It would be arrogant for us to believe we can imagine and support every detail of every possible workflow for every possible customer. Building an API allows cores to extend these complex workflows into a well-defined financial and billing process.
Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
iLab Solutions, the leader in core facility management software, has rolled out an application programming interface (API) which enables customers to seamlessly integrate outside applications with iLab’s billing and reporting services.
“The research cores and institutions we partner with provide a wide array of services and have complex workflows,” said iLab Solutions Chief Software Architect, Andreas Hagen. “It would be arrogant for us to believe we can imagine and support every detail of every possible workflow for every possible customer. Building an API allows cores to extend these complex workflows into a well-defined financial and billing process.”
iLab’s API represents a progressive move for the company whose mission is to provide innovative and effective solutions to support research. The API allows forward thinking groups to build their own applications or leverage outputs from other applications to seamlessly push charges and update payment information based on activities in the core.
Using the latest technologies and software engineering practices, iLab’s API leverages a RESTFUL application architecture, Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State (HATEOAS) and OpenAuth2 for secure access.
A test application that authenticates against the API and performs basic retrieval and update actions is available as an educational resource for current and prospective iLab customers as well as developers of complementary hardware and software tools. Those interested in working with the API should contact their iLab Project Manager or Implementation Associate for additional details, including obtaining an authentication token.
“In the future,” Hagen added, “We imagine forums where our customers will be able to share applications and details on how they are creatively interacting with iLab through the API.”
For more information about iLab and it’s core management offerings, please contact Alicia Cravens at alicia.cravens[at]ilabsolutions.com.
iLab Solutions is the leading provider of core facility management solutions to academic research institutions, with customers that include leading universities, research hospitals, independent institutes, and government labs. iLab processes over $100 million in transactions per year. iLab’s suite of web-based tools for academic research management include core facility service request management, enhanced sample management, equipment reservation and usage tracking, billing and invoicing, reporting, and lab requisitioning and spend tracking tools. Based in Boston, iLab has team members and customers across the US, Canada, and Europe.