ERP Term
"Application Programming Interface (API)"

Functionality or commands in an ERP that is exposed to developers to assist in the interface between the ERP and another solution.

API stands for “Application Programming Interface”. An API is a set of rules governing how one software interacts with another. When two pieces of software follow the same API, they can work together.

In the context of an ERP system, an API exposes the functionality of the ERP system to developers, allowing them to create custom integrations and interfaces between the ERP and other software applications. This can be useful in situations where the out-of-the-box integrations provided by the ERP vendor are not sufficient. 

An API can also allow different parts of an ERP system to communicate with each other. For example, a sales order module in an ERP system might have an API that will enable it to interface with the inventory management module. This would allow the sales order module to check the inventory levels in real-time and prevent an order from being placed for more items than are available.

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