February 26, 2020 David Hallinan Guides, Industry Step Your Vocab Up! – Kloudless Lingo Edition “You gotta talk the talk before you can walk the walk” A key factor in your success as a Product Manager is the ability to insert yourself into any department in your organization and eloquently communicate your thought processes. Time in and time out, we have found that a major hindrance in a PM’s ability to do their job well is being unable to properly speak with their engineering team, specifically. We’ve spent long hours curating a list of terms for our Kloudless SaaS Integration Glossary, and we believe that product managers everywhere can benefit from this extensive list of vocabulary words. So, for the sake of helping you get on the same page as the people you work closely with, we are glad to announce our new monthly blog post, Step Your Vocab Up. On the last Wednesday of each month, we will do our best to help you expand your vocabulary on different aspects of software development to aid in becoming the best product manager, developer, or product lead you can be. So sit back, grab a comfy seat, and let’s jump into the first edition of our new series with a dive into all the terms that we feel are unique to us here at Kloudless! Above the Klouds We make Unified APIs here. We work all day on pushing the power of our application out to enterprise organizations looking for help with their internal integrations. But, it’s not that strange for us to encounter people who have no idea what a Unified API is. That’s ok. We like to think we’re pretty unique. So, with the aim of helping you to better understand many of the terms related to Kloudless and our products, we’ve got some fresh new definitions to help you out. The following are hand-picked terms from our glossary that we feel are important for any product manager beginning their application’s product roadmap: Abstraction Layer: A programming concept involving information hiding where the underlying implementation and any additional complexity is generalized to a common interface. The inputs and outputs of an abstraction layer should always remain the same. Unified API: A unified API provides an abstraction layer that consolidates multiple third-party APIs into a single set of data models accessed through common API endpoints. Click here to read our integration strategy guide with more details on leveraging Unified APIs. Endpoint: The URI that follows the base URL and specifies the requested API functionality. Data Model: A data model is an abstract model that organizes elements of data and standardizes how they relate to one another. Their properties are generally governed by properties of the real-world entities. Data Mapping: Data mapping is the process of defining a link between two disparate data models with the aim of future data integration. Data Integration: Data integration is the process of retrieving and combining data from different sources into a unified set of data. Data integration can be used to combine data for users, organizations, and applications. API: An Application Programming Interface (API) enables software to interact with operating systems, applications, or other devices through exposed functionality. They are generally a part of a server that is created to receive requests and send responses. Cloud Integration Platform: A cloud integration platform is a product that integrates an organization’s onsite files and resources with cloud-based services. It generally consists of a system of tools and technologies to connect various applications, systems, and environments to exchange data and processes. Connector: Kloudless offers all of its third-party API offerings as connectors. When using any of Kloudless’ Unified APIs, all available connectors are able to accessed and authenticated. Click here to view all our connectors. Word Up! While this should clear up some of the more popular terms, by no means is this everything you need to know in order to understand everything Kloudless. We suggest you dive deeper into each term outlined in this article and research popular opinions on the implementation of each. The more you learn about these important terms, the better off you will be when it comes to orchestrating the building of your product. We’re not done yet, though! We’ve put together a comprehensive list of over 300 terms in our new SaaS Integration Glossary for the sake of keeping you as informed as possible on everything integration related. Head over now to start beefing up your vocabulary!