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APIs, Mashups and the Dashboard

Hubbard Jordan LogoGraphical representations of data or dashboards are often used to allow immediate access to critical data from the user’s desktop. Through the use of an Application Program Interface (API) or Mashup, datasets from different databases can be combined to relate the information in new ways – much like the ability of the Apple iPhone to use Starbuck’s store location data and overlay it on Google maps. This approach can also be used to collect data from suppliers, manufacturers and shippers to precisely follow a particular product through its entire development lifecycle. The information can be presented in the form of a small local desktop interface, “dashboard” to provide critical information for customer service representatives.

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