As the number of software applications continues to grow, so does the complexity of the systems. To effectively manage business processes and make them more efficient, organizations are using an Application Programming Interface (API) to enable multi-system integration which enables business process automation.

What is an Application Programming Interface (API)

An application programming interface or API, such as the eMaint Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) API, facilitates back and forth communication between individual software systems. Because each business uses different types of software systems, any API integration must be designed and implemented to fit a company’s unique requirements.

Our eMaint CMMS specialists will work with you to customize your API integration to fit your organization’s unique business processes.

eMaint CMMS API saves time, money, and resources:

  • Eliminates redundant manual data entries, resulting in fewer errors
  • Improves operational efficiency by automating manual process steps
  • Enables seamless interaction between eMaint and all of your business system applications

Here’s a graphic showing how an API furthers the parts purchasing process between eMaint and an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Parts purchasing process infographic

How it works:

  1. A manager creates a purchase order (PO) request for a machine part using the eMaint purchase order module.
  2. Upon approval, the API automatically transfers the PO to the ERP, such as an accounting software system.
  3. The ERP retrieves the data from the eMaint PO, confirms receipt, and (automatically sends the request to the supplier). Once the parts are received, the data transmits to eMaint.
  4. The PO parts receipt is validated and recorded, and eMaint automatically updates the number of parts available

Why is an API necessary?

Most organizations and their various departments use several different software systems to manage business, such as inventory, payroll, accounting, purchasing, and projects. Without an API, the individual systems can’t talk with each other.

The eMaint API bridges your business processes using the highly flexible REST (Representational State Transfer) format. The RESTful API streamlines communication between your CMMS and third-party application systems, such as Sage, ORACLE, ADP, SAP, and other enterprise software.

With the eMaint CMMS API, you can connect your financial systems, fuel card systems, and machine run-time data systems and automate asset, procurement, and parts inventory management processes. An eMaint CMMS enterprise-level subscription customer automatically receives access to the CMMS RESTful API. If you’re interested in integrating your software systems, our API specialists can work with you to build a custom solution to fit your unique business needs.

Software interface and management systems infographic

Learn how the eMaint CMMS API can help your business.