SaaS has proven to be one of the best things that ever happened to computing! Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 18%, this sector is expected to reach a whopping $623 billion by the year 2023.
SAAS platforms work the same as a rental service where any business can plugin and subscribe to products or services built on shared infrastructure on the internet. SAAS allows a business to focus primarily on its core, i.e. business, while simultaneously reducing the burden of IT operations.
However, in the competitive industry, SaaS vendors need to ensure that the demand for their software continues by allowing other platforms to integrate with it. They should serve as a significant engine of growth for the developers who build their products on or around that foundation.
Here comes the importance of SDKs and APIs.
What is an SDK?
SDK stands for Software Development Kit. SDK generally consists of a range of things, including libraries, documentation, code samples, processes, and guides that developers can use and integrate into their own apps.
Some of you might think if APIs can also be used to link two platforms, how is an SDK different from an API?
Well, API or Application Programming Interface, can be defined as an interface between two pieces of software. Basically, it’s a code that allows seamless communication between two platforms. You can think of an API as a mailman delivering your app’s request to some other software, and then bringing the response back to your app.
If the API is a mailman, then what is an SDK? It’s the post office and the hardware store combined. It can contain everything necessary to communicate with another software (i.e. one or more APIs) as well as materials that can be used to construct an entirely new app (i.e. code libraries, debugging facilities, technical notes, tutorials, and documentation).
Why do you need Tookan SDK?
With the objective of opening up opportunities for the brand to reach wider audiences than it can reach on its own, Tookan is ready to launch Tookan Tracking SDK.
Over the 4 years of its inception, Tookan has added several features in its kitty making it flexible enough to fit any business use-case. The next wave of growth would be allowing the developer community to seamlessly integrate with Tookan and help them use these existing features without putting much effort.
Most of the Tookan users have their own customer-facing apps and they use Tookan for their delivery management. Even though Tookan offers APIs and webhooks to integrate it with any customer-facing platform, that seamless experience of live tracking has been a problem. Though one can send tracking link via email or SMS, the user experience is never the same as having in-app tracking of the orders. Also for the enterprise clients, paying thousands of dollars to the SMS service providers is never a feasible option!
Thus, we came up with the Tookan Tracking SDK which can be integrated with any app for smooth live tracking. SDK would give the users the flexibility to display Tookan’s tracking data with the UI and UX of their choice. Even in the SDK, most of the components like the map theme, polyline, icons etc are configurable, giving the users the freedom to design a UI of their own.
The SDK comes with detailed documentation in order to guide the developers during the integration process.
We, as a company, have always aimed at helping businesses grow with us. Tookan SDK is a step closer to it, giving developers and our customers an opportunity to develop over and above Tookan.
Looking forward to your feedback as this has always helped us improve as a product! Get in Touch with us today!