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New How-To Guide available: Applying CLIEDIS’ API Design Principles to any API

News / Jun.23.2023

New How-To Guide available: Applying CLIEDIS’ API Design Principles to any API


The CLIEDIS API Design Principles address the technology, security requirements, data structures, and usage patterns needed for all the CITS APIs described in the CLIEDIS Service Catalog. 


With these standard principles, CLIEDIS ensures a common repeatable approach is applied across all CITS APIs. This will make external facing APIs for distributors much easier, faster, and cheaper to implement and maintain. 


But what about other APIs your company is developing? You can use the same industry standard principles that CLIEDIS developed. The CLIEDIS CITS API Design Principles can be adapted for agent portals, customer facing APIs, even internal system-to-system APIs.  


Imagine! Your company can avoid creating a library of inconsistent, incompatible APIs and avoid the major maintenance challenges that a lack of quality standards creates as APIs proliferate throughout your organization. You don’t need to come up with new, different standards but just repurpose the design principles we already have.


In addition, consider how much easier and quicker it will be to expose an API externally to a distributor if it already follows the same design.  


This new How-To Guide explains the areas of the CLIEDIS API Design Principles that have applicability for internal use and gives step-by-step instruction on how to apply them.     


You can find the CLIEDIS API Design Principles and corresponding “How To Use the CLIEDIS API Design Principles for any API” guide in the CLIEDIS Resource Center in the Technical Resources / APIs folder. You must be a CLIEDIS member to access it.


If you would like more information about the CLIEDIS API Initiative or have specific questions regarding the API Design Principles, please contact support@cliedis.ca for more information.


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