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LOBSTER_DATA AS AN API PLATFORM.

Lobster_data is a flexible API platform that offers a wide range of functionalities and sets the standard for digital transformation in terms of user-friendliness with its no-code technology. This allows businesses of all sizes to benefit from the advantages of digital ecosystems and new business ideas in the API economy. Optimise your API management with Lobster_data and understand why over 80% of all Lobster customers consider the software critical to their business model.

CUSTOMERS WHO RELY ON LOBSTER.

API-Management.

API management with Lobster_data follows the concept of providing customers and their external partners with simple, seamless processes and uncomplicated data exchange. The specific implementation of this approach is carried out through the no-code-based functionalities of the integration platform Lobster_data. While professional programmers have to code APIs in software without no-code technology and in low-code tools – with Lobster_data, even non-IT employees can create interfaces. This is achieved through simple configuration without programming knowledge. The benefit? A significantly accelerated process of publishing, updating, connecting, and monitoring APIs.

  • Usability thanks to no-code
  • Standardisation through 6-Phase Model
  • Integration of all systems
  • Ready-made connectors
  • Communication channels (REST, AS2, SFTP, X.400)
  • Swagger/OpenAPI connection
  • Fully covered lifecycle
  • Integrated version control
  • Versions & variants
  • Mock API availability
  • Extensive, constantly updated documentation
  • Scalable services
  • Load balancing & high availability
  • API streaming
  • Scalable developments
  • On-premises & cloud compatible
  • Industry agnostic
  • Dashboards & debugging tools
  • Trend analysis in real time
  • Asynchronous data collection
  • API statistical data
  • Detect data injection attacks
  • High quality standards through manufacturer certifications (SAP S/4HANA)
  • Authentication via OAuth2.0, SSO, 2FA, MFA, LDAP
  • Encryption features

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API LIFECYCLE.

Lobster_data not only helps to quickly generate APIs, but also enables team members to accompany the different phases of the entire API lifecycle:

#1 SETUP


Define, create, test, debug and publish APIs.

#2 DOCUMENTATION


Document APIs for internal and external users.

#3 SECURITY


Encrypt API, check connections for authenticity.

#4 OPERATIONS


Allocate environments for testing, and live.

#5 USE


Set clear guidelines for access & use.

#6 CONTRACT


Implement contractual terms automatically and mechanically.

#7 STATISTICS


Analyse usage, create performance reports.

#8 PERFORMANCE


Continuously maintain and optimise API.

#9 VERSIONING


Manage API versions for multiple user groups.

#10 Retirement


Carefully plan the API discontinuation for all partners.

DESIGN & FUNCTIONS.

APIs play a key role in the booming digital economy. They act as gatekeepers, simplifiers and powerful multipliers. For businesses, they are critical to ensure programs, applications, and interactions with customers and partners run smoothly.

With Lobster_data, you can construct multi-layered API systems to integrate data flows from all systems, whether internal systems (EAI), external partner systems (EDI), or machines (IoT).

Lobster_data provides a true multi-tenant environment and multi-client capability. Only one software instance for multiple users. Both in your private cloud, hybrid clouds and on-premises. With many additional possibilities to control the visibility and access of your API.

Lobster_data supports nested API calls and API mash-ups, i.e. the ability to call one API through another.
Lobster_data integrates your entire IT landscape, whether it's new or old, specialised or generalist systems.
Lobster_data provides an easy-to-follow, standardised 6-phase model for easy access to any data silo (input channels, parsing, mapping, DB cooperation, creating output files, output channels). With identically structured data pipelines that are easy to maintain.
Lobster_data contains an extensive library of calculation functions. Over 450 functions to edit, consolidate and combine your data.

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Lobster_data offers ready-made connectors for SAP, Amazon Marketplace, Microsoft Dataverse or SharePoint, among others. Easy handling and minimal effort required with out-of-the-box connection profiles for integrating your systems.

Lobster_data's DataFlow Module models and visualises API elements and connections in very clear diagrams, ensuring greater transparency and usability.
Lobster_data enables dynamic routing by defining context-specific interface sequences.

Lobster_data enables the definition of API schemas and their publication, as well as Swagger/OpenAPI interface descriptions for automated documentation, code generation, and test case generation.

Using the workflow module, Lobster_data offers the possibility to graphically model and clearly display complex workflows.

As part of Universal HTTP API web services, Lobster_data can respond to an HTTP request via an HTTP input agent. If the service is to be published, Lobster_data generates all the elements required to build a SOAP or REST web interface.

EFFICIENT INTEGRATION.

APIs make any form of integration easier – whether it’s data, applications, devices, locations, or human intervention. They help companies develop their operations faster and more sustainably. In order to remain competitive, API-based integration is a must.

Transport Manager

The Transport Manager ensures the secure and complete transfer of API components to other Lobster_data environments: communication connections, mapping rules, constants, and configuration files. From test to stage to production system and back.

Rapid Development

Quickly develop powerful API via no-code thanks to the 6-Phase-Model, the easy setup of communication connections with automatic format recognition, data mapping into a target structure, with data validation and passing to a target system.

DOCUMENTATION OF BASIC DATA

The documentation of basic data ensures an overview even with a high number of APIs and allows multiple description texts to be added to each interface. The documentation of all nodes and fields is provided, as well as the attribute description of the source and target structure according to external data.

Swagger-/OpenAPI

Thanks to the automatically created Swagger/OpenAPI description, companies can standardise, propagate and enforce APIs much more easily, as OpenAPI's testing capabilities are highly accepted in developer circles.

Deployment & Testing

Create, optimise and test new APIs or API versions. Lobster issues one licence each for a test and a production system as standard. New APIs can be developed and tested on the test system and then completely transferred to the production system without any risk via the Transport Manager.

COMMUNICATION WITH PARTNERS

Define, encrypt & manage all exchange channels with partners. Central certificate handling. Sign messages. Authentication via internally/externally signed client certificates. Create, import and export your own certificates. Free creation of SSL/TLS certificates for HTTPS connections through the connection to "Let's Encrypt".

Version Control

Changing an API and then saving it automatically creates a new version. A unique ID and version number is assigned to each new API version, which is also carefully documented until its discontinuation.

STATISTICS & REPORTS

Lobster_data offers many possibilities for even more statistical and report analysis. For example, displaying, evaluating and exporting profile runs, transfer volumes, profile peaks and peaks in system utilisation over a certain period of time.

CONNECTORS & GATEWAYS.

Easy API management even when integrating many systems thanks to the standard modular design in Lobster_data and reusable interfaces.

APPLICATION CONNECTORS.

Lobster_data offers JDBC-based application connectors for e-commerce cases (Amazon Connector), CRM (Salesforce), file servers (SharePoint), AS400 or SAP.

TECHNOLOGY CONNECTORS.

In addition to application connectors, Lobster_data also offers multiple technology connectors – both to SQL databases (ORACLE, MS SQL, MySQL) and to NoSQL databases (Kafka).

WEB SERVICES.

Multiple tools for API with connectors, for example, to implement a web service interface to connect to eBay. The API structure and documentation are created using the standardised Lobster 6-Phase-Model.

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