for internal efficiency. It is why we work to help software vendors manage and grow their API libraries more efficiently by changing the way APIs are presented, managed and certified.
One of the toughest challenges facing software vendors is the sheer tsunami of API documents to monitor.
Products such as FIX hubs often use message normalisation, creating a Herculean task of managing translations (often buried in geeky technical files or code) in the face of constant change.
SpecServer lets you import, synchronise and view API documents in a consistent way across all APIs and all protocols. Searching for and comparing specifications is easy, as is the generation of machine-readable formats.
Translation: say goodbye to your headaches. (At least the ones caused by API documentation management.)
One of the most common functions provided by software vendors is aggregated access; connecting to a large number of APIs in order to save their customers heaps of time, energy and frustration.
But how can vendors test API logic at scale, and in the face of continued API updates? With FixSpec's Central and SpecServer of course.
Just as Central helps validate inbound messages, so too can it help troubleshoot and validate outbound messages against target specifications, letting you self-certify outbound connections on your own schedule.